Problematic Members




Thecohesiveness and ability of all members to work together towards acommon goal have an influence on the success of group therapy.Although the leader has a huge role in promoting harmony andeffectiveness of the group, there are problematic members of thegroup who are likely to exhibit troublesome behaviors. Consequently,they can affect other members of the group. The most problematicmembers are monopolizing clients (Brown, 2013). These are members whoare always self-oriented and tend to dominate conversations withinthe group. These individuals dictate the discussions in the group atthe expense of others. Monopolizing a therapy group can have adverseeffects on the group. For example, resentment may develop in someclient who may feel that they have limited opportunities of airingtheir points or participating in the discussions. These members willnot benefit from the group, and thus, the overall objectives will notbe achieved (Brown, 2013).

Thegroup leader or facilitator has an enormous responsibility of dealingwith monopolizing members or clients. The first step in ensuring thatthese members do not affect others by establishing rules andregulations to govern the all engagements. They will dictate whoshould talk when and the role of the facilitator in diverting theconversation to other members of the group. It is also important todifferentiate between problems that can be resolved at the individuallevel and group level to ensure that a single or personalized issuedoes not dominate the group. For example, the leader can identifypersons with monopolistic tendencies and deal with them at thepersonal level to prevent it from impacting negatively on the group.The leader should also facilitate the development of conflictresolutions strategies (Brown, 2013).


Brown,N. (2013). CreativeActivities for Group Therapy.New York: Routledge.