When the purpose of a group is clear and well understood by the members, the leader and the members are more likely to accomplish the goals of the group.
It is considered acceptable for groups to have more than one purpose.
When leading a "single session" group,
A) little may be accomplished if members switch topics frequently
B) a follow-up session is always required
C) members always cooperate because they know they will be done soon
D) more therapy gets done because members know their time is limited
During the beginning stage of a counseling group, when a member gets "off-track", that is, brings up a topic unrelated to the purpose of the group, the leader should Listen quietly in case the topic this member brings up is more interesting than the original topic of the group.
Ask the "off-track" member to leave the group
Ask the members to vote on which topic they want to focus on, the original topic that brought them there or this new topic of interest to one member
D) Redirect the conversation back to the topic the members originally wanted to discuss