The student should be given preliminary information before sessions begin, such as guidelines and ground rules, and information about the problem on which the group is focused.
Individuals who create turmoil in the group by engaging in chronically disruptive behavior, or whose communication behavior is chronically inappropriate offer a challenge. Since groups are systems composed of interrelated parts, one disruptive member can influence the entire group. It’s been discovered that when one group member is highly disruptive, formerly cooperative members begin behaving in disruptive ways also. This is especially true when the disruptive member is not dealt with effectively by the group facilitator.
I think the first thing the facilitator should do in this situation when dealing with a disruptive member is change your communication in relation to that person’s difficult behavior.
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