Dynamics of Co-Leadership Development in an Experiential Training Group

Jordan Shannon, Derek X. Seward, Melissa Luke

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Group co-leadership requires facilitators to effectively work together to produce positive group outcomes; however, there is a paucity of information about how the co-leadership relationship develops. In this modified consensual qualitative research study, we explore the development of the group co-leadership relationship in doctoral-level trainees. Five doctoral student co-leaders facilitating experiential learning groups completed reflection journals on their leadership experiences. Findings revealed five relational dynamic themes experienced amongst co-leaders in leading an experiential training group. The primary implications from these findings can assist counselor educators in the training of group leaders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-223
Number of pages16
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2022


  • Co-leadership
  • consensual qualitative research
  • counselor education
  • experiential groups
  • relational dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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