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Group Counseling

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This course provides students with intensive knowledge, awareness, and skill-building in group counseling. Content emphasizes such areas as different types of groups, dynamics, norms and boundaries, leadership styles, leading and co-leading, and treatment plans. Confidentiality, selection procedures, ethics, and diversity are included as key components of effective group counseling practice.



This graduate-level course is 8 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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    Group Development and Process

    • Examine methods to evaluate group effectiveness.
    • Discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the forming, storming, norming, and performing phases.
    • Discuss the importance of screening and selecting group members.
    • Explain the key components of a typical first group session.

    Theoretical Approaches in Group Work

    • Demonstrate current knowledge concerning research on theories and approaches in contemporary group work.
    • Integrate selected approaches into a personal theoretical framework.
    • Examine how group leaders’ knowledge of group dynamics, theory, and interventions impact ability to lead groups.
    • Analyze how the leader’s theoretical orientation affects the structure and form of group work.

    Group Leadership and Dynamics

    • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the group facilitator, cofacilitator, and group members.
    • Analyze group dynamics, including verbal and nonverbal communication.
    • Analyze management of the individual’s treatment plan in relation to their group participation.
    • Discuss important qualities, skills, and styles of the group leader.
    • Discuss the significance of leaders developing and maintaining an awareness of various personal boundaries, including appropriate self-disclosure.

    The Process of Termination

    • Discuss the importance of planning for termination.
    • Describe common challenges that emerge during termination, also known as the mourning phase.
    • Analyze the effects of termination on individual members and the group as a whole.

    Introduction to Group Work

    • Identify important events in the history of group work.
    • Define group work.
    • Examine the research on group effectiveness.
    • Explain the differences between task/work, psychoeducational, counseling, and psychotherapy groups.

    Diversity in Group Work

    • Compare and contrast the purpose and goals of groups designed for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.
    • Analyze the role of the leader in groups designed for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.
    • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of issues of diversity in group work.

    Individuality and Creativity in Group Work

    • Synthesize a personal approach to group facilitation, integrating relevant theoretical models, research results, and strategies and methods that are compatible with your individual style.

    Professional, Ethical, and Legal Concerns

    • Explore professional standards for group leadership.
    • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of professional, ethical, and legal concerns relevant to group work.
    • Examine ethical issues related to interactions among group members within and outside of the group setting.
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