cnsl561 | Graduate

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, group dynamics, group norms and boundaries, leadership styles, leading and co-leading, and treatment plans. Confidentiality, selection procedures, ethics, and multicultural diversity are included as key components of effective group counseling practice.

This graduate-level course is 6 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: 6

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    History of Group Work

    • Examine the philosophy of groups, their history, types, theories, research, and contributions.

    Balancing Process and Content

    • Analyze management of the individual’s treatment plan in relation to his or her group participation.
    • Experience group dynamics and process.
    • Explore management of group plan, termination, and closure.

    Group Work's Specialties

    • Articulate a taxonomy of groups and explain the difference between self-help, support, and therapy groups.
    • Explore professional standards for group leadership.

    Professional Ethical and Legal Concerns

    • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of professional, ethical, and legal concerns relevant to group work.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of assessment skills in relationship to appropriate placement of members in particular types of counseling groups.
    • Examine ethical issues related to interactions among group members within and outside of the group setting.

    Group Membership and Leadership Styles

    • Evaluate and apply various methods of effective group facilitation.

    Experiential Group Work

    • Differentiate between ongoing learning team activities and role playing associated with counseling oriented groups.

    Communication Styles in Group Work

    • Examine the verbal and nonverbal communication dynamics.

    Group Dynamics, Development, and Roles

    • Examine theoretical approaches, group structures, developmental models, appropriate selection criteria, and methods of evaluation of group effectiveness.
    • Examine evaluation methods of group effectiveness.

    Group Strategies and Techniques

    • Practice and demonstrate group methods and techniques.
    • Explore conflict management in relationship to group processes.

    Diversity Issues in Group Work

    • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of issues of diversity in group work.
    • Explain the difference between tolerance and valuing diversity.

    Theoretical Approaches in 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.
    • Synthesize personal leadership capacity with various group methods, strategies, and theoretical foundations.
    • Discuss the significance of leaders developing and maintaining awareness of various personal boundaries.
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