Group Counseling Process & Practice

Group Counseling Process & Practice


This course is an introduction to social and interpersonal influences on behaviour, group dynamics, developmental stages of a group, and an overview of theoretical approaches to group counselling. Major emphasis is given to the dynamics of group behaviour, the social-psychological interaction of small groups and their applications to group counselling. The purpose of this course is to introduce counselling students to the theory and practice of group work. Lastly, the purpose of this course is to familiarize students with skills and techniques for effective group counselling and leadership of groups.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should achieve the following Learning Outcomes
1. Analyse group dynamics to identify professional issues and their implications for counselling 1.1 Apply an ethical decision-making model using a case study.

1.2 Synthesize, evaluate, and develop an integrated approach to group counselling

2. Apply theories in group counselling to plan appropriate intervention strategies 2.1 Recognise and define the theory and practice of a variety of theoretical models in group counselling
2.2 Describe dominant theories in group counselling
2.3 Application of the group interventions under the various frameworks covered


Course Outline

  • Introduction to Group Work
  • Group Leadership
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Group Practice
  • Early Stages in the Development of a Group
  • Later Stages in the Development of a Group
  • Psychoanalytic Approach to Groups
  • Person-Centered Approach to Groups
  • Gestalt Therapy in Groups
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to ¬†Groups
  • Choice Theory/Reality Therapy in Groups
  • Comparisons, Contrasts and Integration
  • The Evolution of a Group: Integrative Perspective


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