Group Counseling Process & Practice

Group Counseling Process & Practice

    1. Course Title: Group Counseling Process & Practice
    2. Course Prefix/Number: PSYC 314
    3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
    4. Description:
      The course deals with an overview of basic elements of group process, with a focus on stage of group development, including coverage of introduction to group work; guidelines for multicultural practice; ethical and professional issues in group practice;group leadership; early stages of group; and later stages of group. There will be a focus on the stages on the evolution of groups, which include forming a group,  or the pre-group phase; initial stage; transition stage; working stage; and ending a group, including final and follow-up stages
    5. Student Learning Outcomes:
      By the end of this course, students should achieve the following Learning Outcomes
      1. Briefly introduce the major topics of group work
      2. Describe the types of groups and other considerations that affect conducting groups in varied settings
      3. Identify the key aspects of brief group therapy
      4. Introduce some basic ideas of multicultural perspectives on group work
      5. Discuss what is involved in becoming a culturally skilled group worker
      6. Identify ethical and culturally relevant strategies for designing and facilitating groups
    6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
      Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
      A 90–100
      B 80-89
      C 70-79
      D 60-69
      F 0-59

      Assignments 40%

      As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

      Assignment (Essay) 20%

      Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

      Guidelines for the essay assignment:

      • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
      • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
      • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
      • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

      Exam 40%

      There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

    7. Course Outline
      • Introduction to Group Work: A Multicultural Perspective
      • The Group Counselor
      • Ethical and Legal Issues in Group Counseling
      • Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling
      • Forming a Group
      • Initial Stage of a Group
      • Transition Stage of a Group
      • Working Stage of a Group
      • Final Stage of a Group
      • Groups in School Settings
      • Groups in Community Settings

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