Group Counseling and TherapyBack to Course Guide
The course examines the theory, practice, and functioning of group processes. Different types of small groups are studied, including self-help groups. Leadership, meta-communications, methods, dynamics, and facilitative skills are presented. Small group participation is included.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Defining the origins of group guidance, group counseling, and psychotherapy, including the leaders and time frames.
- Applying specific theories of practice to group counseling and psychotherapy.
- Applying group dynamics and processes.
- Evaluating ethical and professional guidelines for professional group leaders.
- Interpreting the progression of group stages and the relationships among the stages.
- Selecting appropriate interventions for members who present common patterns such as fear, anger, and/or violence.
- Selecting therapeutic responses when working with cultural diversity among group members.
- Managing assessments of group members for use in the selection of members for planning specific strategies and techniques.
- Applying appropriate clinical interventions with selected clinical, educational, business, and/or community populations.
- Demonstrating leadership skills in both group maintenance and group facilitation.
- Modeling effective group techniques for use in schools, community, or organizational settings.
- Illustrating proper administrative procedures for group counselors or therapists including effective documentation.
- Discerning when group counseling is appropriate or is preferred as a treatment modality.
- Providing and synthesizing the exchange of feedback between self and other leaders and group members.
- Applying selected models of consultation to help groups or organizations to change.
- Reviewing the nature and scope of research about group counseling and therapy.