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Final Exam - 40%
Midterm Exam - 20%
Project - 30%
Self/peer/teacher assessment - 10%
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. Theoretical Approaches to Group Counseling. The Psychoanalytic Approach to Groups. Adlerian Group Counseling. Psychodrama. The Existential Approach to Groups. The Person-Centered Approach to Groups. Gestalt Therapy in Groups. Transactional Analysis in Groups. Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Groups. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in Groups. Reality Therapy in Groups. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Groups. Integration and Application. The Evolution of a Group: An Integrative Perspective.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Review the history and trends of group counseling.
2. Differentiate the major principles of group dynamics (including distinguishing the developmental stages of groups and the behavioral manifestations of these stages and the implications for group process).
3. Explain various group leadership styles and identify the characteristics of effective group counselors.
4. Analyze various theories of group counseling (including commonalities, distinguishing characteristics, and pertinent research and literature).
5. Examine and apply group counseling methods (including group counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria and methods, and methods of evaluation of effectiveness).
6. Review approaches used for other types of group work (including task groups, psychoeducational groups, and therapy groups).
7. Interpret multicultural considerations relevant to group counseling.
8. Interpret ethical and legal issues relevant to group counseling.