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Group Dynamics in Counseling and Therapy – COUN 8312

Format: Online

Duration: 14 weeks

Credit: 3

Creating and conducting group counseling is shown to be a cost-effective and efficient way to deliver services, and can be a valuable resource for counselors in all settings. Groups can address a multitude of issues across diverse populations. In this course, you will be introduced to the art and practice of delivering services through a group format.

Course Highlights

  • Discover key characteristics and theories of groups
  • Observe live group sessions
  • Apply counseling to a group setting, addressing specific issues

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics for COUN 8312 are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Introduction to Group Work
  • The Group Counselor
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Theories and Techniques
  • Forming a Group
  • Initial Stage
  • Transition Stage
  • Working Stage
  • School Counseling Groups
  • Groups in Agency Settings
  • Therapeutic Factors
  • Problem Behaviors and Group Problem Members

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of COUN 8312 students will be able to:

  • Articulate the purposes and characteristics of the four basic group types.
  • Identify and describe the four stages of group.
  • Successfully create 20 hours of group session addressing specific issues.
  • Apply the concepts of informed consent and confidentiality when creating a group.
  • Articulate the relevant ethical guidelines appropriate for group work.
  • Articulate the basic skills necessary to effectively facilitate a group.
  • Apply counseling theory to a group setting.

Get Started

To learn more about this course or others in the online Master of Education in School Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.