This course enables students to understand the types of groups, their purpose, development of dynamics, counseling theories, and group counseling methods and skills. Ethical and legal considerations are also explored. Group work specific to addiction counseling is highlighted. Students are required to participate in small groups for educational and self-assessment purposes.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Persons involved in both professional counseling and helping ministries find that group work can be an important strategy for conducting their daily work. Therefore, knowledge of group theory and the development of group leadership skills are essential to their becoming more effective practitioners in either setting.
Note: This is the 8-week, online version of the ADCN 512 Group Dynamics course. It is intended for those students who already have experience working in the field of addiction with direct client contact, which includes the use of basic counseling skills and some type of group counseling experience. Students are encouraged to take the intensive version of the course, especially if they do not have such experience
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe and analyze the principles of substance use group dynamics; including group process components, developmental stage theories & group members’ roles and behaviors related to group and therapeutic factors of group work.
- Describe and analyze group leadership and facilitation styles and approaches, including characteristics of various types of substance use group leaders.
- Describe and integrate the theories of group counseling, including commonalties, distinguishing characteristics, and pertinent research and literature.
- Compare and contrast substance use group counseling methods, including group counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria and methods, and methods of evaluation of effectiveness.
- Integrate a Christian theological doctrine of self and relationship with a group counseling theory and approach.
- Describe the legal and ethical issues related to group work.
II.G.6.a. principles of group dynamics, including group process components, developmental stage theories, group members’ roles and behaviors, and therapeutic factors of group work
Gladding: Chapters 1-2; 4-7
Wagner & Ingersoll: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4
Wagner & Ingersoll: Chapters 9, 10, 14
II.G.6.b. group leadership or facilitation styles and approaches, including characteristics of various types of group leaders and leadership styles;
Gladding: Chapter 3
Wagner & Ingersoll: Chapters 6, 7, 8
II.G.6.c. theories of group counseling, including commonalities, distinguishing characteristics, and pertinent research and literature
Group Theories and History of Group Work
Gladding: Chapters 15-18
II.G.6.d. group counseling methods, including group counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria and methods, and methods of evaluation of effectiveness
Gladding: Chapters 1-7
Wagner & Ingersoll: Chapters 6, 7
IIG.2.d.individual, couple, family, group, and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations, including multicultural competencies
Diversity, Social Justice & Group Throughout the Life Span
Gladding: Chapters 8, 11-14
Wagner & Ingersoll: Chapter 13, 15, 16, & 21
II.G.1.J ethical standards of professional organizations and credentialing bodies, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.
Ethical Standards of Group
Gladding: Chapter 10
Textbook readings as found in the Course Schedule.
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 400 words, incorporate at least 2 citations from course textbooks and 1 from the Bible in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each reply must be at least 200 words and include at least 2 citations of scholarly academic support.
Motivational Interviewing Techniques Assignments (2)
There will be specific group counseling videos that need to be reviewed and the skills used in the video reviewed. In addition, where skills are not used that could have been used needs to be discussed. You will complete a specific rating/review form for each of these assignments. More information can be found in the instructions for this assignment.
Group Proposal Paper: Topic Assignment
You will develop a topic proposal paper that clearly articulates what the focus of your Group Proposal Paper will be. Include specific information on what type of addiction group you will be planning (support, psycho-educational, or treatment type of addiction group). Also, discuss what population your group proposal will be focusing on (ex. Adolescents, court-mandated adults, offenders, parents, etc.) and the reason this type of group is needed. This assignment must consist of a 2 complete page rationale with citations included. See the instructions for more information.
Group Proposal Paper: Final Assignment
Submit a written substance use Group Proposal Paper for a group you would like to lead in the future. Included in this assignment is learning to describe leadership approaches, screening and selection of group members, selection and use of group methods. This group needs to be for 4 (1.5 hour) sessions. See the Assignment Instructions for more information.
There are 18 quizzes that cover the Textbook material — 2 in Modules 2, 5, 6, & 7, 3 quizzes in Modules 1, 3 and 4, and 1 quiz in Module 8. The quizzes have 10 multiple-choice questions each and are timed, open-book/open-notes quizzes. Students will have 1 attempt and 20 minutes to complete each quiz.