Advanced Group Counseling – EDCO 711

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course examines the theories related to group counseling and their application to group work. Students will learn the types of group work, basic group leader skills, group processes and procedures.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Those involved in both pastoral counseling and helping ministries find that group work can be an important strategy for utilization in their daily work. Therefore, knowledge of group theory and the development of group leadership skills are essential to becoming more effective practitioners in either setting.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Resources.

Self-Report Task Assignment

One student self-report assignment is required:

  •  Subscription to Question & Answer Center.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion, and he/she will also respond to at least 2 other classmates' posts. The thread should be at least 800 words. The thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge and be supported by at least 2 scholarly citations in current APA format. The 2 replies should be at least 350 words each and incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in current APA format. (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).

Quizzes (4)

Two 50 question multiple choice and true/false quizzes over the 2 parts of the Brown text are required in Modules 2 and 4 and similar quizzes over Yalom will be due during Modules 6 and 8. (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).

Group Proposal PowerPoint Assignment

The student must complete a PowerPoint presentation for a proposed group that he/she would like to lead (8–12 weeks), directing it to a hypothetical supervisor as if the student were outlining the intended contents. The student should include a global overview of the topic in addition to issues such as the group's collective demographics, duration of each meeting, number of meetings, goals and objectives, the rationale for the group's existence, inclusionary criteria for members, possible topics for group exploration, and an outline of the content for each meeting.

There should be a minimum of 40 visually appealing slides, with each slide including illustrations in the form of pictures, clip art, charts, etc. Additionally, the student should include his/her facilitator's notes/outline in the notes section of the PowerPoint. The student must cite all sources, including websites, in current APA format in the footer of the slides and then collect these references and append them on the last few slides in a standard reference format. Reference should be made in the presentation to at least 10 scholarly sources, published in the last 5 years, in addition to any material taken from the textbooks, the Bible, or popular sources. (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D, E).

Treatment Plan Assignment

The student will prepare a treatment plan covering the first 4 meetings of a group, using the Paleg & Jongsma text as a reference. Sample treatment plans are in the text on pages 1–11 (this format should be utilized). The assignment should be detailed and at least 4 double-spaced pages. This includes a brief description of 1–2 paragraphs of a fictitious group with the primary presenting issue (PTSD, Sexual Trauma, Intimate Partner Violence, etc.) taken from the examples provided in the text. The student will select 3 short-term objectives for each meeting and then select 2 or more therapeutic interventions to address each of these (4 meetings, 3 short-term objectives for each meeting, and 2 or more therapeutic interventions to address each objective). The student must remember that he/she is adapting the material from the Jongsma text to the his/her group, not developing new materials. Current APA style must be used. (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).