Advanced Group Counseling – EDCO 711

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.




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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

A. Integrate appropriate code of ethics (ACA, ASGW) to group Counseling.

B. Examine all theories and topical issues presented in the course in accord with current scholarly standards and practices.

C. Examine all theories and topical issues presented in the course through a biblical worldview.

D. Identify and integrate multicultural factors into all relevant areas of group work.

E. Identify group stages and appropriate theories/interventions for each stage.

Course Assignment

In accord with Federal Regulations, students will complete a short non-content related quiz during the first 3 days of the semester, and a similar quiz in the last week of the semester. Completion is necessary for continued enrollment in the class.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum, and will also respond to at least 2 of their classmate's posts. The original thread should be at least 800 words and must demonstrate course-related knowledge, and must be supported by at least 2 sources, one of which must be in addition to the texts and presentations, as well as appropriate scriptures. Reply posts should be at least 350 words Additional information is available in Course Content. (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).                 

Book Quizzes (4)

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

Group Proposal PowerPoint

Complete a PowerPoint presentation for a proposed group you would like to lead (8 weeks), directing it to a hypothetical supervisor as if you were outlining the intended contents. You 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 groups’ 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. Cite all sources, including websites, in 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, 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

Read the Paleg and Jongsma text, pages 1-10, and prepare a treatment plan covering the first four meetings of a group, using the format and materials in the text. This consists of 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. 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 then select 2 or more therapeutic interventions to address each objective).Remember that you are adapting the material from the Jongsma text to “your group,” and not developing new materials. (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).