ADCN 512 Group Dynamics

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.

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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

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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Course Requirements Checklist

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

Quiz: Advising Guide Acknowledgement

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Discussions (3)

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 3 citations from course textbooks and 1 from the Bible in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the thread of at least 1 classmate. Each reply must be at least 200 words and include at least 2 citations of peer-reviewed scholarly journals or textbooks in APA format. APA formatted references lists are required for all posts.

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.


The student will purchase a background check with fingerprints from CastleBranch and:

  1. Upload receipt of purchase in Module 1: Week 1 showing proof of purchase.
  2. Upload a Compliance Summary Report in Module 2: Week 2 showing submission of the background check application to CastleBranch.
  3. Upload a new Compliance Summary Report in Module 8: Week 8 showing submission of fingerprints to DTIS (Daon).

Quizzes (18)

There are 18 quizzes that cover the Textbook material, and the student will generally take 2-3 quizzes per module. 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.

This quiz covers Learn materials from all modules and requires students to rate themselves on the nine dispositions required for this program using the provided scale. This quiz will contain nine multiple-choice questions and one essay question, has a time limit of one hour, and allows one attempt.

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