The course provides in-depth training in group counseling methods including group counselor orientations and behaviors, group theories, principles of group dynamics, group process components, developmental stages of groups, group members' roles and behaviors, therapeutic factors of group work, and program design and evaluation. Group counseling skills, appropriate selection criteria and methods, as well as leadership approaches, characteristics, and styles are studied. Ethical and legal considerations of group counseling are also explored. An experiential component is required in this course where students participate in small groups as members and/or leaders for a minimum of 10 clock hours.
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.
Method of Instruction: This semester-long course is delivered using a digital synchronous format. Students attend 2 hours of digital synchronous video-based instruction each week. In addition to the once a week digital synchronous class time, students are expected to complete additional work online over the duration of the term.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
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 in which both the student and the instructor interact to bring more content and learning to the experience. Therefore, the student will create a Discussion Thread in response to the provided prompt for the assigned Module. The student will post an initial thread of 200-250 words, and post a reply to 1 classmate in 100-150 words based on the provided reply prompt. The thread and reply must incorporate a minimum of 2 scholarly sources each. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
Quiz: Emergency Contact Information
In order to participate in the experiential portion of this class, students must complete the Quiz: Emergency Contact Information. (CLO: E)
Quiz: Group Disclosure and Consent Form
In order to participate in the experiential portion of this class, students must upload the Group Disclosure and Consent Form in the Quiz: Group Disclosure and Consent Form. This quiz will consist of 1 multiple choice question with unlimited attempts. (CLO: E)
Students will work in a small group to develop one group session that presents a psychoeducational topic. (CLO: A, C, D)
Allender Journal Assignments (10)
Students will complete the assigned reading and journal questions as per the course schedule. Journals are due before the scheduled class time each respective week. Because these journals are the basis of class, no exceptions will be made for late submissions. (CLO: E, F)
Benchmark Critical Incident Paper Assignment
The student will choose 1 of the 2 ethical scenarios provided in the Benchmark Critical Incident Paper Assignment Instructions, and apply the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics to the scenario. The student's response must be 300 words total. (CLO: G)
Quiz: Group Leader Feedback
During the class, the student will participate in the role of the process observer. This role requires the student to observe and provide verbal and written feedback to the group leader. The student will need to print 12 physical copies of the Group Leader Feedback Form. Each group leader will take a picture of their completed forms and upload it into the Quiz: Group Leader Feedback. (CLO: A, B, E)
Quiz: Attendance and Participation
In order to pass this class students must attend weekly classes online. Each week, students will be graded on attendance/punctuality, preparation, and participation. Points are lost for being late, being unprepared and not participating. If a student misses 2 or more weekly class sessions, (10 or more minutes late to class constitutes an absence), the student may be awarded a grade of "F". Students will participate in a small (personal growth) group as a group member, group leader, and process observer. Each class, students will be assigned to the role of a group member, a co-leader, and a process observer. Students will be instructed on the expectations of each of those roles. Participation is graded for these activities. Simply sitting without contributing, in any of these roles is not enough to pass the course. For this quiz, students will provide a self-evaluation on the Quiz: Attendance and Participation Grading Rubric, based on their participation during class. Professors will determine the students' final grade for attendance and participation, but will take the students' self-evaluations into account. (CLO: E)
Quiz: Dispositions Reflection
The Quiz: Dispositions Reflection will ask you to rate yourself on the nine dispositions required for this program by our accrediting bodies. This quiz consists of 9 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay question and will have a time limit of 60 minutes.
Each quiz covers one chapter of the Gladding text and consists of 10 multiple-choice questions. Each quiz will have a time limit of 20 minutes and will be open book and notes. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)