Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Advanced Skills in Group Facilitation
Course Code COUN340
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s)
COUN110 Personal Growth
COUN200 Theories & Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy
COUN210 Micro-skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Course Aims
This course is designed to help students understand and plan different types of groups (e.g. counselling groups, psychoeducational groups, psychotherapy groups) and develop facilitation skills in group work.  To reach this goal, the course tries to do the difficult tasks for each student of integrating experiences of being a group member with learning group leadership skills.  Therefore, each student’s own reflections of group experiences, self-awareness, knowledge of group processes and skills are all stressed.  The course teaches an overview of group dynamics, ethical and professional issues and gives supervised experiences for students as facilitators and participants.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

After completing the course, students should be able to:

1. explain the different procedures for forming a group;
2. identify the various types of group and the purposes and functions of each type;
3. identify and adhere to the professional codes of ethics applicable to group work;
4. implement effective interventional strategies and techniques accordingly;
5. plan topics, write proposals and session plans for psychoeducational groups;
6. initiate, facilitate, sustain and terminate groups;
7. evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses in group processes and group facilitation leadership; and
8. apply psychoeducational groups in different settings.
Assessment Tasks
Group Proposals
Session Plans
Group Plan Presentation and Group Analysis
Personal Reflection Paper
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