COUN6171 Group Therapy

Master Course Unit

COUN6171: Group Therapy

Duration: One trimester

Level: 1st year

Credit points: 3 (out of a total of 48 points)

Prerequisites: None

Mode(s) of delivery: Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Core

Unit description

This unit looks at the theory and application of group therapy. It provides an opportunity for students to develop their capacity to apply group work theory and practice in a variety of contexts and settings. Students will learn about the theoretical underpinnings that inform the dynamics of group processes and the stages of group development. Students will learn to apply their knowledge and skills to real and simulated situations. Emphasis throughout the unit is placed on developing a practical framework to manage, lead and participate in groups in a range of contexts and circumstances.

Learning outcomes

  • describe the rationale for groupwork and an overview of historical perspectives on the development and application of groupwork
  • develop a systematic approach to groupwork planning, program development and associated administrative functions
  • identify and describe the key elements of group dynamics and group process
  • implement appropriate adult learning principles, communication skills and group techniques for conducting and/or facilitating a group and group process
  • demonstrate group observation and analysis skills and implement and explain a range of intervention strategies to deal with a variety of groupwork situations
  • compare a range of counselling and personal growth groups, the roles and functions of the leader within these groups, and special issues related to these groups
  • describe and discuss the ethical and legal dimensions of groupwork

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.

Graduate attributes

The material covered in this unit will contribute to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Communication

The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a range of contexts using literacy, numeracy and information technology skills. 

  • Independent and Lifelong Learning

A commitment to continued and independent learning, intellectual development, critical analysis and inquiry, integrative thinking, and creativity.

  • Problem Solving

The ability to problem solve across a range of settings including professional, social and cultural contexts. 

  • Information Literacy

The ability to assimilate, analyse and utilise information effectively in a range of contexts, genres and texts types.

  • Innovation and Sustainability

A capacity to promote innovation within a socially sustainable environment.

  • Social Justice

An acknowledgment of and respect for equality of opportunity, individual and civic responsibility, indigenous and other cultures and times, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

  • Discipline Knowledge and Skills

A command of a significant body of discipline knowledge and relevant professional skills.

  • Ethics and Ethical Practice

An awareness of, and sensitivity to, ethics and ethical standards on interpersonal and social levels, and within a field of study and/or profession.  To demonstrate integrity on social, cultural, and environmental issues.

  • Teamwork and leadership

A capacity for and an understanding of teamwork and leadership.

  • Global Perspective

An appreciation, respect and valuing of cultural and intellectual diversity.

Special provisions

Students will attend an on campus workshop of 14 hours in this unit. These workshops are compulsory to meet PACFA Professional Training Standards which require a minimum of 200 hours of face-to-face teaching.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Relevant journals and resources

Knowledge and understanding of these topics will be enhanced by wide reading of international peer-reviewed journal articles from various domains of counselling and psychotherapy, which can be accessed via the ACAP Library’s journal databases.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.