COUN5831 Groupwork Theory and Practice
Graduate Diploma Level Unit
Duration: One Trimester
Level: 2nd year
Credit Points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)
Prerequisites: COUN5131 Counselling Practice and COUN5141 Counselling Theories
Mode(s) of Delivery: Blended Delivery
This unit traces important historical developments and contemporary applications of group work. Students will learn the function of key elements of group structure, process and dynamics as well as adult learning principles, communication skills and group work techniques for systematic group facilitation.
Students will demonstrate skills in group observation and analysis and plan intervention strategies for a group work setting through the conduct of a group activity and evaluation of the experience.
Students will evaluate ethical and legal dimensions of group work; and will use case studies to analyse group dynamics, probable causes of dysfunction, stages of a group’s development, group member functions, power dynamics and leader interventions and their outcomes.
On completion of the unit students will be able to:
- Explain the rationale for group work and trace important historical developments including contemporary applications of group work
- Demonstrate understanding of the function of key elements of group structure, process and dynamics
- Implement appropriate adult learning principles, communication skills and group work techniques for facilitating a group
- Demonstrate skills in group observation and analysis and plan intervention strategies for a group work setting
- Develop a systematic approach to group work planning
- Evaluate the effectiveness and ethical and legal dimensions of group work
The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.
The required text book for this unit can be found by viewing the Discipline of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: https://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/order-course-materials-and-text-books/
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