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COU5008 Group Counselling Processes and Practice

Short Description: Group Counsel Process Prac
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090513 - Counselling
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH


The course is divided into two parts. The first aspect concerns the theories and principles which underpin models of group processes and applications. Topics include history and theories of groups, including stage theories, and action and process models of group development. The various settings in which groups occur are also addressed, including how contextual factors intersect with process design. A range of individual difference and diversity factors are addressed, because of their fundamental interaction with the intrapersonal and interpersonal experience of group members. The second aspect of the course concerns skills development, especially in relation to 1) process design, and 2) process management. As such, counselling microskills are extended to encompass higher order practitioner skills, such as leveraging conflict and confrontation to stimulate learning and change. The ethical challenges of managing consent and confidentiality for individuals in a group setting is embedded within each component of the course, and especially in the skills component. Finally, the group counsellor as a person and as a professional is considered, in terms of how he or she can maintain personal containment and focus in a dynamic and fluid group environment. All students will have the opportunity to develop discipline-specific areas of interest, as the assessment will be sufficiently flexible to allow for individual health specialisations.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2019 Online