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Counselor Education 614

COED 614: Group Counseling Theories and Techniques

Prerequisites: COED 610 and COED 611 or faculty approval

Credit Hours: (3) Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory

Introduction to small group counseling. Didactic and experiential learning in group theory and practice. Involves group participation to develop self awareness, acceptance, and effective interpersonal skills.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Basic group procedures
2. Stages of Group

  • Initial Stage
  • Transition Stage
  • Working Stage
  • Final Stage

3. Legal and Ethical Issues of Group
4. Theories of Group Counseling

  • Psychoanalytic Groups
  • Adlerian Group Counseling
  • Psychodrama
  • Existential Approach to Group
  • Person-Centered Approach to Groups
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Behavioral Group Therapy
  • Rational-Emotive Group Therapy
  • Reality Therapy in Groups

5. Cultural Diversity
6. Tasks of the Group Leader
7. Evaluation of Groups


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Lecture/Lab - students practice group skills by participating in group under supervision, class projects, demonstrations


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To develop students understanding of importance of groups.
2. To develop students understanding of stages of groups.
3. To develop students understanding of how to plan and initiate groups.
4. To develop students understanding of various types of groups.
5. To develop students understanding of leadership tasks and skills.
6. To develop students understanding of theories of group counseling.
7. To develop students understanding of how to write a proposal for a group.


Assessment Measures

  • Class participation
  • Class attendance
  • Individual projects
  • Tests


Other Course Information



Review and Approval
April 1999 Revised