- Small group work
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Self-awareness is an essential prerequisite for skilled leadership and participation in groups.
- Group work is a powerful medium for growth, change, learning, and task accomplishment.
- Understanding group dynamics allows practitioners greater choice, control and flexibility in their work.
- Effective communication, counselling, consultation, and problem solving skills that are relevant to work with individuals are also relevant for work with groups.
- Effective group leaders and members are versatile and able to use a wide range of skills depending on unique individual and situational variables.
- Effective group leadership requires a balance of task and maintenance activity.
- Successful groups will have successful leaders.
- All participants in the group have an opportunity and a responsibility to positively impact group outcome.
Upon successful completion of this course, within the following content areas the student will be able to:
- Group Work in the Social Service Field
- identify types of groups
- describe the advantages, disadvantages and risks of groups
- identify critical considerations for planning groups
- identify variables associated with effective groups
- Group Dynamics
- identify and describe group dynamics
- identify the phases of group development
- describe essential skills and tasks for each phase of development
- Application of Communication/Helping Skills in Social Service Settings
- demonstrate a range of communication skills for use in groups
- Group Leadership in Social Service Settings
- describe leadership styles
- identify advantages and disadvantages of different styles
- examine personal leadership style
- demonstrate an ability to lead and evaluate groups
- Obstacles to Group Functioning
- describe the characteristics of effective and ineffective groups
- demonstrate strategies for handling group obstacles
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Collaborative learning
- Research paper
This is a letter graded course