Group Dynamics and Activity Planning for the Youth Justice Worker

Applied Community Studies
Youth Justice
Course Code
YJWD 2300
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging from 2 - 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
In this course, students will explore group theory and develop skills for group design, participation, and facilitation. Students will plan and facilitate developmentally appropriate outcome-focused group activities to promote group development and individual growth.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Groups have therapeutic potential.
  • Groups and people are dynamic – they grow and change over time.  Understanding group dynamics and developing group facilitation skills allows practitioners greater competency in their work.
  • Group leadership and involvement helps develop communication, counselling, conflict resolution, feedback, and problem solving skills.
  • Effective group leaders are intentional in assessing how, when, and why various facilitation skills are used and how outcome-focused activities can be used to promote group development. 
  • Group facilitation involves balancing task-centered work (content) with the needs of the group (process).  Groups are successful to the extent that both content and process are attended to.
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Demonstration
  • Group discussion and exercises
  • Student presentations
  • Blackboard
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.  

Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of:

  • Written assignments
  • Journals
  • Class presentations
  • Examinations
  • Class participation

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the therapeutic potential of groups through their experience as members and leaders in counselling, task, and psychoeducational groups.
  2. Define the differences between various types of groups and illustrate the leadership styles and facilitation skills suitable for each.
  3. Describe the stages of group development and demonstrate appropriate leadership skills for each.
  4. Recognize potential obstacles to group functioning and identify flexible and sensitive approaches that may promote group functioning.   
  5. Design, plan, and facilitate developmentally appropriate group activities to promote growth in identified need areas.  


Textbook Materials

To be determined.

Example: Posthuma, B. W. (2002). Small Groups in Counselling and Therapy: Process and leadership (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.



YJWD 100 or YJWD 1100 and CYCC 220 or YJWD 220 or CYCC 1220 or YJWD 1220


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see

Institution Transfer Details for YJWD 2300
Athabasca University (AU) AU CRJS 3XX (3)
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC SSWK 241 (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ARTS 2XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CYCA 2620 (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 2XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Fall 2022