- Benefits of Groups
- Potential for learning of transferable skills
- Ethical considerations in working with groups
- Psychological and physical safety
- Trained leaders
- Leadership styles and models
- Co-leading groups
- Mediating model
- Stages of group development
- Storming (transition)
- Membership roles
- Quiet member
- Internal leader
- Deviant member
- Defensive member
- Leadership skills
- Needs assessment
- Cultural and developmental appropriateness
- Developing objectives
- Values congruity in recreation planning
- Generating program solutions
- Screening members
- Explaining the group process and purpose
- Engaging members/drawing out
- Tone setting
- Cutting off/limit setting
- Holding, shifting or deepening the focus
- Using rounds and dyads
- Using and processing exercises and activities
- Evaluating groups and activities
- Mid point
- Therapeutic use of groups and activities
- Enhancing individual development
- Whittaker’s typology of individual variables
- Using non-traditional activities
- Play and art therapy
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to successfully lead a counselling or activity group.
- Understand that groups progress through developmental stages and be able to describe the stages.
- Describe the characteristic roles that group members may occupy and appropriate response to group members in those roles.
- Recognize that the need of a group for structure and direction varies in accordance with its stage of development and respond appropriately.
- Articulate the therapeutic potential of group counselling and recreational activities.
- Plan, implement and evaluate counselling and recreational activity groups.
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. This will include but not be limited to: written assignments, group presentations and analysis of skill development.
To be determined