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Group Dynamics and Activity Planning for the Youth Justice Worker

Course Code: YJWD 2300
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Youth Justice
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging from 2 - 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.  

course prerequisites

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

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.