Education | Introduction to Group Counseling
G532 | 5445 | Marianne Mitchell
This course is designed primarily to introduce graduate students to
the various theories, techniques and concepts which underlie the major
approaches to group counseling. Students will be exposed to both
didactic and experiential input consisting of participating in various
types of group activities.
The didactic portion of the course is to help one gain the cognitive
understandings of the group field which are considered essential for
beginning counselors to have. The experiential portion is designed to
provide an opportunity for the participant to explore issues related
to one's becoming both a group member and a group leader. Direct
experience will be provided for registrants to participate as a member
of a small group.
The course is designed to assist students to develop an understanding
of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling
methods and skills, and other group work approaches. Included will be
a. Principles of group dynamics including group process components,
developmental stage theories, and group members' roles and behaviors;
b. Group leadership styles and approaches including characteristics
of various types of group leaders and leadership styles;
c. Theories of group counseling including commonalities,
distinguishing characteristics, and pertinent research and literature;
d. Group counseling methods including group counselor orientations
and behaviors, ethical standards, appropriate selection criteria and
methods, and methods of evaluation of effectiveness;
e. Approaches used for other types of group work, including task
groups, prevention groups, support groups, and therapy groups; and
f. Ethical considerations.
Yalom, Irvin. The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. 4th ed.
Basic Books. New York. 1995.
Corey, G. & Corey, M.S. Groups: Process & Practice. 5th Ed. 1997.
Brooks/Cole. Pacific Grove, CA.
Booklet of handout materials which may be purchased at TIS on East
Third Street or the Indiana University Bookstore in the Indiana
1. Class attendance
2. Class participation
3. Personal journal
4. Reading of the required texts
5. Satisfactory completion of the examination
6. Group Leader Reflection Report
Group Proposal (due Feb. 13)
(You should anticipate making enough copies of this proposal for each
class member. An outline for this will be
Group Leader Reflection Report 30%
Group Proposal 10%
PLEASE NOTE: INCOMPLETES WILL NOT BE GIVEN IN THIS COURSE.
ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER DUE DATES.