Education | Introduction to Group Counseling
G532 | 5731 | Dr. Edward Delgado-Romero

G532 Introduction to Group Counseling
Spring 2003 – Tuesdays 4-6:45 EDUC 1006

Instructor: Edward A. Delgado-Romero, Ph.D.
Wright Education Building, Room 4060, Office Hours:   	
Email: Phone:  856-8334

This course is a combination of didactic information about groups
(history, theory, techniques and applications) along with a clinical
training portion that will prepare future group leaders. As part of
your training you will be asked to role play, practice techniques,
and lead, observe and actively participate in a personal growth group
(composed of class members and observed by an experienced group

Goals - The goals of this class are for you to:

Develop and demonstrate knowledge of group dynamics including group
process components, developmental stage theories, and group member’s
roles and behaviors

Develop a basic understanding and personal awareness of how racial,
ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, functional ability, socio-
economic class, and other background/cultural factors affect your
group clients and your interactions with them.

Understand and demonstrate group leadership styles and approaches
including characteristics of various types of group leaders and
leadership styles.

Develop and demonstrate an understanding of group theory
(commonalities & distinguishing characteristics), group development,
group process and outcome and relevant research.

Demonstrate knowledge of group counseling methods including group
counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria
and methods, and methods of evaluation and effectiveness.

Demonstrate understanding of and ability to apply ethical principles
and standards to group topics.

A final grade will be determined through a midterm exam, three
reaction papers and feedback on your group facilitation skills.  The
clinical component of this class will include skill development
through role-plays with classmates, feedback from the professor,
group supervisor and peers, exercises, and participation in personal
growth group. This course will be infused with multicultural
awareness and sensitivity.

Grade: Midterm 20%, Paper 1 20%, Paper 2 20%, Paper 3 20% and
presentation 20%.

Attendance and timeliness in this class is mandatory. As in any group
activity absences will sabotage the group process.

Corey, M.S. & Corey, G. (2002). Groups: Process and Practice (6th

Yalom, I. (1995). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy (4th

Other readings and activities will be posted online through ONCOURSE

Student membership in ACA and the Association for Specialists in
Group Work (ASGW)

Course Requirements:
Reading – There are two required texts for this class; both books
integrate research, practice and personal reflection. There will be
online readings to supplement the books. It is important that you
stay current with the reading and come to class ready to discuss the
topics outlined in your syllabus. It is recommended that you keep a
personal journal detailing your thoughts and reactions to the course
material and experiences.

Group Participation and Leadership Skills – As a part of this course
you are required to participate in a personal growth group. The focus
of this group is on your personal growth and development as a
counseling professional. The group will meet for 6 or 7 sessions,
which will occur during class time. You will take on the roles of
group leader, group observer and group participant. Group leader will
rotate every group and will meet with the instructor before the group
you lead and will meet with the group supervisor and process
observers after your group. To prevent introduction of personal
issues (introduced or discussed during the group sessions) into the
grading of this course, the instructor of this course will only
receive process evaluations of class members from the group

Note:  Every attempt will be made to meet class members at a level
appropriate for their previous clinical experience. Differences in
experience, natural ability and other individual variables are likely
to exist within the group; therefore you will be graded on individual
improvement rather than relative to your classmates.

Paper 1 - Group Leader Reflection Report – The class after you co-
lead the group, the group leader refection report is due. Guidelines
will be online.

Paper 2 – Group Member Reflection Report – this is due at your
discretion. Guidelines will be online.

Paper 3 – Group observer Report – this is due at your discretion.
Guidelines will be online.

Group Proposal Presentation – You will be responsible for presenting
to the class a presentation of Applications of Group Process to
Specific Group (see Corey & Corey page 299 for an example). This
presentation should be a group that you are interested in running and
appropriate to your practicum setting. A maximum of 4 people can work
on presentations together. You will be expected to provide an
overview of group issues and provide resources.

Class Participation – You are expected to be an active participant in
this class, engaging in lectures, asking questions and providing
feedback to your class mates. You will be actively involved in
soliciting and providing feedback to other members of the class in a
professional manner. The focus will be on providing developmentally
appropriate, specific and clinically relevant feedback to class
members to facilitate their growth as a group leader.

Confidentiality –It is expected that all classroom discussions and
group interactions remain confidential to facilitate honest

Course Schedule

Review Syllabus
History of Group Counseling (lecture)
Introduction to Group Leadership (lecture)
Overview of Yalom’s Therapeutic Factors (lecture)

Read: Corey & Corey Chapter 1, Introduction to Group Work Corey &
Corey, Chapter 2, the Group Counselor: Person and Professional
Read: Yalom, Chapter 16 Group Therapy and the Encounter Group,
Chapter 1, The Therapeutic Factors, Chapter 2, Interpersonal
Learning, Chapter 3, Group Cohesiveness
View Video: Developmental Aspects of Group Counseling, Part 1: Early

Read : Corey & Corey Chapter 3; Ethical and Legal Issues in Group
Counseling, Corey & Corey Chapter 4; Forming a Group
Read: Yalom, Chapter 4 The therapeutic factors: An integration,
Chapter 5, the Therapist: Basic Tasks, Chapter 6 The Therapist:
Working in the here and now
Group selection and preparation

Read Corey & Corey Chapter 5, Initial Stages of a Group
Read: Yalom Chapter 11, In the Beginning, Chapter 7 The Therapist:
Transference and Transparency, Chapter 8 The selection of patients
View Video: Developmental Aspects of Group Counseling, Part 2:
Transition/Working Stage.

Read Corey & Corey Chapter 6 Transition Stages of a Group
Read Yalom: Chapter 9, Composition of therapy groups, Chapter 10
Creation of the group: Place, Time, Size Preparation, Chapter 12 The
advanced group
Group presentations 1

Read Corey & Corey Chapter 7; Working Stage of a Group
Read Yalom: Chapter 13, Problem Patients
Group presentations 2

Read: Corey & Corey; Chapter 8 Ending a Group
Read: Yalom Chapter 12, the advanced group, Chapter 14 The therapist:
Specialized formats and procedural aids
View Video: Developmental Aspects of Group Counseling, Part 3:
Working Stage/Termination

1. Read Corey and Corey Chapter 9, 10, 11 & 12
2. Read Yalom 15 the specialized Therapy group, Chapter 17, Training
the Group Therapist
3.Finalize group schedule
4. Group Presenations (if needed)

Midterm Exam


Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Last day of class, all assignments due
Teacher evaluations

Incompletes will not be given in this course.
Late assignments will not be accepted.