Education | Introduction to Group Counseling
G532 | 5002 | Dr. Edward Delgado-Romero

G532 Introduction to Group Counseling
Summer 2002

Instructor: Edward A. Delgado-Romero, Ph.D.
Wright Education Building, Room 4060, Office Hours: Mondays 10 –12,
Wed 8 –10 	
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 the final exam, the group
leadership reaction paper, feedback from the group supervisor and
class participation. 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 and by the end
of the course you will be expected to know about multicultural
competence and display developmentally appropriate multicultural

Grade: 50% Final Exam + 25% group leadership reaction paper + 15%
feedback on group leadership skills + 10% class participation

You are expected to be on time and attend every class and every group

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

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

Booklet of handout materials which may be purchased at TIS on East
Third Street or the Indiana University Bookstore in the Indiana
Memorial Union.

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 is also a
Readings Booklet to supplement your learning. 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.

Group Leader Reflection Report – The class after you co-lead the
group, the group leader refection report is due. See page 146 of the
Readings Booklet for the format for the report.

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.

Final Exam – The final exam will be cumulative and essay based.
Emphasis will be on synthesis rather than recall.

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
Review Booklet pg 1 - 42
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
Observing group behavior: Booklet pg. 53 - 66
Group 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
Review Booklet pg. 70 -94
Personal Growth Group Session 1

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
Booklet exercise page 95, review 103 – 118.
Personal Growth Group Session 2

No Class Fourth of July Holiday

Read Corey & Corey Chapter 7; Working Stage of a Group
Read Yalom: Chapter 13, Problem Patients
View Video: Developmental Aspects of Group Counseling, Part 2:
Transition/Working Stage.
Review Booklet 120 -140
Personal Growth Group Session 3

Read: Corey & Corey; Chapter 8 Ending a Group
Read: Yalom Chapter 12, the advanced group, Chapter 14 The therapist:
Specialized formats and procedural aids
Group leadership, Booklet 140 -145
Personal Growth Group Session 4

1. Read Corey and Corey Chapter 9
2. Read Yalom 15 the specialized Therapy group
3. View Video: Developmental Aspects of Group Counseling, Part 3:
Working Stage/Termination
4. Booklet assessment 147 - 151
5. Personal Growth Group Session 5

Read:  Read Corey and Corey Chapter 10
Booklet assessment 152 – 156
Personal Growth Group Session 6

Read: Read Corey and Corey Chapters 11 & 12
Read: Yalom Chapter 17, Training the Group Therapist
Review Booklet 157 - end
Personal Growth Group Session 7 (if needed)

Final Exam
Wrap up discussion of group experience

Incompletes will not be given in this course.
Late assignments will not be accepted.
During this summer this course is taught in an intensive manner.
There is a lot of learning in a short amount of time. Flexibility,
courage and a sense of humor are helpful.