PSY-750 Group Psychotherapy
4 semester credits
This course will focus on group dynamics, including components of group process, developmental stages of a group as they pertain to group therapy as well as the theory and technique of group therapy itself. We will examine group member’s roles and behaviors and therapeutic factors of group work. We will consider the relationship between leadership styles and group functioning and review some of the research as well as the clinical literature. While the focus will primarily be on interpersonally-focused therapy groups, we will also consider when and how to use different types of groups, including task groups, psycho-educational groups and support groups. Finally, we will review the ethical and legal principles unique to group work, with an awareness of the ethical responsibility to demonstrate sensitivity to group member diversity with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, spirituality, sexual orientation, and disabilities. All students will be expected to participate in an experiential group (to be negotiated with the professor), the experience of which will be a focus of one of the required papers.
Pre-requisites: PSY-711A1, PSY-711A2
Delivery Method: Distance/Electronically Mediated
Grading Default: Letter
1. Know of the eleven therapeutic factors which are intrinsic to the group therapy process.
2. Be able to identify the typical stages of group development and basic group theory principles.
3. Be able to modify a prototypic group to the needs of a particular setting, issue, or purpose.
4. Know the ethical and professional issues relevant to group therapy.
5. Be familiar with the basic techniques/strategies that are useful in leading groups and that differentiate group from individual counseling.
6. Understand how to work with diverse populations in group settings.
7. Be conversant with contemporary research on group therapy.
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