Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AD 152
Course Title:
Group Counseling and Addiction
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Course Description

Provides exposure to the concepts of group process, group development and leader facilitation skills. Emphasizes group therapy and the addiction counselor. Prerequisites: AD 101. Prerequisites/concurrent: WR 122. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:
1. Differentiate process from content issues and apply both in group counseling with the addicted population.
2. Employ effective trauma informed group interventions in addiction counseling.
3. Function as a group facilitator by implementing group interventions.
4. Maintain confidentiality, healthy boundaries and ethical practice in group leadership.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Document attendance at a minimum of three self-help meetings and demonstrate recognition of how group principles manifest in self-help groups.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of group concepts through written assignments.
  3. Demonstrate ability to apply group leadership skills by co-facilitating in class role play group.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Various types of groups and factors which contribute to group formation and function.
  • Process and content issues.
  • Stages of group growth and characteristics behaviors of each stage.
  • The role and function of various group roles.
  • The purpose and responsibility of a group facilitator.
  • The appropriate and inappropriate use of counselor self-disclosure in a group situation.
  • The roles of facilitator and co-facilitator.
  • Creating and implementing group interventions.
  • Structured exercises most appropriate to current stage of group growth.
  • Confidentiality and membership selection.
  • Informed consent for group treatment
  • Addiction specific groups
  • Addiction specific self-help meetings
  • Principles of effective feedback
  • Personal facilitation style
  • Student strengths and growth areas in leadership role.
  • Therapeutic curative factors in groups.
  • Norms of behavior that promote growth within groups.
  • Therapeutic interventions and when it is appropriate to use them.
  • Group closure and evaluation of the group experience.