- Course Number:
- AD 152
- Course Title:
- Group Counseling and Addiction
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Course DescriptionProvides 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
- Document attendance at a minimum of three self-help meetings and demonstrate recognition of how group principles manifest in self-help groups.
- Demonstrate knowledge of group concepts through written assignments.
- 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.