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CCOG for AD 152 Fall 2022

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

Introduces the methodology for group counseling. Includes strategies for group development and for effective group leader facilitation. Prerequisites: Admission into the Addiction Counseling Program. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Employ strategies for effective group development.

  2. Employ effective trauma-informed group interventions.

  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.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The outcome assessment strategies will include but not be limited to the following:

1.  Students will have an opportunity to facilitate an in class group experience to practice targeted interventions.

2.  Students will develop a "tool box" of interventions they will apply during class practice with their fellow students.

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.