Effective Group leadership

Course code HLSC6518
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course develops advanced and integrated knowledge and specialized skill in facilitation of group counselling sessions. Students will critically analyse and synthesise complex knowledge relating to a range of group interventions, and will research and apply knowledge of group dynamics. Students will develop expertise in supporting change using the group environment.


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  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and select group work as an appropriate approach for clients

2. Develop group interventions.

3. Facilitate individual and group safety.


  1. Theoretical frameworks informing group counselling intervention
  2. A variety of group work interventions, including evidence based and culturally sensitive approaches
  3. Stages of group development
  4. Types of group leadership
  5. Appropriate selection and use of group techniques to meet the expressed needs of group participants
  6. Managing conflict positively and constructively in groups
  7. Analysing and responding to group dynamics and associated behaviours
  8. Self-awareness and impact on group process and effective group counselling leadership
  9. Ethical standards, behaviour and legal frameworks for therapeutic relationships in groups
  10. Reflective practice and the influence of values and attitudes
  11. Evaluating techniques and effectiveness of group counselling facilitation and interventions

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline and relevant professional experience in the field.

Assessment Items

Practical Demonstration: Activity facilitation

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Practical Demonstration: Facilitation of group

Report: Report

Contact Hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 88 hour(s) per Term

Students are required to undertake at least 120 hours of overall effort


Face to Face On Campus 32 hour(s) per Term

Students are required to attend the 2 Workshops in Newcastle.