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Course Code: EDUC627 Course ID: 2808 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Explores the theories and techniques associated with group counseling especially as they apply to school settings. The role of group counseling is discussed in relation to the effectiveness of the overall comprehensive counseling program. Candidates discuss the types, stages, and methods of organizing and facilitating groups. Consideration of issues involved in group work with persons from different cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds is included. Ten hours of participation in a growth group is required during the eight-week course. Students experience group counseling from a participant’s perspective and reflect on group counseling skills. (Prerequisites: EDUC515 and EDUC535)

Course Schedule

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Current Syllabi

After successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  1. Explain how the historical trends, philosophy, and human growth and development have shaped contemporary group counseling services in school settings
  2. Use group counseling as a part of the comprehensive school counseling program to promote the development of all students
  3. Evaluate how students, including special education and at-risk students, may be served by group counseling services to overcome barriers and impediments to learning
  4. Apply group counseling skills that are systematically designed to assist children, adolescents, and teens in their intellectual, social and personal development and to encourage motivation
  5. Use appropriate selection criteria when connecting children, adolescents, and teens with services including counseling groups
  6. Apply principles of group dynamics, leadership/facilitation styles, group processes, member roles and behaviors especially in the context of linking children, adolescents, and teens with group counseling services
  7. Create group counseling plans and activities that are developmentally appropriate
  8. Collaborate with educators, families and those individuals and agencies that control community resources
  9. Examine services to meet the diverse needs of pupils, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities, through in-depth knowledge of the role that diversity, inclusion, gender and equity have on students’ academic achievement, personal/social maturation, and career development
  10. Evaluate the relevant ethical practices and considerations when providing group counseling services with children, adolescents, and teens
NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Introductions 20.00 %
Forum 1 2.50 %
Forum 2 2.50 %
Forum 3 2.50 %
Forum 4 2.50 %
Forum 5 2.50 %
Forum 6 2.50 %
Forum 7 2.50 %
Forum 8 2.50 %
Group Experience Proposal 5.00 %
Group Experience Proposal 5.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Group Curriculum 25.00 %
Group Curriculum 25.00 %
Group Experience Journal and Log 25.00 %
Group Experience Journal and Log 25.00 %

This text can be purchased from the APUS Bookstore in hard copy or as an eBook.

Recommended Resources

Jacobs, E. E., Masson, R. L., & Harvill, R. L. (2009). Group counseling: Strategies and skills (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks-Cole.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

American School Counselor Association

American Counseling Association

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Directory of Family Help – Adolescent Services

Multicultural Pavilion

NBPTS for School Counselors

State-by-State program requirements

US Dept. of Health & Human Services

US Dept. of Education - No Child Left Behind

Citation and Writing Resources

You will be expected to adhere to APA style throughout this program. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) may be purchased and used in all courses.

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Book Title:Groups Process and Practice, 10th ed.
Publication Info:Cengage
Unit Cost:$205.00
Electronic ISBN:9781337469227
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.