This unit will enable students to explore the application of Group Counselling and Psychotherapy in their professional practice. There will be an experiential focus on participation in, and facilitation of group sessions using ethical and theoretical underpinnings. Students will develop knowledge and skills relating to group development, facilitation, and leadership towards fostering therapeutic change in the group setting. There will also be a focus of critical reflection on the process of group practice.

Unit code: DZ2485S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Counselling

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Describe and analyse the principles of group dynamics.


Demonstrate knowledge of major group theories and approaches.


Apply and ethically integrate theory and practice to a specified group.


Demonstrate group facilitation and leadership skills for processing change.

Unit sequence

This is an elective unit within the Advanced Diploma in Counselling and the Bachelor of Counselling.


This unit is delivered through lectures, readings, workshops and supervision.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Corey, G. (2016). Theory and practice of group counseling, (9th ed.). Cengage Learning.

  • Geldard, K., & Geldard, D. (2001). Working with children in groups. Palgrave.

  • Gladding, S. (2015). Groups: a counseling specialty. Pearson.

  • Haynes, R., Corey, G., & Corey, M. (2013). Groups in action: evolution and challenges. Cengage Learning.

  • Jacobs, E., Schimmel, C., Masson, R., & Harvill, R. (2015). Group counseling: strategies and skills. Cengage Learning.

  • Wheelan, S. (2005). Group processes: a developmental perspective. Cengage Learning.

  • Yalom, I., & Leszcz, M. (2005). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy. Cengage Learning.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Oral Presentation - Oral Presentation 1000 25.0
Investigation - Written Assessment 1750 35.0
Personal Reflection - Practical Assessment

Also includes peer reflection

1750 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 18 Mar, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-03-18 15:30:31 +1100