Graduate Counselling and Applied Psychology (GCAP) 672

Group Counselling and Process Skills (Revision 2)


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Delivery Mode: Paced study; 6 weeks online and summer institute (32 hours face-to-face).

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Graduate Studies

Prerequisite: GCAP 631, GCAP 633 and GCAP 671

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology

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The major emphasis of GCAP 672: Group Counselling and Process Skills is on developing group leadership skills through the integration of key concepts such as group dynamics and processes, group strategies and techniques, and group member needs and roles with the skills and styles of leadership through the four major group stages: initial, transition, working, and ending. Selected readings and activities will allow students to understand the importance of group counselling, and the practice sessions will provide them with feedback on their group leadership skills. An emphasis will be placed on understanding and respecting the multicultural nature of group counselling.


Online Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Theoretical and Research Foundations in Group Counselling
  • Lesson 2: Group Counselling: The Basics
  • Lesson 3: Group Counselling: Diversity, Competence, and Ethics
  • Lesson 4: Group Counselling: Issues in Initial and Transition Stages
  • Lesson 5: Group Counselling: Issues in Working and Ending Stages
  • Lesson 6: Group Leader and Co-leader Skills

Summer Institution Lessons

  • Lessons 7 to 14: Applying Group Leaderships Skills, Styles, and Strategies Through the Stages of Group Development

Course Evaluation

To receive credit for GCAP 672, students must submit all of the course assignments. The passing grade for the course is 70% and students must obtain of 70% on each summer institute activity to pass the course. The assessment structure for GCAP 672: Group Counselling and Process Skills is based on the following course activities, with the percentage weighting of each activity as indicated. Your final grade for the course will be a composite mark based on your performance in these course activities.

Course Activity Weight
Participation in Online Discussions 20%
Assignment 1: Group Proposal 15%
Assignment 2: Group Program 30%
Assignment 3: Session Facilitation & Evaluation 25%
Assignment 4: Self-Reflections 10%
Total 100%

Course Materials

Course Texts

Corey, M.S., Corey, G., & Corey, C (2010). Groups: Process and Practice (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Books/Cole.

Corey, G., Corey, M., & Haynes, R. (2013). Groups in action: Evolution and challenges DVD (with workbook). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Other Materials

All other course materials are available online.

Other Information

Students with a disability, who require academic accommodation, need to register with the Access to Students with Disabilities Centre at Athabasca University. Notification of the need for academic accommodation must normally be provided to the program office no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of class. It is the student's responsibility to register with the Disability Centre to request academic accommodation if required and to notify the instructor that such accommodation has been requested. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate individual student needs. However, because GCAP courses are paced, all student are required to participate weekly in the online discussion forums. There are also several courses where online exams are required.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice.

Opened in Revision 2, April 2010.

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