Graduate Counselling and Applied Psychology (GCAP) 672

Group Counselling and Process Skills (Revision 3)


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Delivery Mode: Paced study; 5 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 of Group Process
  • Lesson 3: Diversity, Competence, and Ethics in Group Counselling
  • Lesson 4: Leadership, Planning, and Outcomes
  • Lesson 5: Group Counselling: Common Clinical Issues

Summer Institution Lessons

  • Lessons 6 to 10: Applying Group Leaderships Skills, Styles, and Strategies Through the Stages of Group Development

Note: Summer Institute is a 5-day face-to-face intensive, with morning and afternoon sessions. Consult the Course Schedule for dates.

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 25%
Assignment 1: Group Counselling Manual Part 1 25%
Assignment 2: Group Counselling Manual Part 2 25%
Assignment 3: Session Facilitation & Participation 25%
Total 100%

Course Materials

Course Texts

There is no assigned textbook for this course. Course materials including weekly readings will be available online.

Other Materials

Recommended readings are not mandatory but reflect additional content that students may find useful.

Brown, N. W. (2011). Psychoeducational groups: Process and practice (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.

Corey, M., Corey, G., & Corey, C. (2017). Group process and practice (10th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

DeLucia-Waack, J. L., Kalodner, C. R., & Riva, M. (2014). Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy (2nd ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Jacobs, E., Schimmel, C., Masson, R., & Harvill, R. (2016). Group counseling: Strategies and skills (Eighth ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage learning.

Kottler, J. A., & Englar-Carlson, M. (2015). Learning group leadership: An experiential approach (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Maher, M. (2011). Racism and cultural diversity: Cultivating racial harmony through counselling, group analysis, and psychotherapy. London, UK: Routledge.

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 3, March 2019.

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Updated April 25 2019 by Student & Academic Services