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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Theory&Skills of Experiential Group Processes
Module Code HD583
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marie Therese O'Gorman
Semester 2: Marie Therese O'Gorman
Autumn: Marie Therese O'Gorman
Module TeachersAisling Fleming
Marie Therese O'Gorman
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to: 1. Develop an understanding of the principles required to assess and evaluate the facilitation skills associated with the management of groups and organisations. 2. To examine and practice the strategies/skills which can be implemented for working with a group or an organisation in order to facilitate a changing & creative environment. 3. To give students the opportunity to reflect on their own style of participation in a group setting.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically examine the theoretical assumptions used to explain the nature and function of groups.
2. Critically examine why and how change is resisted and what can be done to manage this resistance in a group context.
3. Diagnose conflict situations in the workplace and describe effective and ineffective ways of dealing with it.
4. Assess the implications of group dynamics through participation in the class group experience.
5. Develop competency and skills to competently initiate, lead and close groups.
6. Critically assess current supervision models to inform the practice of guidance and counselling
7. Appraise one's own personal development and personal learning style and their influence on role and group dynamics through participation in the group process.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture18No Description
Group work18No Description
Independent Study50No Description
Clinical placement100No Description
Total Workload: 186

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

• The individual and the organisation: psychological approaches to group theory. • Reconciling individual and organisational need. • The development of group norms and codes of practice. • Conflict resolution within groups. • Theories and models of organisational change. • Group Counselling • Group Guidance • Tasks & Group Process • Facilitation Skills

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practice assessment record Students will be required to present a verbatim case study from their placement practice and undergo group supervision to identify the learning opportunities from a guidance and counselling encounter with a client100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Benson, Jarlath F. (2001)Working More Creatively With Groups, 2nd ed. London: Routledge: 0,
  • Conyne, Robert K. (1999) Failures in Group Work: How We Can Learn From Our Mistakes, London: Sage Publications: 0,
  • Corey, Gerald. (2006) Theory and Practice Of Group Counselling, 7th ed. California: Brooks/Cole: 0,
  • Doel, Mark. and Sawdon, Catherine (2003) The Essential Group Worker: Teaching and Learning Creative Group Work, 3rd ed. New York & London: Jessica Kingsley: 0,
  • Douglas, Tom. (2000) Basic Group Work, 2nd ed. London: Routledge: 0,
  • Sue, Derald Wing. and Sue, David. (2003) Counselling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 4th ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons,: 0,
  • Yalom, Irvin. (1995) The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 4th ed. New York: Basic Books,: 0,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MSGCMSc in Guidance Counselling

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