Effective Group leadership

10 Units

This course develops advanced and integrated knowledge and specialized skill in facilitation of group counselling sessions. Students will critically analyse and synthesise complex knowledge relating to a range of group interventions, and will research and apply knowledge of group dynamics to relationship education. Students will develop expertise in supporting change using the group environment.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2015


At the end of this course, students will demonstrate:

  • Specialist skill in identifying and selecting appropriate group participants.

  • Advanced knowledge and skill in developing and implementing group interventions.

  • Advanced skill in developing positive change at the individual and group level.

  • Advanced skill in developing a therapeutic alliance for change.

  • Capacity to research and apply knowledge relating to group phases and dynamics.

  • Specialised skill in identifying and managing transference and counter-transference in group relationships.

  • Specialised skill in group facilitation and maintaining a safe group environment.

  • Capacity to critically analyse and apply knowledge relating to individual change and wider social ecosystems.

  • Specialist knowledge and skill in developing individual and group schema for interpersonal learning and change.

  • Capacity to critically analyse and evaluate a wide variety of group interventions and their limitations.

  • Capacity to critically analyse and apply ethical standards in group counselling.

  • Knowledge and skill in the use of supervision and professional development to maintain a high standard of facilitation skills required to autonomously undertake group counselling and relationship education.

  • Capacity to critically reflect on, and apply, practically what has been learnt theoretically within the course.

  • Theoretical frameworks informing group counselling interventions.

  • Variety of systemic therapeutic group work interventions and their application, including evidence based and culturally sensitive approaches.

  • Strengths, imitations and contraindications of specific group counselling models.

  • Understanding and applying models of stages of group development.

  • Types of group leadership.

  • Facilitating group counselling, including:

    • identifying and selecting appropriate group participants.
    • goal setting, managing confidentiality.
    • analysing and managing transference and counter-transference in group relationships.
    • identifying and applying a range of interventions at the individual, sub-group and whole group levels.
    • Monitoring patterns of involvement.
    • Managing key transitions and stages of development.
    • Facilitating group to develop insight and use of meaning attribution.
    • Facilitating group to develop connections between group members and their own thoughts, feelings and actions.
    • Assisting group members to develop self awareness and understanding of defences.
    • Maintaining a safe environment.
  • Appropriate selection and use of group techniques to meet the expressed needs of group participants.

  • Complex interpersonal interactions, power in relationships, groups, abuse and conflict.

  • Managing conflict positively and constructively in group counselling.

  • Analysing and responding to group dynamics and associated behaviours.

  • Working effectively with voluntary and involuntary clients.

  • Self awareness and impact on group process and effective group counselling leadership.

  • Ethical standards, behaviour and legal frameworks for therapeutic relationships in groups.

  • Reflective practice and the influence of values and attitudes.

  • Evaluating techniques and effectiveness of group counselling facilitation and interventions.

Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline and relevant professional experience in the field.
Modes of Delivery Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Case Study
Email Discussion Group
Student Projects
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Online Learning Activities - Online Group Participation and Contribution
  • Other: (please specify) - Clinical skills assessment
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Seminar: for 30 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Case Study: for 15 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Student Projects: for 15 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6518

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