BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCI-133 - Group Dynamics - 3.00 Credits

SOCI-133 - Group Dynamics - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is designed to assist participants through a process of experiential learning that provides skill building activities in group dynamics. Group facilitative skills will be developed or strengthened for use in chemical addictions counselling. Students will be exposed to didactic presentations aimed at applying, integrating, and reinforcing group dynamics. Cultural diversity is an integral component of this course.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Chemical Addiction Worker Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, ENGL 12, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 – 70%, Final 30 – 50% TOTAL 100 % Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • define the distinguishing characteristics common to group interaction;
  • identify group goals that are short term, long term, explicit, and shared;
  • distinguish between process and content statements;
  • identify different effects of tasks, maintenance, and self oriented behaviors in a group;
  • identify group processes and dynamics;
  • define the healing factors and various norms that facilitate the development in groups;
  • distinguish between the different stages of group growth;

  • demonstrate best practices for selection and preparation of potential members of a group;

  • identify and clarify the characteristics associated with leadership qualities and styles;
  • demonstrate effective intervention techniques; and
  • describe issues related to group closure.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Perkinson, Robert, R. Chemical Dependency Counselling, A Practical Guide. Current edition. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications

  • Velasquez, M., Maurer, G., Crouch, C., DiClemente, C. Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A stage of change therapy manual.Current edition. New York, Guilford Publishing.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca.
    Other Information: The learning experience in this course will be accomplished through readings, lectures, small and large group discussions, task group exercises, assignments, and role-plays. The instructional design combines didactic presentations with experiential learning activities aimed at applying, integrating and reinforcing the concepts presented. Attitudinal issues are addressed throughout the course as the participants share information, build skills, and apply the content of the course. Cultural diversity is an integral component of the coursework.