DAAC-2454-50 - Dynamics of Group Counseling
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2017 Course Syllabus
DAAC-2454-50 - Dynamics of Group Counseling
|Instructor||White, Linda Bottley|
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|Course Description||Group Counseling Skills: This course is designed to facilitate development of basic communication skills necessary to develop an effective helping relationship with clients. It includes the utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families, or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and it''s ramifications; examination of alternative solutions; and decision making.|
|Required Textbooks||Groups: Process and Practice; 8th Edition; M. Corey ISBN-13: 9780495600763|
Research has shown a strong positive relationship between attendance, participation and college success.
1. Attendance is expected and will be recorded each class.
2. Attendance/Participation represents 150 points of the final grade in the course.
3. You will be given ONE FREE absence, without penalty, regardless of the reason. For each absence thereafter, a student will lose 10 points from their overall Attendance/Participation grade.
4. It is the studentâ€™s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence.
5. Excused absences include hospitalization (documentation required upon return) of you or an immediate family member, participation in a college event, or a religious holy day. Prior notification to me for pending absences due to college events or religious holy days is required.
|Course Grading Scale||
F 659 and below
|Determination of Final Grade||
Attendance/Participation (15 x 10) 150
Chapter Quizzes (9 x 50) 450
Discussion Board (4 x 25) 100
Final Exam (1 x 100) 100
Professional Rubric 100
Reflective Journaling (1 x 50) 50
Field Experience Assignment (1 x 100) 100
Field Experience Presentation (1 x 100) 100
TOTAL POINTS 1100
|Final Exam Date||May 3, 2017 - 5:30 PM|
|Major Assignments||All assignments are relatively worth the same amount of points. See calendar uploaded in Blackboard for when assignments are due.|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||See calendar uploaded in Blackboard for when assignments are due.|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. To identify and understand the basic concepts of group and group dynamics.
2. To identify the proper use of questions and responses in working with clients.
3. To be able to identify his/her own strengths and weaknesses in relating to others.
4. To be able to identify group leadership skills and demonstrate skills in practice.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
The course objectives are outlined by the SAMHSA TAP21 Counseling Competencies:
Competency 88: Describe, select, and appropriately use strategies from accepted and culturally appropriate models for group counseling with clients with substance use disorders.
Competency 89: Carry out the actions necessary to form a group, including but not limited to determining group type, purpose, size, and leadership; recruiting and selecting members; establishing group goals and clarifying behavioral ground rules for participating; identifying outcomes; and determining criteria and methods for termination or graduation from the group.
Competency 90: Facilitate the entry of new members and the transition of exiting members.
Competency 91: Facilitate group growth within the established ground rules and movement toward group and individual goals by using methods consistent with group type.
Understand the concepts of process and content, and shift the focus of the group when such a shift will help the group move toward its goals.
Competency 93: Describe and summarize the clientâ€™s behavior within the group to document the clientâ€™s progress and identify needs and issues that may require a modification in the treatment plan.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Coordinator, Office for Disability Services, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|