Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: DAAC-2454- Section: 01
Dynamics of Group Counseling
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Instructor Information
Instructor Linda White
Phone(409) 984-6307
Location:Education Annex - Room: 113
Hours:By Appointment Only
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description Exploration of group counseling skills, techniques, stages of group development, and confidentiality and ethics.
Prerequisites DAAC 1311
DAAC 1317
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.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program 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.

Competency 92:
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 client’s behavior within the group to document the client’s progress and identify needs and issues that may require a modification in the treatment plan.

Textbooks Groups: Process and Practice; 10 Edition; M. Corey ISBN-13: 9781305865709

Lecture Topics
1    01-28    
Introduction /Syllabus & Calendar/ Competencies for Group
    Face to Face
2    02-4    Theories of Group PowerPoint
TIP 41
3    04-11     Read Text Chapter 1 pages 3-10
Read Text Chapter 1 pages 11-16 Types of Groups
TIP 41
    Post on Discussion board

4    02-18    
Overview of Multicultural Issues in Group Counseling
    Face to Face
Quiz #1
5    02-25     Chapter 2 pages 27-52
A Starting Place: Understanding Your Own Culture

Read Chapter 3 pages 70-100    Post on Discussion board

6    03-04    
Chapter 3; Ethical & Legal Issues in Group Counseling
Confidentiality, Ethics & Legal Issues
    Face to Face
7    03-11    Spring Break     Face to Face
8    03-18    
Chapter 5; Pages 131-156
Stages of Group Development
Initial Stage of a Group
    Face to Face
09    04-01        Blackboard Assignment
10    04-08    Initial Stage
Read Chapter 6 pages 179-195,     Face to Face
Quiz #2
11    04-15    Transition Stage
Read Chapter 7 pages 227-237
Working Stage    Post on discussion board
12    04-22    Working Stage

Face to Face
13    04-29    Guest Speaker     Face to Face
14    05-06    Review for Final Exam – Jeopardy Game     Face to Face
15    05-13    Final Exam    Last Class Day
* Calendar is subject to change based on information covered in previous week.
Major Assignments

TIP 41 40%

Mid Term 15%
Role Play Presentations 30%
Final Exam 15%

Final Exam Date May 9, 2019 - 2:30 PM   Through  May 14, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Grading Scale A B C D F
100-90 89-80 79-70 69-60 59 - below

Determination of
Final Grade
TIP 41 40%

Mid Term 15%
Role Play Presentations 30%
Final Exam 15%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies This course is going to be a hybrid course. This means that part of the course will be Online in Blackboard, And in class meeting face to face. Refer to the calendar for a basic idea of when you will be meeting in class or online.

Students are expected to participate in threaded Discussion Board topics. Participation is required in the discussion threads by responding to the thread, then posting engaging comments or questions to at least
two other peer’s posting. Assignments on blackboard will be assigned on the Tuesday date and due the following Monday at 11:59 pm.
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.
3.    It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence.
4.    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.
5. Students should log into the course each day and check emails and announcements. You will need to notify instructor prior to absence, to receive opportunity for make –up work. Assignments, Quizzes & Exam.

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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.