DAAC-2454-73 - Dynamics of Group Counseling
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Summer I 2015 Course Syllabus
DAAC-2454-73 - Dynamics of Group Counseling
|Semester||Summer I 2015|
|Instructor||Arrington, Kimberly Dawn|
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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.|
|Course Prerequisites||There are no prerequisites for this course.|
Dynamics of Group Counseling - Estimated Enrollment 15 Students
Textbook: GROUP THERAPHY FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS: A MOTIVIATIONAL COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL APPROACH by Sobell & Sobell, ISBN: 9781609180515
Instructor will provide power point presentations and following breakdown
Methods of Teaching and Learning:
Lecture, video, discussion groups, student performances/presentations/demonstrations, role-play, written reports/papers, quizzes, and exams.
Attendance (25 points) Will count as 1 test grade.
Being in class is important to you and me! This class is very interactive and being present for class is a considerable part of a student’s grade.
Excused absences will be accepted no later than 2 hours before class time.
Each absence not excused will count as 5 points off an initial 100 points.
Late Work/Make-up Work
Acceptance of late work is at the discretion of the instructor. All major assignments, except exams, will have 5 points deducted for each day late up to one week (in other words, you must have the major assignment completed and turned in at the beginning of the next class meeting). After one week, major assignments will not be accepted, and the student will receive a grade of “0” for that assignment. Exams need to be taken on time! If you miss an exam, 10 points is automatically deducted from the exam score. You will only have 5 “working” days to make up the exam. Family emergencies and individual illnesses are the only exception to points not being deducted and will require proof that will satisfy the instructor.
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Course Grading Information:
Description of Major Assignments
2) Participation in group work
3) One outside assignment to be presented to the class.
|Final Exam Date||August 10, 2015 - 6:00 PM|
|Major Assignments||Please see printed handouts regarding power points, and lecture materials.|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||see above|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||not applicable|
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Course Objectives and/or Competencies:
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.
|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.|
From time to time, I may assign extra credit; however, don’t count on this. Thus, it is very important to make sure that you complete all of your assignments and take your tests on time. I do assign extra credit, you must in class at the time that the extra credit is assigned….this is a bonus for being in class. If I assign extra credit and you were absent on the day that it was assigned, I will not take the extra credit assignment if you turn it in. HINT….you need to be in class to receive the points.
|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 Special Populations Coordinator, 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.|
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