PSY 550 Group Psychotherapy

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PSY 550 Group Psychotherapy

3 Semester Units

Group psychotherapy introduces students to the current theories, research and trends specific to working with groups. The unique values of group counseling for special populations is explored, and the issues and cases which deal with the ethics of group work are addressed. Additionally, various theories such as Adlerian, Gestalt, Existential and Reality Therapy are explored as they relate to group process.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the unique values of group counseling for special populations.
  • Analyze issues and cases that deal with the ethics of group work, such as: the rights of group participants, informed consent, voluntary participation, freedom of exit, the right to confidentiality, and psychological risks in groups.
  • Assess the key concepts of the psychoanalytic and Adlerian approach as they are related to group process.
  • Analyze the basic concepts that are a part of the existential approach and person-centered perspective.
  • Develop a knowledge of the rationale for the Gestalt techniques that are commonly used in group work.
  • Evaluate how an emphasis on present behavior, self-evaluation, and making a commitment to change behavior are each a basic part of reality therapy.


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