Group Processes

This postgraduate unit  explores the theory and practice of group processes and introduces the student experientially to group work as a participant and facilitator. It covers ethical and professional issues in group practice, early/later stages in group development, an introduction to the philosophy of various methods of group work: psychodrama, person-centred approach, gestalt therapy, transactional analysis, cognitive behavioural therapy, and reality therapy, and applications of an integrative model, including the importance of evidence based research and practice.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Counselling

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. exhibit a critical appreciation of the need for integration and understand the use of an eclectic approach
  2. exhibit a well-developed competency and evaluation of group leadership skills. Elaborate regarding key character traits and the group as social microcosm
  3. employ a thorough knowledge of the key concepts, therapeutic techniques and procedures involved in utilizing the psychoanalytic approach, psychodrama, the person-centred approach, gestalt therapy, transactional analysis, cognitive behavioural approaches and reality therapy in group work
  4. exercise discernment and clear understanding regarding difficult people and maladaptive interpersonal behaviours within group settings
  5. demonstrate thorough knowledge of the nature of group psychotherapy, psycho educational groups, task groups & work groups.
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