School Psychology Department
GROUP PROCESS AND GROUP THERAPY
This course provides a basic understanding of groups and teaches skills for leading task-oriented groups in school and child clinical settings. Critical facets of group functioning are studied through key concepts that are applicable to all groups, including boundaries, task/maintenance, content and process, levels of group functioning, phases of group development, cohesiveness, conflict management, and working alliances. These principles are studied with reference to both leading student groups, and participating with other adults in school/community teams and committees. The course provides an introduction to theory, research and practice in the area, and focuses on key decisions associated with planning and leading a group. The assignment of conducting a student group is arranged through the concurrent Practicum III. Open only to students in the MA/CAGS or doctoral program in School Psychology.