Singapore University of Social Sciences

Theory and Practice of Group Counselling

Theory and Practice of Group Counselling (COU567)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


COU567 Theories and Practice of Group Counselling, is designed to provide a good theoretical and practical grasp of how to conduct psychotherapeutic groups that facilitate recovery. The focus would be on recognising important dynamics within the group, learning different approaches of formulating therapeutic goals, applying professional and ethical guidelines, and learning to prioritise the use of supportive interventions to promote a functional working group and therapeutic outcomes. Students can also expect to go through the group experience both as a member, conductor and/or observer, to bridge the gap between theoretical understanding and experiential learning.This course will also examine the implications and possibilities brought about by using non-traditional modes of conducting groups, such as digital platforms.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Introduction to Groupwork
  • Qualities of a Group Leader
  • Initial stage of group
  • Forming of group
  • Two mockup class group
  • Pre-group task
  • Multicultural Counselling
  • Ethics in groupwork
  • 11 Therapeutic/Curative factors
  • Two Mockup class group
  • HERE & NOW" concept in groupwork
  • Co-Facilitation in groupwork
  • Transitional stage of Group
  • How to create activities for groupwork
  • Two Mockup class group
  • Working stage of group
  • Termination stage of group
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Learning Outcome

  • Examine the 3 theoretical approaches to group counselling (i.e., psychodynamic, systemic and existential)
  • Discuss the 12 group therapeutic factors (Yalom) and the 3 common challenging patterns of interactions in groups (Bion's Basic Assumption Groups)
  • Assemble the supportive versus more specialist interventions in group counselling
  • Appraise the ability to combine the above knowledge and understanding in conducting a time-limited supportive group counselling programme for use in the local context
  • Differentiate the use of psychodynamic, systemic and existential approaches in formulating therapeutic goals in group counselling
  • Assemble a repertoire of attitudes, skills and supportive intervention techniques in group facilitation appropriate to its stages of development
  • Defend the importance of professional/ethical issues of importance in group counselling and examine ability to address and resolve them
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the selected interventional approaches (particularly supportive ones) through practice
  • Formulate a functional working group in the local context
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