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

  • Compare and contrast the theoretical assumptions of different approaches to group counselling
  • Discuss the dynamics of the different stages of the group process of different modalities
  • Debate professional and ethical issues in group counselling in local context
  • Experiment with different approaches to group counselling in local context
  • Assemble a repertoire of techniques in group facilitation for practice in local context
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the selected approach through practice
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