Singapore University of Social Sciences

Theory and Practice of Group Counselling

Theory and Practice of Group Counselling (COU567)


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 2 YEARS


  • Overview of Groupwork
  • Theories and concepts of groupwork
  • Comparison of groupwork approaches
  • Core competency of group therapists
  • Group Process
  • Professional and ethics practice in groupwork
  • Fundamental concepts of groupwork
  • Fundamental skills of groupwork
  • Application of group to different populations
  • Application of group to different problems
  • Professional and ethical considerations of group therapy
  • Developing and applying group therapy in local contexts

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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