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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ADCO 2030 - Group Counseling

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course addresses Substance Related Disorder group counseling theory and practice, crisis intervention, orientation, client education, referral, and professional and ethical responsibility, treatment planning, reporting and record keeping, and case management. Culturally appropriate models for group counseling, formation of groups, ground rules and documentation in groups are addressed. This course meets the academic course work requirement for Minnesota Statute 2005 Chapter 148C and Minnesota Rule 4747.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): ADCO 1020  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Introduction to Group work Overview of group counseling Types of groups Group counseling in a multicultural context Guidelines for serving multicultural populations
  2. Group Leadership Group leader as a person Group leadership skills Special skills for opening and closing group sessions Becoming diversity-competent group counselor
  3. Ethical and professional issues in group practice The rights of group participants/group rules Ethics of group leaders action/confidentiality Ethical issues in multicultural counseling Review professional conduct and ethics reference Minnesota Certification Board/MARRCH
  4. Early stages of groups Pre-group issues formation of the group Initial stage orientation and exploration Transition stage dealing with resistance
  5. Later Stages in the development of a group Working stage cohesion and productivity Final stage consolidation and termination Post group issues evaluation and follow-up
  6. How people change: the trans-theoretical model Overview of model Moving through the stage of change
  7. Strategies for facilitating change Motivational approach Principles of motivational interviewing Motivational strategies
  8. Putting it all together: setting up and carrying out intervention Suggested group size, frequency of sessions, session length Intake screening and assessment Session format Changes Pre-contemplation Contemplation Preparation Action Maintenance

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major characteristics of each stage in the development of a group.
  2. Apply appropriate techniques to open and close a group session.
  3. Identify the major tasks of group leadership at each of the stages of a group.
  4. Work effectively with issues of culture diversity in a group.
  5. Employ specific skills that help members formulate personal goals in a group.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate skills to encourage group growth within established ground rules.
  7. Facilitate movement toward achievement of group and individual goals using methods consistent with the group type.
  8. Summarize client behavior within the group for the purpose of documenting a client’s progress.
  9. Analyze client needs and issues that may require a modification in the treatment plan.
  10. Recognize and resolve crises when they appear in groups.
  11. Employ motivational interviewing techniques to enhance change process.
  12. Apply appropriate motivational strategies in a variety of situations.
  13. Model appropriate ethical behavior.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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