Group Counseling

Course Details

Course Number: COUN 5243  Spring 2011

Location: Museum of Art

Days & Times:

Days and Times:  Monday, 5:30-8:20

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Judith Elaine Beechler LPCS, NCC   
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Course Objectives

This course will pursue theoretical and experiential understandings of the group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills and other group approaches in a multicultural society, including the following:


  • Principles of group dynamics, including group process, components, developmental stage theories, group members’ roles and behaviors, and therapeutic factors of group work.
  • Group leadership or facilitation styles and approaches, including characteristics of various types of group leaders and leadership styles
  • Theories of group counseling including commonalities, distinguishing characteristics, and pertinent research and literature
  • Group counseling methods, including group counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria and methods and methods of evaluation of effectiveness
  • Direct experiences in which students participate as group members in a small group activity, approved by the program, for a minimum of 10 clock hours over the course of the academic term



Course Expectations


  • Students will complete the required reading assignments
  • Students will engage in classroom activities and discussion
  • Students will participate in a group counseling experience and will co-facilitate at least one group counseling session
  • Students will be required to recruit and facilitate a group outside the class, one that will meet no fewer than 6 times. – or – if this is not possible, must attend no fewer than group counseling meetings 
  • After completion of the outside group meetings, students will submit a paper that will discuss the group.  Criteria for this project will be available in class.


Note:  These requirements will be discussed in detail at the first meeting.  Come, relax, and enjoy the process!



Introduction, Discussion

Chapter:  1 and 2, 3




Hope, Universality, Cohesiveness, and Identification

Chapter 4



Self-Understanding, Family Reenactment, and Catharsis

Chapter 5



Altruism, Guidance, Existential Growth

Chapter 6


Cultural Identity in Groups

Chapter 7 Film:  Breakfast Club


Humanist Group

Chapter 8


Existential Group

Chapter 9


Spring Break

Chapter 10


Psychodynamic Group

Chapter 11


Gestalt Group

Chapter 12



Chapter 13


Psychoeducational Group

Chapter 14


Adlerian Group Theory

Chapter 15   (Papers are Due)


Choice Theory and Reality



Last Class Meeting



Final Examination


Final Exam5/2/2011  

Submission Format Policy

All assignments are to be submitted using the APA format and must be submitted ON the due date.  Late papers will not be accepted.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.