Professor: David Carlston Office: 120 O’donohoe
Office Hours: MW 9:30-12:30, TTR 11:00-12:00 Phone: 397-4718
Class Time: TR 3:30-4:50 Location: PY 101
In order to meet the aforementioned goals, this course will be conducted in two concurrent components. One component will be primarily didactic in nature. During this portion of the course, students are expected to stay abreast with all assigned readings and to participate in class discussions. Student comprehension of course material will be assessed through a mid-term and final exam. Each exam will be comprised of essay and short answer questions. Each exam will account for 100 points of students’ final grades.
The second component of the course is an experiential exposure to group. It is anticipated that this experience will provide students with a broader understanding of group principles. Students will participate in one of two group experiences. Students will be randomly assigned into one of two role-play therapy groups: substance abuse or dialectical behavior therapy group. Students will be assigned one week in which they will be the group leader for their group. For each of the other weeks, students will role-play group members, as other students lead. During this time, students will be asked to respond to several writing prompts eliciting observations of their experience. Performance as group leader and completion of these prompts accounts for 100 points of the students’ final grades.
The final graded component of the course is class participation. There will be several points during the semester during which we will watch video and/or hold an open group discussion. Student participation during these discussions will account for the final 50 points of the course.
Attendance is required for the course. Each student is allowed two absences without penalty. Each additional absence will result in a 10% reduction in the students’ final grade. Being tardy (arriving more than 5 minutes after the designated start time of the class) three times will be considered an absence. Students will be responsible for the material they miss when absent.