Therapeutic and Psychoeducational Groups

Course Details

Course Number: PSYC 6123  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 102

Days & Times:

12:-1:20 pm, MW

Course Attachments

Syllabus  GroupFall2010-20120320-163953.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. David Carlston   
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Course Objectives
  1. Provide students with an overview of common principle in group therapy.
  2. Review pertinent psychological research addressing group process and outcome. 
  3. Facilitate the application of principles to actual practice.

Course Expectations

In order to meet the aforementioned goals, this course will be conducted in two sections.  One section 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 open discussions.  Student comprehension will be assessed in two ways.  First, students will complete a mid-term and final.  These exams will assess student comprehension of course material.  Each exam will be comprised of essay and short answer questions.  Each exam will be worth 40% of the final course grade.  Second, students will participate in a number of class discussions.  Quality and level of contribution to these discussions as well as completion of accompanying written assignments will be used to determine the remaining 20% of the students’ grades. 


The other section of the course will provide students with the opportunity to participate in an experiential exposure to group therapy.  It is anticipated that this experience will provide students with a broader understanding of group principles while exploring issues associated with the prospect of becoming a group therapist/leader.  Attendance is required, the quality, content, and nature of participation will not be factored into any formal evaluation.

Final Exam12/8/2010  3:30

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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.

Late Paper Policy

No late assignments will be accepted; however, assignments may be turned in up to one week early.

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.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required for the course.  Each student will be allowed two absences without penalty.  Each additional absence will result in a 10% reduction of the student’s final grade.  Students arriving following the taking of attendance will be considered absent.  Students will be responsible for the information presented during the class periods for which they were absent. 

Other Policies

Although cheating is relatively rare on campus due to the severity of honor code violations, any evidence of cheating (e.g., looking on another’s paper, allowing someone to look on your own paper, using an unauthorized memory aide) will result in automatic dismissal from the course with a letter grade of “F” and a referral to the Dean of Students.

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.