Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject's primary focus will be on the personal development aspect of group process, rather than on training students to facilitate a group. Topics covered may include: questions about safety, the role of discomfort in therapeutic change, disclosure, confidentiality, witnessing, the importance of the present moment in therapy, 'self as therapist', the interplay between cognition, emotion and intuition, and interpersonal and psychodynamic impacts what is said (and not said) in a group setting. Class activities and assignments help extend learning covering such issues as distinguishing different kinds of groups, the therapeutic value of groups, and the dynamics of group processes.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCOUN - Master of Counselling.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in the Master of Counselling.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe theory and practice of group psychotherapyRecommendedYalom, I 20055TH EDN, BASIC BOOKS, NY.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Class requirements

One 2.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,000-word group process essay40
one 1,000-word reflective essay20
one 1,000-word research essay40