psy5mgc group counselling




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides students with theory, concepts, experiences that will increase their competency of group counselling. Students will also have opportunity to attend to personal, interpersonal, group dynamic issues and to monitor changes in thought, feeling, behaviour. Topics will also cover theory and procedures, research, ethical and professional issues, assessment, intervention. Students will engage in lectures, readings, weekly reflections, an in-class experiential training group as participants and co-leaders, and provide an in-depth proposal and presentation for a group. The processes involved should provide students with a foundation for group leadership and intra/interpersonal counselling skills. Personal material is always involved.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeoff Denham

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCP - Master of Counselling Psychology.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is available to Master of Counselling Psychology students only and will run subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTheory and Practice of Group Counselling.PrescribedCorey, G. (2007).BELMONT CA: THOMPSON BROOKS/COLE.
ReadingsTheory and practice of group psychotherapy (4th ed).PrescribedYalom, IR (1995)NEW YORK: BASIC BOOKS.
ReadingsTheory and practice of group psychotherapy (5th ed).PrescribedYalom. I.D., & Leszcz. (2005).NEW YORK: BASIC BOOKS.
ReadingsUnderstanding group psychotherapyPrescribedYalom, IR 1994AV TAPE. (616.89152 YAL: UTAPES A AND B). 1994.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognise key aspects of group process

Experiential group

02. Demonstrate ethical practice in groups

Experiential group

03. Accurately report on group process


04. Distinguiseh between different phases of groups


05. Demonstrate teamwork in and leadership of groups

Leading a group

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeoff Denham

Class requirements

One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students are required to participate in class, produce weekly reflections, take part in in-class experiential training group as participants and co-leader, and provide an in-depth proposal and presentation for a group based on subject material."

Two 2.0 days workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weekend dates TBA"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Co-lead a group session and submit one-1500 reflective essay4002, 03, 05
Submit a 2000-word essay on experiential group experience linked to literature6001, 03, 04