Examines group work, group processes, patterns of communication, group and individual goal-setting, leadership, personal control, decision-making, self-esteem, and cultural factors. Includes role-playing and simulations and group participation. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
This course is an introduction to the methods, experiences and tremendous potential of group work as a basic form of human social interaction and individual development. The focus is on therapeutic groups, but the concepts and processes are applicable to any group or team activity, from professional work groups to sport teams. It teaches the methodologies and techniques of group leadership and membership, from the initial forming of the group, through the course of development of group work, and culminating with the successful ending of the group experience. The approach is largely experiential: you will be a member of several groups throughout the quarter and participate in many in-class group games and experiences. Thorough post hoc processing of experiences will also be an important aspect of the course.
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