Course Description 7

Basic Group Counseling Skills
Dee Lexandra, Ph.D.

Course Description:

Group therapy is a popular setting for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. As a result, a counselor will often experience their first and major role as an addiction treatment provider facilitating group therapy. Often the skills needed to conduct a group session are not formally taught within the treatment environment. Rather, professionals will gain their knowledge through practice and experience only. In response, this course will provide basic group counseling skills that apply evidence-based research into real world practice. In particular, skills that address heterogeneous group populations (various stages of their recovery process, age, gender, cultural diversity, sexual orientations, substance use, dual diagnoses, socioeconomic status, education, and support systems) unique to substance abuse treatment will be provided.

Most importantly, this course will address the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2006), TAP 21, Transdisciplinary Foundations, and the “Application to Practice,” Competency 12, a competent treatment professional must “Provide treatment services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client,” (p. 22). This eight hour course addresses the following TAP 21 Core Competencies: Application to Practice/Professional Readiness (4hours) and Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge (4hours)

In four weekly sessions, this course will use case examples and class assignments that facilitate “role playing” and subjective experiences for insight about becoming a part of the group system rather than the appearance of a “separate” group facilitator. Upon completion of this course, participants will have the counseling skills to “join” individual group members where they are at in their recovery process while utilizing their individual strengths and resources to create a “whole” resilient group.

This four week course requires 8 hours of work over its duration.

This course is not scheduled at this time

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