PP0551 - Guidance and Counselling in Groups

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What will I learn on this module?

You will explore the theory and practice of group delivery within a Guidance and Counselling context, building upon experience gained within the ‘Developing Skills and Strategies for Helping’ module. Throughout the module you will be provided with knowledge and practical experience of working with groups, initially as a participant and later as a facilitator. You will study theoretical approaches to group work and group management, the latter including the skills of leadership and facilitation. You will gain practical experience of working in groups, beginning with low stakes activities to build your confidence. Ultimately you will be involved, with a small group of your peers, in the planning and delivery of a group work session. You will undertake personal research into the effectiveness of group delivery of guidance and counselling as the module proceeds.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend a series of lectures and seminars to highlight key concepts and relevant underpinning theoretical models of helping appropriate to group delivery. These sessions are supported by the Electronic Learning Portal where you can review key ideas from lectures, and contribute to online discussions. You will undertake practice in developing your group work skills by self-reflection on a range of group activities you are participating in within the module and across the degree programme e.g. seminars and mentoring groups. You will also undertake the planning and delivery of group sessions (with a small group of your peers) for your fellow students. The online reading list will provide guidance as to key texts to support your learning. You will be provided with feedback on the practice of assignment writing prior to finally submitting the assignment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module tutors will use online resources /electronic learning portal to provide support materials. Group tutorials to support work towards assignments will be provided. You will be provided with opportunities to submit work and obtain formative feedback on your writing and skill development. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the eLP.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will demonstrate understanding of key concepts relating to the delivery of group work within the context of Guidance and Counselling.
2. You will investigate theoretical models of helping in the context of group delivery.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Reflect upon the application of your own guidance and counselling skills within a group context.
4. Develop the skills of effective group participation, presentation and delivery, and investigation
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will understand the ethical considerations relating to the group facilitator/leadership role including acknowledgment of the power inherent in the role.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: you will engage in and receive feedback on a range of group delivery experiences.

Summative assessment: 3000 word assignment, reflecting on group work practice and linking your reflection to a review of relevant academic literature.

(MLO: 1,2,3,4,5)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Working effectively as part of a group is a key employability skill, applicable within the field of guidance and counselling but also generically in a wide range of occupations. I will explore the theory and practice of group delivery within a Guidance and Counselling context, building upon experience gained within the ‘Developing Skills and Strategies for Helping’ module. Throughout the module you will be provided with knowledge and practical experience of working with groups, initially as a participant and later as a facilitator. You will study theoretical approaches to group work and group management, the latter including the skills of leadership and facilitation. You will gain practical experience of working in groups, beginning with low stakes activities to build your confidence. Ultimately you will be involved, with a small group of your peers, in the planning and delivery of a group work session. You will undertake personal research into the effectiveness of group delivery of guidance and counselling as the module proceeds.

Course info

UCAS Code B9L5

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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