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Edmonds Community College    
  Sep 25, 2017
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ACD 215 - Group Counseling for Chemical Dependency Professionals

Maximum of 4.0 possible Credits
Address the role and efficacy of group therapy in substance abuse treatment including the states of group development, principles of group dynamics, models of group counseling and “best practices” in group work with substance abusing clients. Active participation is expected. Prerequisite: SHS 114 , SHS 115 , and ACD 140 .

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe skills involved in forming a group, selection of members, facilitating goals, therapeutic activity and criteria for outcome review. [REASON]
  2. Describe and model skills necessary to assist group members through entry to group, skill building in conflict, trust building, goal setting, and giving feedback. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Describe and model ethical awareness in all professional counseling activity including confidentiality, documentation, and ethical client treatment. [REASON]
  4. Identify and describe accepted culturally appropriate group counseling models for therapeutic group activity. [EXPLORE]
  5. Describe and demonstrate in role play and scenario the ability to assess the developmental stage of group and changes in leader’s role at each stage. [REASON]
  6. Explain importance of the leader’s role in making constructive responses when client behaviors are inconsistent with their stated goals, and assist group becoming therapeutic in communication, goal focus, mutual support, and recovery process. [REASON]
  7. Describe a leader’s need and ability to adapt clinical interventions and counseling strategies based on individual characteristics of client; special needs, culture, health and mental status. [EXPLORE]
  8. Demonstrate awareness of methods to assess stage of group development, and direct group process and content accordingly. [REASON]
  9. Demonstrate effective communication skill instruction and the ability to lead therapeutic interactions within mock role play group sessions. [REASON]
  10. Identify resources, supervision methods, and location of evidence based practices to facilitate constant personal and professional growth in group therapy skills. [REASON]

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