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Group Dynamics for Social Service Work

Course Code SSWR-202
Lecture hours per week 4
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open

Students will explore theories relevant to working with and in groups. Students will apply these group theories in a classroom/lab setting. Students will examine group dynamics, leadership styles, managing group conflict, as well as forming and facilitating groups. Through participation in lab exercises, the students will experience the dual focus of working in groups, that is, task and process.  Students will gain knowledge about development, planning, and facilitation of small groups in a variety of social service work settings while addressing diverse client needs. Through active participation in small groups, students will become acquainted with group process. Students will experience and examine first-hand what group leadership and group participation entails as well as what it means to work collaboratively on a team.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply small group social service work theories to a variety of case studies.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of group process in effectively supporting clients in a group setting.
  3. Identify and utilize different leadership styles and group roles.
  4. Create positive group interactions and work collaboratively on a team.