Short Title:Group Work
Full Title:Group Work
Module Code:GPWK H3000
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Social work and counselling
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:This module develops an understanding of the theory and practical skills required for facilitating groups in a therapeutic setting. The module will outline the roles a facilitator may take in therapeutic, educational or workplace settings, with specific reference to group dynamics, trsnsference, group development and group life.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Recognise observation of self and others in group situations to develop effective communication
LO2 Practise techniques for facilitating and leading groups
LO3 Predict the dynamics that influence individuals in groups – specifically, group roles, transference, group development stages and group life cycle processes
LO4 Evaluate their own behaviour in groups, and identify future learning needs
LO5 Outline theoretical understandings of group dynamics
LO6 Analyse class groupwork experience, and use that experience as a basis for integrating theoretical learning
LO7 Perform group facilitation skills, appropriate to therapeutic, educational, workplace settings
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Definitions of Groups; Development of Groups
Interpersonal Aspects of Groups
Understanding group processes; Awareness exercises highlighting trust; support; cohesion; Awareness of interactions and roles; Methods of observing and recording group behaviour.
Strengths and limitations of groupwork
Strengths and limitations of groupwork
Practice-related aspects of groups
Communication skills;Decision making in groups; Facilitating groups & facilitating skills;Handling conflict; Leadership; Teamwork; Authority, power and influence
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Written reflective assignment of approx. 2,500 words 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 50.00 n/a
Project A group project and presentation 4,5,6 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Corey M.S and Corey G 2002, Groups – Process and Practice, (6th Ed) Ed., Brooks Cole California
  • Sharry, John 2001, Solution-Focused Groupwork, Sage Publications London
  • Whitaker, T., & Stock, D. 2002, Using Groups to Help People, (2nd Ed): Ed., Brunner Routledge Sussex
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bor, Robert, and Watts, Mary 2004, The Trainee Handbook- A Guide for Counselling and Psychotherapy Trainees, Sage Publications London
  • Nelson-Jones, R. 2006, Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy, (3rd Ed) Ed., Sage London
  • Yalom, Irvin, D 2005, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, (5th Ed) Ed., Basic Books New York
  • Handy, Charles 2005, Understanding Organisations, (Rev Ed) Ed., Allan Lane London
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 5 Mandatory