Short Title: Creative Group Work & Facilitation Skills.
Full Title: Creative Group Work & Facilitation Skills.
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:GPWK H3001
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Marian Connell
Module Description:To provide students with an understanding of the use of creative group work in social care. The students will incorporate the fundamental principles of group work and group dynamics. The student will reflect on their facilitation skills through experiential learning. A minimum of 75% attendance is required for this module. In order to progress, all components of module assessment must be passed by students – failure to successfully to complete any component will require repeat assessment/exam.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Define group work and the principles and dynamics of group work in a range of social care setting.
LO2 Incorporate the fundamental principles of using group work skills in social care practice to expose students to theories, skills and roles drawing on a social psychology perspective.
LO3 Engage students in reflection and developing self -awareness, leadership and co-facilitation skills and how to recognise and manage conflict as it arises.
LO4 Develop a creative tool kit whereby the student will engage in experiential learning through co- facilitation
LO5 Reflect on their own dynamics within the experiential group and college learning environment.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay A reflective essay exploring group work, leadership, co-facilitation skills, and self awareness in social care work. 1,3,5 50.00 Week 11
Assignment The student will design and co- facilitate a group work session using a creative intervention. 2,4,5 50.00 Week 10
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus 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 1.50 Every Week 1.50
Tutorial No Description 1.50 Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning 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
  • Belbin, M, 2010, Team Roles at Work, 2nd Ed Ed., Routledge Publications [ISBN: 978-85617-800]
  • Benson. J. 2009, Working More Creatively with Groups, Routledge [ISBN: 0-203-87072-7]
  • Chen,Mei-whei, Rybak, C. 2017, Group Leadership Skills, SAGE Publications, Incorporated [ISBN: 9781506349305]
  • Lindsay , T& Orton, S 2014, Groupwork Practice in Social Work (Transforming Social Work Practice Series), 3rd Ed., Sage Publications [ISBN: 9781446287415]
  • Lyons, D. 2010, Creative Studies for the Caring Professions, 1st Ed., Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 9780717147687]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Geldard, K & Geldard, D. 2001, Working with Children in Groups : A Handbook for Counsellors, Educators and Community Workers, Palgrave MacMillan [ISBN: 9780333921432]
  • Ward, A. 2006, Working in Group Care,, 2nd ed Ed., Policy Press [ISBN: 9781861347060]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Byrne, A. McGovern. & Bradley, C 2017, New technologies and creative practices in teaching groupwork, Groupwork, Vol. 27(1), 2017, pp.9-27
  • McGovern, Marguerita 2017, Social Work Placement: New Approaches. New Thinking. Imaginative Groupwork., Book 6 (Kindle Locations 462-463). Kindle Edition.
  • Holt, S, Kirwan, G. 2016, ‘Groupwork for women and children experiencing domestic violence: does it work and does it last’, Journal of Groupwork, ,25, 1 (2016),8-33
  • Prendiville, P. 2004, Developing Facilitation Skills, A handbook for Group Facilitators.
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Whittaker, JL, L. Holmes, J.F. del Vall, R. Gilligan et al.] 2016, ‘Therapeutic residential care for children and youth: a consensus statement of the international work group on therapeutic residential care’, Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 33, 2 (2016), 89-106
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSASC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care 5 Mandatory