PSYC06021 2016 Personal Development B: Group and personal process work

General Details

Full Title
Personal Development B: Group and personal process work
Transcript Title
PDB: Group and process work
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tamsin Cavaliero, Anna Fewer-Hamilton
Programme Membership
SG_PCOUN_E06 201600 Certificate in Counselling

In this experiential module, participants will learn about elementary group processes and engage in groupwork in a supportive and facilitated environment. The group will provide a space to explore, and be supported with, ongoing work/ role issues. The emphasis will be to build capacity for insight through structured reflective practice, individually and with peers. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Participate in reflective exercises in a group context.


Engage effectively in the group in appreciation of the need for professional support.


Transfer and apply theoretical knowledge of group processes to personal experiences in the group.


Give and receive feedback appropriately.


Critically reflect on work/role related situations and identify when there is a need for support.


Critically reflect on practice to identify areas of competence and limitation, in order to develop.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In addition to the study of theoretical content, learners will engage in experiential groupwork and problem based learning using scenarios from current helping contexts.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment includes completion of portfolio entries following each workshop and reflective assignments.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment procedures will adhere to IT Sligo policies and procedures and will be discussed and decided at Examination Boards.

Indicative Syllabus


Group dynamics; group think; stages and characteristics in groups; types of group; roles; the facilitator; group process.



Confidentiality; boundaries; feedback; conflict.


Reflective Practice and Supervision:

Models of reflective practice; critical incidents; ethical dilemmas; trauma and self care; supervision; 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Experiential Workshop 5 Fortnightly 2.50
Tutorial Online Online Support 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-01-01 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling Brooks Cole
ISBN 1305088018 ISBN-13 9781305088016

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GROUP COUNSELING, 9th Edition, gives readers an in-depth overview of the eleven group counseling theories. In addition to illustrating how to put these theories into practice, this best-selling book guides readers in developing their own syntheses of various aspects of the theories. With Corey's clear, straightforward writing style, readers are able to grasp each theoretical concept and its relationship to group practice with ease.

Recommended Reading
2013-12-27 Getting the Best Out of Supervision in Counselling & Psychotherapy: A Guide for the Supervisee SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 0857029061 ISBN-13 9780857029065

Getting the Best Out of Supervision in Counselling & Psychotherapy does exactly what it says on the tin! Supervision is an essential part of counselling training and ensuring you know exactly how to get the very most out of supervision is important, whatever their level of study. Exploring how to begin, maintain and end a supervisory learning relationship in the context of existing theory and best practice guidelines, the author will introduce your trainees to:  

  • Models and forms of supervision
  • The skills informing good supervision
  • What to expect from supervision
  • Key professional issues in supervision

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Written in a lively and engaging style, this book will enable both supervisors and supervisees to get the best they can from the supervisory experience.

Recommended Reading
2013-06-04 Humanness in Organisations: A Psychodynamic Contribution Karnac Books
ISBN 178049193X ISBN-13 9781780491936

Humanness in Organizations is a unique contribution from the social sciences to the betterment of organizational life. The authors argue that working life can only become more humane when we change the conditions that consciously or unconsciously steer people away from consideration, friendship and integrity.

The aim of this book is twofold: first, to take a closer look at the current practices of managers, academics, and consultants, and how they affect organizational conditions, work and the well-being of people. The critical studies presented here explore and develop the likely consequences of these practices for the future. Second, the authors wish to familiarize readers with actionable knowledge in order to create alternative practices and conditions that enable the whole person to engage in healthier interactions both in and with his organization. Nine social scientists from Europe and the United States, each with an established reputation in the field of consulting with a psychodynamic or clinical perspective, have contributed their experiences and studies to the book.

Module Resources