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HSCD 610 Evidence-Based Group Counseling

In this course, students investigate group theories, dynamics and processes at an advanced level. Emphasis is placed on the foundations of group facilitation and on application of motivational interviewing skills, cognitive behavioral strategies and other evidence-based practices to group counseling. Students gain advanced knowledge and capacities in process, dynamics, developmental stages, leadership and ethical issues involved facilitating group work in substance use disorders counseling (SUDC) and co-occurring disorders counseling (CODC). Students participate in a classroom-based skills development group as part of this course.


3 Graduate credits

Effective December 15, 2015 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Integrate the fundamentals of group process, dynamics and developmental stages into their framework for clinical service provision
  • Distinguish among various theoretical approaches to group counseling
  • Evaluate differences among types of groups used in SUDC and CODC, including psychoeducational, counseling and process groups
  • Critique the knowledge base for and application of specific evidence-based group counseling strategies
  • Deconstruct own leadership and facilitation style, including strengths and areas for growth
  • Demonstrate advancement of group facilitation skills