NRS517 Advanced Nursing Skills - Group Process and Therapy (8)


This subject will emphasise therapeutic work on interpersonal dynamics. Students will focus on the dynamics of group development, the nature of the therapeutic group, and the ways in which group processes can be utilised as a therapeutic intervention for mental health nurses. In this subject there is a particular emphasis on skills acquisition and implementation in the nursing context will be examined. Students will be required to have access to a mental health clinical area to carry out therapeutic interventions from the standpoint of a mental health nurse.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS517
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Master of Nursing students. Available to Associate students. It requires special approval from either course coordinator, subject coordinator, or head of teaching school as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
* describe the theories of group development and group dynamics
* analyse a group situation in terms of the theories
* justify the use of therapeutic groups
* explain the role of the nurse in group therapy
* explain the role of the group in work situations
* design a group therapy intervention and facilitate a group in your own workplace
* discuss the ethical considerations for using groups as a therapeutic modality


The subject will cover the following topics:
* Theoretical framework of interpersonal dynamics framework (Maxwell). * History of therapeutic modes in mental health/psychiatric nursing and other disciplines. * Theories of institutionalisation. * Theories of group dynamics (Yalom). * Group therapy modalities: therapeutic community (eg. R.D. Laing and Associates); self help groups (eg. AA, Compassionate Friends, GROW). * Adjunctive groups (eg. reminiscence therapy, reality orientation, validation therapy). * Analytical groups (eg. for specially selected clients with insight, life review). * Music therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, sociodrama and psychodrama. * Family therapy.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.