SWK404 Advanced Groupwork (8)

This subject aims to develop professional, advanced Groupwork skills and knowledge. Students will be taught essential groupwork theory and develop skills through training exercises. Students will learn advanced level groupwork conceptualization and practice those conceptualizations with targeted client groups. The emphasis will be on the integration of groupwork conceptualization with practice.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Have an understanding of the fundamentals of groupwork;
  • Have an understanding of the nature, ethics and efficacy of advanced Groupwork;
  • Have a cognitive understanding of the nature of the developmental stages of groupwork;
  • Have an understanding of the conceptualization of groupwork and an appreciation of the student's own theoretical orientation and leadership approaches;
  • Have an exposure to constraints and attributes of working with specific groups;
  • Have experiential knowledge of groupwork;


This subject will cover the following topics:

Unit 1: Definitions of key terms encountered in Groupwork literature; a description of the developmental stages through which groups pass. (2 weeks) Unit 2: Ethics and Professional Issues in Groupwork. Unit 3: Theoretical Approaches in Counselling Groups - Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Psychodrama, Existential, RET, Transactional Analysis. Unit 4: Fundamentals of Groups - structure, processes, cohesion, group purposes, group ethos, termination of groups. Unit 5: The effective, purposive group leader - styles and approaches. Unit 6: Commonly occurring problems in groups. Professional Development and Support in groupwork. Unit 7: Evaluation and Groupwork Unit 8: Groups for Children Unit 9: Groups for Adolescents Unit 10: Groups for Adults Unit 11:Groups for the elderly Unit 12:Groups for the disabled Unit 13:Groups for Institutional clients


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.