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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

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.

Assumed Knowledge

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


This 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.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.