COUN5831 Groupwork Theory and Practice

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 500 (1st year)

Credit Points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: COUN5131 and COUN5141 

Mode(s) of Delivery: On-Campus and Blended

Core/Elective: Core

Unit Description

This unit explores the contemporary application of group work in counselling in a diverse world. Students study and develop an understanding of group structure, process and dynamics, including how to identify client groups and issues appropriate to groupwork, and apply theory to develop progression and outcomes to groups. Students develop skills in leading or co-leading groups and the management of issues within the group. Ethical practice and social consciousness when developing and facilitating a group are fundamental to this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) Review, interpret, integrate, synthesise and apply an advanced theoretical knowledge of the contemporary group work in counselling in a multicultural world.

b) Competently analyse, evaluate and ethically apply information to complete a range of activities in counselling including how to identify client groups and issues appropriate to groupwork, and apply theory to develop progression and outcomes to groups.

c) Professionally apply and transmit advanced knowledge to effectively demonstrate sophisticated levels of self-reflexivity when facilitating group work practice.

d) Demonstrate an advanced capacity to critically analyse, synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level, using contemporary communication approaches.

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the Discipline of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic Misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.