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 Course Title:   Group Process and Addictive Disorders

 Title Abbreviation:   GROUP PROC/ADD DISORDERS

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    244

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    511501

 EPC:    437

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Group counseling skills for working with addicted clients in residential and outpatient treatment settings. Includes best practices, emerging practices and other major counseling theories and techniques.


Prerequisite: HSERV 141 or equivalent with permission of Department Chair

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and practice group dynamics and the types and effects of group process in substance use disorder treatment.
  2. Develop a working knowledge of current Best Practices group therapies for substance use disorder counseling.
  3. Develop an understanding of the diverse needs of various populations seeking services through substance use disorder programs.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.

Course Contents

  1. Overview of leadership techniques, theories, leadership skills, and responsibilities.
  2. Purpose of groups.
  3. Types of groups.
    • According to function (outpatient, residential, aftercare, education, etc.)
    • According to structure (short/long-term, open/closed-ended, etc.)
    • According to purpose (COA, family, etc.)
    • According to population (adolescents, women's, men's, cultural, etc.)
  4. Group size and environment.
  5. Other considerations:
    • Bias/prejudice.
    • Decision-making.
    • Conflict resolution.
    • Closure.
    • Change.
    • Cultural issues.
    • Treatment modalities and membership selection criteria.
  6. Introduction to current Best Practices models.