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LP30184: Developing group leadership

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 60%, PR 40%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (2000 words) (ES 60%)
  • Role play group activity, skills rating and 1000-word reflection (PR 40%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit aims to:
* Enable students to build on their knowledge of group work and increase their skills;
* Focus on increasing awareness of group process in various typical group situations, and developing understanding of the types of learning that can take place in groups;
* Relate this awareness and understanding to models of counselling for substance use problems/addiction;
* Enhance group leadership and educational skills will be enhanced through experiential work and practical exercises;
* Require students to put their skills to use in the workplace and to reflect on the effectiveness of specific group interventions.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the unit the student should be able to:
* Explain a rationale for group work in the addictions field.
* Describe types of adult learning in groups and relate these to the goals of a range of group activities.
* Describe Heron's six dimensions of facilitation and evaluate their own group work along these dimensions.
* Demonstrate ability to plan, organise, structure, implement and evaluate appropriate group activities.
* Reflect on the dynamics and power relations in groups.
* Use facilitation skills to maximise the benefit of group work and reduce blocks to learning for clients with a range of cultural and psychosocial characteristics.

Intellectual skills:
* Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of research, and practice (T, A).
* Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data. (T, F, A).
* Reflect on the appropriateness of theory, practice and outcomes (F).
* Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Professional/Practical Skills:
* Understand the application of relevant research findings in the workplace (F).
* Apply counselling skills appropriately to facilitate clients&© progress towards their goals. (T, A)
* Reflect upon own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development. (T, F, A)
* Observe and evaluate own skills and those of others and give clear and appropriate feedback. (T, A)
Key skills:
* Exercise initiative and personal responsibility. (F).
* Make decisions. (F).
* Use oral, written and audiovisual communication skills. (F)
* Demonstrate confidence in using IT for the access, creation and manipulation of information. (F).
* Undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature. (F)

This unit concentrates on:
* Different models of group work used in the field.
* The relationship of these models to counselling approaches and to understandings of substance use problems/addictions.
* The role of the facilitator in different types of group and a set of measurable dimensions to evaluate the role.
* Power in the group: how to recognise power relations and create conditions conducive to the empowerment of individual group members.
* The development of presentation skills, skills in the facilitation of group learning, and conflict resolution skills.
* Observed skills practice, self-rated and rated by fellow students, in an appropriate experiential situation.
* Reflecting on student's own experience of the group situation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP30184 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFB09 : BSc(Hons) Addictions Counselling (Work-based learning) (Full-time at Action on Addiction)
  • UHHL-KPB09 : BSc(Hons) Addictions Counselling (Work-based learning) (Part-time at Action on Addiction)