SSW201 - Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals

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Last revision date Jun 18, 2019 10:06:07 AM
Last review date Jun 18, 2019 10:06:07 AM

Subject Title
Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals

Subject Description

This is an experiential course that will provide an introduction to the theoretical concepts necessary for understanding small groups in a social services context, the practical skills needed for being an effective group participant, and an introduction to group planning and facilitation skills.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate, in the classroom/group work context, effective group participation, skills in active listening, giving and receiving feedback, and introductory group facilitation skills
  2. Link the study of group process/dynamics to self-reflection and the importance of ongoing selfreflection in professional practice
  3. Understand the relevance and transformative potential of group work in social services
  4. Explain some of the applications of theoretical group work concepts and ideologies in student consultation discussion groups, observation sheets and weekly journal entries
  5. Identify, through a written self-evaluation, their own participation and leadership strengths and challenges for further development

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

Discrimination/Harassment
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.