Advanced Group Training Institute


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2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

5999 Stevenson Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304

Last Updated:
March 23, 2006

This course is designed to build on the theory and skills typically taught in a beginning group counseling class. The course will highlight the kinds of groups typically lead with children and adolescents, and will target specific skills and techniques for running those kinds of groups. Direct instruction and observation will be combined with skills practice and role play, participants will leave with new ideas and skills to allow them to be effective in leading groups with children and adolescents.

The course is designed to assist participants in reaching the following objectives:

  • Identify and describe the stages of group development for children and adolescents and how they differ from adult groups.

  • Develop an understanding of the characteristics of an effective group leader and how these characteristics fit with participants' leadership styles.

  • Develop an understanding of how to introduce, conduct and process effective group activities.

  • Learn to incorporate creative activities into group sessions.

  • Learn how to utilize therapeutic techniques to improve group functioning.

  • Differentiate between content and process and how to balance the focus on content and process in group sessions.

  • Develop skills in stimulating interaction among members to facilitate group process.

  • Be able to articulate how problem situations that arise during group sessions can be utilized as learning experiences.

  • Assess the effectiveness of groups.

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