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Marjory Levitt, Ph.D. CN PSY 5519

Weiss Hall, Room 312 Tuesday 1:00-4:00

Office: 227 Ritter Annex Spring 2008

Telephone: 215-848-7889 Email:

Office Hours by Appointment


The purpose of this course is to explore the functions of group counseling in meeting client and student needs. Attention to both the practice of effective group leadership skills and effective group participation skills will be addressed. This course is designed to provide you with an immersion in groups in many forms. We will be consciously exploring the process and function of many types of intentional groups during the semester including large group, in-class task groups/learning groups, an experiential group, and more. Students are encouraged to extend this training and sensitivity to group process, function and content into the university community and personal life as well for a truly profound immersion experience. 

Emphasis will also be placed on facilitating your self-awareness as an evolving professional, developing skills to address the complex demands of group counseling in multicultural environments. Readings, discussions, assignments, small group meetings and other experiential opportunities will be an aid in your self-exploration. To reach this ultimate goal, you will be expected to take an active part in this course.

Due to the emphasis on experience, lateness and absences cannot be made up.

Group Counseling

  1. Introduce the theory and practice of group counseling.

  2. Introduce students to professional standards and practice of group treatment. These objectives will be met through class lectures, class participation, papers, observations of functioning groups outside of the classroom, and readings.

  3. Provide students the opportunity to intensively explore a group modality of choice.

  4. Provide an in-vivo experience of group process, including the development of group participation and leadership skills.

  5. Provide an environment in which multicultural group leadership skills may be explored and developed.

The objectives above will be met through class presentations, and participation in the experiential component of the course. Class will be divided into two sections:

  1. A lecture/discussion/role-play component (1:00-3:00pm)

  2. An experiential component (3:00-4:00pm)

It is expected that students will read all assigned readings and be prepared to discuss them in class. Students may be selected at random by the professor to lead a discussion of the readings.
REQUIRED TEXT (available only at Zavelle's bookstore)
Corey, G. (2008) Theory and practice of group counseling (7th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Brooks Cole.

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