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Developing Skills and Groupwork


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Esther Ramsay-Jones
  • Assessment: a 2500-word written account of your experience in the personal development group (100%)

Module description

How do you understand yourself in relation to others? What role do you take up in a group environment? Through the practice of active listening, reflecting, feeding back and observational skills you will develop a greater understanding of interpersonal dynamics in groups. You will have the opportunity to explore and reflect upon commonalities and differences within the group membership, while also noticing your own emotional development and growing self-awareness. We will also draw from groupwork theories from a range of counselling modalities to frame the learning.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • be able to make use of counselling skills in a group context
  • understand how counselling skills can be applied and used in a working context
  • be able to reflect upon your own development in relation to others
  • demonstrate greater self-reflection and self-awareness
  • have experience of group dynamics and show an understanding of organisational and systems theory
  • recognise the impact of historic and cultural background on emotional experience.