Types of Group Work


Groups are an excellent choice for helping people change. Some groups are relatively short term and designed to meet the needs of specific populations, while others are focused on interpersonal learning and may be less structured. The group leader must be knowledgeable about the various types of groups, the strengths and limitations of each, and the unique leadership skills and training required to lead each type of group. Unlike a classroom setting, where the emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge, a counseling group is organized to help people solve problems and make personal changes. While psychoeducation groups typically include a curriculum and an educational component, the interpersonal relationships formed during the group are an integral part of the process. Strategies and interventions for the work of the group are based on a scholar-practitioner model and utilize empirical evidence from the research.

For this Assignment you will learn about the different type of groups you will facilitate as a professional counselor.

To Prepare:

Review this weeks Learning Resources, focusing on information from the learning resources, additional journals, and professional organization websites. Focus on the similarities and differences among the five types of groups.

Be sure to paraphrase and cite your sources appropriately. You may list your references at the end of the table using APA 7th Edition Publication Manual.

Review your originality report before you submit your table. Originality reports exceeding 30% will require a review according to guidelines provided by Academic Integrity (see Student Handbook).

  • Download the document Types of Group Work from the Learning Resources and use this document to complete this Assignment.

The Assignment:

  • Complete the chart in the Types of Group Work document, comparing the five types of group work along the criteria presented. Be sure to include an APA cover page with your table.