SS2828: Facilitating Change in One-to-One and Group Settings

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 17, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard); Other (set reading material for discussion at tutorials; set course work)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, HSE South Addiction Services staff.
Module Objective: To engage students with a range of facilitation styles along a continuum from client-centred to guiding and directive.
Module Content: Students will be introduced to the trans-theoretical model of change. They will learn how to apply this behavioural change framework in one-to-one, group and organisational settings. Learn to use here-and-now events and experience task and process as the ground for theoretical and experiential learning. The theory of group-work; orientation to group-work facilitation; different types of group work; group tasks and group maintenance; nature of feedback and giving and receiving feedback; stages in group life, facilitation skills, facilitation practice, personal process related to group facilitation.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand and apply the trans-theoretical model of change to individuals, group and organisational settings.
  • Apply appropriate interventions based on an the stage of readiness to change;
  • Identify the knowledge, skills and values underpinning one-to-one and group work in substance abuse treatment;
  • Describe the dimensions of the role of a group facilitator/group leader and be able to develop a group contract;
  • Evaluate their understanding of the essential conditions for effective group-work including practical considerations and therapeutic factors;
  • Develop awareness of their own strengths and challenges in relation to one-to-one and group facilitation;
  • Critically examine the stages of group development and the theory underpinning group work and understand the basic capacity required for group facilitation.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3,000 word assignment (excluding references), 80 marks; Engagement in online activities as prescribed by the course tutor, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by module coordinator).

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