Jamaica COUN 526

Group Counseling

This course provides an introduction to group dynamics, group theories and group work. Group counseling approaches and models, issues of group leadership, styles of leadership, and group facilitation skills will be addressed. Consideration is also given to group counseling goals, phases of group development, and research on group dynamics and group counseling. The course is organized into a seminar for intensive examination of the theory and practice of group work and group counseling and a laboratory for experiential learning related to group process. Throughout the course, students will have multiple opportunities to participate in a group as both a group member and a group facilitator or leader through the process of group role-playing and exercises. Primarily, this will be achieved through direct interaction with populations in Jamaica. Students will have the opportunity to observe community settings to examine where group processes are needed.  

Important Dates Date
Application Deadline February 5, 2016
Travel Dates July 1 - 15, 2016
Pre-Trip Session: June 27 - 29, 2016; 1- 4pm
Post-session NA
Expense Cost
USD Tuition $2,100
Global Study Fee $   350
Estimated Travel Costs $1,800*
Total Estimated Expense: $4,250

* Airfare not included


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Please note: 

1. The estimated program costs includes accommodation, transportation for in-country program activities, some meals and program costs. Students will need to budget for some additional meals and incidental costs.

2. Upon registration, you will be billed a non-refundable $150 deposit.

3. When you receive confirmation that you have been accepted to the course, you need to book your own flights.

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