Therapeitic and Psychoeducational Groups

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 6123
Section Number
PSYC 6123
Fall 2012
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Professor:        David Carlston                                                Office:       120 O’donohoe

Office Hours:  MW 9:30-12:30, TTR 11:00-12:00                 Phone:       397-4718

Class Time:      TR 3:30-4:50                                                   Location:   PY 101

Dr. David Carlston (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


  1. Provide students with an overview of common principles in group psychotherapy.
  2. Review pertinent psychological research addressing group process and outcome.
  3. Facilitate the application of principles to actual practice.

Course Expectations

Course Requirements:


In order to meet the aforementioned goals, this course will be conducted in two concurrent components.  One component will be primarily didactic in nature.  During this portion of the course, students are expected to stay abreast with all assigned readings and to participate in class discussions.  Student comprehension of course material will be assessed through a mid-term and final exam.  Each exam will be comprised of essay and short answer questions.  Each exam will account for 100 points of students’ final grades. 


The second component of the course is an experiential exposure to group.  It is anticipated that this experience will provide students with a broader understanding of group principles.  Students will participate in one of two group experiences.  Students will be randomly assigned into one of two role-play therapy groups: substance abuse or dialectical behavior therapy group.  Students will be assigned one week in which they will be the group leader for their group.  For each of the other weeks, students will role-play group members, as other students lead.  During this time, students will be asked to respond to several writing prompts eliciting observations of their experience.  Performance as group leader and completion of these prompts accounts for 100 points of the students’ final grades.  


The final graded component of the course is class participation.  There will be several points during the semester during which we will watch video and/or hold an open group discussion.  Student participation during these discussions will account for the final 50 points of the course.

Grading Standards


315-350           A

280-314           B

245-279           C

210-244           D

0-209               F

Final Exam

12/11/2012 3:30-5:30 pm

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements


Attendance is required for the course.  Each student is allowed two absences without penalty.  Each additional absence will result in a 10% reduction in the students’ final grade.  Being tardy (arriving more than 5 minutes after the designated start time of the class) three times will be considered an absence.  Students will be responsible for the material they miss when absent. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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