General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Group Work A Practical Guide
Language english
Module lecturer mgr Syma Marta Al Azab-Malinowska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2022/2023 (winter)
Duration 30


The course will start on 1.12, classes will be held at the Faculty of Educational Studies at Szamarzewskiego 89 street (room C in building E)

1.12.2022 [Thursday, 11:30 - 14:45 (with 15min break) ]

8.12.2022 [Thursday, 11:30 - 14:45 (with 15min break) ]

15.12.2022 [Thursday, 11:30 - 14:45 (with 15min break) ]

22.12.2022 [Thursday, 11:30 - 14:45 (with 15min break) ]

12.01.2023 [Thursday, 11:30 - 14:45 (with 15min break) ]

19.01.2023 [Thursday, 11:30 - 14:45 (with 15min break) ]

26.01.2023 [Thursday, 11:30 - 14:45 (with 15min break) ]

2.02.2023 [Thursday, 11:30 - 14:45]

Module aim (aims)

Introduce students to the subject of group work. A course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of the theoretical foundations of working with groups and possible contexts for group work. After this course, students will have an understanding (and knowledge) of the group process, different types of group roles, group cohesion, and others. The role of the group leader and work ethics will be discussed. It offers the opportunity to learn and to reflect on the selected techniques and methods of group work, including working with a narrative approach and using metaphors. Opportunities and areas for using group work will also be demonstrated.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: Introduction, theoretical foundations of group work
Week 2: The importance of the contract in group work
Week 3: Why is useful to invite giraffe here? Nonviolence communication and feedback
Week 4: When vegetables change into soup: stages of group development and formation
Week 5: Work in progress: about group cohesion
Week 6: Who is who? - group roles
Week 7: Head or neck? the role of the group leader: tasks and responsibilities
Week 8: If is already there... using group resources
Week 9: Using the narrative approach in group work (part 1)
Week 10: Using the narrative approach in group work (part 2)
Week 11: Using metaphor in group work
Week 12: The bumpy Road: challenges in working with a group
Week 13: Let's get creative! Tools in group work
Week 14: When is time to say goodbye: role of the closing in group process (part 1)
Week 15: When is time to say goodbye: role of the closing in group process (part 2) - summary

Reading list

Baron R. S., Kerr N., (2003) Group Process, Group Decision, Group Action

Nęcka E., Szymura B., i inni (2019) Trening twórczości

Rosenberg M. B., Chopra D., (2015) Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy

Vinogradov S., Yalom I.D., (1989) Concise Guide to Group Psychotherapy

White M. (2007) Maps of Narrative Practice

White M. (2011) Narrative Practice 

Yalom I.D., Leszcz M.,(2020) The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy