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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Group Work and Facilitation

Location: 
Curative Education Program, Glenmoore, PA; Social Therapy Program, Copake, NY; Soquel, CA; N. Vancouver, BC; and instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.
Length: 

15 hours (variable across several weeks).

Dates: 
December 2005 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe a view of group work that has a spiritual basis; identify and explain the major roles assigned to group members (chair, scribe, time keeper, process coach); identify different types of group work; build agendas; build ground rules for group work within the group itself; describe the responsibilities of each member of a group; exercise good listening and speaking skills; exercise self-discipline and self-evaluation as a group member; describe different variants of consensus decision making models; implement group building exercises; discuss phases of group development; and discuss the plan, do, review cycle.

Instruction: 

Curative education requires constant teamwork and collaboration with colleagues. Sound groupwork skills and the capacity to participate in and lead groups are therefore essential. This course builds the capacity to design, conduct and review business meetings. It explores basic group roles, procedures and conduct. The underlying philosophy behind this group work course is based on the notion that: a group of people meeting regularly form a "chalice" or "cup" into which content flows and spirit moves; this kind of group work creates the possibility to address issues in a thorough, effective and insightful way; and decision-making in this group work approach is based on consensus building methodologies that tend towards horizontal, rather than vertical, authority structures.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Curative Education, Communication Studies, Social Science, Organizational Development, Management Studies, Community Studies, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/07) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation).

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