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Group Work with Older Adults

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This course focuses on understanding the various types of groups, the stages of group development, knowledge about group dynamics, and the skills needed for the role of the group facilitator. The content and exercises in this course aim to enhance skills for those facilitating a variety of types of groups for older adults with diverse backgrounds. In addition, participants will look at methods to evaluate the effectiveness of group interventions.


  • Explain why you would choose a group as a method for healing and empowerment.
  • Name and describe the five major group types discussed in this course and how you would select amongst the types.
  • Identify the key steps involved in planning a group.
  • Describe the skills necessary to problem-solve, address conflicts, and handle boundary challenges in working with groups.
  • Discuss how to develop groups for diverse populations.
  • List the best practices in evaluating groups.
  • Discuss new developments in virtual groups.

Course Outline

  • Pre-course Competency Assessment
  • Section I: Course Description
  • Section II: Group Work Foundations
  • Section III: Group Development: Stages & Skills
  • Section IV: Purposeful Use of Time in Group Work
  • Section V: Your Role
  • Section VI: Diversity and Differences in Groups with Older Adults
  • Section VII: Evaluation, Best Practices, and the Future
  • Section VIII: References & Acknowledgments
  • Course Quiz
  • Post-course Competency Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Policies

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Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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