RAD3034 - Group Counselling: Theory, Process and External Practice


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination and oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 2 days
Oral group examination

Course content

This course focuses on the interplay between individuals and groups, and the candidate acquires advanced knowledge about, and experience with, group processes, from a guidance- and counselling perspective. In the course, thorough theoretical knowledge and specialized practical competence in group communication is promoted. This implies leading and guiding group processes from an understanding of group dynamics, conflict management strategies and cooperative strategies, and learning in gruops through debriefing. The course contributes to insight into practical domains where counselling and guidance constitute a part of the business.

Learning outcome


The candidate...

- has a thorough knowledge of central group development theories.

- has advanced theoretical knowledge about the basis for developing resources in groups.

- has thorough knowledge about factors that might hinder or promote group development.

- can analyze problem areas and challenges within the professional field of counselling anchored in the history, traditions and distinctive characteristics of the field.


The candidate...

- has specialized skills related to understanding and analyzing group processes, and can stimulate, influence and guide teams and groups in their development.

- can observe group processes and give feedback to the group and its individuals.

- can guide groups to increased knowledge, more effective group communication and better task performance.

- can contribute to preventing and handling conflicts and facilitating group cooperation.

- can apply knowledge in new areas within the professional field.

- can guide learning in groups through debriefing.

General competence:

The candidate...

- can utilize group counselling to stimulate cooperation and development in groups and teams.

- can lead and guide developmental processes in groups under favourable and unfavourable conditions.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching has both a theoretical and practical focus and draws on experiential learning by participation in and leading groups and teams. The candidates are organized into groups that work together. Through this one explores and challenges one's and others' communicational patterns and works with developmental challenges in the group. Through two intensive module-based gatherings, the candidates are given the opportunity to explore the role of the group leader/guide. In addition, an introduction will be given to the use of a method for mapping work and communicational styles in the group context. Lectures 4 hours per week, in addition to 3-day group process module 1 and 3-day group process module 2. In both modules, the teaching lasts 7 hours pr. day. Some of the lectures will be in English. The course will, through an external practice experience, give an understanding of and insight into a specific practice area amongst several options, where counselling and guidance are a part of the business context. The practice guide facilitates the candidate's development of advanced knowledge about, and specialized competence within, the actual practice domain. A plenary presentation and evaluation of the practice will be carried out, based on a practice report that must be approved before the candidate can do the exam. Check Blackboard for more detailed information about compulsory activities at the beginning of the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80 % approved attendance in lectures
  • Participation in80 % of the group process module 1
  • Participation in 80% of the group process module II
  • 80% attendance in external work practice
  • Participation in the presentation of the practice based on the practice report

Further on evaluation

A 2-day written group exam (home-take exam) with an oral group exam. The written group exam will be 4000 words +/- 10% (A4, line spacing 1,15, Verdana 10 pt.). Students who fail the exam must resit all assessments. Completed approved compulsory assignments must not be retaken.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Counselling Science (MRÅDG)

Course materials

Will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PED3034 15.0 AUTUMN 2011
SVPED212 15.0 AUTUMN 2011
SVPED312 15.0 AUTUMN 2011
PED6501 0.0 AUTUMN 2011
SVPED212 15.0 AUTUMN 2011
RAD6501 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
  • Counselling
  • Social Sciences
  • Guidance Education
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


Examination arrangement: Home examination and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral group examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral group examination
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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