University of Connecticut

Group Work Concentration

Elizabeth Cameron talks about the Group Work ConcentrationSocial work with groups is a method of practice in which the group experience is used as the major method to influence individual well-being in a complex society. The group is viewed as a mutual support system in which the worker’s role is to convey the belief that individuals have the potential for helping each other and to facilitate the group processes that create conditions in which mutual aid can occur. Utilizing knowledge and skills to influence the group processes, the worker helps groups of individuals to achieve a wide range of functions in areas of growth and development, prevention, treatment, citizen involvement, social action and change. Group work students are educated to help individuals utilize the group experiences to affiliate with others, develop positive interpersonal relationships, learn knowledge and skills that will help with understanding and coping with a specific situation or problem, and find effective forms of expression to influence large social systems. Group workers practice in a variety of settings where group services are offered. Career opportunities may be found in youth and child services agencies, family services agencies, mental health and health care settings, criminal justice settings, community and neighborhood centers, public schools, senior citizen centers and facilities, neighborhood development and citizen action programs. Student field education experiences are within one of these settings with populations that include racial, ethnic and socioeconomically diverse people of all ages and sexual orientations with an emphasis on oppressed and marginalized populations.

Group work students are required to take a minimum of four method concentration courses. Three of these, Essentials of Social Group Work Practice (GRWK 5301), Differential Group Work: Populations and Settings (GRWK 5302), and Advanced Group Work Practice Methods and Techniques (GRWK 5303) must be taken sequentially and concurrently with each semester of field education beginning the second semester. One of these, Group Processes (GRWK 5311) may be taken at any time during the program of study. Additionally, students may choose a group work elective: Group Work Practice in Therapeutic Settings (GRWK 5342).

Group Work Concentration Requirements:

Catalog Number Description Semester Credits
GRWK 5301 Essentials of Social Group Work Practice
Concurrent with FED 5352 (Field) & FED 5302 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 1st year 3
GRWK 5302 Differential Group Work: Populations and Settings
Concurrent with GRWK 5353 (Field) & FED 5310 (Field Advising Seminar)
Fall 2nd year 3
GRWK 5303 Advanced Group Work Practice Methods & Techniques
Concurrent with GRWK 5354 (Field) & FED 5311 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 2nd year 3
GRWK 5311 Group Processes
There are no prerequisites to this course
Any semester 3

Credit Summary:

Catalog Number Description Credits
Basic Foundation Courses 28
Advanced Method Concentration Courses (above) 12
RSCH 5340 Additional Research Course 2
GRWK 5353 Advanced Field Education III 4
FED 5310* Field Advising Seminar (Fall Semester) 0
GRWK5354 Advanced Field Education IV 4
FED 5311* Field Advising Seminar (Spring Semester) 1
Elective Courses 9
Total Credits: 60

*Registrations will be entered through the Registrar’s Office.