Counseling / Counseling & Psychotherapy

Counseling / Counseling & Psychotherapy

  1. Module Title: Counseling / Counseling & Psychotherapy
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 312 / PSYC 427
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course is an introduction to the fundamental framework of counseling. It is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the psychology of changing human behavior and thinking processes. Topics covered include a broad range of knowledge on how to facilitate change using the Egan’s model of helping. The course emphasizes the collaborative nature of the therapist-client relationship and uses a practical, three-stage model that drives client problem-managing and opportunity-developing action. Students will also be exposed to the concepts and principles of effective helping as well as basic helping skills to attend to people who face day-to-day challenges. In addition, the course explores the values and multicultural considerations in the counseling processes.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will be able to:
    • Understand the concepts of helping and the ingredients to successful helping.
    • Understand an orientation to problem management and opportunity development as desired counselling goals.
    • Appreciate the importance of helping relationship and the values that drive the relationship.
    • Learn and practise communications skills in the context of helping relationships.
    • Understand Skilled Helper’s models, practices, and processes.
    • Be informed of ethical standards and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counselling
    • Appreciate the impact of values in the counselling process and understand the multicultural perspective in the helping profession
    • Understand the roles, functions, and characteristics of counsellors.
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    Topic
    • The Ingredients of Successful Helping
    • The Helping Relationship and the Values That Drive It
    • Empathic Presence: Tuning In and Listening
    • Empathic Responding: Working at Mutual Understanding
    • The Art of Probing and Summarizing
    • Facilitating Client Self-Challenge: From New Perspectives to New Behavior
    • Helper Self-Challenge
    • An Introduction to the Problem-Management Process
    • Help Clients Tell Their Stories: Stage I, Task I-A
    • The Real Story and the Right Story: Stage I, Task I-B and Task I-C
    • Designing for the Future: Stage II, Task II-A
    • Goals, Outcomes, Impact: Stage II, Task II-B and Task II-C
    • Planning the Way Forward: Stage III, Task III-A, Task III-B, and Task III-C
    • Implementation: Making It All Happen
    • Review of course material
    • Preparation for Final Exam
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