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 science and art of counseling. It is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the psychology of human behavior and change. Students will be exposed to an overview of various psychotherapeutic frameworks – the theoretical underpinnings, guiding principles, interventional strategies as well as limitations of each of these frameworks. There is also exploration of the values and multicultural considerations in the counseling process. Students will learn the concepts of an effective helping process and employ basic helping skills to attend to people who face day-to-day challenges.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning Outcomes
    The learning will:
    Assessment Criteria
    The learner can:
    1. Understand the roles, functions, and characteristics of counselors 1.1 Assess the impact of values and multiculturalism on counseling practice

    1.2 Evaluate the way their own values and perspectives could impact counseling practice

    2. Be informed of ethical standards and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling 2.1 Evaluate the concepts in ethical decision making

    2.2. Assess the different dimensions of confidentiality

    3. Understand counseling theories for conceptualization of client presentation and intervention 3.1 Analyze the models in terms of their concepts, process and application and explain their variances

    3.2 Application of the interventions under the various frameworks covered

    3.3 Evaluate the use of research to inform evidence-based practice

  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
    • The Counselor: Person and Professional
    • Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice
    • Psychoanalytic Therapy
    • Alderian Therapy
    • Existential Theory
    • Person-Centered Therapy
    • Gestalt Therapy
    • Behavior Therapy
    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
    • Choice Theory/Reality Therapy
    • Feminist Theory
    • Postmodern Approaches
    • Family Systems Therapy
    • An Integrative Perspective
    • An Introduction to the Problem-Management Process – Egan Model

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