Counseling and Psychotherapy (PSYC427)

Counseling and Psychotherapy (PSYC427)

  1. Module Title: Counseling and Psychotherapy
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 427
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)

Course 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.

 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes
The learning will:
Assessment Criteria
The learner can:
1. Explain the function of both the therapist and client in terms of techniques and procedures undertaken, and the specific nature of the therapeutic relationship of each of the models presented. 1.1 Apply an ethical decision-making model using a case study.

1.2 Synthesize, evaluate, and develop an integrated approach to counselling from the perspective of a counsellor’s worldview.

2. Apply counseling theories for conceptualization of client presentation and intervention 2.1    Recognise and define the theory and practice of a variety of theoretical models in counselling and psychotherapy.

2.2    Describe dominant theories in counselling and psychotherapy

2.3    Application of the interventions under the various frameworks covered

 

Delivery and Study Plan

24 hours of lecture-cum-discussions over 8 weeks.

This module requires a mixture of lecture and self-study activities to assimilate the information covered. As per most institutes offering tertiary education, students should engage in an appropriate amount of self-study each week involving critical reflections.

 

Assessment summary

Form of assessments include Class Participation, Quizzes, Discussion Forum, Term Paper and Group Presentation.

 

Course Schedule

Lesson Topics
L1 Part I: BASIC ISSUES IN COUNSELING PRACTICE

a)      The Counselor: Person and Professional

b)      Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice

L2 c)      Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice (…Con’t)

Part II: THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF COUNSELING

a)      Psychodynamic approaches

  • Psychoanalytic Therapy
L3 Psychodynamic approaches (…Con’t)

  • Adlerian Therapy

b)      Experiential and relationship-oriented therapies

  • Existential Therapy
L4 b) Experiential and relationship-oriented therapies (…Con’t)

  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
L5 c) Cognitive behavioral (or action-oriented) approaches

  • Behavior Therapy.
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
L6 c) Cognitive behavioral (or action-oriented) approaches (… Con’t)

  • Choice Theory/Reality Therapy
L7 Systems and postmodern approaches

  • Feminist Therapy.
  • Postmodern Approaches.
  • Family Systems Therapy
L8 Part III: INTEGRATION AND APPLICATION.

  • An Integrative Perspective.
L9

 

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