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:
The learning will:
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.
Form of assessments include Class Participation, Quizzes, Discussion Forum, Term Paper and Group Presentation.
|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
|L3||Psychodynamic approaches (…Con’t)
b) Experiential and relationship-oriented therapies
|L4||b) Experiential and relationship-oriented therapies (…Con’t)
|L5||c) Cognitive behavioral (or action-oriented) approaches
|L6||c) Cognitive behavioral (or action-oriented) approaches (… Con’t)
|L7||Systems and postmodern approaches
|L8||Part III: INTEGRATION AND APPLICATION.
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