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 will prepare you to become a professional counsellor. The various counseling theories, ethical principles and understanding of self as a professional aim to equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.
  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
    • Person Centered Therapy
    • Gestalt Therapy
    • Behavior Therapy
    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
    • Choice Theory / Reality Therapy
    • Postmodern Approaches

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