Helping Relationships (PSYC313)

Helping Relationships (PSYC313)

Course Description:

The course focus on three practical framework which comprises on the nature and goals of helping, the helping model and the values that drive helping. It focuses on collaborative relationship between client and the counselor in various settings.

The course also includes critical aspects of different theoretical orientations (humanistic, cognitive behavioral and solution focuses) into a pragmatic approach to helping. It focuses on positive psychology and includes material on problems as opportunities, an emphasis on hope and optimism, a self-healing approach to client helper collaboration, motivational interviewing and client resilience.


Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes
The learning will:
Assessment Criteria
The learner can:
1. Examine basic elements and principles of helping relationships, principles of professional helping relationship, and roles of professional helper. 1.1 Understand the role of the therapist and the therapeutic relationship between client and helper.

1.2 Appreciate and respect the importance of the beliefs, values, norms, ethics and morality dimensions of life as manifested in the social and personal culture of the client

1.3 Define parameters of ethical and professional practice in the helping relationship to guide the resolution of ethical issues and dilemmas.

2. Apply communication skills needed by helpers to engage in a therapeutic dialogue with clients. 2.1 Examine three basic skills of the therapeutic presence which includes tuning in to clients, remaining engaged, and active listening skills.

2.2 Use probing, summarizing and challenging to help client engage more fully in the helping process.


Delivery and Study Plan

20 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 Pair Presentation.


Course Schedule

Part 1: The Power Of Basics

  • The Power of Basics: Explore the Ingredients of Successful Helping
  • Review the Problem – Management & Opportunity Development Process.
  • Commit Yourself to the Helping Relationship and the Values that Drive it.

Part 2: The Therapeutic Dialogue: Master Communication & Relationship Building Skills

  • Therapeutic Presence: Tune in to Clients and Listen Carefully
  • Empathic Responding: Work at Mutual Understanding
  • Master the Art of Probing & Summarizing
  • Help Clients Challenge Themselves: From New Perspective to New Behavior

Part 3: The Stages & Tasks of the Problem Management & Opportunity Development Model

  • The Action Arrow That Permeates the Entire Helping Process: Right from the Beginning Help Clients Turn Talk into Life Enhancing Action
  • The Three Tasks of Stage 1:
    • Help Clients Tell the Story
    • The Real Story
    • The Right Story
  • Stage II: Help Clients Design & Set Problem- Managing Goals
  • Stage III: Help Clients Design the Way Forward
  • Paid Presentations


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