Helping Relationships

Helping Relationships

    1. Course Title: Helping Relationships
    2. Course Prefix/Number: PSYC 313
    3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
    4. Description:This course provides an effective approach in the art and science of counselling and helping psychologically. Instead of depending on mere goodwill and the often misled approach of commonsense, psychological counselling utilizes practical insights, skills and therapeutic alliance to facilitate wellness for life.
    5. Student Learning Outcomes:
      By the end of this course, students should achieve the following Learning Outcomes
      1. To provide an overview of the understanding of psychological counselling and support through a systematic study
      2. Outline and explain how the various common stresses of life impact functioning
      3. Diagnose the underlying causes and systems involving in making challenges difficult to resolve and manage
      4. Apply the knowledge and skills to facilitate growth and development of counselees
    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
      Topic
      • 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
      • Therapeutic Presence: Tune In to Clients and Listen Carefully
      • Empathic Responding: Work at Mutual Understanding
      • Master the Arts of Probing and Summarizing
      • Help Clients Challenge Themselves: From New Perspectives to New Behavior
      • The Action Arrow: Right from the Beginning Help Clients Turn Talk to Life-Enhancing Action
      • The Three Tasks of Stage I: Help Clients Tell the Story, the Real Story, and the Right Story
      • Stage II: Help Clients Design and Set Problem-Managing Goals
      • Stage III: Planning Help Clients Design the Way Forward

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