National University




PSY340A Counseling Techniques I

Lead Faculty: Dr. Brenda Lee Shook

Course Description

An introduction to basic counseling techniques such as nonjudgmental listening, reflection, feedback, goal setting, and basic solution skills. Examines transference, countertransference, and therapist attributes such as empathy, congruence, acceptance, genuineness and respect. The online version has a significant live chat component that requires computer imaging and voice technology. Grading is H, S or U only.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, define, and discuss theories covered in the course.
  • Distinguish, compare and contrast therapy models, state the themes, assumptions, points of view, techniques, and limitations of each model.
  • Research a specific area of interest in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective counseling techniques through various means i.e., role playing, review of therapy, videos and class discussion.