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PSY616 Counseling Theories

Lead Faculty: Dr. Brenda Lee Shook

Course Description

Overview of major theories of counseling as they are applied to psychotherapy. Students are expected to acquire and practice knowledge and skills related to development of a good therapeutic relationship and the therapist's role in promoting communication, insight, and behavior change within the therapeutic setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of general features of the application of humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and common factors paradigms to assessment and intervention.
  • Conduct a partial clinical interview or session demonstrating communication skills. Knowledge to be demonstrated using objective formats
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the differences between pathology based assessment and strength or wellness based assessment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a framework for initial intake questioning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of methods to assess client strengths and coping skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of methods to formulate short- and long-term treatment goals for treatment planning purposes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategies to assess therapeutic progress.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of disorder-specific interventions for common presenting disorders of adults.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of benefits and problems associated with use of empirically validated treatments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategies to establish a safe environment for clinical evaluation. Skills to be practiced in class