PSY340A Counseling Techniques I

Lead Faculty: Dr. Nicole Polen-Petit

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic counseling skills and rationale for their application in the therapeutic relationship.
  • Demonstrate skill in using a variety of counseling techniques through role-play of the counselor/client relationship.
  • Demonstrate awareness of cultural diversity and the ability to modify counseling strategies as appropriate based upon client characteristics.
  • Evaluate one's own progression in counseling skill development through thoughtful self-analysis and video review.