Counseling Theories

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

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