Counseling Process


Students will develop a conceptual understanding of the counseling process, learn basic counseling and interviewing skills, and begin their socialization into the profession. They will develop their basic skills through role-played counseling simulations for which they receive performance feedback.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in each of the key skills covered in the course (nonverbal attending skills; responding empathically; asking open-ended questions to facilitate exploration; providing summary statements; offering challenges; responding with immediacy; offering appropriate interpretations; offering appropriate self-disclosure)

  2. Identify marker events in the therapy session that signal the appropriate use of each of the skills that are covered.

  3. Engage in critical self-evaluation that will enable them to engage in continuous skill development.

  4. Demonstrate awareness of how their personal style and implicit cultural assumptions impact and influence their interpersonal interactions (personally and professionally)

  5. Demonstrate an ethical and developmentally appropriate professional demeanor.

  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how the skills being taught in this course find expression in the work of psychotherapists

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