Counseling 101

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|COUN 505 Draft Syllabus: Counseling Techniques and the | | | |Helping Relationship | | | |When? See Assist |Instructor: See Assist | | |Where? See Assist | | | |Office Hours: By appointment. |My office: 701 Thomas Road | | | |Contact: | |

1. Course Description: This experiential and didactic course provides students an understanding of effective interventions from individual, relational, & systems perspectives. Students also examine personal characteristics and their effect on individual, couple, and family counseling using case discussion and analysis.

2. Rationale: This course addresses the need for students to have curricular experiences and demonstrate their knowledge in the common core area of “helping relationships”. The ability to integrate and apply an understanding of the theories and techniques to one’s personal and professional life is critical in counselor development. In fact, this course may be one of the most important courses in the program since it addresses the essence of counseling. Accordingly, this course exposes the student to clinical issues related to the delivery of effective counseling. Extensive uses of online resources and situational role plays will help the student learn the essential skills involved in building an effective helping relationship.

3. Prerequisites:

|COUN 501    Counselor Professional Identity/Function/Ethics | |COUN 502    Human Growth and Development | | |

As stated in the Liberty University Catalog, it is the student’s responsibility to make up any prerequisite deficiencies that would prevent the successful completion of this course.

4. Materials List

A. Required Textbooks
Thomas, J. C., & Sosin, L. (2011). Therapeutic expedition: Equipping the Christian counselor for the journey. B&H Publishing. ISBN: 9781433672361

Disclaimer: The above texts provide information consistent with that required by state licensing boards in the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these texts.

B. Required Supplies for the Intensive:

1) Drawing pad, a variety of colored markers, or colored pencils/crayons. 2) Digital video recording equipment. Most students choose to work on their final project beginning Wednesday night or they choose to work on it during their next intensive if taking one the week after 505 (505 is often taken one week and 512 the next). It is easy to connect with students to help you with your final project during intensive week and during the following week if you are taking 512 next. If you do not have video recording equipment, check with friends, family, and other students about borrowing some. If you can’t borrow some and are looking for inexpensive video recording equipment, the Kodak Playsport Zx5 (or later version if updated) might be a good device to consider, along...
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