Course Abstract Details

PSYC-235, Introduction to Helping and Counseling Skills

Credits: 3

Course Description

PSYC-235, Introduction to Helping and Counseling, teaches the skills that are essential for those who wish to help others better manage their problems and develop their unused abilities/aptitude. Included are effective helping and counseling skills, (i.e., listening and empathy skills, verbal and nonverbal symbolic language, effective interpersonal relating, reflecting, challenging, goal-setting and solution skills, crisis intervention skills, the helping process, etc.). Emphasis is on the practical application of skills for helping professionals, such as mental health and substance abuse counselors, nurses, police officers, teachers, clergy, etc. Prerequisite: PSYC-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. 

Course Objectives and Grading Information

Course Objectives: The objective of Introduction to Helping and Counseling is to provide instruction and experience in the use of skills to help others better manage their problems and develop their unused abilities/aptitude. Lectures, discussions, skills demonstrations and exercises, audio-visual presentations may be utilized. By the end of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to: 

1. Identifying and using positive helper characteristics (PG 1,2,4) (GE 1,2,7,) 

2. Assessment and the Initial Interview (PG 1,2,3,4) (GE 1,2,6,7) 

3. Listening, exploration and clarification of helpee problems (PG 1,2,3,4) (GE 1,2) 

4. Identifying and working through stages of the helping process (PG 1,2,4) (GE 1,2,6) 

5. Solution development, planning, and activation (PG 1,2,4) (GE 1,2,6)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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