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PSY-306-20, Theories of Counseling

INSTRUCTOR: Maria Mouratidis

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: SEM/Saturday/8:30 - 11:15 AM, September 8, 15, 29; October 6, 20, 27; November 10, 17; December 1, 8. Exam: December 15

Email is the best way to reach me. I will respond to any emails or voicemails within 48 hours.

You will receive messages through joule to your NDM email account. You must check your NDM email account regularly as no other email account will be used and you will be responsible for messages sent to the class via NDM email and for messages/documents on joule.

Prerequisites: PSY 205 Theories of Personality, PSY 210 Research Methods I, and PSY 307 Abnormal Psychology

Course Description (taken from the catalog):

Introduces counseling perspectives, models, ethics, and counseling skills for students interested in the helping professions. Surveys major theoretical paradigms and emphasizes mastery of basic communication skills useful in the interpersonal relations settings. All students participate in lectures, class demonstration, role playing and peer practice by using departmental counseling suites. This is the foundation course for PSY 406 Advanced Therapeutic Techniques.

3 Credits.

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will learn about the therapeutic relationship.
  2. Students will learn basic listening skills.
  3. Students will learn about the major theoretical models of counseling and psychotherapy.
  4. Students will learn critical thinking skills to review the empirical literature related to counseling and psychotherapy.
  5. Students will explore ethical issues related to counseling and psychotherapy.
  6. Students will gain and demonstrate an appreciation of providing counseling with cultural competence.
  7. Students will practice skills of comparing and contrasting theories.

Required texts and readings

1. Ivey, A., D’Andrea, M., & Ivey, M. (7th edition). (2012). Theories of counseling and psychotherapy. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

2. Morrison, J. The first interview. (3rd edition). (2008). New York: The Guilford Press.

3. APA ethics code http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx

4. APA style: http://www.loyola.edu/library/ref/apa.htm

5. Cellist of Sarajevo

6. Other reading as assigned on joule.

Optional texts and readings

American Psychiatric Association (2005). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, text revision, 4th ed. (Available at the Library)

Spitzer, R. (2002). DSM-IV-TR Casebook: A Learning Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. American Psychiatric Publishing

Spitzer, R.,  First, M.,  Gibbon, M., & Williams, J.  (2004). Treatment Companion to the DSM-IV-TR Casebook. American Psychiatric Publishing

Course format, procedures, and policies

Course content will be acquired through the following means:

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Textbooks
  4. Clinical Literature
  5. Clinical Examples
  6. Case Studies
  7. Role-Plays

Student Practice outside of classroom time