This course introduces students to the basic skills of counselling. Skills and techniques in counseling focusing on competencies in relationship-building, interviewing, role playing, simulation, and micro-counseling. The emphasis is on conducting intentional counseling interviews/sessions and on the analysis and evaluation (self, peer, and instructor) of these. Students will also explore the nature of the counseling process, factors affecting client change and growth, counseling interventions, and personal and professional issues related to counseling.
The course aim is to provide opportunity for students to learn, experience, and practice the techniques and skills used in a multicultural, developmental, intentional counseling approach.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Understand how contemporary social issues (e.g., technological growth, diversification of the population) and present concerns of the profession (e.g., credentialing, accreditation, preparation standards) influence the practice of counseling in various settings.
- Develop an awareness of their personal characteristics and beliefs that influence their place in the counseling field and their potential role as a counselor.
- Identify the basic competencies and skills necessary to work with diverse populations of clients.
- Be familiar with the settings where counselors work and the types of work settings where counseling professionals practice.
- Explain the nature and scope of the counselling process
- Discuss the importance of rapport and a therapeutic relationship in helping clients and effecting changes
- Differentiate the role of the professional counsellor from that of the lay helper
- Present an overview of the stages of the counselling process
- Analyze the use of basic counselling skills related to different stages of the counselling process