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Course Number: Theories and Techniques I  Section Number: 10419

Fall 2012

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MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Patricia Andersen   
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Midwestern State University

Gordon T. & Ellen West College of Education

 

 

COUN  5283                                             TITLE: Theories & Techniques of Counseling 

Professor:  Dr. Pat Andersen                      Office:  FE 106

Work phone:  237-4311                              Cell phone: 642-7890

e-mail:   patricia.andersen@mwsu.edu

 

 

I.          COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

            A study of major theoretical counseling concepts as well as the application of

            related techniques needed for skillful practice.

 

 

II.        TEXTBOOK

 

            Jones-Smith, Elsie, (2012). Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: An

            Integrative Approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication, Inc.  

 

 

III.       COURSE OBJECTIVES AND LEARNER OUTCOMES 

 

A. Goal:

 

1. Counselors demonstrate knowledge describing individual human

    dynamics.

 

Objective: Students will be able to articulate the major concepts of

recognized theories to their colleagues and to clients.

 

Corollary: Students will be able to define theoretical terms for

professional use, including the state and national certification and

licensing exams. 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts with case

     conceptualizations that describe client dynamics and appropriate

     interventions to encourage change.

 

                 Corollary: Students will keep notes of counseling sessions using the

                 DAP system. 

 

 

3. Students will be able to apply ethical standards to counseling interactions

    and to professional relationships.

 

 

B. Goals:

 

1. Counselors demonstrate professional skills promoting healing relationships where

    clients gain a sense of personal worth and self-efficacy in managing their reactions

    to life’s struggles.    

 

 Objectives: Students will learn to consistently evaluate the impact of the

                   counselor’s presence and interventions on the client’s progress

                   as well as the movement of the counseling relationship.

 

 

2. Students will be able to consider the appropriateness, timing, and the impact of  

    specific counselor techniques used in counseling sessions. Considerations will

    include planning possible techniques prior to the next client meeting; using a technique

    in the moment in counseling session; and evaluating the impact of using a technique

    during a previous counseling session. 

 

 

3. Students will offer feedback for their colleague’s counseling work in a

    constructive way.  Processing the experience of a counseling relationship

    includes personal reactions and may raise emotions from other significant

    relationships or feelings about competencies, self worth and meaningful

    values. STUDENT  COUNSELORS WILL ADHERE TO STRICT

    CONFIDENTIALITY STANDARDS regarding the personal information

    revealed by colleagues. 

 

 

IV.             TRAINING AND COURSE EXPECTATIONS

 

Professional counselors serve as role models to others, offering examples of dependable, reliable, and responsible behavior.  Counselors demonstrate positive human interactions while showing emotionally intelligent methods for handling life’s issues and concerns. If counselors do not maintain the integrity of positive mental health, lay people will assume the entire field and the profession lack credibility.

 

In graduate school, students work productively with faculty, peers and clients. Accepting and offering constructive criticism is necessary for personal growth and human relationship training. Working collaboratively in groups, sharing ideas, and disagreeing respectfully are common experiences in and outside classes.

 

Ethical conduct is expected and to fall short of professional standards means counseling accreditation or licensure can be denied, regardless of academic performance.

 

ATTENDANCE:

 

Class attendance is crucial to successful completion of this course since much of the training cannot be learned in textbooks. Therefore, GRADUATE STUDENTS are expected to be on time and to attend every class. Tardiness, leaving early, and absences are considered evidence of lack of dependability, and are taken seriously.

 

Attendance is crucial and is reflective of professional motivation and class participation that can not be made up. Even unavoidable (illness, family emergency, dangerous weather) absences affect attendance grade.  Any more than two unavoidable absences necessitate special arrangements for completion of the course.  One avoidable absence counts as two unavoidable absences as reflected in participation grade.  Two avoidable absences require withdrawal from the class.

 

 

V.        EVALUATION

 

Class Participation:                                                                                       20 %

 

Sharing insights regarding theoretical concepts.

 

Sharing thoughts and reactions regarding your own theoretical

orientation and experiences in taped counseling sessions.

 

Offering appropriate feedback regarding theoretical discussions

and counseling sessions in ways that are helpful to colleagues.                               

 

Written Theoretical Orientation                                                                  40%

A paper describing the theoretical orientation that guides your

work with clients, including major philosophical beliefs and

concepts of client change. Examples of client dynamics and

counseling interactions are required. A rubric will be provided.

 

Written Exam                                                                                                40%

 

Client Session Tape: required for faculty review prior to taking Theories II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VI.       PROPOSED SCHEDULE

 

August 29                   Introductions

Wednesday                

                                    Course Expectations: Syllabus

 

                                    Common Factors in Therapy

                                   

                                    Case Conceptualization; Personal Theory

 

                                    Professor Role Plays

                                   

Assignment: Read Chapters 1, 2 for Discussion

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September 5                Discussion:  Theoretical Integration

Wednesday                                        

                                    Case Study: Justin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                    Discussion:  Psychoanalytic Theory

                                                         Ego Psychology

Object Relations

Jungian Theory              

                                               

      Case Studies

 

                                   

                        Assignment:  Read Chapter 3

                                                          Be ready to share ER’s, Fictions, Sibling placement _______________________________________________________________________

 

September 12              Discussion: Adlerian Psychology

Wednesday    

                                    Case Studies

 

      What’s your take on importance of childhood experiences?  

                                    How will you approach early life experiences in your counseling? 

                                   

Life Style Analysis

                                   

Professor Role Play--group

 

                                    Assignment:    Read p. 199-204; Chapter 8;

Read Andersen’s Case Studies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 19              Discussion: Humanistic, Person-Centered     

Wednesday                            

Yom Kippur              Case Studies

 

                                    Role Plays

 

                                                                       

                                    Assignments: Read Chapter 7, 9; Read Andersen’s Case Studies

                                                           What role does spirituality play in your counseling?              

______________________________________________________________________

 

September 26              Discussion:      Existential Theory

Wednesday                                         Gestalt Theory

                                    Case Studies

                       

                                    Role Play—empty chair

 

Assignment:  Read Chapter 4; Read Case Studies

____________________________________________________________________

 

October 3                    Discussion:      Behavior Theories

 

                                    Case Studies

                                   

                                    Role Play

 

                                   

                                    Assignment:  Read Chapter 5 and 6; Read Case Studies

________________________________________________________________________

 

October 17                  Discussion:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy   

                                                         Rational-Emotive & Choice Theory     

             

                                    Case Studies

 

                                    Role Play

 

                                   

                                    Assignment: Read Chapter 13, 14 and16                                                              ________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 24                 

                                    Discussion:      Solution Focused Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Strengths-Based Therapy

 

 

Role Play

 

Instructions for seeing clients

 

Assignment:    Read Chapter 15,; 18,19

                                     

                                   

________________________________________________________________________

 

 

October 31                  Discussion:      Integrating Spiritual/Religious Issues in Counseling

 

                                    Role Play

 

________________________________________________________________________

 

Nov 7/14/21/              

Students will be seeing/taping clients for about 3 sessions

                                   

                                    Staffing clients; Processing counselor experiences

 

                                    Discussion:      Competency Issues

 

________________________________________________________________________                       

                                   

November 28              Discussion:     Combining and Integrating Theories

                                                            Students’ Personal Theories

                                                            What concepts do you use when?

 

 

________________________________________________________________________

 

December 5                 Theoretical Orientation Papers Due

 

                                    Exam

 

Tapes

________________________________________________________________________

 

 

           


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