Counselor Education 640

COED 640: Counseling Techniques

Prerequisites: COED 610 and COED 611

Credit Hours: (3)

Development and mastery of basic counseling skills through a combination of didactic and experiential approaches. Video and audio tapes, role playing, simulation, and practice in procedures utilized.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course provides supervised clinical training in the art and technology of professional counseling. Other training opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate an ability to help clients accomplish changes in thinking, feeling and behaving in regards to themselves and their life circumstances. Student counselors in training will learn and consistently demonstrate an ability to:

1. define the helping process and its stages;
2. demonstrate specific beginning helping skills and techniques;
3. participate in class experiences designed to develop self-awareness as well as identifying barriers to the counselors effective use of self as an agent of therapeutic change;
4. demonstrate basic understanding of client behavior and interpersonal dynamics in the helping process;
5. develop consistency between theoretical approach, techniques and methods, and the use of self as an agent of change in the therapeutic process; and
6. articulate a philosophy of counseling that integrates clinical experience, knowledge of the behavioral sciences, professional training and the use of self as an agent of change in the counseling process.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Lecture/Laboratory - videotape, analysis of clinical practice, and lecture


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will develop abilities to demonstrate the knowledgeable, thoughtful and skillful use of counseling techniques to facilitate human growth and development and (b) to remediate personal and social maladjustment and dysfunctioning of clients.


Assessment Measures

Student achievement will be assessed through analysis and evaluation of videotaped clinical practice and written treatment planning and evaluations.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval
April 1999 Revised