Psychology 642

PSYC 642: Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Prerequisite: Graduate status in clinical-counseling psychology or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

Course provides students with an introduction to applied techniques. Simulated counseling experiences provide opportunities to use basic counseling, communication, and helping relationship skills while increasing student’s comfort with the therapeutic role. Issues regarding professional identity and ethical, social, and cultural awareness and sensitivity in counseling are also addressed.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Research in the area of counseling
2. Basic communication skills
3. Therapeutic relationships with attention paid to distinctions between general relationships and formal helping/therapeutic relationships
4. Establishment of goals and tasks of counseling/therapy
5. Issues involved in therapeutic effectiveness
6. Discussion of intake procedures, note taking, and termination
7. Ethical, moral, spiritual and legal considerations involved in the therapeutic relationship
8. The impact of systemic issues on the therapeutic relationship and process


Detailed Description of Course

A lecture format supplemented by readings, discussions, videotapes, and student in class presentations of simulated therapy video tapes is utilized to promote student learning.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The course is designed to provide an environment where students can prepare for future practicum experiences and develop professionally. Activities will provide students with opportunities to learn about various therapeutic approaches, become more comfortable with the counselor role, to practice counseling skills, and provide and receive feedback.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments include exams, counseling competence as demonstrated by video and/or audio tapes of simulated therapy sessions, reading logs of current counseling based research, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

May, 2010