Counseling Theory and Practice I
Breyer State University
COURSE OVERVIEW: Welcome to GRM 5101, Counseling Theory and Practice I. This course is part of the Accelerated Masters in Counseling program at Breyer State University. It is a 6-hour semester course that must be completed within 6 weeks. The aim of this course is to introduce students to fundamental theories of counseling and elements of t its practice. GRM 5101 and its continuation, GRM 5102, will provide you with both a theoretical understanding of various approaches to counseling and a practical skill set to approach this profession. This is a necessary background for the effective practice of grief counseling.
Please bear in mind that this is an accelerated program, so you will find the course to be fast-paced and the workload a bit more intense than what is typical in a regular program.
TIME FRAME: GRM 5101 is a 6 hour semester course that must be completed within a 6 week period. You must complete all course requirements successfully within that time period. Week one will begin when you register for the course or, alternatively, the day you notify me via e-mail that you have received the textbook and are ready to begin. Extensions are granted in certain circumstances. You must obtain written approval from the instructor and/or department for extensions.
COURSE MATERIALS: Thompson, Rosemary A. (2003). Counseling Techniques: Improving Relationships with Others, Ourselves, Our Families and Our Environment. Second Ed. Routledge: New York.
* Please note you will use this textbook for both GRM5101 and GRM5102.
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: After completing your required reading for each module as instructed, you will complete your assignment. I will provide feedback and then you will be able to move on to the following module. The written papers/examinations should be approached after you feel you have mastered the material so that you are capable of elaborating on it and applying it as needed instead of merely repeating it. You should try to integrate suggestions and corrections into subsequent work you submit. Remember, do not hesitate to contact me with questions about the course, the material or my feedback.
Module 1: Introduction to professionalism in counseling, client-therapist relationships, therapeutic factors, person-centered and psychoeducational approaches.
Read: Chapters 1, 2, and 10 in the textbook
Complete Assignment 1
Module 2: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Scheme-Focused Cognitive work, Dialectical Behavior therapy, Paradoxical techniques
Read: Chapters 7 and 9 in the textbook
Complete Assignment 2
Module 3: Conflict mediation/conflict resolution, Stress and stress reduction techniques
Read: Chapters 11 and 12 in the textbook
Complete Assignment 3
Module 4: Final Project (Apply coursework material to case vignettes focusing on grief/loss themes).
Several factors will be taken into account when I review your work:
Content is comprehensive, accurate and all requested information is properly addressed
Major points are stated clearly, and are supported by specific references from the literature, details, examples, and/or analysis.
Research is adequate for the topic
Any concept that is not strictly your own MUST be appropriately referenced using APA style. The correct format for indirect referencing is (Author’s last name, year) at the END of a sentence and (Author, year, p. #) for direct quotes.
You are able to show that you are not merely memorizing information but rather are processing it and are capable of applying it to real-life scenarios with clients whenever possible.
The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points.
The structure of the paper is clear and easy to follow.
The paper follows a logical structure and concepts are illustrated with examples wherever possible.
The conclusion reviews the major points.
Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment and qualifies as higher level academic writing.
90-100% will correspond to an A
80-89 = B
Below 70 will be a failing grade.
Become familiar with some of the major approaches to counseling
Gain a working knowledge of several important therapeutic techniques
Understand the basic theoretical background of different approaches to counseling
Apply the theoretical understanding of the material to case vignettes
Be able to discern which approaches/techniques are best suited to different clients/situations
Understand how to apply different approaches to grief/loss counseling