Counseling Techniques for School Counseling – COSC 505

CG • Section JWK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/01/2022

Course Description

This is a competency-based course with an experiential emphasis. The student is required to demonstrate proficiency in counseling concepts and techniques that align with a variety of theoretical approaches which are all fundamental to understanding and modeling a therapeutic counseling relationship. These basic skills will be practiced and applied.


For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


An understanding of key theories of counseling and psychotherapy and the application of those theories in practice is essential to effective counseling. Students must have curricular experiences and demonstrate their knowledge in helping relationships. The ability to synthesize and apply an understanding of the theories and techniques to one’s personal and professional life is critical in counselor development. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic knowledge, communication skills, and values necessary to invite others to share their life stories and experiences, explore blocks to change, and engage in a reflective decision-making process to implement strategies for change. This course also encourages self-awareness and self-exploration so that students can gain an understanding of how their personal experiences, preferences, feelings, values, and worldview influences their practice as a counselor. Such insights cultivate personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Students have the opportunity to practice these essential counseling skills and experience the counseling process in a safe, controlled environment over the semester. As Christians, this course helps students develop skills to effectively navigate their Christian world view while working with clients of different values and beliefs systems.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

During your intensive week, record your sessions Tuesday – Thursday night. You will complete the Benchmark Video Recording and Skills Observation: Skills Observation Form Template and email to the ‘counselor in-training’ you observed. You will also complete one on yourself for each of your 3 videos. The counselor will then upload the feedback sheet with each video recording submission and receive the points for the assignment.

Upload all 3 videos to Canvas AND LiveText as well as the 2 Benchmark Video Recording and Skills Observation: Skills Observation Form Templates for each video. Please copy/paste the Microsoft Teams link of your recordings to a word document for one course submissions. You will add the Benchmark Counseling Skills (Verbatim) Assignment for Benchmark Video Recording and Skills Observation: Thursday Assignment only. These will all be loaded to the course AND to LiveText. (CLO: 2-5)

Students are expected to be on time when class convenes and have access to audio and video via Webex. No portion of the class may be missed. Missing a portion of class constitutes a No Pass (failing grade) of the course. Only extreme emergencies will be considered as a possible exception at faculty discretion. This class meets Monday – Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm and on Friday ends at 12 PM. Students are also expected to practice in their triads as part of their participation, this will improve skills to be shown during live supervision. Practice sessions will be recorded for participation but not loaded to the course.

Students must complete this quiz prior to practicing counseling skills and after reading the information on the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Service.

Students must answer emergency acknowledgement and contact information questions prior to practicing counseling skills.

Students must complete this quiz prior to practicing counseling skills.

Quiz: Theories Survey

This survey is being used to determine if you have registered for or taken COSC 510 Theories of School Counseling. Please list the term that you took COSC 510, or the term that you plan to take COSC 510.

If you plan on taking COSC 521, please reach out to

Discussion are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread for 4 Discussions. The Discussions will be used later for the Benchmark Theories Conceptualization Assignment.

Using the Theories Conceptualization template located in LiveText, you will submit your first 3 discussion responses using any feedback you received from your instructor to make corrections/adjustments prior to posting. You will submit Discussion: Your Personal Theoretical Approach as an attachment. For each theory use the format provided in the discussion prompts. Submit this assignment into LiveText. (CLO: 1-4 and 6)

Submit a transcription recording 5 interactions that you would like to redo during your session with Benchmark Video Recording and Skills Observation: Thursday Assignment. These will take place throughout your session and you will add your insight into the Benchmark Counseling Skills (Verbatim) Assignment. (CLO: 2-5)

Students will continue to practice weekly in their triads after the intensive. For full participation points, these sessions will need to occur at least 5 times in MS Teams. This is an opportunity to practice skills and improve the live supervision session. Each practice session must be recorded to receive practice points.

After your intensive week, you will need to continue to practice with your triad in Microsoft Teams on a weekly basis. This is part of your participation points. Your lead and/or consultant will schedule 2 live supervision meeting times (approximately an hour) for your triad. These will be recorded and the link will be uploaded to the course. (CLO: 3-5)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60-minute time limit. (CLO: 1-6)

The student will will rate him/herself on the nine dispositions required for this program. The quiz will contain 9 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay question and is limited to 60 minutes. The student is allowed 1 attempt to complete the quiz.