Counseling Techniques & Helping Relationship – COUC 505

CG • Section JWK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 03/03/2022

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.

Rationale

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. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

F1.  Professional Counseling Orientation And Ethical Practice


CACREP Standard

Course/Experience – Evidence

F.1.c. counselors’ roles & responsibilities as members of an interdisciplinary community outreach and emergency management response teams

Assessment & Suicide Risk – Quiz: Challenging Skills

F.1.d. the role and process of the professional counselor advocating on behalf of the profession

Understanding the Helping Profession – Quiz: Helping as a Personal Journey

F.1.e.  advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients

Skills for helping those with differences – Quiz: Outcome Evaluation and Termination Skills

F.1.k.  strategies for personal and professional self-evaluation and implications for practice

Video Recording and Skills Observation Assignments, Self-Reflection Evaluation Plan Paper Assignment

F.1.l. self-care strategies appropriate to the counselor role

Understanding the Helping Profession – Quiz: Helping as a Personal Journey

F.2  Social and Cultural Diversity

 

F.2.h. strategies for identifying and eliminating barriers, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination

Skills for helping those with differences – Quiz: Outcome Evaluation and Termination Skills

F.5  Counseling and Helping Relationships

 

F.5.c. theories, models, and strategies for understanding and practicing consultation

Therapeutic Relationship – Quiz: The Therapeutic Relationship

F.5.f. counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence the counseling process

Skills for Therapeutic Relationship – Quiz: The Therapeutic Relationship, Quiz: The Cultural Climate and the Therapeutic Relationship, Quiz: Invitational Skills,
Quiz: Reflecting Skills: Paraphrasing, Quiz: Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Feelings, and Quiz: Advanced Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Meaning and Summarizing

F.5.g. essential interviewing, counseling, and case conceptualization skills

Counseling techniques and strategies – Quiz: The Therapeutic Relationship, Quiz: The Cultural Climate and the Therapeutic Relationship, Quiz: Invitational Skills,
Quiz: Reflecting Skills: Paraphrasing, Quiz: Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Feelings, Quiz: Advanced Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Meaning and Summarizing,
Quiz: Challenging Skills, Quiz: Assessment and Goal Setting, Quiz: Change Techniques, Part I, and Quiz: Intervention and Action: Change Techniques, Part II

F.5.j. evidence-based counseling strategies and techniques for prevention and intervention

Counseling techniques and strategies – Quiz: The Therapeutic Relationship, Quiz: The Cultural Climate and the Therapeutic Relationship, Quiz: Invitational Skills,
Quiz: Reflecting Skills: Paraphrasing, Quiz: Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Feelings, Quiz: Advanced Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Meaning and Summarizing,
Quiz: Challenging Skills, Quiz: Assessment and Goal Setting, Quiz: Change Techniques, Part I, and Quiz: Intervention and Action: Change Techniques, Part II

Evidence of Student Competencies: Clinical Mental Health Counseling


CACREP Standard

Course/ExperienceEvidence

CMHC FOUNDATIONS

CMHC 1.b.  theories and models related to clinical mental health counseling

Reading & Quizzes, Benchmark Counseling Skills Assignment

CMCH PRACTICE

CMHC 3.b. . techniques and interventions for prevention and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues

Reading & Quizzes, Counseling Practice, Quiz: Benchmark Live Supervision Participation

CMHC 3.e. strategies to advocate for persons with mental health issues

Reading & Quizzes, Counseling Practice, Self-Reflection Evaluation Plan Paper Assignment

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and supplemental material

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Video Recording and Skills Observation Assignments (4)

During the intensive week, these assignments will be utilized to provide the student with the opportunity to practice basic counseling skills. The student will be able to use what has been learned during the intensive and apply it to real world situations. The student will also have the opportunity to observe their classmates in order to identify skills and provide constructive feedback.

Quiz: Lecture Participation

Students are expected to attend all intensive class sessions in a timely manner. Students must confirm via the Quiz: Lecture Participation.

During class time, students are expected to be on time and attend all sessions. Attendance points will be awarded for intensive week. Only extreme emergencies will be considered as a possible exception and at faculty discretion. If this commitment cannot be up held the student may need to switch class sections. The intensive class meets Monday – Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm and on Friday 8 am to 12 PM.

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.

The student will submit a written transcription recording 5 interactions that he or she would like to redo during his or her session. 

Benchmark Final Skills Competency Scale (SCS) Participation Assignment

Faculty/consultants will complete a competency scale at the end of the course, which will be used to calculate overall participation points. If basic skills are not met with an 80% pass, then the student will need to discuss a remediation plan with their lead professor.

Self-Reflection Evaluation Plan Paper Assignment

The student will submit the Self-Reflection Evaluation Plan Paper Assignment after receiving individual and live supervision feedback.  The student must take into account the feedback received up to this point and how to address concerns and improve skills competencies going forward. 

Quiz: Triad Practice Progress (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.

Quiz: Live Supervision Participation

After the intensive week, students will need to continue to practice weekly.  Consultants will schedule 2 live supervision meeting times (approximately an hour) for student triads triad.  These will be recorded and uploaded to the course.

Quiz: Benchmark Live Supervision Participation

After the intensive week, students will need to continue to practice weekly.  Consultants will schedule 2 live supervision meeting times (approximately an hour) for student triads triad.  These will be recorded and uploaded to the course. CMHC students will also upload to Tevera.

Quizzes (12)

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 20-minute time limit.

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.