Theories of Counseling – COUC 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/08/2022

Course Description

This course provides in-depth exploration of selected theories of counseling and psychotherapy, including empirically supported treatment modalities. Through this course, students learn about the nature and process of therapy, and begin to learn how to conceptualize client presentations and select appropriate interventions while considering issues of diversity. Students are encouraged to begin to define their own theoretical approach to their work with individuals, couples, and families.

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

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the major counseling theories and practices. Counseling theories provide the basis for the theoretical framework that guides one’s practice. However, the assimilation of theory into a theoretical orientation is more than an academic exercise. Counseling theories emanate from a philosophical foundation that influences therapeutic practice. This course is designed to help the student gain the understanding and self-awareness needed to begin to develop his/her own theoretical orientation. Emphasis will be placed upon enabling the student to develop a theoretical foundation upon which to base a counseling approach.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in a digital asynchronous format, with Canvas® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course. 

Course Assignment

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

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

For each of the 3 Video Discussions, the student will submit his/her initial video recording that responds to a provided prompt, and reply via video recording to at least 1 peer. The student's initial video will be 3 minutes long, and their reply video will be 2 minutes long. Audio and video are required for each initial and reply video. (CLO: A–D)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 2 written Discussions throughout this course. The student must not attach threads/replies as files. The student must instead type directly into the Discussion text box. The student must submit an initial thread of at least 300 words, and a reply of at least 200 words to 1 peer. Each post must be in current APA style formatting. The assertions for each thread must be supported with a minimum on scholarly reference. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

There are 10 open-book/open-notes quizzes required in this course. 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 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A–F)

Within this paper, the student will identify his/her own personal counseling style and theoretical orientation based on what he/she learned from this course. In addition, the student will use the Tan textbook to discuss a Christian worldview as it relates to his/her own personal counseling style and theoretical orientation. The students will then submit a four page paper to Canvas. See assignment instructions in Canvas for additional details. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Each week the student will be introduced to different theoretical approaches. This assignment will provide the student with an easy-access guide as he/she moves forward in the program. The student must complete the chart provided in Canvas prior to submitting the assignment. It would be of benefit to the student to use the chart to take notes each week during the corresponding Module: Week in which he/she is learning about each theory. See assignment instructions in Canvas for additional details. (CLO: A-E)