Counseling Women – PACO 687

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines the most common problems women bring to counseling, including both developmental and situational crises. It explores biblical perspectives and the most effective treatments for these situations.

Prerequisites

PACO 500 and PACO 501

Rationale

There are many specific psychological issues that apply to women throughout their lifespan. It is beneficial for the practitioner to develop a theoretical rationale and a course of action that will guide him or her as he or she works with women and their specific issues in counseling.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize research on current theories and issues relevant to the mental and physical well-being of women.
  2. Integrate a Christian worldview in the practice of counseling women.
  3. Describe the tension women experience, especially Christian women, as a result of the feminist movement.
  4. Summarize personal assumptions about gender and gender roles.
  5. Discuss the differences between men and women in relationship to one another.
  6. Recognize theoretical, sociological, biological, and developmental considerations in counseling women.
  7. Identify concepts related to developmental issues throughout a woman’s lifetime, such as marriage, pregnancy, and menopause.
  8. Apply professional knowledge and biblical concepts in counseling women.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

The readings and presentations contain scholarly information and research on course topics. The assignments for each module/week will require integration of the assigned readings and presentations.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be supported with at least 1 citation in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Group Discussion Board Forums (3)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be supported with at least 1 citation in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Counseling Research Project

This assignment will assist the student in gaining valuable information and resources on several issues women may bring into counseling. This assignment will consist of a topic selection and 2 main parts, Part A and Part B.

Part A: The first main part of the Counseling Research Project is the research paper. The student will select an instructor-approved topic of his or her choice and then research the topic as preparation for teaching a potential workshop to fellow counselors. The paper must be 10–12 pages, include 10–12 scholarly sources, and follow current APA format.

Part B: The second main part of the Counseling Research Project is the presentation handout that the student will create to serve as an outline of the project that he or she could present to fellow counselors. This handout must be 2–4 pages. The student must address the main points of the Counseling Research Project, incorporate at least 5 sources, and follow current APA format.

Reflective Journal Assignment

This assignment will provide an opportunity for the student to evaluate his or her journey through the developmental stages and transitions in life, and also to reflect on how the impact of these transitions may help or hinder his or her work in the helping profession. This assignment must be 3–6 pages and integrate concepts learned from the course materials, as well as personal research from at least 1 additional scholarly source outside of the course materials. Current APA format must be followed.

Exams (2)

The student will complete 2 exams that will cover the course readings and presentations. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 2 essay questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours.