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Counseling Theory is in the domain of Helping Relationships.

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COUN 670/Counseling Theory and Techniques 3 cr.
Prerequisite: COUN 501
This course is designed to provide an overview of current approaches to psychological counseling, including psychoanalytic, existential/humanistic, cognitive/behavioral, and family approaches. Emphasis is on both theoretical and practical applications of the various approaches. Through lectures, class discussions, readings, films, writings, experiential exercises, and role-play situations, students will be encouraged to examine the various theories and to integrate them into their own style of counseling.
COUN 672/Advanced Counseling Theory and Techniques 3 cr.
Prerequisites: COUN 501 and 670
An advanced study of counseling theories with particular emphasis on theory application. Students will be expected to demonstrate their counseling effectiveness within the definitions of selected theories. This course will be part theory and part laboratory experience.


The domain of HELPING RELATIONSHIPS includes studies that provide an understanding of the counseling process in a multicultural society, including all of the following:
a. an orientation to wellness and prevention as desired counseling goals;
b. counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes;
c. essential interviewing and counseling skills;
d. counseling theories that provide the student with models to conceptualize client presentation and that help the student select appropriate counseling interventions. Students will be exposed to models of counseling that are consistent with current professional research and practice in the field so they begin to develop a personal model of counseling;
e. a systems perspective that provides an understanding of family and other systems theories and major models of family and related interventions;
f. a general framework for understanding and practicing consultation; and
g. crisis intervention and suicide prevention models, including the use of psychological first aid strategies.

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