PSY 203 - Counseling Skills

Course Description

This experiential course is a one-semester introduction to the basic skills used in interviewing and counseling adults. Designed for individuals pursuing a career in human services, the focus is on developing the core skills necessary to facilitate effective helping relationships. This course includes both didactic instruction and the development of basic techniques through applied counseling lab activities. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able: Evaluate the differences and similarities among interviewing, counseling and psychotherapy. Explain the characteristics of a multiculturally competent counselor. Describe core ethical principles in interviewing and counseling. Identify the elements of an informed consent form. Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal attending behavior. Evaluate the effectiveness of open and closed questions. Demonstrate the foundational active listening skills of encouraging, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Demonstrate reflection of feelings skills. Demonstrate basic confrontation and challenging skills. Demonstrate reflection of meaning skills. Explain the concept of immediacy in a counseling relationship. Evaluate the influencing skills of self-disclosure and feedback. Describe the goal setting and action stages of counseling. Explain how basic counseling skills and concepts fit with various theoretical models of psychotherapy. Describe the importance of advocacy, community awareness and social change in counseling. Conduct an interview using only listening skills. Suggested co-requisite - Theories of Counseling (PSY 202)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: PSY 140, ENG 100