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 Course Title:   Introduction to Counseling

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO COUNSELING

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    203

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    510392

 EPC:    420

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Historical perspectives, theory and fundamentals of counseling as related to Human Services agency work. Introduction to evidenced-based and Best Practices models. Development of basic techniques and critical thinking skills appropriate for mental health, chemical dependency and rehabilitation counseling.


Prerequisite: HSERV 101 or instructor permission

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify concepts taught in course.
  2. Identify theories currently in use.
  3. Apply concepts and theories of counseling by describing, analyzing and evaluating.
  4. Specific examples of helping relationships.
  5. Understand the purpose of incorporating a pluralistic perspective into the therapeutic relationship.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

Course Contents

  1. Developmental model of helping.
  2. Practical application of the model.
  3. Goal oriented helping.
  4. Skills.
  5. Accurate empathy.
  6. Genuineness.
  7. Respect.
  8. Concreteness.
  9. Advanced accurate empathy.
  10. Counselor self-disclosure.
  11. Confrontation.
  12. Immediacy.
  13. Pluralistic perspective into therapeutic relationship.