COU1121 Counseling

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COU1121 Counseling

This course is designed to develop basic counseling skills to those not seeking a license in professional counseling.  These skills will assist students in their relationships with others and empower them to work smoothly with others.  The history and progress of the field will be investigated.

You will increase your knowledge of how the counseling profession got its start and the ideologies that are the infrastructure of the profession.  The relevance of becoming a good listener, developing critical reasoning skills and assessment skills will be realized.  You will learn procedures to help people to freely speak.


Students will become cognizant with the key doctrines and modes of several major counseling and psychotherapeutic approaches to people.  A scope of techniques will be taught within the context of a knowledge of the theory, philosophy, and ramification of each technique.  By the end of this course, all students should:

  • Establish a working knowledge of counseling
  • Gain an ability to differentiate diverse techniques used in the field
  • Develop reflective and critical thinking skills in order to visualize theoretically
  • Have a capacity to understand the complexities of administering counseling theories to diverse populations
  • Demonstrate basic phases in establishing a therapeutic relationship
  • Determine whether a helping career is right for them
  • Perceive the distinct stages of helping

Full-CLC Students

‚ÄúA CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúBased upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.‚ÄĚ

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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Search Topics: Publications/Videos/Papers

(The majority of the exam questions for this course are based upon information contained in the below search topics)

  • (2018) Historical Roots of CBT, Dr Aaron Beck interview
  • (2017) An Introduction to Ethical Problem Solving in Counseling, Rory Lees-Oakes
  • (2016) What is Counseling? An Animated Video, ACA
  • (2015) History of Psychology, Dan Lier
  • (2010) Introducing Counseling (Part 1 of 2), Maureen Moore (9:50)
  • (2010) Principles of Social Psychology: M Libraries Publishing
  • (2009) Ethics and Ethical Codes AIPC, December 8 (Counselling Theory & Process, Ethics & Legal Issues)
  • (2008) History of CBT Dr Joel L Becker Ph.D (2:50)
  • (2003), An introduction to counseling, 3rd edition, McLeod, John, Philadelphia Open University Press
    • Chap 1 An introduction to Counselling Pg 1-1

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