COU2778 Youth Counseling

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COU2778 Youth Counseling

This course provides an overview of the needs of children and youth ‚Äúat-risk‚ÄĚ in our society.¬† This course lays the groundwork in psychology to support and facilitate understanding youths and their motivations and characteristics.¬† This course enables the counselor to maintain a helpful relationship with the youth.¬† Critical methods are explored.¬† Fundamental counseling theories, skills, and techniques are examined.¬† ¬†

You, the student, will develop counseling skills with a focus on children and adolescents.  You will explore and gain an understanding for children’s behavior and motivations.  You will become familiar with common emotional and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents.  You will increase and develop your counseling skills.  You will gain knowledge in growth and developmental difficulties.


The goal of this course is to help the student identify individual group and family interventions appropriate for individual cases and provide an overview of the developmental factors including physical, social, emotional, academic, spiritual, family, community, and cultural considerations. This course will help the student become familiar with children, adolescents and their needs.  By the end of this course, all students should:

  • Know the definition of social psychology
  • Understand how people‚Äôs attitudes are externally changed through cognitive dissonance
  • Explore the bystander‚Äôs effect
  • Understand peripheral and central routes to persuasion
  • Be able to describe situational versus this positional influence on behavior
  • Describe the fundamental attribution error
  • Have knowledge on the importance of student teacher relationship

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)

  • (2014) Psychology. Senior Contributing Authors: Rose M. Spielman,
    • Chapter 9: 9.3 Stages of Development; Adolescence (pg. 312-317)
    • Chapter 12: 12.1 What is Social Psychology (pg. 406-411)
    • 3 Attitudes and Persuasion (pg. 415-428)
    • 6 Aggression; Bullying (pg. 436-437)
  • (2010) Choral Techniques. Gordon Lamb, Jennifer Thornhill.
    • 3 Teacher-Student Relationships
  • (2017) Five Out of the Box Techniques for Encouraging Teenagers to Engage in Counseling -Vistas Online. Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer, (pg. 1- 17)