COU3121 Counseling III

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COU3121 Counseling III

Counseling lll will explore therapies to treat mentally ill patients.  The course will analyze history, treatment and institutions for treatment.  This course will provide a better comprehension of psychological symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and aid the students in understanding the counseling process.  Procedures and goals of community mental health will be explored.  The course will summarize ways scientists evaluate the effectiveness of psychological, behavioral, and community service approaches to preventing and reducing disorders.

You will learn main features and prevalence of certain disorders.  You will discover the importance of psychological and biological factors and how they contribute to disorders.  You will understand and be able to identify genetic, biological, and environmental factors within a given disorder.  You will explore and define the prominent role of stress.  You will understand and explain the nature of psychophysiological disorder.


The goal of this course is to help the student grow in areas of understanding psychological disorders and mental health, areas that are vital in the counseling field.  Learning the benefit of why classification systems are necessary in the study of psychology is vital.  This course will help the student recognize the essential nature of mental disorder types.

By the end of this course all students should:

  • Learn the focus of humanist therapy
  • Be introduced to psychological, biomedical and social approach
  • Understand the definition of pathological
  • Become familiar with diagnostic and statistical Manual of mental disorders (DSM)
  • Review diatheses-stress model and its importance to the study of psychopathology
  • Summarize which types of therapy are most effective for which disorders
  • Explain the advantages of group therapy and self- help groups for treating disorders

Full-CLC Students

A 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.”

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

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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