Models Of Effective Helping –

bshs311

(3 credits)

This course presents an exploration of the major theoretical areas in the helping professions: cognitive, behavioral, affective/humanistic, and systems. Students learn the theoretical bases for each of the major theories, the approach to change, and the techniques and interventions used by practitioners of these theories. The course emphasizes the development of a personal theory and approach to human services and the creation of a resource file containing practical applications of theory-based techniques for use by the human services worker.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Overview of Models and Theories of Helping

  • Identify the components of a model or theory of helping.
  • Examine the history of models and theories of helping.

Existential/Humanistic Theories and Approaches to Change

  • Examine major existential/humanistic theories.
  • Identify existential/humanistic approaches, skills, and techniques for use by human services workers.

Behavioral Theories and Approaches to Change

  • Examine major behavioral theories.
  • Identify behavioral approaches, skills, and techniques for human services workers.

Cognitive Theories and Approaches to Change

  • Examine major cognitive theories.
  • Identify cognitive approaches, skills, and techniques for human services workers.

Systems Theories and Approaches to Change

  • Examine major systems theories.
  • Identify systems approaches, skills, and techniques for use by human services workers.

Helping Tools and Skills

  • Create a resource file of tools for promoting change in people with specific problems.
  • Develop an understanding of ethnic and cultural considerations when working to promote change in participants from a variety of populations.
  • Develop a personal model of helping and fostering change.

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