ccmh551 | Graduate
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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The Parameters of Counseling
- Discuss the importance of attending skills across all approaches to counseling.
- Describe and practice attending skills.
- Identify current strategies for treatming common presenting problems based on a specific theoretical orientation in view of the current standards of care.
- Define primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and discuss the role of prevention in counseling.
- Define counseling and describe some of the ways clients may benefit from it.
- Describe the characteristics of effective helpers.
- Review the major theoretical approaches to counseling and behavior change.
- Discuss the relationship between the counselor’s level of self-awareness and his or her ability to respect boundaries and perceive potential boundary violations.
- Discuss issues of over-identification with the client or counselor, such as transference and counter transference.
- Describe the basic stages of the counseling process.
- Review informed consent procedures in initiating the therapeutic relationship.
- Demonstrate the initiation of the counselor-client relationship in terms of rapport and trust.
- Develop client observation skills in relationship to verbal and nonverbal cues and responses.
- Describe the importance of self-awareness in the counseling relationship.
- Define boundaries and explain the importance of maintaining boundaries in the counseling relationship.
Developing the Working Relationship
- Describe the characteristics of a therapeutic or ‘working’ relationship.
- Discuss and practice verbal and nonverbal skills that counselors use when building the therapeutic relationship.
- Identify the influence of factors such as age, gender, and ethnicity in the counseling relationship.
- Define the role of questioning in assessment and intervention.
- Explain the purpose and goals of systemic interventions.
- Discuss the interaction of counseling within and between the larger system of family, school, and culture.
- Explore various systemic intervention strategies.
- Describe the unique skills of counselors who use systemic interventions.
Establishing Priorities and Goals
- Describe the purpose and the components of assessment.
- Identify and prioritize presented problems.
- Discuss the importance of identifying and building on client strengths.
- Identify characteristics of individuals that represent strength and promote resiliency.
- Distinguish between the terms normal and healthy.
- Describe strategies for promoting wellness in clients.
Planning and Implementing Intervention Strategies
- Discuss the process of goal setting and describe its challenges.
- Develop a well-written and comprehensive treatment plan from assessment data.
- Articulate the relationship between theory and intervention.
- Demonstrate a framework for understanding exceptional abilities and strategies for differentiated interventions.
- Differentiate between affective, cognitive, behavioral, and systemic interventions.
- Identify and develop strategies to address client resistance at various points in the therapeutic relationship.
- Explore strategies for helping clients understand and express emotions.
- Describe the influence of culture on emotional expression.
- Explain the purpose and goals of affective interventions.
- Describe the use of paradoxical intention as a therapeutic tool.
- Explain the purpose and goals of cognitive interventions.
- Explore various cognitive intervention strategies, including A-B-C-D analysis.
- Describe the use of cognitive restructuring as a therapeutic tool.
- Explain the purpose and goals of behavioral interventions.
- Explore various behavioral intervention strategies.
- Describe the skills required for successful implementation of behavioral strategies.
Termination and Follow-Up
- Define the role of termination and referral in the counseling relationship.
- Discuss the importance of planning for termination.
- Explain the process of termination.
- Conceptualize termination as an important step in the client’s growth.
- Discuss common challenges that arise during termination such as client and counselor resistance.
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