Fundamental Counseling Skills
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Fundamental Counseling Skills
Course level: Graduate
This introductory counseling skills course introduces students to fundamental helping skills. Students will develop a range of basic communication patterns to facilitate a healthy therapeutic relationship between counselor and client. Students learn counseling and communication skills such as, attending behaviors, eliciting, structuring, and summarizing. Students residing in Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, or New Hampshire and individuals who live outside the United States are not eligible to enroll in this course.
- This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a graduate degree in counseling or related field (e.g. Psychology, school counseling, school psychology, gerontology counseling, rehabilitative counseling).
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Describe the therapeutic use of communication skills.
- Differentiate between effective and ineffective communication skills in a counseling session.
- Analyze the use of communication skills in a counseling demonstration.
- Demonstrate basic interviewing and attending skills through a counseling role-play.
- Determine the use of open- versus closed-ended questions in the counseling process.
- Develop open-ended questions to use in a counseling session.
- Demonstrate methods of rapport building in the development of the counseling relationship.
- Demonstrate the ability to reflect feelings through a counseling role-play.
- Determine difficulties experienced when reflecting feelings in a counseling session.
- Demonstrate counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence the counseling process.
- Assess strengths and areas for improvement in individual counseling skills.
- Develop a plan for improving individual counseling skills.
- Apply ethical crisis intervention techniques to a specific counseling scenario.
- Describe the role of professional boundaries in counseling.
- Analyze the role of cultural awareness in the counseling process.
- Examine the role of culture in individual development.
- Describe techniques for assessing a client’s unique cultural perspective.
- Synthesize a fictional counseling session as the counselor.
- Demonstrating counseling behaviors, strategies, and skills in a counseling session.
- Integrate self-assessment practices in the evaluation of individual counseling skills.