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Individual Counseling: Children And Adolescents

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This course provides students with foundational professional skills in counseling, with a focus on individual counseling techniques with children and adolescents. Particular emphasis is given to the application of these skills in the school-based environment.



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.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Enhancing the Therapeutic Relationship

    • Use verbal and nonverbal skills, reflection of feelings, and elicit and reflect meaning in a counseling session.
    • Identify appropriate professional boundaries and address self-awareness in the counseling relationship.
    • Describe the characteristics of a therapeutic relationship, including the benefit of using active listening skills.

    Establishing Priorities and Goals

    • Identify and prioritize presenting problems as a step in the process of goal setting.
    • Practice setting appropriate goals or action plans and describe challenges in setting goals.
    • Identify appropriate internal and external referral services and resources.
    • Identify strategies to promote strength, resiliency and wellbeing in students.

    Intervention Strategies

    • Describe the relationship between theory and intervention.
    • Differentiate between affective, cognitive, behavioral, and systemic interventions.
    • Identify and Develop strategies to address resistance in the therapeutic relationship.
    • Evaluate counseling theory and strategies for application in treatment of common presenting problems within the school setting.
    • Discuss the use of strategies such as play therapy as alternatives to talk therapy.

    The Counseling Process: Establishing Communications

    • Discuss the historical perspective of the mental health needs of children and adolescents.
    • Explain how the theories of personality and behavior change apply to the developmental and cultural differences of children and adolescents.
    • Describe the influence of theoretical models on counselor style, relationship with students, and directional focus.
    • Describe the basic stages of the counseling process including, student observation, rapport building, and attending skills.

    Continuing Professional Development

    • Synthesize clinical counseling skills, ethical decision-making, and a person-centered focus in a school-based counselor identity.
    • Create a plan for collaboration with mental health and education professionals.

    Developing Actions Plans and Termination

    • Develop a well-written and comprehensive counseling action plan.
    • Define the criteria for evaluating counseling outcomes in the school environment as they relate to the academic success of students.
    • Discuss the role of the school counselor in terms of the follow-up and monitoring of student progress.
    • Analyze termination and referral in the counseling relationship in a school-based environment.
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