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PSY 250 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

PSY 250 – Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  PSY 250 Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in PSY 101

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description:  This course will present the current theories and practices used in counseling and psychotherapy.  It will cover topics such as ethical issues and therapies such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, group, and peer self-help groups.

Course Goals:  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify and discuss the basic philosophies of the prevailing therapies and their key figures/founders;
  2. identify and discuss the key concepts of the prevailing therapies;
  3. identify and discuss the goal(s) of the prevailing therapies;
  4. identify and describe the purpose of the prevailing therapies;
  5. identify and discuss the contributions  and limitations of the prevailing therapies;
  6. identify and describe how ethical decision making is an evolutionary process that requires continual openness and self-reflection; and
  7. explain the importance of having a theoretical orientation in counseling and psychotherapy.