Introduction to Counselling (Revision 6)
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Area of Study: Social Science
Precluded Course: PSYC 488 (PSYC 388 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 488.)
PSYC 388 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Psychology 388: Introduction to Counselling is a survey course designed to increase your awareness of the field of counselling, including its evolution, processes, theories, and specialties. This course offers a broad survey of the field of counselling, including an introduction to the foundational skills and processes involved in counselling relationships. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of counselling skills and processes through quizzes and written assignments; students in this course are not expected to apply these counselling skills in a placement or field experience.
Part 1: Historical and Professional Foundations of Counselling
- Unit 1: Counselling in Canada: History and Trends
- Unit 2: Personal and Professional Aspects of Counselling
- Unit 3: Ethics and Legal Issues
- Unit 4: Culture and Counselling
Part 2: The Counselling Process and Assessment Interview
- Unit 5: Building a Counselling Relationship
- Unit 6: Assessment, Testing, and the Diagnostic Process
- Unit 7: Working in a Counselling Relationship
- Unit 8: Termination of Counselling Relationships
Part 3: Theories of Counselling
- Unit 9: Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, and Humanistic Theories of Counselling
- Unit 10: Behavioural, Cognitive, Systemic, Brief, and Crisis Theories of Counselling
Part 4: Specialties in the Practice of Counselling
- Unit 11: Groups in Counselling
- Unit 12: Career Counselling
- Unit 13: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counselling
- Unit 14: Professional School Counselling
- Unit 15: Addictions Counselling and Psychopharmacology
- Unit 16: Toward Closure: Advice for the Passionately Committed Counselling Student
To receive credit for PSYC 388, you must satisfactorily complete four online quizzes, two written assignments, and the final exam. You must achieve a grade of 50 percent or better on the final exam and a course composite grade of “D” (50 percent) or better.
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To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Brandes, B., Dimirsky, M., & Hayes, T. (Eds.). (2010). Introduction to counselling (Special Ed.). Toronto, ON: Athabasca University/Pearson Learning Solutions. (Units 3-5, 7-11, 13, & 14).
Brandes, B., Dimirsky, M., & Hayes, T. (Eds.). (2010). Introduction to counselling (Special Ed.). Toronto, ON: Athabasca University/Nelson Education. (Units 6, 12, 15, 16).
Brandes, B., Dimirsky, M., & Hayes, T. (Eds.). (2010). PSYC 388 reading file. (Units 1-4).
All other course materials will be accessed online. The online materials include a Study Guide, a Course Manual, a Student Manual, an APA 6th edition tutorial, and a counseling, guidance, and psychotherapy interactive tutorial.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 6, June 7, 2011
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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services