Introduction to Counselling (Revision 7)
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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.
PSYC 388 is a survey course designed to increase students' 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: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counselling
- Unit 4: Cultural Aspects of Counselling
Part 2: The Counselling Process and Assessment Interview
- Unit 5: Building Counselling Relationships
- Unit 6: Testing, Assessment, and the Diagnosis in Counselling
- Unit 7: Working in a Counselling Relationship
- Unit 8: Termination of Counselling Relationships
Part 3: Theories of Counselling
- Unit 9: Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Theories of Counselling
- Unit 10: Behavioural and Cognitive Theories of Counselling
- Unit 11: Humanistic Theories of Counselling
- Unit 12: Postmodern and Crisis Theories of Counselling
Part 4: Specialties in the Practice of Counselling
- Unit 13: Groups in Counselling
- Unit 14: Career Counselling Over the Life Span
- Unit 15: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counselling
- Unit 16: Counselling Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
To receive credit for PSYC 388, you must satisfactorily complete the four online quizzes, two written assignments, and the final exam. You must achieve a minimum grade of 50 per cent on the final exam and a minimum course composite grade of “D” (50 percent) or better.
|4 Online Quizzes
|Case Study||Research Paper||Final Exam||Total|
To learn more about assignments / examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Brandes, B. (Ed.) (2016). Introduction to counselling (2nd Custom edition). Toronto, ON: Athabasca University/Pearson Education Canada. Adapted from S. T. Gladding & K. G. Alderson.
All other course materials can be accessed online. The online materials include a Study Guide; Course Information Manual; Student Manual; APA 6th edition tutorial; and a Counselling, 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 7, October 14, 2016.
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Updated October 17 2016 by Student & Academic Services