Psychology (PSYC) 405

Creating A Working Alliance (Revision 5)

PSYC 405

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study. Video component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None, except a literacy level commensurate with 400-level studies. Students are assumed to have taken a variety of junior- and senior-level social science courses. PSYC 388 is recommended but not required. Learners will be expected to record themselves in two videotaped interviews and should have access to equipment for video recording purposes.

Precluded Course: PSYC 405 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for CADE 400.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 405 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course is intended to be of benefit to people who work with individuals seeking career development assistance, career professionals who want ideas for dealing with their clients, or groups of people who share a common interest in issues related to career development. The course is based on the premise that, regardless of their work settings, all career development professionals work with others to help produce change.

Regardless of the context, it is important for all career development practitioners to be able to establish collaborative working relationships that are founded on mutual trust and respect. In these interactions, career professionals must be able to help their clients to:

  • identify the nature of the desired change and develop appropriate action plans; and
  • implement a strategy for producing the desired change

Psychology 405 focuses on the first step in the above process; that is, creating a working alliance with a person, group, or agency that will facilitate the ultimate goal of developing and implementing an intervention plan. The course describes the knowledge and skills career development practitioners need to achieve these ends.


  • Unit 1: Understanding the Working Alliance
  • Unit 2: Basic Communication Skills
  • Unit 3: More Communication Skills
  • Unit 4: Collaboration
  • Unit 5: Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Unit 6: Partnerships and Groups
  • Unit 7: Basic Group Facilitation Skills


To receive credit for PSYC 405, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a mark of at least 50 per cent on the skill assignments and the Term Paper/Project Assignment, and obtain a course composite grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Quiz 1 5%
Quiz 2 5%
Skill Assignment 1 20%
Quiz 3 5%
Skill Assignment 2 30%
Term Paper or Term Project 35%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The online course materials include a course manual, study guide, assignment manual, digital reading room, skill practice activities, charts and consent forms, and commentaries to accompany two online DVDs.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 405 challenge registration, you must achieve an overall grade of at least ā€œDā€(50 percent).

Demonstration Video and Analysis Written Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

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 5, September 24 , 2015.

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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services