Intervening to Facilitate Client Change : Graduate Counselling and Applied Psychology (GCAP) 635

Intervening to Facilitate Client Change (Revision 4)


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Delivery Mode: Paced study; online and summer institute (36 hours face-to-face).

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Graduate Studies

Prerequisite: GCAP 631 and GCAP 633

Corequisite (or prerequisite): GCAP 671. This course is normally completed concurrent with GCAP 671. Under exceptional circumstances, and with permission of the program, it may be completed after GCAP 671.

This course must be taken through GCAP.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology

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The Intervening to Facilitate Client Change course is designed to be taken concurrent with GCAP 671, building on the counselling microskills and techniques mastered in that course, as well as the foundational relational principles and practices that support building and maintaining a working alliance. In GCAP 635, students focus on mastery of the intentional use of counselling microskills, techniques, and strategies to co-construct goals and collaborate with clients to facilitate change at the micro, meso, and macro levels of intervention. Students will learn how to engage in culturally responsive and socially just change processes, with or on behalf of clients.


Spring Online Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Change Processes
  • Lesson 2: Collaborative Influence, Goal Setting, and Working with Actions
  • Lesson 3: Working with Thoughts and Beliefs, Emotions and Sensations
  • Lesson 4: Working with Stories and Systems

Summer Institute Lessons

The summer institute portion of the course runs for seven days, with 36 hours of direct face-to-face instruction.

  • Lesson 5: Collaborative Influence
  • Lesson 6: Goal Setting
  • Lesson 7: Working with Actions I
  • Lesson 8: Working with Actions II
  • Lesson 9: Working with Thoughts and Beliefs I
  • Lesson 10: Working with Thoughts and Beliefs II
  • Lesson 11: Working with Emotions I
  • Lesson 12: Working with Emotions I
  • Lesson 13: Working with Stories I
  • Lesson 14: Working with Stories II
  • Lesson 15: Working with Systems I
  • Lesson 16: Working with Systems II
  • Lesson 17: Endings

Course Evaluation

To receive credit for GCAP 635, students must submit all of the course assignments, achieve a minimum grade of "B-" (70%) on Assignment 5, and obtain a composite grade of at least B- (70%) on the course. The weighing of the composite grade is as follows:

Course Activity Weight
Participation in Online Discussions 10%
Participation in Summer Institute Session 10%
Assignment 1: Techniques and Strategies for Influencing Change - Group Project Part I 15%
Assignment 2: Techniques and Strategies for Influencing Change - Group Project Part II 15%
Assignment 3: Group Project Participation 5%
Assignment 4: Case Conceptualization Video and Analysis 20%
Assignment 5: Counselling Techniques and Strategies Video 25%
Total 100%

Course Materials

Course Texts

Paré, D. A. (2013). The practice of collaborative counseling & psychotherapy: Developing skills in culturally mindful helping. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Other Resources

All other materials are available to students online.

Other Information

Students with a disability, who require academic accommodation, need to register with the Access to Students with Disabilities Centre at Athabasca University. Notification of the need for academic accommodation must normally be provided to the program office no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of class. It is the student's responsibility to register with the Disability Centre to request academic accommodation if required and to notify the instructor that such accommodation has been requested. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate individual student needs. However, because GCAP courses are paced, all student are required to participate weekly in the online discussion forums. There are also several courses where online exams are required.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice.

Opened in Revision 4, March 24, 2017.

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