Psychology (PSYC) 405
Creating A Working Alliance (Revision 5)
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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.
PSYC 405 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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 percent on the skill assignments and the Term Paper/Project Assignment, and obtain a course composite grade of D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Skill Assignment 1||20%|
|Skill Assignment 2||30%|
|Term Paper or Term Project||35%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
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.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and 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.
|Demonstration Video and Analysis||50%|
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 January 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services