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HSER 344 Counseling Theories and Techniques

This course introduces counseling theories and techniques, including existential, client-centered, Gestalt, psychoanalytic, Adlerian, behavioral, transactional analysis, rational-emotive reality, and eclectic counseling/therapy. Learning strategies include interviews with counselors and role-playing exercises. Evaluation is based in part on an interview with an active counselor, take-home test and final paper.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Articulate each of the three states of a helping relationship: Exploration, Insight, and Action and identify which of the helping skills is most appropriate for each stage.
  • Articulate personal values about the counseling relationship and identify your own strengths and needs for further learning, training, and experiences as a counselor
  • Understand and demonstrate numerous helping skills including: Attending, listening, observing, paraphrasing, open-questioning, challenging, appropriate self-disclosures, radical acceptance, mindfulness, process advisement, direct guidance.
  • Understand and explain the basic tenets of and differences between various theories of counseling including client-centered/person-centered, strengths-based, psycho-analytic, cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral.