This course introduces students to basic counseling skills. As such, it is designed to help students develop essential helping skills needed for client engagement, follow-through, completion and overall therapeutic effectiveness. Specific skills and techniques covered include; developing rapport, building empathy and listening, encouraging trust, self-disclosure, immediacy, questioning & evoking, addressing discrepancies, etc. This course is highly experiential in its format. Students will participate in classroom exercises, real plays, and video-taping of counseling skills.
- Articulate personal values about the counseling relationship and identify your own strengths and needs for further learning, training, and experience as a counselor.
- Understand and demonstrate various helping skills including but not limited to; developing rapport, building empathy and listening, encouraging trust, self-disclosure, immediacy, questioning and evoking, and addressing discrepancies.
- Understand the stages of the helping relationship, i.e. exploration, insight, action, and identify which helping skills are most appropriate for each stage.