Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

HUMS 250: Working With Individuals

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  Course Description

Counseling theories and methods for working with individuals.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

Required

  • Okun, B. and Kantrowitz, R. (2015). Effective helping: interviewing and counseling techniques (8th ed). Belmont: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
    • [ISBN-978-1-285-16159-4]

MBS Information

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  Course Overview

This course offers extensive theory and practice in working with individuals. The main objectives are to give you theory behind working with individuals, as well as skills needed for working on an individual level. As this is a practice class, you will be asked to practice the skills you are reading about in the textbook and discussing in the weekly posts. You will learn the theories behind practicing as a human services professional and build skills.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate counseling theory and skills based on those theories
  2. Understand the importance of the use of self
  3. Write a social history
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of APA writing

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 382-425 90-100%
B 340-381 80-89%
C 298-339 70-79%
D 255-297 60-69%
F 0-254 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 80 19%
Quizzes 80 19%
Social History 30 7%
Single Subject Design Project 130 31%
Communication Skills Project 105 25%
Total 425 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Effective Helpers 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Single Subject Design Proposal 10
Introduction - Saturday
Plagiarism Quiz -
Quiz 1 10

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2: Nonverbal communication 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Single Subject Design Journal 1 5
Communication Skills Pre-Test - Saturday
Quiz 2 10

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3: Reluctance and Resistance, Clarifying the Problem; Social History 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Single Subject Design Journal 2 5
Communication Skills Workshop 1: Paraphrasing and Summarizing 5
Social History 30 Saturday
Communication Skills Quiz 1: Paraphrasing and Summarizing 10
Quiz 3 10

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4: Major Helping Approaches 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Communications Skills Workshop 2: Reflecting Feelings and Attending Behavior 5
Single Subject Design Project - -
Communication Skills Quiz 2: Reflecting Feelings and Attending Behavior 10 Saturday
Quiz 4 10

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5: Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Single Subject Design: Journal 3 5
Communications Skills Workshop 3: Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Questions 5
Communication Skills Quiz 3: Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Questions 10 Saturday
Quiz 5 10

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Communications Skills Workshop 4: Clarication and Confrontation 5
Communications Skills Quiz 4: Clarification and Confrontation 10 Saturday
Quiz 6 10

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Single Subject Design Research Paper 100 Monday
Discussion 7: Case Studies: Putting It All Together 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Single Subject Design Journal 4 5
Communication Skills Workshop 5: nformation-Giving and Interpreting 5
Communication Skills Quiz 5: Information-Giving and Interpreting 10 Saturday
Quiz 7 10

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Communication Skills Video 30 Monday
Discussion 8 10 Wednesday/Friday
Quiz 8 10 Saturday
Total Points: 425

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

You will participate in three types of discussions in this course:

  • Weekly discussion topics based on the reading assignments (8)
  • Journal posts supporting your single-subject design research project (4)
  • Communication skills workshops for practicing and discussing your skills (5)

Discussion posts must be original, intelligible, and show familiarity with the assigned readings, including examples and citations from assigned sources. Posts should be well written and without misspellings, incomplete sentences, or other violations of grammatical rules. Where your beliefs or opinion are asked, you must communicate effectively, demonstrate your understanding of the readings in your posts, and support your opinion factually with material from the reading assignment(s).

You are required to integrate supportive material from the reading assignments in your primary posts and to use APA formatted citations and references to credit the source(s) of this material. This is to help you become accustomed to supporting your thoughts and ideas factually and improve your use of APA format.

Participation in all discussion, journal, and workshop topics is required. You must submit a primary post in at least 75% of the topics in order to receive a grade for the research paper and the Week 8 Quiz.

A primary post and a minimum of two secondary comments are required for all of these discussions.

Primary Posts

All primary posts for every topic (discussions, journals, and workshops) are due by 11:59 PM Central Time (CT) Wednesdays. You must submit your own complete primary posts in the discussion topics before you will be able to view your classmates’ posts. All primary posts are expected to be complete at the time of submission. Violations such as editing of posts, submission of blank posts, deleting and resubmitting posts, and other attempts to circumvent the “must post first” requirement may be awarded a zero.

Secondary Comments

You are expected to read others’ posts and provide substantive responses. This will enhance your experience as well as that of your colleagues. In addition to your primary post in each topic, you are expected to submit a minimum of two secondary comments in response to classmates and/or the instructor in all topics. This means a minimum of two secondary comments in every topic (discussions, journals, and workshops).

Secondary comments are substantive when they add value by advancing discussion of the topic. Secondary comments such as “Good post,” “I agree,” commentary about the quality of your classmates’ work, etc. are not considered substantive for the purposes of class participation, and these responses will not receive class participation credit.

All secondary comments for Discussion topics in a given week are due by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday except in week 8 when they are due by 11:59 p.m. Friday. You won’t receive credit for secondary comments submitted after this deadline.

Quizzes

You will take two types of quizzes in this course:

  • Weekly quizzes (8) covering the reading assignments in the Okun textbook
  • Communication skills quizzes (5) in weeks 3-7 of the course

All quizzes include 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each. The quizzes are not proctored. They may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday each week. Weekly quiz periods end at 11:59 PM CT on Saturday. You will have one 30-minute attempt for each quiz.

Social History

In Week 3 of the course, you will interview any adult partner of your choice (friend, relative, coworker, etc.) to complete a personal social history: a type of assessment used by human service professionals. The social history is part of the early stages of gathering information and establishing a helping relationship. Detailed supplemental material about social histories – their purpose and how to write one – is provided in the course Content area as part of the Week 3 reading assignments. You must read this information before conducting your interview, and you must apply the social history reading assignment as you write your partner’s social history.

Because you are conducting an interview, you will want to be prepared with questions to ask your partner. Before the interview, review the social history template in the course Content area in week 3 and consider the questions you might ask in order to obtain this information.
When writing the social history document, you will complete the template provided in the course Content area in week 3. Please complete all the sections noted in the template as if you were filling out a form as part of your job.

The social history will be graded based on thoroughness, formatting, and critical thinking skills. Use the template provided in the Content area. APA format is not required. Please see the grading criteria in the Content area of the course for details on how the social history is graded. The social history must be submitted to the designated dropbox by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday of week

Single Subject Design Project

For the duration of this course, you will conduct a single-subject design study on yourself for the purpose of changing a personal behavior. Resources about single-subject design are available in the Week 1 Content area of the course. You must review these resources before starting this project.

Specific steps for completing the project are laid out week-by-week below. I recommend that you follow these steps to ensure accurate and timely completion of the project. Throughout the project, you will post four journal entries in course discussion about your experiences as noted in the timeline below. In Week 7, you will submit a research paper discussing your experience with the project. You must support your assertions with material from three peer-reviewed journal articles. The paper will include an appendix with a chart depicting your baseline and intervention phases.
Please see the grading criteria in the Content area of the course for details on how the research paper is graded. The paper must be submitted to the designated dropbox by 11:59 PM CT on Monday of week 7.

Note: You are only expected to carry out a behavior change project. The purpose is to learn about the elements of single-subject design and how to design and implement a project. Successful behavior change is not required for this assignment and will not be considered in grading.

  • Week 1 – Choose the behavior you want to change, the intervention you will use, and your plan to track intervention data; post your proposal in the designated discussion topic.
  • Week 2 – Track your baseline data; post Single-Subject Design: Journal 1.
  • Week 3 – Begin your intervention phase; post Single-Subject Design: Journal 2.
  • Week 4 – Continue your intervention phase; locate three peer-reviewed journal articles relating to interventions used in your project. No graded assignments for the project are due this week.
  • Week 5 – Continue your intervention phase; post Single-Subject Design: Journal 3.
  • Week 6 – Stop your intervention phase and begin writing your paper.
  • Week 7 – Submit your research paper by 11:59 PM CT on Monday to the appropriate Dropbox; post Single-Subject Design: Journal 4 with a final update on your project.

Communication Skills Project

Effective communication skills are crucial for human services professionals in working with individuals. We must know how to communicate verbally and nonverbally with our clients to elicit information and help them gain more insight. For the duration of the course, you will have the opportunity to learn about and improve your communication skills through readings, exercises, discussion workshops with your classmates, and quizzes.

In week 2, you will take a pre-test that will measure your ability to recognize and apply 10 communication skills covered in Chapter 3 of the text. This pre-test is strictly for the purpose of measuring your current level of skill. It is an ungraded item; however, you are required to take the pre-test. You must complete the pre-test in week 2 before you will have to access the Communication Skills Workshop discussions in weeks 3-7 of the course.

In Weeks 3 - 7, you will enhance your communication skills with readings in the course Content area, skills exercises, and the Communication Skills Workshop discussions with your classmates.

The Communication Skills Workshops are available in the course discussion area in weeks 3-7 and are graded only for full participation. Five points will be awarded for a substantive primary post and a minimum of two substantive responses to classmates in the Communication Skills Workshops. These workshops are your opportunity to share what you’ve learned about the communication skills and learn from your classmates.

The skills quizzes are located in the Quizzes area of the course. Each quiz contains 10 questions. The quizzes are worth 10 points

In week 8, you will submit a 3-5 minute video via YouTube that demonstrates your use of all 10 required communication skills as you work with a partner of your choice (friend, relative, coworker, etc.). Please see the Week 8 Course Schedule for details about the video assignment. Extensive instructions and a tutorial for recording a video and uploading it to YouTube are provided in the Week 8 Content area. You may wish to review these instructions prior to week 8.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings
Okun-Chapters 1 & 2; single-subject design resources in course Content area.
Discussion Assignments
All primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. All secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.  
Discussion 1: Effective Helpers
Discuss the characteristics of an effective helper. Why do you think these characteristics are necessary? What does the phrase “use of self” mean to you with regard to your role as a helper in the helping relationship? Be sure to use supportive material from the textbook in your primary post with citations and references.
Single Subject Design Proposal

Early this week, review the single-subject design resources in the Week 1 Content area of the course.

Choose a personal behavior of your own that you would like to change. It should be a fairly innocuous behavior such as nail biting, decreasing Facebook or TV time, increasing study time, better organizing your schoolwork, waking up or going to bed earlier, coffee consumption, simple dietary or exercise changes, etc. Think about intervention ideas you could use to change this behavior and how you will track data to measure your baseline and intervention phases.

In the Discussion topic: Single-Subject Design Project Proposal, submit the following information:

  • The personal behavior you have decided to change.
  • The intervention(s) you will use to change this behavior.
  • Your plan to track baseline and intervention data.

Be sure to use supportive material from the reading assignment in your primary post with citations and references. Post your proposal by Wednesday and respond to at least two of your classmates by Saturday. I will respond to the proposals to approve your study design and provide suggestions for clarification of your proposal as needed.

Introduction

Please give a brief introduction. Include your hobbies, professional experience, interests and any other information you want us to know about you. Answer the following questions in your introduction:

  • Why did you take the course?
  • What are your feelings and expectations about the course and its subject matter?
  • What do you hope to get from this course?
  • What skills or characteristics do you have now that will help you become a good helper?

Note: In week 8, you will be required to upload a video in which you practice communication skills you’ve learned in the course. While not required, it is recommended that you record your introduction on video so you have the opportunity to practice this process before week 8. Answer the questions above, upload the video to YouTube, then post the link in the discussion. (Extensive instructions for recording and uploading a video are provided in the course Content area.)

Plagiarism Quiz

You must complete the plagiarism quiz by 11:59 PM Saturday.

Note: The Week 1 Quiz will not be available until a score of 10/10 has been achieved for the plagiarism quiz. The plagiarism quiz is required. You will not receive grades for any assignments until it has been completed.

Quiz 1

The quiz includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each for a total of 10 points. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.

Note: You must complete the plagiarism tutorial and quiz before you will have access to the Week 1 Quiz.

Readings
Okun-Chapter 3; communication skills resources in Content area
Discussion Assignments
All primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. All secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.  
Discussion 2: Nonverbal communication

Step 1: Take the Emotional Intelligence Facial Expression Test at the link provided in the Content area. How did you do? What did you learn about reading facial expressions?

Step 2: Brainstorm a list of feeling words for the four major categories of feelings (sad, mad, glad, scared). Come up with at least five words for each category.

Be sure to include supportive material from the textbook in your primary post. Review two of your classmates’ posts. As part of your secondary comments, add at least one new feeling word to your classmates’ lists for each category.

Single Subject Design Journal 1
  1. Track your baseline data to measure the current problem. Provide your baseline findings. What have you discovered in tracking your baseline data?
  2. Post Single-Subject Design Journal 1 in the in the designated discussion topic. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.
Communication Skills Pre-Test

This pre-test will measure your skill level after reading this week’s chapter and learning about the communication skills human services professionals use to work with helpees. The pre-test is located in the Quizzes area of the course. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.

Note: you will not have access to the Communication Skills Workshop discussions in Weeks 3-7 until you complete this skills pre-test.

Quiz 2
The quiz includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each for a total of 10 points. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Readings
Okun-Chapter 4; social history resources in Content area; communication skills resources in Content area.
Discussion Assignments
All primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. All secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.  
Discussion 3: Reluctance and Resistance, Clarifying the Problem; Social History

Part 1: (Include both exercises below in your post.)

Initiation/Entry: From exercise 4.2 in the text, choose 3 of the 10 situations. For the three situations you’ve chosen, identify and discuss the response that would best address the helpees’ reluctance or resistance. Explain why you rejected the other

Clarification of the presenting problem: From exercise 4.4 in text, choose 2 of the 5 situations. In your post, identify and discuss the response that would best clarify the problem depicted in the situations. Explain why you accepted or rejected the other alternatives.

Part 2:

Discuss the purpose of the social history. What does a social history provide for the helper? How does it relate to building relationship and establishing goals with helpees? How would you feel about sharing a detailed history, if you were a helpee, about yourself and your family with a helper? How do you think helpees might feel about that?

Be sure to include supportive material from the textbook and the social history resources in your primary posts.

Single Subject Design Journal 2

Begin your intervention phase this week. Give an update on your first week in the intervention phase. How is it working so far? Is there anything you want to change about your intervention?

Post Single-Subject Design Journal 2 in the in the designated discussion topic. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

Communication Skills Workshop 1: Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Visit the course Content area for readings and other resources to help you master paraphrasing and summarizing.  Revisit the videos and your responses for paraphrasing and summarizing from your communication skills pre-test. Include your original paraphrase and summarization from the pre-test in your

After learning more about paraphrasing and summarizing, write a different paraphrase and summary. How would you respond differently now? As you read the posts of your classmates, how does your new response compare to theirs? What have you learned from one another?
Primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. Secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.

Note: To access your original responses, go to the Quizzes area and scroll down to the Communication Skills Pre-test. Click the down arrow next to the Pre-test. Select Submissions. Then click Attempt 1. You will now be able to view your responses to each question in the pre-test as well as my feedback.

Social History

Interview any adult partner of your choice (friend, relative, coworker, etc.) to complete a personal social history," a type of assessment used by human service professionals. The social history is part of the early stages of gathering information and establishing a helping relationship. Detailed information about social histories – their purpose and how to write one – is provided in the course Content area as part of the Week 3 reading assignments. You must read this information before conducting your interview, and you must apply the social history reading assignment as you write your partner’s social history.

Because you are conducting an interview, you will want to be prepared with questions to ask your partner. Before the interview, review the social history template in the course Content area in week 3 and consider the questions you might ask in order to obtain this information. Also, consider other ways you might elicit information from your partner by using exploratory statements.

When writing the social history document, you will complete the template provided in the course Content area in week 3. Please complete all the sections noted in the template as if you were filling out a form as part of your job.

The social history will be graded based on thoroughness, formatting, and critical thinking skills. Use the template provided in the Content area. APA format is not required. The social history must be submitted to the designated dropbox by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday.

Communication Skills Quiz 1: Paraphrasing and Summarizing
The Communication Skills Quiz is worth 10 points and includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Quiz 3
The quiz includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each for a total of 10 points. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Readings
Okun-Chapter 5; communication skills resources in Content area
Discussion Assignments
All primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. All secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.  
Discussion 4: Major Helping Approaches
Watch the video “Three Approaches to Psychotherapy” in the Content area, which features Carl Rogers, Fritz Perls, and Albert Ellis, demonstrating their theoretical models with the client, Gloria. After watching the video, discuss the ways their interactions with the client do or do not reflect the theory they are presenting. What did you observe? Relate your observations to this week’s reading assignment.  Be sure to include supportive material from the textbook and the video in your posts.
Communications Skills Workshop 2: Reflecting Feelings and Attending Behavior

Visit the course Content area for readings and other resources to help you master reflections of feeling and attending behavior.  In the Content area, revisit the videos and your responses for reflecting feelings and attending behavior from your communication skills pre-test. Include your original reflection of feeling and response for attending behavior from the pre-test in your post.

After learning more about reflecting feelings and attending behavior, write a different reflection of feelings and response for attending behavior. How would you respond differently now? As you read the posts of your classmates, how does your new response compare to theirs? What have you learned from one another?

Primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. Secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM

Note: To access your original responses, go to the Quizzes area and scroll down to the Communication Skills Pre-test. Click the down arrow next to the Pre-test. Select Submissions. Then click Attempt 1. You will now be able to view your responses to each question in the pre-test as well as my feedback.

Single Subject Design Project

No graded assignments are due for the single-subject design project this week. To maintain your progress on the project:

  • Continue your intervention phase this week.
  • Find three peer-reviewed journal articles regarding behavioral interventions that relate to your project. You will need these articles to support your research paper, which is due in Week 7. Peer reviewed articles must come from the Columbia College library, which is accessible via the link on the course home page.

The textbook for this course and the resources in the Week 1 Content area are acceptable as supplementary references. Other textbooks used outside this course are not acceptable references for this paper, and you will not receive credit for using them. You will not receive credit for citing websites (e.g., eHow, Ask.com, PsychCentral, etc.), Wikis, dictionaries or encyclopedias because they don’t meet the criteria for scholarly sources. You must cite (use) all sources listed on the reference page to receive full credit for your research.

Communication Skills Quiz 2: Reflecting Feelings and Attending Behavior
The Communication Skills Quiz is worth 10 points and includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Quiz 4
The quiz includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each for a total of 10 points. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Readings
Okun-Chapter 6; communication skills resources in Content area
Discussion Assignments
All primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. All secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.  
Discussion 5: Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Visit the three Web sites provided the Content area to learn more about motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. In your post, discuss how these approaches influence your understanding of the helping process. Be sure to include supportive material from the textbook and Web sites in your posts.

Single Subject Design: Journal 3

This is the last week for your intervention phase. Give an update on your intervention phase. How is the intervention working? Respond to at least two of your classmates' posts.

Post Single-Subject Design Journal 3 in the in the designated discussion topic. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

Communications Skills Workshop 3: Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Questions

Visit the course Content area for readings and other resources to help you master open-ended and closed-ended questions. In the Content area, revisit the videos and your responses for open-ended and closed-ended questions from your communication skills pre-test. Include your original open-ended and closed-ended question in your post.

After learning more about open-ended and closed-ended questions, write different open-ended and closed-ended questions. How would you respond differently now? As you read the posts of your classmates, how does your new response compare to theirs? What have you learned from one another?

Primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. Secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.

Note: To access your original responses, go to the Quizzes area and scroll down to the Communication Skills Pre-test. Click the down arrow next to the Pre-test. Select Submissions. Then click Attempt 1. You will now be able to view your responses to each question in the pre-test as well as my feedback.

Communication Skills Quiz 3: Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Questions
The Communication Skills Quiz is worth 10 points and includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Quiz 5
The quiz includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each for a total of 10 points. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Readings
Okun-Chapter 7; communication skills resources in Content area
Discussion Assignments
All primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. All secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.  
Discussion 6
Choose three cases from exercise 7.31. Choose the strategy(ies) or technique(s) you would consider most appropriate for each of the three cases. Discuss your rationale for your choice(s) of strategy in the three cases. Be sure to include supportive material from the textbook in your posts.
Communications Skills Workshop 4: Clarication and Confrontation

Visit the course Content area for readings and other resources to help you master clarification and confrontation.

In the Content area, revisit the videos and your responses for clarifying and confronting from your communication skills pre-test. Include your original clarification and confrontation from the pre-test in your post. Answer the following: After learning more about clarifying and confronting, write a different clarification and confrontational response. How would you respond differently now? As you read the posts of your classmates, how does your new response compare to theirs? What have you learned from one another?
Primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. Secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.

Note: To access your original responses, go to the Quizzes area and scroll down to the Communication Skills Pre-test. Click the down arrow next to the Pre-test. Select Submissions. Then click Attempt 1. You will now be able to view your responses to each question in the pre-test as well as my feedback.

Communications Skills Quiz 4: Clarification and Confrontation
The Communication Skills Quiz is worth 10 points and includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Quiz 6
The quiz includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each for a total of 10 points. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Readings
Okun-Chapter 8; communication skills resources in Content area
Single Subject Design Research Paper

Submit your research paper by 11:59 PM CT on Monday to the designated dropbox. Your paper should meet the following specifications:

  • Format: You must use APA format for your paper. The paper must include a title page, abstract page, body of paper, a reference page, and an appendix. Note: Resources on APA format are located in the course Content area.
  • Body: The body of the paper should be a minimum of four pages. This means the total paper, including the title, abstract, reference page, and appendix, should be a minimum of eight pages. In each section, you must communicate your points and support them with evidence cited from the three peer-reviewed journal articles you already obtained. The body must include an introduction and the following four sections, indicated by Level 1 APA headings:
  • Description of project: the problem and goal, as well as baseline and intervention data measurement.
  • Baseline phase: Findings from baseline data measurement. Refer to the chart in the appendix of your paper.
  • Intervention phase: Findings from intervention data measurement. Refer to the chart in the appendix of your paper. (See Appendix description below.)
  • Results: Discuss the outcome of the project. If it was successful, what contributed to its success? Do you plan to continue the new behavior now that the project has ended? Why or why not? If the project wasn’t successful, how might the intervention phase be changed? Do you plan to try a different intervention? Why or why not?
  • Appendix: Place an appendix after the reference page that includes a chart tracking your baseline and intervention data. The chart may be created electronically or by hand, as long as it is neat and legible. Review and apply APA guidelines for appendices. Resources on APA format are available in the Content area.

Your paper must be submitted in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf formats. Please ensure your paper has the proper file extension. If you submit your paper in an unacceptable file format, and if I can’t open it, you will be notified and given a short deadline to resubmit. If you fail to resubmit your paper by that deadline, you will forfeit your opportunity to submit a paper.

Note: Papers cannot be accepted by e-mail.

Discussion Assignments
All primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. All secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM CT.  
Discussion 7: Case Studies: Putting It All Together
Choose one of the case studies from pp. 238-256 (Ms. Souza, Rory, Martha, Ji-hun, Ellen) of the text. Read the case study carefully. In your post, discuss how the helper used both stages of counseling described the text (building relationships and establishing goals; applying strategies). Analyze the helper’s use of all six steps in applying strategies as discussed in Chapter 7. Discuss notable moments in these helping relationships, such as significant turning points, and how the helping relationship and use of strategies influenced them. Be sure to include supportive material and examples from the textbook in your posts.
Single Subject Design Journal 4
Post Single-Subject Design Journal 4 in the in the designated discussion topic. Share the outcome of your project with the class. How did it work out? Were you able to change the behavior? What would you do the same or differently if you did the project again? Do you plan to continue with the new behavior? Why or why not? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.
Communication Skills Workshop 5: nformation-Giving and Interpreting

Visit the course Content area for readings and other resources to help you master information-giving and interpreting. In the Content area, revisit the videos and your responses for information-giving and interpreting from your communication skills pre-test. Include your original responses for information-giving and interpreting from the pre-test in your post.

After learning more about information-giving and interpreting, write a different response for information-giving and interpreting. How would you respond differently now? As you read the posts of your classmates, how does your new response compare to theirs? What have you learned from one another?

Primary posts due Wednesday at 11:59 PM CT. Secondary comments due Saturday at 11:59 PM

Note: To access your original responses, go to the Quizzes area and scroll down to the Communication Skills Pre-test. Click the down arrow next to the Pre-test. Select Submissions. Then click Attempt 1. You will now be able to view your responses to each question in the pre-test as well as my feedback.

Communication Skills Quiz 5: Information-Giving and Interpreting
The Communication Skills Practice Quiz is worth 10 points and includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Quiz 7
The quiz includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each for a total of 10 points. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.
Readings
Okun-Chapter 10; communication skills resources in Content area
Communication Skills Video

Submit a video no more than five minutes in length in which you practice the 10 communication skills listed below with an adult partner of your choice (friends, family members, coworkers, etc.). With your video, you must upload a Word document that describes the scenario depicted in your video with a list of the 10 communication skills and your responses in your video that demonstrate each skill. You may wish to review the material in Chapter 2 of the text regarding communication skills as well as the practice exercises and reading materials provided in the Content area each week.

Video posts are due by 11:59 PM CT on Monday of week 8 in the designated dropbox. Include the URL for your YouTube video. This assignment is worth a possible 30 points.

The helpee partner will communicate a concern to the student helper. As the helper, you will demonstrate the skills listed below in your dialogue with your partner (the helpee).

  1. Paraphrasing: The student helper will restate the partner’s verbal message to the partner’s satisfaction. (See ex. 3.10 in the text as example.)
  2. Reflecting feelings: The student helper will identify the feelings the partner has communicated by using statements such as, “You feel ___ about ____.” The student will reflect the partner’s feelings to the partner’s satisfaction. (See ex. 3.17 in the text as an example.) Note: Helpers should not ask partners, “How does that make you feel?”
  3. Open-ended questions: The student helper will use open-ended questions to elicit information from the partner.
  4. Closed-ended questions: The student helper will use closed-ended questions to elicit specific, brief answers from the partner.
  5. Clarification: The student helper will use clarifying statements to help the partner better understand his or her issues and needs.
  6. Summarization: The student helper will restate the main points the partner has communicated during the session.
  7. Information-giving: The student helper will provide information in a manner that respects whether the partner is ready to hear it; that is clear, specific, concrete, and timely; and ensures that the partner understands your ideas.
  8. Confrontation: The student helper will confront discrepancies in the partner’s verbal and nonverbal behaviors or between the student’s and partner’s perceptions.
  9. Interpretation: The student helper will use interpreting to help the partner connect different areas of their life experience to find deeper meanings. This gives the partner a new frame of reference.
  10. Attending behavior: The student helper will use attending behavior to communicate interest in what the partner is saying and encourage the client to talk.

Note: Before recording your video, please review the Video Tutorials topic in the course Content area for instructions on how to record and upload videos.  The video must be clear, and the audio must be audible in order for your recordings to receive credit for this assignment. Test your equipment (camera or phone) before conducting this exercise to be sure you have clear video and audio. Be sure the batteries are fully charged. If a third person is needed to operate the camera, ask that person to refrain from zooming in on individuals’ faces or panning back and forth between helper and helpee. We want to see the faces and nonverbal communication of both the helper and the helpee for these

Upload your videos to a Web site that is publicly viewable, such as YouTube, Vimeo or TeacherTube, making them available to anyone with the URL. YouTube access is available through your CougarMail (Gmail) apps. Copy and paste the URLs for your videos in the designated dropbox. Do not wait until the last minute to try this. I recommend trying some practice recordings and uploading them to YouTube to test the process prior to submitting this assignment. A Video Test Discussion topic is provided for you to test your URL submissions.

Note: If you have difficulty submitting the video to the dropbox, please contact the Tech Support resources that are available to you.

Discussion 8
Listen to the NPR news story available in the Content Area. For this discussion topic, you will need an adult partner who is not part of the dominant culture and/or not part of your own group. This might be someone who is older, a person of color, a person with a disability, or someone who is gay or lesbian. Generate a list of questions you could ask to gain fuller understanding of what it is like to be ______ in the dominant culture. What are their needs? In your post, discuss the questions you asked your partner and the responses you received. After interviewing your partner, how might you advocate for this group within the dominant culture? Be sure to include supportive material from the textbook in your posts. Prmary posts due Wednesday; secondary comments due by 11:59 PM Friday.
Quiz 8
The quiz includes 10 multiple-choice or true/false questions worth 1 point each for a total of 10 points. The quiz is not proctored. It may be accessed via the Quizzes area from Monday through Saturday. You will receive one 30-minute attempt for the quiz. The quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT Saturday.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

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There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

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All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Dropbox assignments and quizzes will not be accepted late unless you have received prior approval (before the deadline) from me for an extension. All late assignments, regardless of the reason, will be subject to point a 25% deductions per day late, at my discretion. Late assignments will not be accepted more than three days after the deadline.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.