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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 460
Course Title: Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Contemporary theory and practices in clinical and counseling psychology. Psychotherapy interventions are studied from the psychoanalytic, cognitive, family, behavioral and existential perspectives. Research, legal and ethical issues are examined as they relate to the counselor as a person and as a professional. Prerequisites: Junior standing; PSYC/SOCI 175; 3 additional hours of PSYC courses.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Junior standing; PSYC/SOCI 175; 3 additional hours of PSYC courses.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy
By Corey, G. (Brooks/Cole)
Student Manual for Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy
By Corey, G. (Brooks/Cole)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate resolutions to ethical issues in counseling.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of person-centered therapy and reality therapy and choice theory.
  3. Explain the conceptual and theoretical basis for behavioral approaches to theory.
  4. Explain the conceptual and theoretical basis for feminist and postmodern approaches to counseling.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Students in this course are expected to conduct archival research, write a paper using APA style, and report their research findings to a forum of their peers.
  • Introduction to clinical and counseling psychology
  • Personal and professional issues in counseling
  • Ethical issues in counseling
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Adlerian therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Feminist therapy
  • Family Systems therapy

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 18

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Graham Higgs Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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