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THEORIES OF COUNSELLING Education 5033

Instructor: John Sumarah Professor, Acadia University Office: Emmerson Hall, Room 309 Summer, 2009

Phone: 585-1363 Fax: 585-1028 Email: john.sumarah@acadiau.ca http://ace.acadiau.ca/~jsumarah/

Mailing Address: School of Education, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

B4P 2R6

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is an introduction to the profession of counselling. The focus of the course is the theoretical foundations of counselling and the processes involved in the practice of counselling. A critical examination of the various approaches to counselling should lead to understanding of personal beliefs about counselling.

RATIONALE

Counselling has much to do with theory, process and skill. One philosophy adheres to the view that practitioners should study one theory and follow it in practice. Another adheres to the belief that counselling has more to do with process and less with theory. Still another view posits that skills and techniques are what are most helpful to clients. This course is based on the assumption that all three views have their merits and proposes an integrative and adaptive approach to theory, process and skill.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

As a result of the course students will:

  • 1.

    have a basic understanding of the various theories of counselling and how these theories can assist counsellors in understanding the psychological dynamics at work in people’s lives

  • 2.

    have tools to evaluate and integrate counselling theories into their counselling practices

  • 3.

    compare and contrast counselling theories with reference to their conceptual, practical and ethical dimensions

  • 4.

    have a basic understanding of the counselling relationship and the process of attending, listening, responding and valuing

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