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V. Course as Relates to External Standards

CACREP Standards (2009)

Section II.G.5.  HELPING RELATIONSHIPS - studies that provide an understanding of the counseling process in a multicultural society, including all of the following:

a. an orientation to wellness and prevention as desired counseling goals, b. counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes, d. counseling theories that provide the student with models to conceptualize client presentation and to assist the student in selecting appropriate counseling interventions. Students will be exposed to models of counseling that are consistent with current professional research and practice in the field so that they begin to develop a personal model of counseling, e. a systems perspective that provides an understanding of family and other systems theories and major models of family and related interventions.

DESE Standards (2006)

VI. Purposes or Objectives of the Course:

A. The student will develop an awareness of how one’s personal characteristics and competencies interact to influence the development of a theoretical approach to counseling.

B. The student will be able to identify the key concepts, contributions, and limitations of specific counseling theories.

C. The student will be able to construct a personal theoretical approach to counseling and to identify counseling techniques to use with various clients.

D. The student will understand legal and ethical issues and concerns confronting practicing counselors.

VII.Course Content or Outline:Class Hours

A. The Counselor 6

1. Characteristics of effective counselors 2. The role of personal values 3. Managing stress and Wellness

B. Legal and Ethical Issues6

1. Confidentiality 2. Crisis intervention 3. Issues surrounding clients with AIDS 4. Issues surrounding a multicultural perspective

C. Counseling: Content and Process 6


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