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Course Objectives

When you have completed Psychology 406: Introduction to Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy, you should be able to achieve the following course objectives.

  1. Describe the relationship between worldview, personal characteristics, and counselling theory.

  2. Articulate the importance of establishing a personal theory of counselling and psychotherapy and the process (or processes) by which that might occur.

  3. Identify the essential components of a complete “theory” of counselling or psychotherapy.

  4. Articulate the way in which these components are addressed across the various theoretical models.

  5. Critically assess the similarities and differences across approaches, as well as the strengths and limitations of each approach.

  6. Identify personal values, beliefs, and worldview, and evaluate the impact of your assumptions on the personal fit of each theoretical framework and of the components of the counselling and psychotherapy processes.

  7. Describe the application of the various counselling and psychotherapy models to the process of addressing various client concerns through the use of case studies.

  8. Critically evaluate the viability of an integrative approach that draws on components of various conceptual models.

  9. Begin to articulate a personal perspective on human nature, development and definition of client problems, the nature of the client–counsellor relationship, and the process and techniques for facilitating change and growth.




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