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Study Process

The Study Guide is designed to lead you through the various components of the course. Each unit contains an overview of the content, the unit learning objectives, the required readings, a list of key terms and concepts, a description of the study process, and a list of supplementary materials. In most cases, you will be referred to the text, Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, and the accompanying Student Manual for Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy for exercises and study questions to enhance your learning. In some cases, additional readings, study questions, and supplementary materials will be included in the Study Guide.

The Student Manual that accompanies the text contains more activities, discussion questions, case examples, and personal/experiential exercises than you may find manageable. For this reason, a number of components will be identified as optional. It is up to you to decide on the value of those optional components to your own learning process. You are encouraged to start a journal to record your personal reflections, reactions to experiential exercises, and changes in your own thinking as you work through the course.

Each of the theoretical models covered in the text coincides with a chapter in Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy that illustrates how to apply the concepts and strategies discussed in the text to one or more case examples. This book is intended to be an additional resource in deepening your understanding of the practical application of theory. The content will not appear on the Midterm Exam or Final Exam; however, you will likely find it useful in working on your own Case Study assignment.

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