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Suggested Study Schedule

Students who approach their studies in a systematic and organized manner are more likely to complete the course successfully than are those who do not plan a course of action for themselves. Therefore, you are advised to follow a study plan to assist you in budgeting your time and scheduling your progress.

The following schedule is designed to help you organize your activities and complete the course in approximately six months. As you complete each activity, check it off so you will know it is done and can actually see the progress you are making in the course.

Be sure to contact your tutor if you are having difficulty with the material in the course, or if you are unable to adhere to the schedule as suggested. You may, of course, proceed more quickly than is suggested by this schedule.

Week Date Completed Study Activity
    Section I: Basic Issues in Counselling Practice
1 Unit 1: Introduction and Overview
2 Unit 2: The Counsellor: Person and Professional
    Section II: First Force: Psychodynamic Theories and Techniques
3 Unit 3: Psychoanalytic Theory
4 Unit 4: Adlerian Theory
5 Optional: Complete Parts A and B of the Practice Exam.
    Section III: Second Force: Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Theories and Techniques
6 Unit 5: Behavioral Theory
7 Unit 6: Cognitive-Behavioral Theory
8 Unit 7: Control Theory/Reality Therapy
9 Begin your review of Sections II and III only for the Midterm Exam.
10 Complete Parts A and B of the Midterm Exam.
  Select a theoretical framework and scenario for your Case Study analysis and begin to work on that assignment over the next few weeks.
  Skip ahead to Chapter 15 in the Theory and Practice text for a summary of the various approaches to see which model might fit with your own worldview and the scenario you have selected.
  Review the requirements in the Course and Assignment Manual.
    Section IV: Third Force: Humanistic Theories and Techniques*
    * If you select one of the theoretical approaches covered in Section V for your Case Study, complete that section before you begin Section IV.
11 Unit 8: Existential Theory
12 Unit 9: Person-Centred Theory
13 Unit 10: Gestalt Theory
14 Continue to develop your Case Study analysis drawing on information in the text, Student Manual, case approach readings, and supplementary materials.
15 Review Table 16-1 in the Theory and Practice text and Table 14-1 in the Case Approach text for illustrations of how the various approaches might view the cases of Stan and Ruth. Draw on these resources in shaping your Case Study.
16 Put the final touches on your Case Study. Be sure to use the review and integration in Unit 14 as a resource for this process.
  Submit Assignment 1: Case Study
    Section V: Fourth Force: Contextual and Systemic Theories and Techniques*
    * Or Section IV if you completed this one during Weeks 11 to 13.
17 Unit 11: Feminist Theory
18 Unit 12: Family Systems Theory
19 Unit 13: Multicultural Theory
20 Begin to work on your Personal Reflection Paper, pulling together the exercises and observations that you have been gathering in your journal throughout the course.
  Review the requirements in the Course and Assignment Manual.
    Section VI: Integration and Application
21 Unit 14: An Integrative Perspective
22 Complete your Personal Reflection Paper, drawing on the learning from Unit 14.
23 Submit Assignment 2: Personal Reflection Paper
23 Make arrangements to write the Final Exam in Week 23 or 24.
24 Begin your review of Sections IV and V only for the Final Exam.
25 Continue to study for the Final Exam.
  Be sure to review the “Key Terms and Concepts,” as well as the “Learning Objectives” and “Study Questions” in each unit.
26 Write the Final Exam
    Congratulations on completing the course!

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