Psychology 512:  Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy


Course: Psychology 512--Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Instructor: Dr. Jerry Lehman Office: Smith, Room 221: Phone: 503-5762


Office Hours: To be announced

Prerequisite: Upper level standing or consent of the instructor.  Psychology 224, 309, and 325 are prerequisites.

Textbook:  Counseling and Psychotherapy, 1st Edition, Les Parrot III.

                    Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy, 5th Edition, Gerald Corey.

Objectives of Course: The purpose of this course is to:

  1. Introduce students to relevant material concerning the field of counseling and psychotherapy.
  2. Acquaint the student with different theories of counseling and psychotherapy and the methods each theoretical approach utilizes to bring about behavioral change.
  3. Allow the student to study in some depth a subject of special interest.
  4. Give each student experience in communicating both orally (class presentation) and in writing (paper) what new knowledge he/she has gleaned from their study.

Course Content:  The course content will include the study of relevant issues in the field of psychotherapy and the following approaches to psychotherapy: 

  1. Psychoanalysis/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  2. Transactional Analysis
  3. Family Therapy
  4. Person-Centered Therapy
  5. Gestalt Therapy
  6. Reality Therapy
  7. Cognitive Therapies
  8. Behavioral Therapies

Course Requirements:

  1. Exams:  The instructor plans to give 3 exams during the semester.  These exams will cover material from class, the textbook, the casebook, and other reading material assigned by the instructor.  Each of these exams will count 100 points.  Dates to be announced.  Projected dates:  1st exam _____________, 2nd______________, 3rd_______________.
  2. Paper and Class Presentation:  See handout material.  Point value for this assignment will be 100 points.  Students must Xerox a relevant page from each source used and include these pages with his/her paper.  Failure to do so will result in 3-20 points being deducted.  The deadline date without permission of the instructor.  Dates:  Choice of topic___________; Tentative Outline and Bibliography_______________; Rough draft________________; Final Paper Due_________________.
  3. Class attendance and homework assignments:  Regular attendance is expected in this course.  Unexcused absences will result in two points being deducted for each unexcused absence.  At times homework assignments will be given which are to be completed and returned to the instructor by the specific date.  Point value for homework assignments will be noted at the time of the assignment and there will be a -2 pt. late deduction.
  4. Group work, group presentation, and case management paper:  Each student will be assigned to a small group and his/her group will discuss the casebook material on Ruth from one of the perspectives.  You must meet with your group outside of class for planning, discussion, and concerning how your group is planning to present this case.  Each member of the group will be required to turn in a Case Management Paper.  These papers must be individual papers, not a group paper.  These papers must be typewritten and a Xeroxed copy must be given to each member of the class on the day of your case presentation.  Point value:  30 points for paper; 20 points for presentation.  (See handout material).

Grading Scale:  90-100% of total possible points - A; 80-90% - B; 70-80% - C; 60-70% - D; Below 60% - F.

The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus if needed.

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