Psychology 512: Theories of Counseling
Course: Psychology 512--Theories of
Counseling and Psychotherapy
Instructor: Dr. Jerry Lehman Office: Smith, Room 221:
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,
Objectives of Course: The purpose of this course is to:
- Introduce students to relevant material concerning the field of counseling
- Acquaint the student with different theories of counseling and
psychotherapy and the methods each theoretical approach utilizes to bring
about behavioral change.
- Allow the student to study in some depth a subject of special interest.
- 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:
- Psychoanalysis/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Transactional Analysis
- Family Therapy
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Reality Therapy
- Cognitive Therapies
- Behavioral Therapies
- 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_______________.
- 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
- 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.
- 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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