BASIC COUNSELING SKILLS
Spring - 2012
CLASSROOM: HERITAGE HALL ROOM 317
CLASS MEETING TIME: TUES & THURS = 11-12:15pm
OFFICE HOURS: M = 3-4pm, T = 10-11am, W = 11-Noon, TH = 10-11am, 5-6pm or by appt.
TELEPHONE: (651) 450 – 3717, ext 3717
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
The course provides an introduction to basic counseling and interviewing with a focus an individual skill development. There will be an emphasis on the application of skills and knowledge to particular human services situations and settings.
1) Describe the concept of intentional interviewing and counseling.
2) Identify and practice basic attending skills.
3) Identify and practice the skills of encouraging, paraphrasing, and summarizing.
4) Identify and practice the skills of reflecting feeling and content.
Ivey, A.E, Ivey, M. B. Intentional Interviewing & Counseling, (Latest Ed), Brooks / Cole.
Students are expected to attend class meetings on time, read all materials assigned for the class and participate in class discussion. The day – to – day operation of how we treat each other will be determined by the intentional creation of a learning community (more later).
If any student needs assistance due to a disability, please contact the disabled student services at (651) 450 – 8628 voice, or (651) 450 – 8369 TTY.
1. You must sit in a different table with different people each class period.
2. I ask that you give me your personal best each class period.
3. All assignments must be picked up by MAY 7th or you lose 10pts off your final point total.
NOTE – Any student caught texting will lose 10pts off their participation score.
1. JOURNAL – 60 Points
Students are responsible for keeping a journal throughout the semester. Assignments will be given in class, which are required to be included in the journal, along with your feelings surrounding your practice of specific skills, and of those around you. I will be collecting journals on the last class period of each month (1/31; 2/28; DUE DURING FINAL TAPING)
***NOTE***JOURNALS ARE TO BE TYPED AND DOUBLE SPACED SO I CAN HAVE ROOM TO MAKE COMMENTS.
(More details on journals later).
2. QUIZZES – 60 Points
There will be three 20-point quizzes in the semester. My quizzes are tough, so looking over your notes once or twice will insure a failing grade. Quiz dates are:2/14, 3/29, Final’s Schedule
3. TRANSCRIBED INTERVIEW – 60 Points
You must find an individual outside of class to have a counseling session with. ***NOTE*** YOUR CLIENT MUST NOT BE A CLASS MEMBER, SPOUSE, FAMILY MEMBER, OR GOOD FRIEND. You will use the skills learned in class to perform this assignment. The session must be recorded, and transcribed. You will type a summary at the end of the transcription, detailing what skills you used, and evaluating your interview. You will turn in the transcription along with the tape in order to get graded. Keep the session to 10 minutes; however, you must demonstrate appropriate skills in that amount of time. The interview is due 4/24/12
4. PARTICIPATION – 50 Points
“Half of success is just showing up.” Your presence is important to our learning community. Each of your voices and experiences enriches the context of our learning. This is a highly experiential class and you are required to be here. You will be allowed TWO absences for whatever reason (i.e. illness, personal health day). Think of this as your “Get out of jail free card.” A sign-in sheet will be passed around for each class. Be sure you sign in! Each day missed after two absences will result in losing 10 points per day off your participation score. ***NOTE*** DO BE ESPECIALLY CONSIDERATE AND TRY NOT TO MISS LAB DAYS.
I will start the class on time and end it on time. I find it disrespectful to your classmates and personally irritating when people come late or leave early. Each time you’re late or leave early regardless of the excuse and you will lose 5 pts off your participation score. Be punctual, especially on lab days.
5. VIDEO CRITIQUE - 50 Points
Within the first 10 days of class, you will sign up with a randomly drawn classmate for a 10-minute “counseling session” that will be videotaped (You will need to provide a VHS tape for your appt.) I will provide you with the scenario. Then, at the end of the semester, you will sign up with another randomly chosen classmate in which you will complete a 10 minute counseling session that will be videotaped (Again, bring your original VHS tape for this session). You will be given a randomly provided topic. You will then critique your counseling session comparing your initial semester session with the end of semester session. You will type up this critique and submit it within 48 hours of your session.
6. THE GIFT OF THERAPY (Yalom) - 20pts
You are expected to read the entire book. We will discuss the book twice in the semester (See course schedule for exact times). Read the first half of the book by the first discussion period and read the rest of the book by the second discussion period. NOTE – With each class discussion, you will need to submit three comments/questions or a combination of the two with your name on it to the instructor. This will help facilitate our discussion. Failure to do this will result in you losing 10 pts each time.
Journal 60 Points
Quizzes 60 Points
Video Critique 50 Points
Transcribed Session 60 Points
Participation 50 Points
TOTAL POINTS = 280
280 - 252 (100% - 90%)(A)
251- 224 (89% - 80%)(B)
223 - 196(79% - 70%)(C)
195 - 168(69% - 60%) (D)
167 & Below (59%)(F)
***NOTE*** “When we want to understand something, we cannot just stand outside and observe it. We have to enter deeply into it and be one with it in order to really understand.”
-from the book Mentoring: The Tao of Giving & Receiving Wisdom by Huang, A.C.
***NOTE*** Our mantra in all counseling is to get people to experience things rather than just explain things.
2/2 Questions Lab Ch. 3
2/9 Question Lab
2/21 “Uncommon Dialogue”/Marvella/ Encouraging &
Paraphrasing Ch. 5
2/23 Encouraging & Paraphrasing
2/28 Chapter 5 Lab JR#2 DUE
3/13 Observing & Reflecting Feeling
3/15 Observing & Reflecting Feeling
4/ 3 Goal Setting
Comments & questions
4/12 Focusing/Reflecting/Influencing Misc
4/17 Exception to the problem
4/19 Building On Client Strengths
4/24 Catch up **TRANSCRIBED INTERVIEW DUE
4/26 Video Taping **JR#3 DUE
IMPORTANT DATES TO NOTE
1. Journals are due on the following dates: 1/31,2/28, FINAL TAPING
2. Transcribed Interview – Due 4/24
3. Video Critique – (Due within 48 HOURS after taping)
4. Quiz Schedule – 2/14, 3/29, FINAL WEEK
Your journals will be graded on the following criteria:
-Typed & double spaced
- Level of critical thinking exhibited
- Spelling & Grammar
- All journaling questions addressed
- Clarity in expressing your thoughts/feelings
- Connected by a staple/paperclip/folder
Plagiarism and Cheating: It is unacceptable to submit the work of another person as your own. If you quote, summarize, paraphrase, or use the ideas of another, you must accurately attribute that information. If you do not acknowledge the source, you are plagiarizing.
In this course, plagiarism/cheating will result in failure of the course, failure of the assignment, redoing the assignment, etc.). In addition, plagiarism and cheating are covered by the Student Code of Conduct. In this course, plagiarism will also result in the initiation of the Student Code of Conduct Disciplinary Process. Please see the Catalog or IHCC website for details.
Documentation Style and Paper Format: In this course, students are expected to use APA format and documentation style. Papers are to be typed, double space, and stapled.
Religious Accommodation Statement:
Student’s Right to Know: Policies on Harassment and Discrimination, Crime Awareness and Campus Security Report, Drug- and Alcohol-Free Campus, Student Conduct, and Academic Honesty are available on the IHCC website. Inver Hills has established policies and procedures to handle violations in a timely manner.
Incomplete Grade and Withdrawal Information: Students must initiate requests for either an incomplete grade or withdrawal from a course by filing the appropriate form with Enrollment Services. Students who stop attending classes without completing the withdrawal process may receive a grade of “F,” and are responsible for all tuition/fees associated with the course registration. Withdrawal forms must be submitted as stated in the course schedule. Please see the current Class Schedule or Catalog for details.