PHS PHS420 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

(Credits: 3)

This course will introduce students to the theoretical bases for different approaches to counseling and psychotherapy.  Similarities, differences, strengths, and limitations of different strategies will be explored.  Topics and areas of exploration will progress chronologically with movement from historical and traditional approaches towards contemporary and integrative approaches to therapy.  An emphasis will be given to skills related to practical implementation and problem-solving during the therapeutic process.  Students will also review effective techniques of counseling such as multicultural awareness, interpersonal communication, listening skills, goal-setting, and giving feedback.  Class discussions, assignments, and readings will be geared towards facilitating each student’s development of a personal therapeutic philosophy.