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So You Want to Be a Counselor?

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the profession of counseling. As such, a primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the field of counseling and the multiple training disciplines. The course will address the various fields of counseling (e.g., school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, clinical psychology) and the required training needed to pursue each profession. Emphasis will be placed on both the similarities and differences of each field. Areas of specialization within the disciplines will be discussed and explored to identify the wide range of populations and mental health needs served across the fields of counseling.

The second half of the course will focus on understanding and developing basic counseling skills. Specifically, training in listening, responding, challenging, and action-oriented techniques for helping others will be explored and practiced. Students will work in small groups to work on developing effective interpersonal skills needed to communicate, empathize, and support others. Ethics in counseling will be discussed with specific emphasis placed on counseling in a multicultural world.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but a strong interest or some background in the subject material is expected.

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