Courses Catalogue

Theories Of Counseling

COURSE CODE: MCP7111
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Master of arts in counseling psychology
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

This course surveys major conceptual and theoretical perspectives and practices commonly associated with the field of professional counseling. Students explore psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, Gestalt, behavioral, cognitive behavioral, reality, feminist, post-modern, and general family systems theories. This course addresses the historical and philosophical development of counseling theories, and how they impact current practice. Students are provided opportunities to reflect upon how to best match counseling theories based upon specific client issues, concerns, and characteristics for case conceptualization. 

COURSE AIM

The course enables trainee-counseling psychologists to acquaint themselves with theories of counseling, which form a basis for determining the direction of their future counseling. 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:-

  • Determine an appropriate theory/theories to employ during an actual counseling interview with a client
  • Employ the required tools/skills/techniques in addressing the client’s concerns during a counseling interview
  • Articulate and demonstrate counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes.
  • Utilize counseling theories and models to conceptualize client presentation and select appropriate counseling interventions.