Introduction To Counseling Theories And Practice
This course introduces students to the concept of professional counselling, the nature and profession of counselling, and the roles and responsibilities of the professional counsellor in different settings. It will give an overview of the various theories and approaches to counselling, values and ethics in counselling, the attributes of an effective counsellor, and the process of becoming a professional counsellor. The effort is impress upon the learners the importance of counseling and guidance profession. The course covers a range of topics including but not limited to: nature of problems that call for counseling, attending skills, coping mechanisms, social support network and stages of the helping process.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, learners should be able to:-
- Comprehend the social and historical origins of counselling
- Present an overview of different theories and approaches to counselling
- Discuss the role of research in counselling
- Describe the differences between counselling and psychotherapy
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the theoretical bases of counselling
- Illustrate the role of professional counselling with simple case studies
- Discuss common professional and ethical issues in counselling
- Differentiate categories of people, the nature of problems experienced and situations that prompt people to seek for help.
- Explain factors that influence coping mechanisms.