Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Counseling Theories And Practice

COURSE CODE: DGC1101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Guidance and Counselling, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

The Cultural And Historical Origins Of Counseling (6CH)

  • History of counseling & psychotherapy
  • Relationship between counselling and psychotherapy
  • Counselling and other helping professions
  • Growth of counseling globally and nationally

Nature And Scope Of Guidance And Counseling(6CH)

  • Key definitions of terms and phrases
  • Nature of problems that call for counseling.
  • Environment for counseling
  • Qualities of a professional counselor.
  • The art of helping (philosophy of helping)

The Diversity Of Theory And Practice In Counseling(3CH)

  • Goals of Guidance / Counseling
  • Need for guidance and counseling services
  • Description of guidance and counseling services.
  • Counseling as an interdisciplinary area of study
  • Basic Issues In Counseling Practice(9CH)
  • The counselor; person and professional
  • Personal counseling for the counselor
  • The counselor's values and the therapeutic process
  • Issues faced by beginning therapists
  • Modes of therapy/counseling
  • Ethical & legal issues in counseling

Counseling Theories(12CH)

  • Psychodynamic
  • Humanistic-Existential
  • Cognitive-Behavioral, and
  • Transpersonal. 

Basic Skills Needed In Counseling Practice(3CH)

  • Attending skills; Rapport building; Listening; Questioning
  • Interpretation; Summarizing; Confidentiality; Self-disclosure; Information giving; Confrontation.

Coping mechanisms(3CH)

  • Positive and negative coping ways.
  • Factors that influence coping mechanisms.

Social support network(3CH)

  • The importance of social support network.
  • The role of community in counseling.

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Field trips
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes