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PSY6092 - Syllabus Contents

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Syllabus

Course Summary
Learner Expectations
Grading
Project Description and Scoring
Guide
Course Materials
Unit Outline

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Course Summary

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Capella University's Scholar-Practitioner Learning Model


Capella University's learning model focuses on developing scholar-practitioners through learning that
incorporates both theoretical knowledge and relevant experience. Learners develop along a continuum of scholarship and practical
application. The model emphasizes collaboration: learners with peers and learners with faculty. Both learners and faculty move along the
continuum, reflecting together on their experiences, building and applying knowledge, participating in communities of learning, and making
theoretical and practical contributions to their fields.

Disability Services Statement


Capella University recognizes its obligations to accommodate the needs of learners with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and similar state laws. Capella University is committed to providing
reasonable accommodations to qualified learners with disabilities in university programs and activities. Learners needing academic
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Learners need to share this letter with the course instructor to receive the accommodations for which they have been approved.
Accommodations should be set up as early in the class as possible, as they cannot be applied retroactively.

Course Overview
Welcome to your Capella University online course, PSY6092 – Counseling Skills and Procedures.
This course presents the initial skills of counseling and offers an opportunity to advance your skills in treating real clients with real problems.
It is a fascinating introduction to a requisite mastery for effective counseling and therapy. One of the first of many steps that you will take in a
lifetime of professional growth, the course encourages you to become responsible for your own learning. In every unit, you will have options
for reflection and integration. During this term, you will face your own assumptions about the world of counseling, and engage your personal
predispositions through dialogue, writing, contemplation, and engagement with other learners.

Throughout the course, you will develop competence in several domains, including academic and intellectual skills, practice proficiencies,
and research methodologies, through reflection, role-playing, case studies, treatment planning, and simulation. As a practitioner, you must
master the personal skill and sensitivity to create a therapeutic environment and develop the communication skills to translate your
perspective into appropriate evaluative instruments. Your self-understanding and maturity will contribute to your insight.

You will enhance your academic and intellectual skills by critically analyzing the material presented in the text, journal articles, and various
Web sites, and by communicating your understanding to other learners. You will have ample opportunities to develop your practice
proficiencies as you practice general counseling and interviewing skills, develop conceptualizations, and learn specific skills such as crisis
management.

As a scientist practitioner, you will act as a careful observer of the process of counseling, making determinations about the meaning of your
observations and maintaining a scientific attitude. Throughout the course, you will develop the basic skills that will support your counseling
style and offer a systematic framework for observation and practice.

Course Competencies
1. Apply basic counseling skills and therapeutic relationship building skills and procedures.
2. Apply advanced counseling and assessment skills.
3. Plan appropriate interventions that are consistent with counseling theory and evidence-based practice.
4. Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological
professions.
5. Apply ethics and diversity theories and principles to counseling skills and procedures.

Prerequisites
PSY_R6161  MS Counseling Psychology learners only. 

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Learner Expectations

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Learner Expectations

Learner Expectations Statement


Capella's online courses and programs are based on interactive teaching, learning, and communication. Faculty and learners actively
contribute to one another's learning through critical dialogue, integrative learning, and collaborative learning. In order to take full advantage
of the experiences and resources Capella offers, learners are expected to manage and direct their academic progress with support and
guidance from faculty. To acquire knowledge and build skills, learners are expected to:

Read and become familiar with the course syllabus and expectations.
Keep up with assignments and readings.
Ask for clarifications about material or course expectations.
Analyze assigned readings and offer thoughtful interpretations.
Read all courseroom postings.
Make a minimum of two substantive postings per week. That is, contribute postings that add to and advance the quality of the
discussion.
If for any reason you are unable to participate on a weekly basis throughout the course please contact your instructor and/or academic
advisor immediately.
Engage other learners by responding to their postings.
Be respectful of diverse perspectives and refrain from making inappropriate comments in courseroom discussions and personal
interactions.

In addition, review the following expectations for course conduct:

1. Academic Honesty.
2. Learner Code of Conduct.
3. Non-Discrimination Policy Statement.
4. Turnitin Source Matching Tool.
5. General Capella Policies.
6. Online Etiquette.
7. Computer Skills.

Expectations from all HASOP Instructors


Demonstrated competency in professional communication is considered a prerequisite for awarding course credit for any discussion
contribution or course assignment. See the Professional Communications and Writing Guide for details. If any discussion contribution or
course assignment does not meet acceptable standards of professional communication, then, at the instructor's discretion, the assignment
or contribution may receive zero course credit, reduced course credit, or may be subject to revision and resubmission. See the Faculty
Expectations discussion for additional information.

It is expected that all discussion contributions and courseroom assignments will be submitted by the date specified in the course syllabus or
as required by the instructor. If you anticipate that a discussion contribution or course assignment may be delayed, then you must contact
the instructor prior to the discussion or assignment due date to allow time for the instructor to complete a dialogue with you regarding the
discussion or assignment. If you submit a discussion contribution or course assignment late without prior contact with the instructor, then the
work may be subject to reduced credit or no credit, at the discretion of the instructor. See the Faculty Expectations discussion for additional
information.

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Grading

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Course requirements include the following major independent measures of learner competency.

Activity Weight Scoring Guide

1. Discussion Participation 40% Attributes and Evaluation of Discussion


Contributions.

2. Demonstration of Empirically Supported 60%


Counseling Procedures Components

u05a1: Counseling, Relationship Building, 20% Counseling, Relationship Building, Goals, Treatment
Goals, Treatment Planning Planning Scoring Guide.

u10a1: Demonstration of Empirically 40% Demonstration of Empirically Supported Counseling


Supported Counseling Procedures Procedures Project Description and Scoring Guide.

Total: 100%

Final Course Grade


A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
F = 69% and below

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Project Description

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Demonstration of Empirically Supported Counseling Procedures Project Description and Scoring


Guide

Overview
Your project in this course gives you an opportunity to demonstrate all the skills you have learned during the quarter and an opportunity to
justify your actions with a hypothetical client, based on empirical evidence from peer-reviewed journals. This project is a wonderful model for
what you will have to do over and over again in your career to best help the clients you will be serving. Doing this project well will help you
perform better in interviews for practica, internships, and jobs, and will help you understand what to do when you are counseling real clients.

For your final project, you will write a mock dialogue with a suicidal client. In the dialogue you will demonstrate basic counseling skills,
including reflective listening, empathy, and summarizing, as well as advanced skills like problem solving and goal setting. You will also need
to demonstrate your sensitivity to the diversity characteristics of your client. Once you have agreed on a safety plan with your client, you will
go on to develop goals and a treatment plan for future therapy sessions in collaboration with your client.

The dialogue portion of your project should be approximately half of the total length of your final paper. The rest of the paper should explain
why you did what you did in the session based on empirical evidence from at least 20 references. Be sure to read the grading criteria in the
rubric associated with this assignment carefully, and cover all aspects of the grading criteria in your project to earn the grade you desire.

The first component of the project will be due in Unit 5 and should include most aspects of the final project. The major exceptions are a
discussion of ethics and diversity, and the suicide assessment and intervention. Be sure to include these additional elements in the final
component of the project, which is due in Unit 10.

Project Objectives
To successfully complete this project, you will be expected to:

1. Apply basic counseling skills and therapeutic relationship-building skills and procedures.
2. Apply advanced counseling and assessment skills.
3. Plan appropriate interventions that are consistent with counseling theory and evidence-based practice.
4. Apply ethics and diversity theories and principles to counseling skills and procedures.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate intervention strategies for a suicidal client.
6. Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological
professions.

Project Components
Project Component Course Grade Weight Unit Due

Counseling, Relationship Building, Goals, Treatment Planning 20% Unit 5

Demonstration of Empirically Supported Counseling Procedures 40% Unit 10

Total: 60%  

Project Requirements
To achieve a successful project experience and outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements.

Written communication: Content should be free of errors that detract from the overall written message.
APA formatting: Resources and citations should be formatted according to APA 6th edition style and formatting guidelines.
References: A minimum of 20 resources or references. Text and additional course materials should be used to support assignments.
You may use outside references if you desire, but they are not required.
Number of responses: All required example responses and rationales are provided for each assignment.
Length of paper: 18 typed double-spaced pages.
Font and font size: Arial, 12 point.

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Demonstration of Empirically Supported Counseling Procedures Grading Criteria


Criteria Non-performance Basic Proficient Distinguished

Fails to apply basic Minimally applies Applies basic counseling Substantially applies
counseling skills counseling skills and skills including reflective basic counseling skills
Apply basic counseling
including reflective some reflective listening, listening, empathy, including reflective
skills including
listening, empathy, empathy, summarizing, summarizing, and listening, empathy,
reflective listening,
summarizing, and therapeutic therapeutic relationship- summarizing, and
empathy, summarizing,
therapeutic relationship- relationship-building building skills and therapeutic relationship-
and therapeutic
building skills and skills and procedures. procedures. building skills and
relationship-building
procedures. procedures, and
skills and procedures.
provides additional
16 %
details and strong
supporting evidence.

Fails to apply advanced Minimally applies some Applies advanced Substantially applies
Apply advanced counseling and counseling and counseling and advanced counseling
counseling and assessment skills. assessment skills. assessment skills. and assessment skills
assessment skills. and provides additional
16 % details and strong
supporting evidence.

Fails to plan appropriate Minimally plans some Plans appropriate Substantially plans
Plan appropriate interventions that are interventions that interventions that are appropriate interventions
interventions that are consistent with incorporate basic consistent with that are consistent with
consistent with counseling theory and counseling theory and counseling theory and counseling theory and
counseling theory and evidence-based evidence-based evidence-based evidence-based
evidence-based practice. practice. practice. practice, and provides
practice. additional details and
17 % strong supporting
evidence.

Fails to apply ethics and Minimally applies some Applies ethics and Substantially applies
Apply ethics and diversity theories and ethics and diversity diversity theories and ethics and diversity
diversity theories and principles to counseling theories and principles principles to counseling theories and principles
principles to skills and procedures. to counseling skills and skills and procedures. to counseling skills and
counseling skills and procedures. procedures, and
procedures. provides additional
17 % details and strong
supporting evidence.

Fails to demonstrate Minimally demonstrates Demonstrates Demonstrates


Demonstrate knowledge of some knowledge of knowledge of substantial knowledge of
knowledge of appropriate intervention intervention strategies appropriate intervention appropriate intervention
appropriate strategies for a suicidal for a suicidal client. strategies for a suicidal strategies for a suicidal
intervention strategies client. client. client, and provides
for a suicidal client. additional details and
17 % strong supporting
evidence.

Fails to communicate in Communicates in a Communicates in a Consistently


a manner that is basic manner that is manner that is scholarly, communicates in a
scholarly, professional, somewhat consistent professional, and manner that is scholarly,
and consistent with with expectations for consistent with professional, and
expectations for members of the expectations for consistent with
Communicate in a
members of the psychological members of the expectations for
manner that is
psychological professions. psychological members of the
scholarly, professional,
professions. professions. psychological
and consistent with
professions; consistently
expectations for
applies effective
members of the
academic writing and
psychological

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communication skills;
professions.
consistently uses
17 %
appropriate spelling,
grammar, punctuation,
and mechanics; and
consistently applies APA
style and formatting.

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Course Materials

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Required
The materials listed below are required to complete the learning activities and projects in this course. Unless noted otherwise, the books,
software, and coursepacks are available for purchase from the Capella University Virtual Bookstore. To purchase these texts, visit the
bookstore and select your school and course ID.

Books
Cormier, S., & Hackney, H. (2012). Counseling strategies and interventions (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN:
9780137070183.

Web Sites
Please note that URLs change frequently. While the URLs were current when this course was designed, some may no longer be valid. If you
cannot access a specific link, contact your instructor for an alternative URL. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or
deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.

American Psychological Association.

Optional
The following optional materials are offered to provide you with a better understanding of the topics in this course. These materials are not
required to complete the course.

Optional Books
Use ebrary and netLibrary to see if the library has access to the full text of a book. If the full text is not available, try using Interlibrary Loan to
obtain a copy. You will receive interlibrary loan books in 7–10 business days. Ask a Librarian for assistance.

Wedding, D., & Corsini, R. (Eds.) (2013). Current psychotherapies (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. ISBN: 9781285083711.

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Course Outline

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Unit 1 – The Counseling Relationship


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Apply basic counseling skills and therapeutic relationship building skills and procedures.
2. Accurately reflect both content and feeling of client messages.
3. Demonstrate the ability to establish a working alliance with a client through mutual goal setting and choice of therapeutic
methodology.

Unit 2 – Attending to Clients


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Apply basic counseling skills and therapeutic relationship building skills and procedures.
2. Critically and correctly analyze psychological concepts, theories, and materials via written communication.
3. Communicate in written presentations that are concise, balanced, and logically organized.
4. Apply ways to attend to clients and to communicate attentiveness.

Unit 3 – Communication Patterns: Culture and Gender


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Apply advanced counseling and assessment skills.


2. Apply advanced counseling skills including probing, summarizing, challenging, and assessing readiness to change.
3. Plan interventions that are culturally sensitive as well as sensitive to other diversity.

Unit 4 – The First Interview


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Plan appropriate interventions that are consistent with counseling theory and evidence-based practice.
2. Develop appropriate and achievable goals with the client.
3. Write an appropriate treatment plan that incorporates goals and steps toward the goals.

Unit 5 – Responding to Cognitive and Affective Content


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Apply basic counseling skills and therapeutic relationship building skills and procedures.
2. Accurately reflect both content and feeling of client messages.
3. Demonstrate the ability to establish a working alliance with a client through mutual goal setting and choice of therapeutic
methodology.
4. Plan appropriate interventions that are consistent with counseling theory and evidence-based practice.
5. Develop appropriate and achievable goals with the client.
6. Write an appropriate treatment plan that incorporates goals and steps toward the goals.

Unit 6 – Conceptualizing Issues and Setting Goals


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

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1. Develop appropriate and achievable goals with the client.


2. Accurately reflect both content and feeling of client messages when conceptualizing issues and setting goals.
3. Demonstrate the ability to establish a working alliance with a client through mutual goal setting and choice of therapeutic
methodology.

Unit 7 – Suicide Assessment and Intervention


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Apply advanced counseling and assessment skills.


2. Conduct a suicide assessment.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate intervention strategies for a suicidal client.
4. Plan appropriate interventions that are consistent with counseling theory and evidence-based practice.
5. Problem-solve and construct appropriate action plans with clients.

Unit 8 – Integrative Strategies and Treatment Planning


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Plan appropriate interventions that are consistent with counseling theory and evidence-based practice.
2. Develop appropriate integrative strategies and achievable treatment planning goals with the client.
3. Write an appropriate treatment plan that incorporates strategies, goals, and steps toward the goals.
4. Problem-solve, strategize, and construct appropriate treatment plans with clients.

Unit 9 – Ethical Challenges


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Apply ethics and diversity theories and principles to counseling skills and procedures.
2. Explain how to maintain professional boundaries consistent with the APA ethics code.
3. Apply the concept of limits of competence to a counseling situation.

Unit 10 – Professional Development


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Research counseling organizations and how they contribute to and enhance professional development.
2. Self-assess personal counseling skills and how these skills have improved.
3. Apply basic counseling skills and therapeutic relationship-building skills and procedures.
4. Apply advanced counseling and assessment skills.
5. Plan appropriate interventions that are consistent with counseling theory and evidence-based practice.
6. Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological
professions.
7. Apply ethics and diversity theories and principles to counseling skills and procedures.

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