BHAV 450: Advanced Counseling Techniques

Credits 5
Quarter Offered

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the major contemporary theories of counseling, as well as their implications for practice. Core topics such as historical background, key concepts, the counseling process, counseling techniques and procedures, multicultural perspectives, and evaluation are examined for each theory. Students are given the opportunity to conceptualize selected case studies, decide on appropriate counseling interventions, and practice a variety of techniques that are commonly used in counseling practice. This class may include students from multiple sections.

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Behavioral Healthcare BAS Program Admittance

  1. Define, implement, and practice major theoretical models of counseling and rapport building
  2. Explain a systems approach to conceptualizing clients cases
  3. Apply basic therapeutic techniques used by each theoretical approach during in-class demonstrations
  4. Describe the multicultural and diversity effectiveness of each theory
  5. Evaluate and demonstrate the appropriate use of techniques associated with selected alternative and emerging therapies
  6. Demonstrate skills of referral and advocacy
  7. Identify issues specific to various social and cultural groups, including those based on gender race, ethnicity, social class, and ability
  8. Demonstrate the ability to assess for difficulties in the areas of addictive behavior, depression, suicidality and/ or homicidal and violent behavior
  9. Evaluate the emerging role of technology-based counseling
  10. Participate in facilitating groups
  11. Define and describe dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  12. Analyze major theories of human development
  13. Explore evidence-based modalities of treatment
  14. Apply the theory of Motivational Interviewing