CEDU 601 Counseling Theories and Techniques I

An introduction to the counseling process through the lens of humanistic, existential, gestalt, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Analysis of the philosophical, practical, and culturally-responsive aspects of each counseling theory are explored along with the specific skills and techniques employed. Special emphasis is placed on counselor self-awareness including an examination of personal characteristics, orientations, and skill development as they influence the helping process. Students are expected to demonstrate skills required to establish a therapeutic relationship, will begin to formulate a personal model of counseling, and will begin to examine the personal and professional identity of the counselor and how this affects the development of the therapeutic relationship.