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PSY 508 Introduction to Counseling and Helping Skills

(First semester/3 credits) 

Designed to effect the acquisition of basic competency in interpersonal communication skills and introductory knowledge of the helping professions. The core dimensions of a model of the helping relationship and basic skills of attending and responding are presented in a systematic intensive training group experience. Readings and class discussions focus on client needs throughout the life span, counselor role and ethics, history and status of counseling as a profession and present and future work settings. (Due to the experiential nature of the course, grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.)