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Course Information
Course number Psychology III
Title of the course Counselling Psychology
Class Information
Days Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time 15:00 pm o 17:00 pm
Location of class meetings Main auditorium (Ground Floor)
Instructor Information
Name Mr. John Doe
Office location Room 74, Block B, Building 5
Contact information 0986-6547-765 (tel) and johndoe.university.edu. (email)
Office hours Schedule Monday to Friday (10:00 am to 17:00 pm)
Course Description
The course titled ‘Counselling Psychology’ focuses on the counselling area and its application
in the real-life setting. Some of the main topics that will be covered in the course include
counselling process that is adopted, impact of counselling on individuals, process adopted by
counsellors, and outcome of counselling. The value of counselling in the area of psychology
will be elaborated so that learners can understand how it can be of use in the health and social
domain. The learners will get an opportunity to familiarize with important concepts and
frameworks relating to counselling psychology. The Counselling Psychology course is worth 5
units. a
Course Objectives/ Learning Goals
The chief learning goal for the course is to expand the knowledge foundation of students on
counselling so that its relevance and significance in the psychology domain can be understood.
After the completion of the course, the learners will be able to:
Expand the knowledge of learners in counselling psychology so that they can learn of
diverse counselling techniques that can be adopted
Learners will learn a broad range of theoretical models and frameworks pertaining to the
relevance of different counselling methods for different psychological conditions
Students will get an opportunity to apply the learned counselling techniques so that
comprehensive help can be extended to individuals suffering from different kinds of
mental illnesses
Required Materials
The following materials will be required for the course:
A Short Introduction to Counselling Psychology
a Handbook of counselling psychology
Latest research papers on counselling psychology that is available in the online library of
the university
Course Schedule
The following 16-week semester schedule for the Counselling Psychology course gives an
insight into the topics that will be covered each week in the class.
Weeks
Topics /readings covered for the
week
Mode
Week 1
Introduction to Counselling
Psychology - Setting the context
PPT Presentation
Discussion in class
Week 2
Qualitative research in the area of
Counselling Psychology
PPT Presentation
Interactive video
Week 3
Quantitative research in the area of
Counselling Psychology
PPT Presentation
Interactive video
Week 4
Practice-based evidence pertaining
to Counselling Psychology
PPT Presentation
Discussion in class
Week 5
Perspectives on Practice
Cognitive Behavioral Paradigm
PPT Presentation
Class debate
Week 6
Perspectives on Practice
Humanistic Paradigm
PPT Presentation
Class debate
Week 7
Perspectives on Practice
Psychodynamic Paradigm
PPT Presentation
Class debate
Week 8
Perspectives on Practice
Constructivist Paradigm
PPT Presentation
Class debate
Week 9
Perspectives on Practice Systems
Paradigm
PPT Presentation
Class debate
Week 10
Feminist Approach to Counselling
Psychology
Video illustrations
Discussion on real-life cases
Week 11
Psychological Counselling of
young individuals and children a
PPT Presentation
Class debate
Discussion in class
Week 12
Psychological Counselling of
young adults
PPT Presentation
Class debate
Week 13
Counselling of elderly individuals
PPT Presentation
Class debate
Week 14
Role of counselling in the primary
health care setting a
PPT Presentation
Discussion in class
Week 15
Psychological therapy in group
settings
PPT Presentation
Discussion in class
Week 16
Ethical issues in Counselling
Psychology
PPT Presentation
Video illustrations
Grading Scale
The following grading scale will be followed for the course:
Grade
Marks
A
> 80 % in the course assignment, quizzes and projects
B
> 70 % in the course assignment, quizzes and projects
C
> 60 % in the course assignment, quizzes and projects
D
> 60 % in the course assignment, quizzes and projects
Classroom Policies
Attendance For the Counselling Psychology course minimum 80 % of attendance is required
for students. If the requirement is not fulfilled they will not be permitted to sit for the
examinations and assignments
Late work The assignments that are submitted after one week of the due date will receive a
deduction of 5 %. Assignments submitted after the period will not be accepted and the students
will be awarded zero for the lack of submission.
Classroom behavior/ expectations Students are expected to maintain proper decorum during
the teaching sessions. They must come to class well-prepared on the topic that will be covered
so that active participation and engagement will be possible.
Academic honesty All the students are required to comply with the academic integrity rules
of the university. In case any instance of malpractice or dishonesty is identified, then students
will have to face serious repercussions for the violations which could range from warning, fines,
to suspension. It is strictly advised to students to take part in the course in an honest and sincere
manner. a
Accommodations policy
In case any of the students suffer from any kind of disability then they need to submit the
necessary documentation. Based on the authenticity of the provided evidence and documents
they will be offered access to the necessary accommodations. In case students have any
concerns pertaining to disability discrimination, they can reach out to the Office of Equity and
Compliance.
List of all tests and assignments
In this Counselling psychology course, the following list of all tests and assignments will be
followed.
Short answer questions
Long answer questions
Mock tests
Multiple choice questions
Oral test
Assignment Descriptions section of the syllabus
Short answer questions:
A short answer questions test is conducted for students to develop their overall knowledge about
the topics. For instance, the questions can be like describe the ethical principles of counselling
or discuss the techniques and goals of the gestalt approach to counselling or describe avoidant
personality disorder etc. These questions will carry 5 points for each question and are limited to
3 to 5 sentences.
Long answer questions:
A long answer questions test is included where students have to write answers to score higher
grades. It provided an in-depth knowledge of the subject. Here, each question will carry 15
points, and the student has to write within 1000 to 1500 words. For example, describe all the
stages of psychoanalysis evolution. What is psychoanalytic therapy, and explain its techniques?
Define addictive behaviour and highlights the process of developing an addiction.
Multiple choice questions:
For the Counselling Psychology course, a multiple-choice question test is conducted where a
student has to tick one of the answers. It carries 1 point for each correct answer. For example,
1. Which approach is related to Freud?
a) Humanistic
b) Cognitive
c) Psychoanalytic
d) Behaviouristic
2. Which 1 is not the definition of psychotherapy?
a) Based on psychological theory
b) Medical treatment method
c) Trained professional
d) Psychological methods
MOCK test:
The mock test involves practising the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the students.
This test will be based on multiple choice questions. Here, each question will carry 1 mark. For
example,
1. Which technique is mostly used by a client-centred therapist?
a) Reflections
b) Giving advice
c) Analysis
d) Aversive conditioning
Oral Test:
An Oral test is conducted for the students. This test is an interaction between the instructor and
the students where an instructor asks questions, and the student answers in spoken form. In this
form of test, a student has to acquire sufficient knowledge of the subject to pass the test. This
test will be full of 20 points. For example,
1. How can you access the IQ of a client who is too young?
2. How can you differentiate between Therapeutic encounters and Social Interaction?
3. Explain the differences between medical status examination and history taking.
Overall, all the mentioned tests will cover the important readings or topics related to the week,
including an introduction to Counselling Psychology, Qualitative research in the area of
Counselling Psychology, Quantitative research in the area of Counselling Psychology,
Perspectives on Practice Cognitive Behavioral Paradigm, Humanistic Paradigm,
Psychodynamic Paradigm, Systems Paradigm, Constructivist Paradigm, Feminist Approach to
Counselling Psychology and many others. Thus, a student needs to be very attentive during the
class discussion and PPT Presentation.
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