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Counseling Psychology: Course Outline(APsy-422)

Counseling Psychology is a specialty within professional psychology that maintains a focus on facilitating personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span. The specialty pays particular attention to emotional, social, vocational, educational.

Course Outline


Defining counseling

Goals of counseling

Distinction between guidance, counseling and  psychotherapy

On becoming a counselor                                                              

Characteristics of effective counselors

Roles and responsibilities of counselors

Building Counseling relationship                                                                                    

Definition and description of therapeutic relationship

Factors influencing counseling process: structure, initiative, physical setting, client qualities

Counseling relationship: the core conditions, genuineness, Unconditional positive regard, empathetic understanding, concreteness.            

Working in counseling relationship                                                                                   

Counselors skills in the understanding and action phases                                                           

Changing perceptions, leading, immediacy, multi focused responding, accurate empathy, self-disclosure, humor, Confrontation, transference and counter transference)

Termination of counseling relationship

Function of termination

The process of termination

Timing of termination

Issues of termination

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Ethical and legal aspects in counseling

Ethics , morality and law

Professional code of ethics and standards,

Making ethical decisions,

Clients rights and records

Assessment in counseling                                                                               

 Importance  and process of assessment                                                                                             

The assessment interviews ( essentials and techniques)

Types of interviews ( information oriented interviews, relationship oriented interviews, intake interview, case history interviews, crisis interview, diagnostic interview)

Mental status examination 

Use of test in counseling

Uses and purposes of tests in counseling

Intelligence tests,

personality tests,

aptitude tests, Achievement test,

Counseling techniques

Behavioral: Process and application ( techniques and procedures)

Person centered Counseling: Process and application ( techniques and procedures)

Cognitive Behavioral Counseling: Process and application ( techniques and procedures)

Existential Counseling: Process and application ( techniques and procedures)

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