This introductory counseling skills course introduces students to fundamental helping skills. Students will develop a range of basic communication patterns to facilitate a healthy therapeutic relationship between counselor and client. Students learn counseling and communication skills such as, attending behaviors, eliciting, structuring, and summarizing.
This graduate course is 6 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below. Students may complete a maximum of four (4) graduate level courses from the available counseling course selection.
Students residing in Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, or New Hampshire and individuals who live outside the United States are not eligible to enroll in this course.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
- Describe the therapeutic use of communication skills.
- Differentiate between effective and ineffective communication skills in a counseling session.
- Analyze the use of communication skills in a counseling demonstration.
- Demonstrate basic interviewing and attending skills through a counseling role-play.
- Determine the use of open- versus closed-ended questions in the counseling process.
- Develop open-ended questions to use in a counseling session.
- Demonstrate methods of rapport building in the development of the counseling relationship.
- Demonstrate the ability to reflect feelings through a counseling role-play.
- Determine difficulties experienced when reflecting feelings in a counseling session.
- Demonstrate counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence the counseling process.
- Assess strengths and areas for improvement in individual counseling skills.
- Develop a plan for improving individual counseling skills.
- Apply ethical crisis intervention techniques to a specific counseling scenario.
- Describe the role of professional boundaries in counseling.
- Analyze the role of cultural awareness in the counseling process.
- Examine the role of culture in individual development.
- Describe techniques for assessing a client’s unique cultural perspective.
- Synthesize a fictional counseling session as the counselor.
- Demonstrating counseling behaviors, strategies, and skills in a counseling session.
- Integrate self-assessment practices in the evaluation of individual counseling skills.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a graduate degree in counseling or related field (e.g. Psychology, school counseling, school psychology, gerontology counseling, rehabilitative counseling).
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.
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Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.
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