Theories of Counseling and Personality
Instructor: John Beckenbach, ED Office: ED 4020
Phone: 512-245-3758 Office Hours: M & W 2 – 5
This course surveys systematically derived theories of counseling and personality from their origins in social discourse, philosophy, and psychology to the present time. Each theorist is presented biographically and the theory considered with regard to its clinical, cultural and ethical relevance and application to diverse populations.
Prerequisites: COUN 5350 preferred
1. Students will be able to describe the general assumptions and tenets of the major theories of counseling and personality development. (CACREP IIK: 3a; 5c)
2. Students will be able to identify the general process of therapy associated with each major theory. (CACREP IIK: 5b; 5c)
3. Students will be able to state the historical origin of the major counseling and personality theories. (CACREP IIK: 1a; 3a; 5c)
4. Students will be knowledgeable of profession ethical principles and standards. (CACREP IIK: 1h; 5g)
5. Students will be able to articulate the role of counselor/therapist within the mental health field. (CACREP IIK: 1b)
6. Students will gain an understanding of counseling theory in a multicultural context. (CACREP IIK: 2c, 5a)
7. Student will be able to identify their own counseling theory of choice and gain an understanding of the impact of their own values have on the counseling process. (CACREP IIK: 5a; 5c)
Methods of Instruction:
Students may expect lectures, student class presentations, class discussions, guest speakers, role-playing, and small group work and video presentations.
Corsini, R.J., & Wedding, D. (2005). Current psychotherapies. (7th ed.) Brooks/Cole: Belmont, CA.
Selected Readings to be handed out through the course.
1. Daily Readings:
The reading assignments form the basis for class lectures, discussions, and tests. There will be a reading assignment from the text and/or handouts for each day. Additionally, there will be a weekly quiz covering the text reading assignment for the week.
2. Term Paper:
Character review: The requirements are 10 to 15 pages, typed, double spaced, and written in APA style. You will be expected to have at least 6 journal citations, and 3 book citations. You will complete a review of a main character from a film to be decided on in class. This will include a case conceptualization that includes a hypothetical explanation of the nature of the pathology noted from a theoretical framework of your choice. This will include treatment considerations.
Papers are expected to be written in APA style. Although quality of the content will be weighed most heavily, papers are expected to have correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Papers need to be typed, double-spaced, and stapled. All assignments are due by the start of the class period designated. Papers are considered late if not received at the beginning of class on the date given. NOTE: NO late work will be accepted without approval of the instructor. Approved late work will lose 10% per class period late of the total points for that assignment.
There will be 2 quizzes consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions. The quizzes will be worth 25 points each.
There will be a mid-term and final examination for this course. The exam will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. The exams will focus on readings, lectures, and class discussions.
1. Mid-term 100 pts.
2. Final examination 100 pts.
3. Quiz 25 x 2 50 pts.
4. Term Paper 100 pts.
300 pts. Total
F=70 and Below
A = OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: An A represents a professional judgment that the performance of a student is truly superior.
B = FULLY SATIFACTORY ACHIEVMENT: A B represents a professional judgment that the performance of a student thoroughly satisfied the criteria established for awarding graduate credit. It will usually be the modal (most frequent) grade awarded in a graduate level course.
C = MARGINAL ACHIEVEMENT: A C represents a professional judgment that the performance of a student minimally satisfied the criteria for awarding graduate credit.
D & F = UNSATIFACTORY ACHIEVEMENT: A D and F represent professional judgments that the performance of a student was insufficient to satisfy the criteria for awarding graduate credit.
Good academic work must be based on honesty. The attempt of any student to present as his or her own work that which he or she has not produced is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense. Students are considered to have cheated if they copy the work of another during an examination or turn in a paper or an assignment written, in whole or part, by someone else. Students are guilty of plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy materials from books, magazines, or other sources without identifying and acknowledging them. Students guilty of, or assisting others in, either cheating or plagiarism on an assignment, quiz, or examination may receive a grade of F for the course involved and may be suspended or dismissed from the university.
Tentative Course Schedule:
DATE TOPIC READINGS
Psychoanalysis TEXT CH. 2
09/04 Labor Day – No Class
09/11 Jungian Analytical Theory TEXT CH. 4
09/18 Object Relations HANDOUT
09/25 Quiz 1
Adlerian Therapy/Individual Psychology TEXT CH. 3
10/02 Person Centered Theory TEXT CH. 5
10/09 Gestalt TEXT CH. 10
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) TEXT CH. 6
10/23 Existential Theory TEXT CH. 14
Viktor Frankle HANDOUT
10/30 Behaviorism TEXT CH. 7
11/06 Reality HANDOUT
11/13 Quiz 2
Cognitive TEXT CH. 8
11/20 Family/Communication TEXT CH. 12
11/27 Solution Focused Brief Therapy HANDOUT
12/04 Wrap up
12/11 Final Examination
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