COUN 5350: Professional Orientation and Ethics
Instructor: Dr. John L. Garcia Classroom: AV 123
Phone: (512) 716-4553 Office: AV 464Z
E-ma il: email@example.com Office Hours: Th 3–5:30 pm or
An introduction to the counseling profession as practiced in a variety of clinical and human service settings. Emphasis is placed on the philosophical and psychological foundations of mental health counseling, personal/professional traits and skills of effective counselors, professional ethics, licensure, credentialing and professional regulation, and contemporary professional issues.
Prerequisites: Official admission to the CLAS Professional Counseling Program
Methods of Instruction:
Lecture, discussion, writing of autobiography, and TRACS Discussion Board.
Neukrug, E. (2003). The world of the counselor. (2 Ed.). Pacific Grove,
Neukrug, E. (2003). Experiencing the world of the counselor. (2 Ed.).
Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
The professor will provide a number of articles and handouts. Most will be made available via Blackboard. If you are not familiar with Blackboard and need some assistance, see professor.
Total attendance and participation. Deduct 5 points for the first absence from the total score. Deduct 8 points for the second absence. Three absences will result in an automatic “F” for the course.
Write your autobiography. This story of your life is to be no more than 25 pages in length, APA format (white paper, typewritten, stapled in upper left hand corner, no binder, etc.). The paper is to include: a genogram, a recognizable connection between your personal history and a calling for the counseling profession. Photographs are encouraged, but are not to be considered as contributing to the length of the paper. The professor cannot ensure the safekeeping of valuable photos, so copies are suggested. The instructor will maintain the privacy of the submitted document and will abide by the established precepts of confidentiality for written student assignments.
Complete successfully two (2) written examinations as scheduled. See calendar below.
Compliance with all applicable criteria of the CLAS Professional Performance Evaluation (PPE, revised 2005).
An active Texas State e-mail account.
Evaluation and Procedures
Autobiography 100 points
Two (2) written, objective-format examinations
@ 50 points each 100 points
∑ 200 points
GRADING SCALE: 200 – 180 A 179 – 160 B 159 – 140 C
Below “C” Course Must Be Repeated. Absences are deducted from total points earned. The student may be withdrawn from the class for non-compliance with the CLAS Professional Counselor Evaluation criteria (attached). See Student Handbook for Faculty Review procedures.
Tentative Course Schedule:
Note : The professor reserves the right to make alterations in the calendar necessary to facilitate the delivery of the course.
DATE TOPIC READING
Jan 19 A Working Definition of Counseling Ch 1
26 Roots of Social Change and Activism 2; handout(s)
Feb 02 Is Counseling A Profession? handouts)
09 Who Goest There? handout(s)
16 Models of Helping and Coping 4,6,7,8,17,18; handout(s)
23 Why Counseling and Why Now? 9
Mar 02 When Helping Starts to Hurt handout(s)
Mar 09 MID- TERM EXAM
12 – 19 SPRING BREAK
23 Ethics: Where Personal Becomes Public 3; handouts
30 The Categorical Imperative (Kant) handouts
Apr 06 ACA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice handouts
13 Therapeutic Failures handouts
20 ACA Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice handouts
27 Resolving Ethical Dilemmas handouts
May 04 FI NAL EXAM
Texas State University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities. This university will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to register with Disability Support Services and to contact the faculty member in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.
Please, no cell phones or other disruptive devices in this classroom.