Intermediate Methods in Counseling Adolescents
Instructor: Gail K. Roaten, Ph.D., LPC, CSC Classroom: ED 1024
Phone: 512-245-6576 Meets: T 6:30 – 9:15 pm
E-mail: email@example.com Office: Ed. Bldg. # 4027
Office Hours: T & Th 3 – 6 pm;
or by appointment
Course Description :
This course will provide an overview of the physical, social, psychological, and behavioral characteristics of the adolescent in the context of the family. Emphasis will be placed on counseling interventions utilizing current research.
*Special Note : This is an intermediate techniques/methods course. As such, each student will have a Professional Counseling Performance Evaluation completed. A student cannot receive below “meets criteria” on any item scored and pass the course.
As an intermediate technique/methods course, there is a minimum skill level which must be attained in order to meet this criteria. Many students benefit from a second semester of an intermediate methods/techniques course. This should not be perceived as unusual or atypical.
By completion of the course the successful student will:
Methods of Instruction
This course will be taught using both didactic and experiential methods to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and skills to counsel adolescents. Developmental concerns and issues of adolescents (physical, intellectual, emotional, social) will be addressed and discussed. A variety of theory-based strategies and techniques (based on current research) aimed at meeting the unique needs of adolescents will be taught and practiced. A minimal skill level must be demonstrated by the student.
Required Texts :
Carlson, J., & Lewis, J., Eds. (2007). Counseling the Adolescent: Individual, Family, and School Interventions, 5 th Ed. Denver, CO: Love Publishing Co.
McWhirter, J.J, McWhirter, B.T., McWhirter, E.H., & McWhirter, R.J. (2007). At-Risk Youth: A comprehensive Response for Counselors, Teachers, Psychologists, and Human Service Professionals, 4 th Ed. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole~Thompson Learning.
Hitchner, K., & Tifft-Hitchner, A. (1996). Counseling Today’s Secondary Students: Practical Strategies, Techniques, & Materials for the School Counselor. San Franciso, CA: Jossey-Bass
Metcalf, L. (1995). Counseling Toward Solutions: A Practical Solution-Focused Program for Working with Students, Teachers, and Parents. West Nyack, NY: The Center for Applied Research in Education.
Prout, H.T., & Brown, D.T., Eds. (1999). Counseling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: Theory and Practice for School and Clinical Settings, 3 rd. Ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Rapp-Paglicci, L.A., Dulmus, C. N., & Wodarski, J.S., Eds. (2004). Handbook of Preventative Interventions for Children and Adolescents. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
Vernon, A., Ed. (2004). Counseling Children and Adolescents, 3 rd Ed. Denver, CO: Love Publishing Co.
Student liability insurance MUST BE received before you may see a client in this course. Please provide a copy of the face page of your liability insurance policy, making sure it notes your name, company name, and coverage period.
Each student will select an theoretically-based intervention that is appropriate for use with developmental issues of adolescence and present a 10-15 minute presentation in class (see sign-up sheet for topics & dates)
Turn in completed client file:
* May be at the beginning of the next class, but prior to seeing client again
1. Out-of-class preparation & in-class participation
2. Clinical Experience INCLUDING Professional Counseling Performance Evaluation
3. Class presentation
4. Client file (Final Project)
This course is CR/credit or F/no credit. Class attendance and participation are mandatory, and you must have accomplished the entire clinical experience component of the course
Tentative Course Schedule:
Aug. 29 Developmental Theories and Practical Application; The Culture of Adolescence
Carlson & Lewis, Chpt. 1
Sept. 5 The Individual Counseling Process; Relationship and Counseling Basics
Sept. 12 At-Risk Youth: Facts, Causes, & Individual Characteristics of High & Low Risk Youth; Fostering Resiliency in Adolescents
McWhirter, Chpt. 1-2, 5
Carlson & Lewis, Chpt. 5
Sept. 19 Counseling Theories and Related Strategies/Techniques for Counseling Adolescents (Cognitive, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, REBT, Adlerian); “Best Practices” for specific issues
McWhirter, Chpts. 12-13
Sept. 26 Counseling Theories and Related Strategies/Techniques for Counseling Adolescents (Brief and Solution-Focused, Reality Therapy, Psychoanalytic, Systems); “Best Practices” for specific issues
McWhirter, Chpts. 12-13
Oct. 3 Using Innovative & Expressive Techniques with Adolescents (Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Music, Games, Journaling, Bibliotherapy, etc.);
Oct. 10 Family: A Systemic Perspective; Family Problems & Interventions
Case Conceptualization & Treatment Plans
McWhirter, Chpts. 3, 15; Carlson & Lewis, Chpts. 20, 22
Tape 1 Due
Oct. 17 Depression, Suicide, and Suicide Prevention in Adolescents
McWhirter, Chpt. 11; Carlson & Lewis, Chpts. 6-7
Case Conceptualization & Treatment Plan Due
Oct. 24 In-Class Staffing of Tape 1; Counseling Session/Videotape 2
Ethical & Legal Issues in Working with Adolescents
Oct. 31 In-Class Staffing of Tape 2; Counseling Session/Videotape 3
Nov. 7 In-Class Staffing of Tape 3 ; Counseling Session/Videotape 4
Nov. 14 In-Class Staffing of Tape 4 ; Counseling Session/Videotape 5
Nov. 21 In-Class Staffing of Tape 5;Counseling Session/Videotape 6
Nov. 28 In-Class Staffing of Tape 6
Dec. 5 Final Projects Due
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, guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal 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.