Counseling Theories, Methods and Techniques - COUN 8302

Format: Online

Duration: 14 weeks

Credit: 3

Professional counseling is built on a foundation of classical and current theories, methods and techniques. This class examines them more closely to help you develop your own personal style of counseling based on your beliefs, values, interests and attitudes. Your own theory and style of counseling will continuously evolve as you gain experience and maturity.

This course will also cover the history of the counseling profession and present an overview of counseling organizations, licensure, certification and accreditation.

Course Highlights

  • Explore the major types of therapy, including Freudian and Gestalt
  • Develop your understanding of the integration of counseling and therapy

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics for COUN 8302 are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • The Counselor: Person and Professional
  • Becoming an Ethical Practitioner
  • It All Started with Dr. Freud!
  • Calling Dr. Adler! Calling Dr. Frank!
  • The Real Mr. Rogers!
  • An Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
  • Being on Our Best Behavior – Thinking it Through!
  • You Are What You Think!
  • Get a Grip on Reality
  • Empowerment Through Feminist Theory
  • Post-Modern Approaches
  • Family Systems
  • Counseling Theories Paper
  • The Integrative Perspective

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of COUN 8302 students will be able to:

  • Describe the history of the counseling profession.
  • Identify professional counseling organizations, licensure, certification and accreditation.
  • Illustrate the process of development of professional counselor identity.
  • Articulate a variety of validated counseling theories and therapeutic approaches.
  • Articulate personal attitudes and values related to counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Explain the developmental nature of the counseling process and experiential knowledge of the tasks associated with each counseling stage.

Get Started

To learn more about this course or others in the online Master of Education in School Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.