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Class Preparation for PSY 459

Syllabus -- [PDF Download]

August 28 -- [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
Start with Link 1, followed by Link 2.  Be sure to take notes as to what counseling involves, what is related to effective counseling, what theoretical perspectives therapists should use, and so forth.

September 2 -- Labor Day -- Class Will Not Meet

September 4 -- [LINK]
The link takes you to a brief article on active listening skills, the foundation of good counseling/therapy.

September 9 -- [LINK]
Read through p. 51.   You may skip the section labeled "Study Guide," but consider some of the small exercises along the way.   In class we will practice the skills described in these two brief chapters.

September 11 -- [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
The first link provides a nice brief overview of the mental status exam.   Read up to where the article mentions suicide statistics (seemingly for no good reason).   The second link provides one clinician's outline for the mental status exam, along with some examples.

September 16 -- [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
These two links are to two pages at the same site.   Together they provide an overview of formal psychological assessment and testing.

September 18 -- Review for Exam 1   [LINK]
Read up to the section labeled "Reducing Misdiagnosis Due to Diagnostic Bias" (of course you're always free to read beyond).   As you tackle this article, focus on understanding what each form of potential bias looks like when it rears its head in a counseling relationship. Also, we will Review for Exam 2.

September 23 -- Exam 1

September 25 -- [LINK]
At this link, read the first two "sessions."   The term "session" has nothing to do with the counseling sessions, but appears to have to do with the training sessions in which this article is used.

September 30 -- [LINK]

October 2 -- [LINK]
Start with page 1, then jump down to the sections labeled "Session 2" and "Session 3."

October 7 -- [LINK 1]
Read up to the section labeled "Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Management."   Also, we will Review for Exam 2.

October 9 -- Review for Exam 2   [LINK]
This link takes you to a reading about termination, or ending a therapeutic relationship.

October 14 -- Exam 2

October 16 -- [LINK]
The reading provides an overview of psychoanalysis.   Focus on what the therapist does with a typical client, and why.   In other words, what are the assumptions about what causes clients' problems, and what the therapist needs to do to be helpful with those problems?

October 21 -- [LINK]
The readinig provides an overview of client-centered therapy.   Focus on what the therapist does with a typical client, and why.   In other words, what are the assumptions about what causes clients' problems, and what the therapist needs to do to be helpful with those problems?

October 23 -- [LINK]
Just like with the other approaches to therapy, focus on what the therapist does with a typical client, and why.   In other words, what are the assumptions about what causes clients' problems, and what the therapist needs to do to be helpful with those problems?

October 28 -- [LINK]
This is a large PDF to download, so it may take a minute.   Scroll down and start with p. 44-50.   Also include p. 53 as a nice overview of the primary forms of cognitive disortion and irrational belief that cause problems in peoples' lives.   There's plenty more in this online book if you're interested, but the assigned portion covers identifying the cognitive distortions assumed to be the problem by cognitive and cognitive-behavioral therapists.

October 30 -- [LINK]
Just like with the other approaches to therapy, focus on what the therapist does with a typical client, and why.   In other words, what are the assumptions about what causes clients' problems, and what the therapist needs to do to be helpful with those problems?

November 4 -- [LINK]
Ideally, read the first 13 pages on this article on Solution-Focused Therapy.  If pressed for time, read the first 8 pages.   Just like with the other approaches to therapy, focus on what the therapist does with a typical client, and why.   In other words, what are the assumptions about what causes clients' problems, and what the therapist needs to do to be helpful with those problems?

November 6 -- Review for Exam 3

November 11 -- Exam 3

November 13 -- [LINK 1]       [LINK 2]
Each link provides a brief overview as to what is entailed in group therapy.   Notice the similarities and differences in the two presentations.

November 18 -- [LINK]
This article is written for couples considering counseling.   I think it provides a nice introduction to the kinds of issues that couples often bring to counseling, and what they can expect from couples counseling.

November 20 -- [LINK 1]      [LINK 2]
The first link provides a general overview to family therapy, whereas the second link accomplishes the same with regard to play therapy.

November 25 -- [LINK]
So many psychology students today say they want to become forensic psychologists.   Here is a brief interview with someone who is indeed a forensic psychologist.  What aspects of this job description surprise you?

November 27 & December 2 -- [LINK]
There are a few primary professional organizations that encompass the various types of professional counselors.   Each has its own set of professional ethical principles, although they are quite similar.   This link takes you to the ethical principles of the American Counseling Association.   Familiarize yourself with page 4-6 (most of Section A). Some principles in the other sections also apply to the counseling relationship, so feel free to look around.   We'll be discussing the various ethical issues in class.

December 4 -- [LINK]

December 9 -- Final Exam at usual class time.

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