Education | Proseminar in Counseling Psychology
G600 | 5804 | Dr. Chalmer Thompson


The pro-seminar is a two-semester course required of all entering
doctoral students.  In the current semester, the course provides an
examination of the major issues, trends, and themes in counseling
psychology.  This course examines the history and distinctiveness of
counseling psychology --- how it is set apart from the other applied
specialties in psychology like school, clinical, and
industrial/organizational psychology, and from other human services,
like social work and counseling.  In addition, this course examines
the commonalities shared by counseling psychology and other related
specialties.  It is expected that students will begin to develop a
philosophical stance on counseling psychology and a perspective on
themselves as emerging professionals in the field.

This course will also examines organizations that counseling
psychologists traditionally affiliate with and other socializing
forces that influence professional development (e.g., managed care,
proliferation of mental service professionals, increasing diversity of
client demography, social action demands).  On the other side of the
coin, we explore readings and discuss the implications of your
influence in the profession.  Parallels between the various movements
that influence counseling psychology specifically and professional
psychology in general will be made in terms of programmatic and
departmental changes that affect doctoral training and the
requirements for completing your degree.  Consequently, students will
become intimately acquainted with the procedures of the program and
involved in any ongoing changes to these procedures.  We believe that
this community-building aspect is essential to our doctoral program.

Lastly, and in the spirit of the scientist-practitioner model, this
course will foster students' research and practice interest by
encouraging focused reading in a range of areas students identify as
areas of research and practice interest.

Course Objectives:

1. To gain knowledge about the history and development of counseling
2. To investigate the scientist-practitioner model and its utility for
professional practice.
3. To investigate sustaining and emerging trends in practice and
research in counseling psychology, including career psychology,
multicultural psychotherapy, and therapy outcome and process.
4. To become familiar with topical "marketplace" trends in counseling
psychology, like managed care.
5. To examine ways to systemically influence people and groups, e.g.,
prevention and outreach interventions.
6. to become familiar with the requirements of the program and the
rationale for implementing or changing these requirements based on
critical examination

Required Textbook:

Brown, S.D., & Lent, R. W. (Eds.) (2000). Handbook of counseling
psychology (3rd ed).  New York:  John Wiley & Sons.

Students will also be required to read articles from The Counseling
Psychologist, Journal of Counseling Psychology, The APA Monitor, and
various documents related to requirements for the doctoral degree in
counseling psychology.

Course Requirements

Each student will be assigned a topic related to counseling psychology
based on his or her interest in research and practice.  The student
will make a 25-30 minute presentation in class as well as submit a
paper on the topic to the instructor.  Also, the student will provide
an annotated bibliography for his or her classmates.  This
presentation and paper will be based on one of the Major Contribution
sets of articles published in The Counseling Psychologist in the past
5 years (a menu of issues from which to select is forthcoming).  The
paper will provide a review of the sets of articles and, importantly,
present the student's initial thinking on ways to continue a line of
research.  The summary of the readings should be about 5 pages in
length.  The portion of the paper that centers on expanding the line
of research --- notably, ideas on developing a program of research
that can begin at the early inquiry and/or dissertation stages   ---
should be about 3 pages in length.  Other sources can be used to
develop this later portion of the paper.  APA format is assumed.

Grading Procedure

A criterion-referenced grading procedure will be used.  Each student
has the opportunity to do well through maximal participation and high
level performance.