Education | Proseminar in Counseling Psychology
G600 | 5953 | 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 examine 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).  We also examine readings
and discuss the implications of the student's influence on the shaping
of 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 learn about the history and development of counseling psychology

2.To investigate sustaining and emerging "content" trends in practice
and research in counseling psychology, including career psychology,
multicultural psychotherapy, and therapy outcome and process

3.To become familiar with "marketplace" trends in psychology and its
impact on counseling psychology and the reverse

4.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 APA Monitor,
American Psychologist, the Division 17 Newsletter, and various
websites, newsletters, or thematic journals from fields of study that
relate to psychology (e.g., anthropology, social work, racial/ethnic
studies, etc.).  These readings are related to the course assignment

NOTE:  The Handbook of Counseling Psychology will be used not only for
this course, but also for the G685 course, consequently, readings in
this thick volume will be distributed according to the respective aims
of the two courses.

Course Requirements

A number of issues are raging among many psychologists.  The first
assignment is to (1) investigate one of these "hot" contemporary
issues ("What precisely is the issue?"), (2) explore some of the
historical roots of the issue ("What mounting forces yielded the issue
as a hot issue?"), and (3) try to come up with a decision about how
counseling psychology has been dealing with the topic.

Students will present 3 times over the course of the semester on each
of the three areas (see Class Schedule below for assignment due
dates).  In addition to a 15-mintute presentation about the topic, the
student will prepare a brief paper consisting of about 5-7 pages for
the first two assignments, and a 10-12 page paper for the final
asssignment.  The first two presentations are worth 20 points each.
The final presentation is worth 25 points.  The first two papers are
worth 10 points each. The final paper is worth 15 points.  This is a
total of 100 points.  All papers should be written in accordance to
the latest edition of the  APA Publications Manual.

Each student is asked to choose one of the following topics that are
among those that

Prescription privileges
Managed care
Social justice perspectives to practice (can include issues of race,
war/conflict, sexual orientation, children's rights, social class,
"Received" versus non-traditional research methodologies
Culture and practice

Additional topics can be negotiated with the instructor

Students are asked to refer first to the APA Monitor or the American
Psychologist to investigate the issue, but NOT TO RELY SOLELY ON THEM.
It is VERY important that student refer to other sources, both
psychology-related and not, to get a broader view of the issue. It is
also very important to select non-mainstream sources in order to gain
information from voices that may traditionally be silenced or omitted
from the discourse.  The instructor will be available to provide
suggestions for resources.


Sept. 2	LABOR DAY; no class meeting
Reading for next (first) class session:  Chapter 1  Handbook

Sept. 9	Welcome and Overview of Semester
Lecture on systems theory
History of counseling psychology

Sept. 16 Meet the faculty:  Jeffrey Daniels and Edward Delgado-Romero
Reading for next class:  Chapters 2 and 4

Sept. 23 Ethical issues in counseling psychology, scientific training
and scholarly productivity
The Method to the Madness:  Doctoral Requirements:  practica, research
requirements, coursework, and the qualifying examination


Oct. 7 Meet the faculty:  Michael Tracy and Chalmer Thompson
Reading for next week:  Chapters 8 and 9		

Oct. 14	Advances in vocational psychology, Development of academic
achievement in school-aged children
More on Doctoral Requirements:  The internship and dissertation
Reading for next week:  Chapters 11 and 12

Oct. 21	Gender and sexuality in human development; Role of race and
social class in human development

Oct. 28 Meet the faculty:  Susan Whiston and Charles Ridley

Readings for next week:  Chapters 13 and 14

Nov. 11	Prevention with school-age youth; school-to-work transition
Reading for next week:  Chapters 15, 16, and 17	

Nov. 18	Prevention and development in the workplace; counseling older
adults; health promotion and disease prevention

Nov. 25	Meet the faculty:  Thomas Sexton and Rex Stockton
Reading for next week:  Chapters 18, 19, and 20

Dec. 2	Advances in theories of change; gender issues in counseling;
and models of multicultural counseling