Education | Practicum in Counseling
G524 | 5416 | Thompson
Indiana University: Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
G524 Practicum in Counseling and G624 Advanced Practicum in Counseling
Chalmer Thompson, Instructor
Office: Rm. 4024, e-mail: chathomp
Office hours: Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. (please schedule appointments)
This purpose of this combined course is to provide instruction and
supervision for students at the master=s degree level in counseling (G524)
and at the doctoral degree level (G624) in counseling psychology. While the
majority of class time will be spent on formal lecture and discussing and
reviewing tapes of clients, students are also expected to be prepared to
discuss assigned readings and prepare formal case presentations. This
course is designed to prepare students to work with clients in an agency
setting and to help equip them with the skills necessary for fulfilling
their role as future counselors or psychologists.
This combined course is tailored to the specific needs of all students
enrolled in the course. Hence, G624 students who have already completed
the G524 course will receive instruction that will complement their learning
without repetition. Topics covered in this course include biopsychosocial
assessment, developing case conceptualization of clients, ethics,
psychopharmocology, sociocultural issues related to client mental health and
treatment, counselor-client dynamics, interpersonal approaches to counseling
and psychotherapy, and the development of appropriate treatment plans.
American Psychiatric Association (1994). DSM-IV, 4th edition. Washington,
DC: American Psychiatric Association.
READER: A compilation of readings will also be used for this course and
available at the Reserve Desk of the School of Education Library.
1. Principles of conducting an intake interview, a mental status
evaluation, a biological, psychological, and social history, a mental health
history, and a psychological assessment for treatment planning and managing
2. Application of modalities for initiating, maintaining, and
terminating counseling and psychotherapy with mentally and emotionally
impaired clients, including the utilization of crisis intervention, brief,
intermediate, and long-term approaches;
3. Basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of
commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for the purpose of
making appropriate referrals for medication evaluations and identifying
effects and side effects for such medications;
4. Specific principles and models of biological, psychological, and
social assessments, case conceptualization, and theories of human
development and concepts of psychopathology leading to diagnoses and
appropriate treatment plans
During the course of the practicum, you are expected to:
1. Be on site 15-20 hours per week.
2. Attend the practicum seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday
of each week and to arrive on time.
3. Maintain a practice of keeping up-to-date chart/case notes, completing
treatment plans in a timely manner (no later than after 5-6 sessions with
the client), and performing other administrative duties required of your
4. Seek out individual supervision sessions from the instructor or from
doctoral supervisors, either by the request of the supervisors, or as
5. Demonstrate proficiency in counseling techniques via expressing
self-awareness (e.g., limitations, Ablind spots,@ strengths) and by
effectively establishing a relationship with your client.
6. Demonstrate responsivity to such issues as age, race, culture, and
gender in the context of the counseling relationship.
7. Read assigned material and complete selected assignments.
8. Prepare and present two formal case presentations. Along with the
information typically included in these presentations, you are to begin with
some narrative on your framework for conceptualizing clients. This
framework should be general (i.e., your personal theory), relating to how
you view: (a) human nature, (b) why people change or fail to change, (c)
the role of the therapist, and (d) the counseling relationship. In addition
to this personal theory, you are expected to discuss how the factors of
age, race, culture, and gender relate to the counseling relationship in
general, and to your case in particular. In other words, you are to provide
some discussion on how these factors influence your personal theory and your
relationship with the client. The categories used for this case
presentations are as follows:
I. Personal theory of counseling (a-d above)
II. How the Factors of Age, Race, Culture, and Gender (include others if
you like) Influence Your Personal Theory and the Counseling Relationship (in
general and with respect to the client described in the case)
III. Description of the client
IV. Presenting problem
V. Case Conceptualization
VI. Theoretical Approach(es) Used
VII. Current Status and Treatment Plan
The second formal case will comprise of any revision of your original
personal theory of counseling.
The first formal case presentations will occur on February 25 ; the second
round will occur on the last day of class (April 29). Presentations should
be handed in to the instructor on the day of the presentations. All
presentations should be reported on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and typed. Class will
not meet on April 15.
There will be a penalty for late papers (one grade less than earned).
EVALUATION AND GRADING SUMMARY
Counseling performance, class attendance and participation ( includes work
with clients and attending to supervision, discussion of cases and readings,
presenting tapes and assignments) (40 points).
Maintaining administrative duties at site (record-keeping, showing up for
appointments, attendance at supervision) (30 points).
Oral and written case presentation I (15 points).
Oral and written case presentation II (15 points).