Education | Advanced Theories of Counseling
G622 | 5436 | Ridley
G622: Advanced Theories of Counseling
Charles R. Ridley, Ph.D.
The purpose of this course is to provide students an in-depth
examination of various theoretical orientations to counseling and
psychotherapy. The course deviates in several ways from the standard
treatment of theories of counseling and psychotherapy which one encounters
in most textbooks or undergraduate and master's level courses on the
subject. First, the course encourages critical thinking about theory, that
is, the analysis of hypotheses, propositions and philosophical
underpinnings. Second, the course emphases empirical research and the
scientific basis of theories. Third, skill building is not a major focus.
While the translation of theory into practice is admittedly important, the
practice component of the theory-research-practice triad is emphasized in
other parts of the curriculum. In short, this course seeks to teach
students to examine theories critically and scientifically.
More specific objectives include the following:
1. To promote an understanding of the function of theory in clinical
practice and research.
2. To critique counseling theories in light of competing theories and
3. To encourage reading in primary source material.
4. To develop the ability to generate researchable questions on
counseling theory, process and outcome.
5. To become acquainted with the important questions, issues, and
controversies among theories.
6. To begin to develop a personal orientation to psychological
7. To explore other theoretical perspectives that are not theory
The class will meet weekly (Thursday, 9:05 - 11:50) for lecture and
discussion. The instructor will assume responsibility for most of the
lectures, except the last several class sessions which will consist of
Dobson, K. S. (Ed.) (1988). Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies. New
York: The Guildford
Freud, S. (1969). An Outline of Psycho-Analysis (Revised Ed.). New York:
W. W. Norton &
Holland, J. & Skinner, B. F. (1961). The Analysis of Behavior: A Program
New York: McGraw-Hill.
Rogers, C. R. (1961). On Becoming a Person. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.
* Additional required readings are listed in Appendix B.
1. Midterm Examination (March 10, 1994) l00
2. Theory Paper and Presentation (due April 28, 1994) 100
3. Personal Theory Paper (due May 2, 1994) 100
TOTAL POSSIBLE 300
* Class Attendance and Participation are implicit course requirements. If,
in the opinion of the instructor, a student falls short on these criteria,
the student's overall grade may be reduced. You are to completely read all
of the required readings in Appendix B. Failure to do so results in an
automatic one half grade reduction. Submit a written statement on May 2,
1994, certifying that you have completed the readings in Appendix B.
A+ 99 - 100%
A 93 - 98 %
A- 90 - 92 %
B+ 85 - 89 %
B 80 - 84 %
C 75 - 79 %
F Below 75%