| Practicum in Counseling
G524 | 5233 | Jones
Instructor: Dr. Edlyn Jones
Phone: (812) 876-1448 (home)
(812) 876-0420 (work)
Emergency only: 322-5274
Office hours are available by appointment only. Appointments may be
scheduled by calling Dr. Jones at one of the numbers above or in person
following class meetings.
Moline, M.E., Williams, G.T., & Austin, K.M. (1998). Documenting
psychotherapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Additional readings, handouts, chapter excerpts, etc. will be assigned by
Objectives: The purpose of the course is for students to develop and
practice their skills in communication and counseling. Supervised
application of these skills with individual clients is a primary focus of
the course. Co-leading a group will be expected if sufficient groups are
available. Emphasis will be on relationship development and structuring and
conducting counseling sessions. Specifically, the objectives include:
Demonstrating a repertoire of appropriate counselor responses (e.g., minimal
and nonverbal responses, reflection, restatement, clarifications, immediacy,
confrontation, open-ended leads and statement probes, role-playing,
appropriate self-disclosure, summarizing, etc.) with individual clients,
group members, and/or families.
Learning to conceptualize client concerns, counselor-client interactions,
Learning to develop appropriate treatment plans, and to implement counseling
strategies for individual, group, and/or family counseling sessions.
Demonstrating ability to maintain client files in a professional manner.
Demonstrating ability to use supervision by faculty and peers, as well as
supervision, to critique counseling skills and strategies through
interactions in class,
individual goal setting, and competencies rating scales.
Learning to use appropriate consultation with outside resources (with
referral sources) to develop, implement, and follow-up treatment plans for
Attendance: Attendance for the full class time is required, and you are
expected to attend every scheduled class meeting. An excused absence
must be approved by the instructor in advance of class if at all possible.
In the event of an unavoidable absence such as severe illness, or death in
your immediate family, you must notify the instructor as soon as possible
after the missed class. Failure to attend all scheduled classes and/or to
obtain an excused absence from the instructor may result in lowering of your
Recordings Each session is to be videotaped in its entirety. Videotapes
may not leave the CHG area (refer to The Center for Human Growth Operating
Manual for guidelines regarding taping, etc.)
Your grade for this course will be based on your participation as a
counselor, observer, and class member. Verbal participation is as important
as written work. Written work will include the practicum journal, case
conceptualizations, and personal analysis paper(s), as well as documentation
in client files. There will be an individual assessment/evaluation of each
student at mid-term and again during Finals Week.
Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate skills in
developing a counseling relationship with their clients, client
conceptualization, counselor responses, goal setting, "treatment plan"
implementation, and termination.
Specifically, you will be evaluated in the following skill areas:
Developing theory-based conceptualizations of clients
Developing treatment plans based on client conceptualizations
Implementing treatment plans in counseling
Assessing client functioning in problem or growth areas
Establishing counseling relationship
Moving from relationship building to the working phase of counseling
Recognizing client resistance
Terminating counseling relationships
Remaining open to feedback from peers and supervisor(s)
Using supervision to further your skill development
Presenting case conceptualizations/case presentations to your peers
Providing constructive feedback to peers in class and after observing peers
Communicating with clients in a timely, professional manner
Completing required paperwork in a timely and professional manner
A grade of A means "excellent" and this grade will be given only to
those who display excellent skills and exemplary improvement over the course
of the semester. The grade of B means you have done "good work" and have
made demonstrable progress with your counseling skills (see skill areas
above). If you do not make progress or learn in response to the feedback
you receive in supervision, you will receive a grade of C. If you
consistently demonstrate behaviors which have the potential to harm clients,
you will receive a grade of D or F.
You are expected to give feedback to your peers and to participate
in class. This is a small class; nonparticipation is obvious to all (5%).
You are expected to observe your peers in counseling at least 1
session per week and to complete feedback/observation forms each time you
observe another's work. Turn in the feedback sheet to the person you
observed (according to CHG Manual guidelines) and make a copy of at least
one observation per week and turn it into the instructor, Dr. Jones. (5%)
Personal Journal and Collected Readings: Each student will maintain
a Personal Journal to be submitted each week at the beginning of each class
meeting. The journal will consist of two (2) distinct parts. Part 1 will
allow the student to explore class discussion and supervision and the
practicum experience as they relate to his/her own life. In this section of
the journal, you are invited to play with ideas, raise questions, and make
connections between your own life, course materials, and the practicum
experience in general. The journal should be more personal than impersonal;
it is not intended to be solely to discuss your clients. (You may discuss
your reactions to your clients and/or those of your classmates; however,
this type of emphasis may be more appropriate to discuss with your
supervisor or in class.) The instructor may also assign specific
questions/topics to be discussed in this portion of the journal. This
section of the journal should be a minimum of two full pages. The entries
need not be typewritten, but legible handwriting is essential.
Part 2 of the Journal will involve a reaction to independent, Collected
Readings you have completed over the course of the week. Most of your
reading in this course will be self-directed. You will be working with
clients who have problems or concerns with which you are not familiar. It
is, therefore, incumbent upon you, as a professional, to inform yourself
about the client's problem through reading. You will be responsible for
finding readings from the current literature that are pertinent to your
clients. While there may be times when it will not be convenient for you to
research a client's problem, I expect you to provide informed services to
your clients. The second part of your weekly journal will be for you to
write about your learnings from those readings. Do not give a "book report"
of your reading(s). You may summarize the content of your reading and
discuss how this information is helpful to you in helping your client(s).
This section should be a minimum of one page in length. You should also
maintain these readings in a 3-ring binder or other suitable portfolio
(discuss with instructor how to handle readings from books). You should
collect a minimum of 3 (different) readings for each client you see.
Personal Analysis Paper
Answer the following questions:
What are the essential elements of a counseling relationship? What is it
these "essential elements") that you contribute to the counseling
relationship as a counselor and how do you accomplish this?
What conditions do you require to be met before you open yourself to a
closer relationship? How do these conditions "fit" into the counseling
relationship you build with your clients?
What predispositions do you have toward handling client affect
(feelings/emotions)? What emotions are easiest, or most comfortable, for
you to respond to? What are the hardest, or most fearful?
Which of your "social behaviors" are inappropriate in a counseling
How are you a "helping person" when counseling? (Consider what it is that
you do that "helps", and what it is about you that is helpful when
Site Supervisor's Evaluation of Student: Forms are to be completed by the
student's site supervisor at midterm (October 26) and before Finals Week
(due by December 11). It is the student's responsibility to provide these
forms to his/her supervisor and to have them returned to the instructor by
the due date. Your grade for this portion of your course grade will be
dropped by one letter grade for lateness. (25%)