| Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology
G624 | 5252 | Thompson
Indiana University: Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
Spring Semester, 1999 (Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm), Rm. 34
Chalmer Thompson, Instructor
Office: Rm. 4054, e-mail: chathomp
Phone: 856-8319 ; Appointments by arrangement please
This course is designed to enhance students= development as practitioners.
Its purpose is to provide intensive supervision and instruction to students
at the doctoral degree level in counseling psychology. The majority of class
time will be spent learning about the effective assessment and treatment of
individual and group clients. Students are also expected to be prepared to
comply with their administrative responsibilities in client care, develop
well-written treatment plans, read and discuss assigned reading material,
and write and present formal case presentations. Topics covered in this
course include ethics and professional issues in the assessment and
treatment of clients, sociocultural issues related to client mental health
and treatment, and approaches to interpersonal counseling and psychotherapy.
American Psychiatric Association (1994). DSM-IV, 4th edition.
Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.
Barlow, D. H. (1993). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders:
A step-by-step treatment manual. New York: Guilford. (Recommended)
READER: A compilation of readings will also be used for this course. These
readings are available at the Reserve Desk of the IU School of Education
1. Build upon an understanding of counseling theory and application through
selected readings, practice, and group and individual supervision.
2. Promote a practice of evaluating self-performance through effective
assessments of the client, the counselor (you), and counselor-client
3. Develop a systems approach to mental health provision by gaining
knowledge about the influence of community and agency dynamics on client
demography and service utilization.
4. Develop skills in crisis intervention, especially as related to
potential suicide or homicide intervention.
5. Learn the process of ethical decision-making.
During the course of the practicum, you are expected to:
1. Be on site 8-12 hours per week.
2. Attend the practicum seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday 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 first formal case presentations will occur in the middle of the semester
on March 10; the second round will occur during the last class meeting,
April 29. Both 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. There will be a penalty for late papers (one grade less
EVALUATION AND GRADING SUMMARY
Class attendance and participation ( includes discussion of cases and
readings, presenting tapes and client material) (35%)
Maintaining administrative duties at site (record-keeping, showing up for
appointments, attendance at supervision) (35)
Oral and written case presentation I (15)
Oral and written case presentation II (15)
Final Grades and Points
90-100 points A
80-89 points B
70-79 points C
60-69 points D
50-59 points F