Chestnut Hill College Counseling Psychology and Human Services Graduate Division Summer II (May 18 - August 7) 1998 GRCP 499 - Introduction to Graduate Counseling Psychology Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 to 10:00PM St. Joseph's Hall, Room 148 Faculty: Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ph. D. Telephone: (215) 402-0268 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: (by appointment) Course Description From the CHC catalogue: "Reviews the general principles necessary for doing graduate work in Counseling Psychology and Human Services. Material covered includes an introduction to the APA Standards for Publication, the use of Psychological Abstracts, computer data bases searches and a brief review of statistics. Students without an undergraduate degree in psychology are required to take this course. Others may elect to take the course for review purposes. This course may not be used to satisfy degree requirements. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis." Professor's description of this specific course: We all must contend with diverse problems-in-living. These include inevitable conflicts with others, as well as problems within ourselves--e.g. problems of self-esteem, self-efficacy, and self-worth. The reasons for those problems are diverse, the explanations and approaches to dealing with them even more diverse. Being successful in the world, which includes the physical and psychological challenges of growing older, unexpected illness, accident and tragedy, are issues many people never expect to have to cope with. Sometimes we refer to that as denial--other times as existential survival. Counseling and psychotherapy (the difference is negligible to many) are structured conversations that many have turned to in various forms throughout the ages for assistance in coping with livingQ The dictum that applies here is this : It often "takes two to see one." Effective counseling is simply honest conversation between two human beings. There is no magic in counseling and psychotherapy, only courage, or lack thereof. This involves being truthful with oneself and a trustworthy other. Good counseling has to do with the character and emotional stability of the counselor--not gimmicks and medical obscurantism. In this introductory course, we learn the basic issues regarding normal and abnormal behavior, assessing reality, and separating fact from fiction. We will discuss psychoanalytic, cognitive, biological, humanistic, and existential approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Course Objectives 1. To understand the history and development of psychotherapy within the context of contemporary counseling psychology. 2. To learn the purpose of psychological research, scientific methodology, and its practical, clinical, and ethical applications in contemporary counseling settings. 3. To become familiar with the nature and purpose of the major methods of statistical inquiry and its accurate interpretation. 4. To improve scientific and psychologically-oriented thinking about problems in living, normal versus abnormal behavior, and counseling psychology as problem-solving and as the "healing of souls." 5. To comprehend the differences between contractual and institutional counseling. 6. To recognize the difference between noble and base rhetoric regarding human growth and development. 7. To develop skill in effective counseling 8. To write a proper research paper following American Psychological Association (APA) style. Course Requirements and Grades Article reviews (3 @ 5% each) 15% Mid-term examination (essay) 30% Research paper 25% Final examination (essay) 25% Class participation 5% Total = 100% Required Texts and Readings American Psychological Association. (1994). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association Fourth edition. Washington, D.C.: APA Fierman, L.B. (1997. The therapist is the therapy. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson. Jaeger, R.M. (1989). Statistics: A spectator sport. Newbury Park, CA.: Sage. Sharma, S.L. (1986). The therapeutic dialogue: A theoretical and practical guide to psychotherapy. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson. Szasz, T.S. (1988). The myth of psychotherapy. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press. Article reviews: Select three published studies/articles on any aspect of counseling psychology you like. Turn in a one-page, typed-summary of each study/article and be prepared to present your summary of the article in class. You must summarize the purpose, methodology, results and conclusion of each article. You are then to include your opinion of the study/article. Research Paper: You are to write a five to ten page research paper, utilizing APA style, on a topic of your choice related to the material we discuss in class. (Discuss your topic with Dr. Schaler before you write your paper.) Your paper may be a research project you are interested in pursuing. You should include in your paper a clear statement of theory and hypothesis, a brief review of existing literature, how you might go about collecting research to support your hypothesis, including pertinent methodological concerns based on the material we have discussed in class. CLASS SCHEDULE Date Topic Reading May 19 Studying behavior: The Lecture & critical issues Discussion in counseling psychology May 21 Research methodology and Lecture & statistics Jaeger 1-6 May 26 Logic of hypothesis testing Lecture & Jaeger 8 May 28 Cognitive psychology, theory Film & and application--Special Dr. Renee topic: Breast Cancer Royak- Schaler, guest lecturer June 2 The history of Szasz (all) "healing souls" June 4 Mid-term examination July 21 Models, values, ethics and Sharma part I social context July 23 Technical Issues Sharma 5-7 Types of counseling July 28 Who's the client here? Finish Sharma July 30 Problems in the field of counseling and psychotherapy Fierman (reading assigned) August 4 Universal Psychopathology All of Fierman) August 6 Final examination and papers due -> Clear and accurate writing will be taken into account in assigning grades, as well as participation in class discussions. Material discussed in class, in films, and presented by guest lecturers, and not in any of the readings, may form the basis for questions on the examinations. One grade reduction for over three class absences. Students are responsible for anything covered in class during their absence. Readings must be completed by the session to which they are assigned. Additional readings may be assigned during the course. Provision for confidential use of clinical material in class: Any material used in this class based on actual clinical situations is disguised to protect confidential of persons involved. By taking this course, you agree to abide by principles of confidentiality, i.e. you agree to not to discuss any clinical material with anyone who is not in the class. (Note: For those of you familiar with the Internet, go to http://rdz.acor.org/szasz/schaler/index.html on the world wide web for information about Dr. Schaler, and go to http://rdz.acor.org/szasz for material related to content we will cover in the course.)
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