PSYCH 016 - Introduction to Counseling Skills - Units 3

This course is an introduction to the counseling process through examination of the roles and characteristics of the counselor and the client. Basic skills involved in problem identification and problem solving are discussed and practiced through simulated role situations. The student learns to use his/her relationship with clients to develop the alliance necessary for change via establishing rapport with clients, enlisting the client in the development of treatment plans, and making appropriate client referrals. The student practices active listening and other communication skills in simulated client interview settings for special populations such as addiction . (CSU)