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Introduction to Counseling Skills
Course: CAP240

First Term: 2021 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Introduction to basic skills and techniques used in the counseling field. Focuses on active listening, self-awareness, and other related skills.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the use of basic micro-skills as a foundation for the development of counseling skills. (I-IV)
2. Recognize the role and application of self-understanding and emotional intelligence in interpersonal relations. (I-V)
3. Identify one`s own personal communication tendencies and practices, both verbal and nonverbal, and their effect in multicultural contexts. (II-V)
4. Explain the impact of language and cultural values on the therapeutic relationship in a range of institutions and counseling settings. (II-V)
5. Recognize one`s own unconscious and conscious biases that impact assumptions and judgments about others, effecting rapport and information gathering. (II-V)
6. Explain the role of active listening in the development of empathy and rapport within the field of counseling. (II-V)
7. Practice intentional interviewing skills. (II-IV)
8. Conduct a self-assessment of communication skills utilizing feedback to establish a professional development plan. (II-V)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction
   A. Counseling skills
   B. Helping as a process
   C. Skills development progression
   D. Current trends
   E. Ethical considerations
II. Self-understanding/emotional intelligence
   A. Self-appraisal of skills
   B. Self-regulation
   C. Empathy
   D. Social skills
   E. Personal tendencies and practices
   F. Boundaries
III. Factors that influence communication in the counseling setting
   A. Beliefs about self
   B. Emotions
   C. Biases
   D. Language
   E. Cultural values
   F. Non-verbals
   G. Self-disclosure
   H. Empathy
   I. Ethics and civility
   J. Defensiveness
IV. Micro-skills in the counseling setting
   A. Active listening
      1. Summarizing
      2. Paraphrasing
      3. Encouraging
   B. Attending behaviors
   C. Observation
   D. Reflecting
   E. Use of silence
   F. Intentional interviewing
      1. Stages
      2. Techniques
   G. Settings
      1. Traditional
      2. Emerging
      3. Technology, ethics and considerations
   H. Ethics
V. Professional development
   A. Reflection on skills in practice
   B. Constructive feedback
      1. Observation
      2. Giving
      3. Receiving
   C. Growth mindset development
   D. Professional development planning
      1. Self-care/resiliency
      2. Mentoring
      3. Professional resources
      4. Continuing education
         a. Formal
         b. Informal
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 27, 2021

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