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PS 206 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling
Ajas, Hiroshi


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PS 206 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling

Semester

S2AA 2006 LC

Faculty

Ajas, Hiroshi

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Master in Social Work, MSW; licensed LMSW in Texas
Master's in Counseling, MS
Master's in Busines Management, MA

Office Location

Lackland AFB, Texas

Office Hours

Anytime via e-mail or work number

Daytime Phone

210-592-5330

E-Mail

Hiroshi.Ajas@park.edu

hajas@warmsprings.org

Semester Dates

13 Mar 06- 7 May 06

Class Days

------S

Class Time

7:45 - 1:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Okun, B.F., Effective Helping: Interviewing and Counseling Techniques (6th ed.)Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 2002.


Course Description:
A survey of the guidance process, communication, functions of counseling, and various counseling theories.  This course is designed to introduce students to the whole guidance process.  Emphasis will be placed on an integrated approach to basic helping skills utilizing theory, practice, and case application.  The course will provide students with the foundation to develop skills they need to establish effective helping relations. Suggested pre-requisite:  PS101 or equivalent.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, role playing exercises, videos, group activities, psychosocial assessments, dialogue, writings and examinations. Instructor will engage each student in a lively discussion on theories of counseling and practice application of the counseling process and techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of vocabulary found in the guidance and counseling process.
  2. Identify and critique key concepts found in the study of guidance and counseling.
  3. Identify ethical issues in the guidance and counseling process.
  4. Practically apply guidance and counseling concepts to one's life and circumstances.
  5. Evaluate the guidance and counseling processes that occur in helping relationships.
  6. Apply understanding of basic helping skills utilizing theory, practice, and case application.


Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
1. 8 Apr- 06- Midterm Examination- Chapters 1-5.
2. 6 May 06- Final Examination-Chpaters 6-10. Both examinations will include multiple choice, true and false, matching and short answer response questions.
3. Two counseling evaluations. Each student will be graded on counseling techniques to include effective communication in the helping relationship, exploring problem situation, formulating a multidimensional assessment, and implementation of interventions that will assist the client in accomplishing his or her stated therapeutic goals.
4. Psychosocial asssessment. Each student will complete a psychosocial assessment that encompasses the following dimensions: (1) the nature of the client's problems, (2) the client's strengths, limitations and personality assets and deficiencies, (3) motivation to work on the problems, (4) environmental factors that contribute to the problems, and (5) resources that are available or needed to assist with client's problems.
5. Attendance and participation: 8.5% of your grade will be based on your prompt attendance and active participation in class activities. Attendance and participation (actively involved in class exercise, group activities) will be computed at 3.15 points per class. Excused and unexcused absences, and tardiness will result in a deduction of 3.15 points per class.

Grading:
Midterm Examination- 100 points (33%)
Final Examination- 100 points (33%)
(2) Counseling Evaluations- (25 points each= 50 points (17%)
Psychosocial assessment- 25 points (8.5%)
Attendance and participation- 25 points (8.5%)
Total Points: 300 points (100%)

300-270 points= A
269-240 points= B
239-210 points= C
209-180 points= D
179 and below=  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late unless for documented, excused reasons. Unexcused reasons for late submission of assignments/tests will receive a grade of "zero." There will be NO make up sessions for completion of assignments/tests for unexcused absences. The student must make every effort to contact the instructor as soon as possiible to make up missed assignments/tests.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and attendance will be taken for each class. Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal/medical emergencies are excusable but the student will need to coordinate with the instructor as soon as possible to make up assigments/tests.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
1. 18 Mar- Introduction to course objectives, examinations, counseling evaluations and psychosocial assessment. Chapter 1- Introduction and Chapter 2- The Helping Relationship. Group activities and role playing exercises.
2. 25 Mar- Chapter 3- Communication Skills and Chapter 4- Stage 1: Building the Relationship and Establishing Goals; group activites and role playing exercises.
3. 1 Apr- Chapter 5- Helping Theory; group activities and role playing exercises. Review for midterm examination.
4. 8 Apr- Midterm Examination; Chapter 6- Current Theoretical Perspectives; group activies and role playing exercises; conduct psychosocial assessment
5. 15 Apr- Chapter 7- Introduction to Strategies;Chapter 8- Appying Strategies; graded counseling evaluation #1.
6. 22 Apr- Chapter 9- Crisis Theory and Intervention; graded counseling evaluation #1.
7. 29 Apr- Chapter 10- Issues Affecting Helping; graded evaluations #2; review for Final Examination.
8. May 6- Final Examination; complete graded counseling evaluations #2.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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