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PS 206 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling
Tillman, Charles


SYLLABUS – PS206 Intro to Guidance & CounselingPark UniversityMISSION STATEMENTThe 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 STATEMENTPark University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.PS206 Introduction to Guidance and CounselingCOURSE DESCRIPTOR: A survey of the guidance process, communication, functions of counseling, and various counseling theories. This course is designed to introduce the whole student 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 helping relations. Suggested prerequisite: PS 101 or equivalent.Charles Tillman, M.A.Senior Professor of PsychologyFairchild AFBOffice Phone: (509) 244-2020, Office Hours Wednesdays 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. Ed Center Rm 113. Email Address: ctillman@icehouse.net or charles.tillman@park.edu.EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: No academic discipline is inherently difficult. Difficulty is generally the result of inappropriate teaching methods. Teaching should be student centered with timely constructive feedback. The instruction must be at a level of difficulty that requires the student to require both effort and guidance for successful completion. TEXT: Okun, B.F. (2002). Effective Helping: Interviewing and Counseling Techniques. (6th Ed.) Pacific Grove, CA Brooks/Cole. ISBN 0-534-51384-0COURSE OBJECTIVES: A. Demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of vocabulary found in thr counseling process.B. Identify and critique key concepts found in the study of guidance and counseling.C. Identify ethical issues in the guidance and counseling process.D. Practically apply guidance and counseling concepts to one's life and circumstance.E. Evaluate the guidance and counseling processes that occur in helping relationships.F. Apply understanding of basic helping skills utilizing theory, practice and case application.COURSE ASSESSMENT: Student exercises to develop an awareness and understanding of various behaviors and symptoms, exams to measure knowledge levels, and a course paper to determine the ability to analyze and critique specific counseling/psychotherapeutic methods.REQUIRED LITERACIES:A. Civic literacy- students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the changing concepts of mental illness, counseling techniques and cultural values.B. Science literacy- students will be required to evaluate the efficacy of various counseling methods using scientific methods of analysis.C. Values literacy- students will address ethical issues relating to the use of counseling. Mandatory treatments, informed consent, client-therapist relationship issues, and other topics will be explored.GRADING PLAN: Each quiz is worth 10% of course points. Mid-Term and Final Exam are worth 25% each and the Course Paper is worth 30%. Course grade will be determined by a cumulative curve. Late work will be accepted only with prior approval.ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments. Learners who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Learners who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their facilitator.DISABILITY GUIDELINES: 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 Americans 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: www.park.edu/disability.CLASS RULES OF CONDUCT: Class decorum will be guided by the reasonable person rule. No academic topic is exempt from discussion and any personal bias may be entertained so long as it is presented with mutual respect for all. Disruption of the learning environment however, will not be allowed.ATTENDENCE POLICY: Facilitators are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The facilitator may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the learner will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F". An Incomplete grade will not be issued to learners who have unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Learners receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) 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 monetary penalty to the learner. Reports of a F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absences for learners receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.COURSE TOPIC/DATE/ASSIGNMENT: DATE ASSIGNMENT Aug 22 Course Introduction Aug 24 Counseling Models/Chapter 1 Aug 29 The Helping Relationship/Chapter 2 Aug 31 Communications Theory/Chapter 3 Sep 5 Communications Skills/Quiz#1/Chapter 3 Sep 7 Therapeutic Relationships/Chapter 4 Sep 12 Therapeutic Relationships Cont. Sep 14 Mid-Term Exam Sep 19 Helping Theories/Chapter 5 Sep 21 Current Theories/Chapter 6 Sep 26 Helping Strategies/Chapter 7 Sep 28 Quiz#2/ Application of Strategies/Chapters 8 Oct 3 Application of Strategies/Chapter 8 Oct 5 Crisis Intervention/Chapter 9 Oct 10 Ethical Issues/Review/Chapter 10 Oct 12 Final Exam