PS402 Systems of Psychotherapy

for S1B 2006

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COURSE SYLLABUS Course Title: System of Psychotherapy
Course Number: PS 402
Instructor: Calvin B. Harris, Ph.D.
Term Dates: Jan-Feb 2006
Meeting Time: Tue/Thur 1700-1940
Site: Bldg.- To be Announced
639 Merrit St., Ft. Bliss

I. Course Description: This course is intended for undergraduate students in psychology, education, human services and mental health professions. It will provide an overview of the major concepts and practices for contemporary therapeutic systems.

II. Goals of the Course: To teach students to select wisely from the various theories and techniques, which will help them develop a personal style of counseling.

III. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to identify and demonstrate an understanding of the basic approaches to counseling and psychotherapy.

IV. Course Arrangements: The course will be comprised of lectures and student classroom presentations from the text and from areas of personal interest. The entire text will be covered. You will be responsible for all key issues and terminology in each chapter. You will be expected to read the chapters that are covered prior to attending class. A list of the chapters covered each night is provided in the Class Meeting and Examination Schedule below. Student classroom presentations will be followed by a lecture to clarify pertinent terms and concepts. Individuals will be assigned presentations rather than small groups.

V. Course Requirements:
a. Attendance: Required; barring an accident on the way to class, all absence must be cleared prior to class. Three (3) absences (excused or unexcused) will place the student in jeopardy, even if they are legitimately excused. I can’t teach to an empty seat.
b. Text Readings: Must be accomplished prior to attending class.
c. Prerequisites: a course in basic statistics will be helpful but not required.
d. Participation: You are encouraged to participate in all classroom activities in order to get the most out of the class and to make it more enjoyable.
e. Exams and Classroom Presentations: Exams will be objective. Every student will be required to present part of a chapter.

VI. Textbook. Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 7th Edition. Author: Gerald Corey. This is one of the best psychological testing texts that I have seen and is very appealing and readable. There are subtle differences between the 6th and 7th editions, thus the 6th edition will suffice for this course.

VII. Supplemental Materials List: None.

VIII. Class Meeting and Examination Schedule: This is a projection of the schedule.

Week Topics Chapter
1 Intro and overview Ch 1
The Counselor Ch 2
Ethical Issues Ch 3
2 Psychoanalytic Therapy Ch 4
Adlerian Therapy Ch 5
3 Existential Therapy Ch 6
Person-Centered Therapy Ch 7
4 Gestalt Therapy Ch 8
Reality Therapy Ch 9
5 Mid-term review and exam
Behavior Therapy Ch 10
6 Cognitive Behavior Therapy Ch 11
Feminist Therapy Ch 12
7 Post Modern Approaches to Therapy Ch 13
Family Systems Therapy Ch 14
8 Make up Chapters
Final Review and Exam

Mid-term Exam: Tuesday of Week 5 Chapters 1–9
Final Exam: Tuesday of Week 8 – all Chapters.

IX. Classroom Policies: Discussions on areas where strong biases exist may occur and the instructor will referee to ensure that we keep the discussions directed at the topic and not each other’s individual belief differences. Learning is an enjoyable journey that begins at birth and continues until death. Let’s enjoy this brief didactic segment of life.
You are working at the university level and will be expected to participate to the best of your current ability. If you have read or seen additional materials that can be useful to our course, please including them in our classroom presentations and discussion. What you take away from this class is 100% up to you.

X. Grading Policy: 100 points can be earned with perfect attendance and extra credit.

15 points for perfect attendance, 5 points deducted for each unexcused absence.
30 points for the Mid-term Exam (or paper)
25 points for classroom presentation
30 points for the Final Exam
100 points

Grade Assignment: (it is possible to earn more than 100 points)

A = 100-90 points
B = 89-80 points
C = 79-70 points
D = 69-60 points
F = 59 points or less is considered a failing grade

If you are going to be absent, email Dr. Harris at If you must call : 915-449-0902. Unexcused absences will affect your grade.