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PS 206 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling
Chavez, Roberto


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.
CoursePS 206 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling
SemesterF2B2004
FacultyRoberto Chavez MS LPC
Degrees/CertificatesMS
Office LocationBldg 641
Office Hours1600-1700
Daytime PhoneOffice: 568-5315
Other PhoneCell:  240-3592
E-Mailroberto.chavez@park.edu
chavezr@bliss.army.mil
Semester Dates11 Oct - 1 Dec 2004
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
PerquisitesPS 101
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Okun, Barbara F., EFFECTIVE HELPING (6th Edition) Brooks/Cole Publishing Co. 2002.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

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

Learning Outcomes:
A. Discuss general counseling models for effective helping.
B. Describe and contrast the various approaches used in the helping professions.
C. Define a helping relationship and counseling in concrete terms
D. Describe the impact of personal values on helping relationships.
E. Decribe the impact of personal values on helping relationships.
F. Increase awareness of individual preferences, strengths and weaknesses and how they affect helping relationships.
G. Explain the five steps of the relationship stage as described in the textbook.
H. Discuss ethical considerations relating to the helping professions.
I. Describe the major helping strategies and the six steps of the strategy phase.
J. Describe crisis intervention.
K. Discuss major counseling theories.
L. Identify major issues affecting the helping professions.
M. Identify trends of counseling

Course Assessment:
Examinations, quizzes, written paper, class discussions

Grading:
Mid-Term                                    20%
Final Exam                                  20%
Quizzes                                     10%
Class participation/attendace/punctuality   10%
Written report                              15%
Counseling Practicum                        25%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Ten (10) points will be deducted for each class session, when class assignments are submitted late.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Participation - students should be ready to participate and contribute.  Please be prompt. Roll will be taken at the beginning of each clas period.  Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class,your lateness will receive a reduction in points.  ATTENDANCE DOES NOT EQUAL PARTICIPATION.
2. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and prepared to discuss them.  Periodic quizzes may be given at the beginning of class.  Tardy arrival will result in missing the quiz. QUIZZES MAY NOT BE MAKE UP.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, lecture and practicum. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in class participation is another portion of your grade.  Assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
3. Examinations - There will be Mid-Term and a Final examination.  Exam answers will be objective and essay from both assigned readings and lecture notes derived from other scources other than your textbook.  If an exam is missed, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor BEFORE the exam to make arrangements for a make-up.  All work must be turned in for a final grade to be awarded.  Any work not turned in before the end of the grading cycle will be assigned a zero and averaged into the final grade.
4.Written Report - All reports must be submitted on time.  They must be submitted in MICROSOFT WORD using proper spelling, grammar and source citation.
5.Computers - Make writing and revisiong much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers can run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive and print out copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 - Introduction,review syllabus,Overview of textbook
        Chapter 1

Week 2 - Chapter 2
        Group discussion and practical exercises

Week 3 - Chapters 3 and 4

Week 4 - Chapters 5,6
        Mid-Term Exam

Week 5 - Chapters 7 and 8

Week 6 - Chapter 9, Written Reports due
        Chapter 10

Week 7 - Counseling Practicum

Week 8 - TBD/TBA
        Final Exam  

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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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.

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1. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.
2. Students who leave after the class breaks (6:00PM) will also be counted as an excused absence.  Those leaving without notifying the instructor will be counted as an unexcused absence.  Regardless of the circumstances you must notify the instructor.
3.  If there is an illness or other avoidable reason for missing class, the student must contact the instructor BEFORE class time to receive an excused absence.  If a student misses more than THREE class sessions they will lose one letter grade.  More than SIX class sessions missed will result in a failure.  Two UNEXCUSED absences will be reported to the Center Administrator.

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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