This course provides systematic training in rudimentary helping skills, i.e., active listening, essential interviewing, case-conceptualization and consultation skills. Course content will centrally focus on both
a. An evidence-based, three-phase model of behavior change and the rudimentary helping skills incorporated in that model and
b. An evidence-based understanding of effective counselor behavioral characteristics.
Course concepts and skills will be considered, critiqued and utilized from the perspective of a biblical worldview. Also, these helping skills and effective counselor behaviors will be considered in terms of both face-to-face and technology-assisted helping relationships.
Core ethical issues (confidentiality, therapist skill proficiency, client consent and collaboration, and multicultural competence) will be introduced commensurate with topics and skills addressed.
In addition to course lecture and class discussion a social skills training approach will be employed to define, demonstrate and afford ample practice and feedback of specified helping skills via small-group training (T-Groups). The T-Group lab component will take place outside of the classroom but during regularly scheduled class hours.