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HUS 160 Introduction to Counseling Skills and Theories

  1. Course Description: Students will further develop basic communication and inventive interviewing skills using a multitheoretical 3 -stage counseling model. Communication and interpersonal interaction skills are emphasized.  Observation, listening, and problem-solving skills will be addressed. Students will learn how to use appropriate communication and interventions with diverse populations.  Students will apply basic counseling communication skills within a technology environment. An overview of counseling theories will be presented.  Professional ethics will be reviewed.

Human Services  CSHSE Standards:

  • Demonstrates Knowledge of:
    1. Context and role of diversity (including, but not limited to ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, learning styles, ability, and socioeconomic status) in determining and meeting human needs
    2. The range of populations served and needs addressed by human services
    3. The major models used to integrate prevention, maintenance, intervention, rehabilitation, and healthy functioning
    4. Obtain information through interviewing, active listening, consultation with others, library or other research, and observation of clients and systems
    5. Disseminates routine and critical information to clients, colleagues, or other members of the related services system that is: maintaining client confidentiality and appropriate using client data
    6. Disseminates routine and critical information to clients colleagues, or other members of the related services system that is: using technology for word, processing, sending email, and locating and evaluating information


  • Assessments of the Needs of Clients:
    1. Analyze and assess the needs for clients or client groups
    2. Develop goals, and design and implement a plan of action
    3. Evaluate the outcomes of the plan and the impact on the client or client group
    4. Bases of prevention, intervention, and maintenance strategies to achieve maximum autonomy and functioning
    5. Facilitate appropriate direct services and interventions related to specific client or client group
    6. Intake interviewing
    7. Individual counseling
    8. Location and use of appropriate resources and referral
    9. Sustain behaviors that are congruent with  the values and ethics of the profession


  • Demonstrates Ability to Create Genuine and Empathic Relationships:
    1. Conscious use of self
    2. Clarification of personal and professional values
    3. Awareness of diversity
    4. Strategies of self-care
    5. Reflection on professional self (e.g. journaling, development of a portfolio, or project demonstrating competency)


  • Demonstrate Values and Ethics Intrinsic to the Human Services Profession:
    1. Clarify expectations
    2. Deal effectively with conflict
    3. Establish rapport with clients
    4. The least intrusive intervention in the least restrictive environment
    5. Client determination
    6. Confidentiality of information
    7. The worth and uniqueness of the individual including culture, ethnicity, races, class, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and other expressions of diversity
    8. Appropriate professional boundaries
    9. Integration of the ethical standards outlined by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) and the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (available on the NOHS website)

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