CMH484 - Therapeutic Approaches

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Subject Title
Therapeutic Approaches

Subject Description
This course examines the basic tenets and therapeutic processes that characterize various theoretical approaches to counselling.  The models are clustered according to major forces in psychology:  Psychodynamic (Psychoanalytic, Adlerian); Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural (Behavioural, Cognitive-Behavioural, Reality); Humanistic (Existential, Person-Centred, Gestalt); and Contextual/Systemic (Feminist, Family Systems, Multicultural).  Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the various approaches as well as self-reflection in relation to values, beliefs, and assumptions about human nature and worldview.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Compare therapeutic theories and techniques to understand the impact on clients.
  2. Demonstrate the processes of attending, listening, responding, and valuing for counselling relationship.
  3. Articulate a personal therapeutic theory to inform practice.
  4. Identify ethical issues in therapeutic theories and techniques to inform practice.
  5. Develop skills of critical self-awareness through engagement in mindfulness practices.  
  6. Evaluate contributions of each therapeutic theory to community mental health.

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