SWO400 - Theories of Counselling

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Subject Title
Theories of Counselling

Subject Description
Practitioners of therapeutic recreation often find themselves helping clients deal with the social and emotional issues that impede their growth and enjoyment of life. A thorough understanding of the theories and skills of counseling and psychotherapy is needed to help maximize the therapeutic relationship and thereby the growth and wellbeing of the client. To this end the purpose of this course is to provide an examination and critique of the major counseling and psychotherapeutic methods. Students will explore and understand the key concepts of the theories including their major tenets and basic assumptions, and beliefs about the nature of stress, dysfunction, and therapeutic change, the role of the counselor, and the application of the theory to practice. Students will be asked to engage in a critical analysis of the scientific, cultural, and philosophical underpinnings of each theory. Special emphasis will be placed on integration and synthesis in order to match modalities with specific clients, issues, and populations. The course is designed to provide opportunities to practice the application of theory through role play and a variety of in-class skill-building exercises.

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

Upon successful completion of SWO 400, the student will be able to:

  1. Use counselling terminology to communicate therapeutic recreation messages and techniques.
  2. Use evidence-based research to inform therapeutic recreation counselling practice.
  3. Differentiate between various counselling modalities to inform therapeutic recreation practice.
  4. Apply counselling techniques to therapeutic recreation practice.
  5. Develop a therapeutic recreation intervention plan based on client need and informed by theories of counselling.
  6. Deconstruct predetermined biases and assumptions in research through critical reading.
  7. Outline the components of the therapeutic relationship within the therapeutic process.
  8. Identify personal and professional biases and assumptions that may have an impact on the therapeutic process.
  9. Engage in self-reflective practice using a holistic approach to research and analysis.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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