Counselling Theories, Helping Process and Skills

The course constitutes part of the foundation training in counselling for beginners and a refresher/advanced course for those students with prior training and exposure to counselling. The course covers three basic dimensions in counselling training: attitudes/awareness, knowledge and skills. The attitudes/awareness part includes participants’ reflections on social cultural values in shaping counselor attitudes and their perception on counseling needs of students, personal awareness of strengths and limitations as a counsellor. Knowledge dimension covers theories, process, and contextual issues in counseling clients from diverse backgrounds. Skills dimension involve strategies to conduct counseling reflectively and critically. Video show, experiential games, guest speakers, and case studies will be used as teaching strategies. Course participants will also examine limitations of counseling theories and skills, and apply the counseling knowledge reflectively and contextually to meet the diverse needs of client population in a changing society.