Counselling: Theory and Practice

Course Code: PSYC 1500

Academic Year: 2017-2018

This course will provide students with an understanding of the essential functions, scope and parameters of counselling within the correctional environment. Participants will come to understand the elements and challenges inherent in developing and maintaining a sound therapeutic alliance. Theoretical and practical approaches to counselling will be reviewed and critiqued, thus assisting the students in the development of the skills required for effective intervention. The students will be able to differentiate and determine the benefits of individual and group counselling. Participants will review relevant literature and apply skills to case studies and role plays and conduct a videotape analysis. This course will promote the melding of theory, practice and critical thinking as they relate to real-life cases and best practices while ensuring that the outcome of the intervention is evaluated. On completion of the course, participants will be able to effectively identify, implement and evaluate their basic counselling skills.