- Supervised interview practice
- Instructor demonstrations
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Social service workers need to understand issues of culture and diversity.
- Reflection on one’s competence and the limits of one’s role are fundamental to professional practice.
- Self-awareness is essential skilled communication and counselling.
- Skill proficiency must be balanced with a caring attitude, acceptance of a wide range of behaviour and cultures, and respect for the rights of others including their right to self-determination.
- Effective counselling work requires open discussion with clients regarding roles, purposes, and methods.
- Effective social service workers are versatile and they utilize skills based on variables such as client need, culture, context, and the phase of work.
- Establishing and sustaining professional relationships with clients is fundamental to competent practice.
Upon successful completion of this course, within the following content areas, the student will be able to:
- Professional Behaviour
- demonstrate knowledge of professional ethics and values
- identify strategies for resolving ethical dilemmas
- demonstrate knowledge of the difference between personal and professional relationships
- describe the importance of self-awareness to the helping process
- describe strategies for increasing self-awareness
- identify skill strengths and limitations including awareness of the limits of one’s expertise
- Relationship Building Skills
- define the characteristics of a counselling relationship
- explain the importance of the core conditions of warmth, empathy, and genuineness
- demonstrate the ability to negotiate counselling contracts
- define and demonstrate immediacy skills
- Counselling/Interviewing Process
- list the phases involved in the helping process
- describe essential worker tasks and skills for each phase of helping
- describe the circumstances where the use of a particular skill or strategy may be appropriate
- identify non-helping behaviours
- demonstrate interviewing and counselling skills
- demonstrate versatility with a range of skills and strategies
- demonstrate the skills of empowering clients
- demonstrate ability to identify and assess strengths
- define worldview and its importance to counseling
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Research papers
- Skills demonstration
This is a letter graded course