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Professional counselors need a strong foundation to prepare them for entering the profession of counseling.  If you are seeking a program to enhance your skills, or just want to learn more about the career, this Introduction to Counseling course will give you great insight toward reaching your educational goals.

The course will focus on counselor's work as well as a counselor's typical day, provide understanding into how personal and professional ethics play a major role in the dynamics between counselor and client, and the challenges of various abnormal behaviors and mental disorders a professional counselor must face in helping people to live their own life rather than be lived by it. 

This self-paced course incorporates a vast variety of areas that apply to many different environments and circumstances including addiction, marital problems, eating disorders, bereavement, educational and career counseling.  You'll learn the top ten basic counseling skills to create a positive relationship between client and therapist and how these skills can help the client to make positive changes.

Introduction to Counseling offers an inside view of core counseling techniques and approaches, and opportunities for counseling professionals to understand the complex role client diversity plays in their work. When the ailment can't be measured by numbers on the thermometer, that's when a counselor's work begins.

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Lesson 1. What is a Counselor?

Counseling is a place to get support with indecision, stress, job opportunities, marital problems, learning disabilities and the list goes on and on. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: What is Counseling?
  • Take Poll: Counseling Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 What is a Counselor

Lesson 2. Developing Basic Counseling Skills

Studies are increasingly finding that the type of specialty therapy used is not as important to actual outcomes as the specific counselor behavior such as confidence, enthusiasm, and the belief in the ability of the client/patient to change. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Counseling Skills for Major Disasters; Checklist for Counseling Skills; Basic Counseling Skills
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 Developing Basic Counseling Skills

Lesson 3. Are You a Candidate for a Counseling Career?

By now, you are probably asking yourself, "How do I get ready? Where do I start?" Education and training requirements for counselors are detailed, and vary by state and specialty. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: American Counseling Association; All About Counseling; Counselor VS Psychologist
  • Take Poll: Counselor Characteristic
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3 Are You A Candidate For A Counseling Career?

Lesson 4. Counseling in Private Sector

It is no secret the squeeze is on to promote better physical and mental health through the workplace. Individual counseling in the workplace shows great potential for helping employees with poor health to become more physically active and fit. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Roles of the Career Counselor
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 Counseling In Private Sector

Lesson 5. Mastering Counseling Techniques

Role playing is an effective tool in any group counseling setting. Acting out scenarios may be used for training professionals or in a classroom setting for the understanding of certain curriculum. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Non-Directive Counseling; Role Playing with Students
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 Mastering Counseling Techniques

Lesson 6. Legal and Ethical Issues

Have you ever found yourself involved in an ethical dilemma? Chances are good that you have. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Counseling: Profession and Ethics; Psychology: Ethical and Legal Issues; School Psychologists vs School Counselors
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 Legal and Ethical Issues

Lesson 7. Popular Counseling Specialties

It is not necessary to choose a specialty before you begin your master's program in counseling, although many students enter into counseling programs with one in mind. Choose a counseling degree that offers a range of options. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Counseling Specialties; Counseling and Licenses
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 Popular Counseling Specialties

Lesson 8. Counseling Arrangements

One-on-one counseling or individual counseling generally focuses on the concerns the client has raised. The counselor and client work together to develop strategies to address client goals and decide the length of time needed to resolve client concerns. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Counseling Approaches; Approaches to Counseling; Goals in Counseling
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 Counseling Arrangements

Lesson 9. Counselor Self Care Strategies

Self care is an intrinsic, ongoing, and highly important responsibility that should be practiced by everyone, particularly those in health care. Its goal is to ensure that the professional's mental and physical wellbeing is in good shape. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 Counselor Self-Care Strategies

Lesson 10. The Social Worker

Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people's lives. They assist people by helping them cope with everyday issues, deal with their relationships and solve personal and family problems. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Social Worker; Qualified Clinical Social Worker; 7 Types of Social Workers
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 The Social Worker

Lesson 11. Counseling In Diverse Environments

For the counselor, information is power. In recent years, the work of counselors and psychologists has expanded beyond traditional environments from classrooms to courtrooms and from public safety offices to prisons. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: American School Counselor Association; School Counselor Resources
  • Take Poll: Counseling Sites
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 Counseling In Diverse Environments

Lesson 12. Business Aspects of Counseling

Many beginning counselors and therapists thirst for realistic instruction, training, and specific guidelines to help them to meet the challenge of counseling in group settings. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: The Small Business Association
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 Business Aspects of Counseling

Lesson 13. Record Keeping and Ethical Guidelines

"Licensed counselor" means a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed mental health counselor, licensed advanced social worker, or regulated licensed independent social worker. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Record Keeping and Confidentiality
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13 Record Keeping And Ethical Guidelines

Lesson 14. Counseling Based Communication Skills

Counseling incorporates a vast variety of areas that apply to many different environments and circumstances. Understanding human behavior and improving communication are essential when interacting positively with others. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Communication Skills; Body Language
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 14 Counseling Based Communication Skills
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Counseling Psychology 101
Course Number: 7550089
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a counselor is.
  • Know the basic skills needed to be a successful counselor.
  • Evaluate whether or not you could be a counselor.
  • Describe career options for counseling in the private sector.
  • Know the major counseling techniques.
  • Describe the law and legal issues behind counseling.
  • Know counselor self-care strategies.
  • Know what counseling skills a social worker needs.
  • Compare and contrast counseling techniques in diverse environments.
  • Know ethical guidelines a counselor needs to follow, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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