Course Description

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.
  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a counselor is.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize the major counseling techniques.
  • Describe the law and legal issues behind counseling.
  • Summarize counselor self-care strategies.
  • Summarize what counseling skills a social worker needs.
  • Compare and contrast counseling techniques in diverse environments.
  • Summarize ethical guidelines a counselor needs to follow.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment 2 points
An Introduction 1 points
Lesson 1 What is a Counselor 9 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 2 points
Lesson 2 Developing Basic Counseling Skills 10 points
Lesson 3 Are You A Candidate For A Counseling Career? 10 points
Lesson 4 Counseling In Private Sector 8 points
Lesson 5 Mastering Counseling Techniques 7 points
Lesson 6 Legal and Ethical Issues 9 points
Lesson 7 Popular Counseling Specialties 7 points
Lesson 8 Counseling Arrangements 10 points
Lesson 9 Counselor Self-Care Strategies 10 points
Lesson 10 The Social Worker 8 points
Lesson 11 Counseling In Diverse Environments 10 points
Lesson 12 Business Aspects of Counseling 10 points
Lesson 13 Record Keeping And Ethical Guidelines 8 points
Lesson 14 Counseling Based Communication Skills 10 points
The Final Exam 65 points
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