Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AD 251
Course Title:
Advanced Counseling Skills Mastery
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Course Description

Focuses on increasing counselor empathy and communication skills. Develops skills through in-class practice and videotape review. Offered on a pass/no pass basis only. Co-requisite: AD 250.

Addendum to Course Description

This course involves examining the personality and the interpersonalrelationship style of the student, as these may impact on successful
mastery of the skills being taught. Students will be expected to talk
about current personal life issues and to give and receive feedback regarding
interpersonal functioning. This may result in heightened anxiety or stress
during some class sessions but each student is allowed full control over
the degree of self-disclosure, and each student has the right to stop the
feedback process at any point.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:
1. Maintain at least a minimal level of therapeutic functioning and empathy when working with addiction clients.
2. Utilize a variety of confrontation techniques effectively during a counseling interview (responding to conflicts, feedback, use of questions, and immediacy) when working with addiction clients.
3. Employ motivational interviewing counseling skills to initiate client change process when working with addiction clients.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. All students will make one brief 10 minute tape of a counseling interaction and review it in class with instructor. The tape will allow students to demonstrate minimally acceptable level of empathy, genuineness, concreteness, and respect.
  2. Write an assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses that the student brings to the helping role. 
  3. A professional development plan will be created that will address identified growth areas. 
  4. Receive feedback on counseling skills from instructor, using the Carkhoff Scales. 
  5. Observe other student tapes in class, and give written feedback on strengths and areas of needed improvement.
  6. Participate in at least 8 hours of homework triad practice outside of class.
  7. Receive a written instructor evaluation of counseling skills.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Client Rating Scales

Counselor Rating Scale

Empathy Scale

Genuineness Scale

Respect Scale

History of Interpersonal Process Recall

Student Boundary Setting in Receiving Feedback

Permission Given to Receive Feedback using the ORAL Feedback Model,

Orally and in Writing

Effective Use of Client Conflicts Statement

Making a Tape