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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for AD 153 Effective Fall 2021

Course Number:
AD 153
Course Title:
Theories of Counseling
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Course Description

Covers basic theories of counseling, emphasizing treatment of addiction. Uses the developmental model of recovery as a basis for discussion and comparison of the various theories. Prerequisites/concurrent: AD 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Apply targeted theories of counseling to the development of a professional disclosure statement.
  2. Adapt various theories of counseling to the addictions counseling framework.
  3. Evaluate various counseling approaches to determine if they qualify as an evidence-based practices.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The essential elements of each the following basic theories will be addressed:

  1. Addiction Counseling, including disease etiology, twelve step and other self help approaches, and relapse prevention methods
  2. Essential elements of each the following:

a.     Human growth and development, including life stages, childhood, adolescence, adulthood & older adults

b.    Humanistic, including person-centered, motivational interviewing/stages of change

c.     Psychoanalytic theories, including defense mechanisms, resistance & transference

d.    Behavior therapy, including learning, reinforcement & behavior modification, systematic desensitization & relaxation, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

e.     Cognitive Behavior therapies, including Rational Emotive Therapy, cognitive therapy & reality therapy

f.     Family Systems theory, including Adlerian, Human Validation Process Model and Satir’s conjoint family therapy

g.    Feminist and Postmodern approaches, including social construction, solution-focused brief therapy, narrative therapy

h.     Existential and other theories, including perceptual/phenomenological approaches, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, transpersonal/spiritual

i.      Interpersonal biology, including attachment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness 

This course has been approved for use in the Distance Education format.