Counseling Skills: Theory and Practice

Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter

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If it is possible to genuinely meet and discover each other as persons—actually to empathize with and understand both the cultural beliefs and political views of each other—then I think the obscured future may be penetrated with some clear rays of light that we may realistically hope for a better world.   — Carl Rogers (1902-1987)

This program will engage in the study of counseling skills from theory to practice and application. The practice of counseling, applied cultural competency skills, and evolving one's skills as a counselor will be developed throughout the yearlong program. Learning goals include acquiring a theoretical and applied understanding of psychological theory and practice from emotional, biological, cultural, and social contextual perspectives. We will incorporate diverse pedagogical strategies including lecture, discussion, dialogue, seminar, counseling labs, and expressive-arts therapy laboratories. We will work with both asynchronous (online/videos/readings) and synchronous (live participation) options throughout the fall quarter.

During fall students will study personality theory and explore the relationship between personality theory and applied counseling skills. In winter, students will study ethics in the helping professions. Spring quarter will focus on social science writing to integrate theory and practice.

This is an intellectually and emotionally challenging program that best serves students willing to make a nine-month-long commitment that will require class time, homework, and an internship experience during winter and spring quarter. In both winter and spring quarters, students will be required to complete 6-credit internships in health care settings which can be local or national with faculty approval , providing opportunities to integrate theory and practice. The program work will help to prepare you for this internship with mental health community partners. This program provides an excellent opportunity to prepare for human service careers in psychology and social work.

An application to this program is required and is available at . Completed applications received by the spring academic fair will receive priority.

To successfully participate in this program fall quarter students need access to internet capability to access Zoom, Canvas and online case studies that are video based,  a webcam, and a private space to be without interruptions for counseling lab and supervision for 3.5 hours a week. Students should plan for 5 hours of synchronous learning each week using Zoom, Canvas, and other online learning systems.  Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Psychology, social work


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • Fall Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
  • Winter and Spring: Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 25 - 49% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 9:30 am
SEM 2 D2109 - Seminar

Located in: Olympia

2020-05-21required fees removed for fall, winter, and spring