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Course Code: EDUC535 Course ID: 2798 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Introduces the fundamental counseling theories with special emphasis on how they would be applied in educational settings. Candidates develop an appreciation of the relationship between theories, issues affecting students, and the utilization of key helping strategies. Theories covered range from psychoanalytic, humanistic, existential, behavioral, cognitive, gestalt, and postmodern approaches. Ethical and multicultural considerations are also discussed. (Prerequisite: EDUC507)

Course Schedule

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Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  1. Analyze major counseling theories, historical and current (Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Existential, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Rational-Emotive, Behavioral, Cognitive, Solution-Focused).
  2. Contrast the view of the counseling relationship between major theorists.
  3. Compare and contrast the various factors that cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic theorists believe influence the learning process.
  4. Apply theories to counseling children, adolescents, and teens in school settings.
  5. Apply each theory to how children, adolescents, and teens learn and develop.
  6. Explain applicable techniques that encourage motivation and academic success.
  7. Use major counseling theories to articulate the needs of those with special education needs, those at-risk, and those from differing cultures and socio-economic statuses. Also, relate theory knowledge to the identification of resources which support intellectual, social, and personal development of children, adolescents, and teens.
  8. Analyze how the theories support and increase the effectiveness of a school counseling program.
  9. Articulate knowledge of counseling theories in a manner that parents, teachers, other school personnel may support the learning and well-being of children, adolescents, and teens.
  10. Evaluate how behavior can be modified according to the theories.
  11. Evaluate how theories may affect a counseling situation with someone from a different social/cultural background.
  12. Apply strategies of major counseling theories with common school concerns.

NameGrade %
Homework Assignments 50.00 %
Assignment 1: Psychoanalytic Theory 6.25 %
Assignment 2: Adler 6.25 %
Assignment 3: Rogerian Therapy 6.25 %
Assignment 4: Existential (Frankl) 6.25 %
Assignment 5: Reality Therapy 6.25 %
Assignment 6: Social Cognitive Theory Bandura 6.25 %
Assignment 7: Narrative Therapy 6.25 %
Assignment 8: Family Systems Therapy 6.25 %
Forum 30.00 %
Forum 1 3.75 %
Forum 2 3.75 %
Forum 3 3.75 %
Forum 4 3.75 %
Forum 5 3.75 %
Forum 6 3.75 %
Forum 7 3.75 %
Forum 8 3.75 %
Final Paper 20.00 %
Personal Model of Counseling 20.00 %

Required Text(s) and Reading

Corey, G. (2009). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (9th ed.). Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole Publishing.

ISBN: 0495102083 The DVD is needed.

APUS Library E-Reserve

Citation and Reference Style

You will be expected to adhere to APA style throughout this program. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) may be purchased and used in all courses.

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

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Book Title:Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Publication Info:Cengage
Author:Corey, Gerald
Unit Cost:$279.02
Electronic ISBN:9781133708902
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.