Rising Hope, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience
45 hours (15 weeks).
September 2012 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: critique basic family counseling concepts; assess the fundamental human values that are essential to building healthy family structures and relationships; apply conceptual knowledge by conducting a brief counseling session, and critiquing the counseling skills being used by counselors in role-play counseling sessions; analyze and evaluate why it is important for members of a family to have equal value and for the parent/s or guardian/s to be in charge; analyze the factors that make up a healthy loving relationship, (e.g. respect, independence, intimacy, and a realistic and positive sense of self); apply and relate the concepts being introduced from readings to personal experience; examine the causes and need for individuals to expect change in their lives; and evaluate the importance of speaking, listening, and cooperation skills with respect to how they affect family life and interpersonal health.
Instruction is offered via classroom lectures accompanied by readings, essays, quizzes, homework, debate, role-play, interactive problem solving, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Major topics include: basic family counseling concepts, how professional counselors view family wellness, and how they bring about positive change within the family. Understanding the balance between individuality and connection is an important aspect of this course. Students examine healthy loving relationships and the importance of human values such as: respect, responsibility, flexibility, equality, independence, interdependence, honesty, and sincerity. Additional topics include the concepts of grace and the evolution of consciousness. Prerequisite: College Writing I.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Counseling (9/17).