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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rising Hope, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Counseling


45 hours (15 weeks).

Various facilities as authorized by Rising Hope, Inc.

September 2012 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain various aspects of the counseling relationship: roles, functions, and preparation standards of counselors; apply basic counseling skills and therapeutic techniques; examine personal challenges and how one’s background and life experiences can be turned into personal counseling or helping strength; demonstrate conceptual competence in interviewing skills; and apply practical understanding of psychological health as presented in the texts.


Instruction is offered via classroom lectures accompanied by readings, essays, quizzes, homework, debate, role-lay, interactive problem solving, a midterm exam, and a final exam.  Major topics include: basic counseling skills, therapeutic techniques necessary to become effective helpers, the conditions that facilitate an effective counseling relationship, and stages in the counseling process.  It will familiarize students with the assumptions, theories, strategies, and applications related to development in counseling.  Students are introduced to the roles and functions of counselors in various settings.  Central to this course is an ongoing self-evaluation of students’ attitudes, values, and interpersonal skills.  Individual and interpersonal growth are explored as a vehicle to facilitate healing and transformation. The course is also designed to help students gain basic insight and practical application of psychological knowledge through readings, journal work, group discussions, role-playing, and interviewing, as well as ongoing assessment and integration of overall learning. Prerequisite: College Writing I.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Counseling (9/17) (4/22 revalidation).