The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the development of counselling
skills and improved interpersonal relationships through the exchange of ideas, feelings and
attitudes. Through interaction and experiential learning activities, students will develop a
working knowledge of counseling and interviewing skills, and procedures.
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the principles and elements of the counselling interview.
- Demonstrate purposeful and effective counselling skills in a counselling interview.
- Demonstrate the ability to establish an effective helping relationship, including attending
to cognition, affect and meaning.
- Outline the role of psychological theory in application to the helping process.
- Describe ethical issues for helpers and ways of committing to ethical professional practice.
EDUC 5501: Introduction to Counselling Skills includes the following 12 modules:
- Module 1: Introduction to the Counselling Profession
- Module 2: Ethical Issues--Multicultural Competence and Diversity: The Role of Theoretical
Orientation in Practice
- Module 3: Ethical Issues and Professional Boundaries--Skills of Attending, Empathizing and
- Module 4: Developing Counselling Goals--Skills of Questioning, Paraphrasing and Summarizing
- Module 5: Dealing with Emotional Intensity--Skills of Reflecting Feelings and Listening
During a Five-stage Counselling Session
- Module 6: The Art and Practice of Counselling--Skills of Focusing, Exploring and
- Module 7: Influencing--Skills of Reflecting Meaning, Reframing and Transitions
- Module 8: Strategies for Client Change--Skills of Self-disclosure, Feedback and Immediacy
- Module 9: Theoretical Orientation in Practice--Skills of Integration and Closure
- Module 10: Counsellor Burnout and Self-care--Skill of Integration
- Module 11: Counselling Skills in Various Settings--Skill of Integration
- Module 12: Reflecting on Learning, and Goal Setting for the Future
Required text and materials
Online MEd students are responsible for sourcing and/or ordering their own books. Please see
the list of required textbooks here: https://www.tru.ca/distance/courses/MEd_Textbook_List.pdf
You may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at https://thebookstore.tru.ca/. Please note, if you choose
to source your own textbooks, publishers may offer several package options that include
additional resource material not required in your course. You may choose to purchase any
package as long as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.
If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact OLMaterials@tru.ca. They will be happy to assist you.
A computer with Internet access is required.
You will require a web cam along with a headset or computer microphone and speakers to
participate in synchronous online meet-ups.
Someone in your group will need to have video equipment and editing software to record
practice sessions and cut into shorter segment for submission for marking.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on
the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Project.
|Assignment 1: Video Recording and Reflective Paper 1
|Assignment 2: Reflective Practice Journal 1
|Assignment 3: Transcript Analysis
|Assignment 4: Video Recording and Reflective Paper 2
|Assignment 5: Reflective Practice Journal 2
|Final Project: Final Video Recording Demonstration and Paper *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication through
the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact
information at the start of the course.