Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The following learning goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Counseling:
- Demonstrate effective individual (adults and children), couples, families, and group counseling skills which facilitate client growth.
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals during practicum experiences.
- Develop an awareness of, and appreciation for, social, cultural influences on human behavior and to recognize the impact of individual differences on the counseling process.
- Recognize client issues in the context of lifespan development.
- Recognize counter-transference that may be interfering with the client’s process, minimize counter-transference through personal work, and understand how counter-transference can be used in therapy.
- Identify ethical and legal issues, and apply appropriately using the decision model.
Conceptualization and Treatment Planning Skills
- Gain significant knowledge of major counseling theories in the context of individual, couple, family and group counseling, and to apply this knowledge to the actual counseling process.
- Understanding and application of the DSM-IV, psychopharmacology, and various psychological assessment instruments.
- Recognition and treatment of clients with addictive behaviors.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the counseling profession, develop an identity as a counselor and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling and consultation services with the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession.
- Use physical, cognitive, social and emotional counseling strategies which include principles of wellness, human development, and prevention in addressing clinical issues.
- View clients from a systemic (micro system) perspective.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Become critical consumers of professional research and literature.
- Formulate sound conceptualizations, recognizing bias and misattribution, and reflecting on ways in which therapeutic or research conversations are influenced through language.
- Collect and organize information, from clinical hypothesis from random or incomplete information, and systematically inquire about the multiple and varied perspectives of a client.
- Integrate prior learning, create a formal system of inquiry, and apply it in a “practicum of research” which connects the work of researcher and clinicians.
- Draw from theoretical and empirical literature, field interviews, and personal experience to develop a knowledge base about unique issues relevant to Californians served by marriage and family therapists.
- Write about various kinds of texts so as to articulate the dimensions of the work.
- Demonstrate an awareness of audience, purpose and various rhetorical forms as well as high level writing within APA forma.