Counseling Psychology (251013)

Learning Outcomes

1)    Understand the role of the psychologist, counselor and psychotherapist. 
2)    Know and practice the main skills necessary in a professional helping relationship; 
3)    Know the main models of approach in psychological consultation and the various contexts of intervention.

Study Program

1)    Introduction to psychological consultation.
2)    Historical perspective - the origins of psychological consultation and counseling.
3)    The psychological consultation as a helping relationship: clinical interview, counseling, psychotherapy.
4)    Theoretical guidelines and psychological consultation and counseling models: dynamic, humanistic, behavioral, cognitive and systemic.
5)    Specific features of psychological consultation and counseling: therapeutic indications and effectiveness of interventions.
6)    Aspects of psychological consultation: psychologists’ attitudes and behaviors; consultation objectives formulation; establishing the helping relationship; beginning and ending of the consultation; the communicative and emotional dimensions.
7)    The therapeutic setting.
8)    Timmings in psychological consultation: Tracking, terminus, follow-up.
9)    Learning the basic skills of consultation and interview.
10)    Ethical aspects of psychological consultation.
11)    Psychological Consultation in different contexts.



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