Department of Counselling and Psychology Course outline
Programme Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology
Course Title Psychotherapy I
Course Code CP514
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 3 hours Lecture
Pre-requisite Course(s) N/A
Dimension Knowledge
Course Aims
The present course (CP514) is the first of a two-course sequence (CP514-515) covering
three theoretical orientations to psychotherapy, as well as crisis prevention and intervention, play therapy and group dynamics. The knowledge provided in these two courses will prepare students for the Clinical Practicum sequence in which students are required to focus on two approaches to psychotherapy. (Students can choose from: Play Therapy, Client-Center Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focus Brief Therapy or Psychodynamic Psychotherapy).
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

Crisis Prevention and Intervention

1. identify the characteristics of crisis and individuals in crisis status;

2. demonstrate understanding of various theories and issues related to crisis management;

3. identify ethical, legal, and cultural issues in crisis management;

4. perform preliminary assessment of suicide and homicide risks.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

5. describe the historical development of CBT;

6. understand the connection between cognition, mood and behaviors;

7. explain how cognitive distortions, misconceptions, negative core beliefs and errors create psychological problems and how behavioral manifestation can develop into major psychological problems (e.g., anxiety);

8. utilize the assessment tools of the model to perform therapeutic assessment;

9. conceptualize cases in accordance with the methodological structure of the model

Group Dynamics

10. differentiate between the types of groups and the functions they serve, and make an informed decision of the type of group that needs to be formed in a specific situation

11. identify the dynamics at play in different stages of a group, and take measures to either deter or enhance their development in the group;

12. critically appraise problem behaviors in difficult groups, and devise ways to resolve them.

13. be aware of various ethical issues while facilitating different types of groups.
Assessment Tasks
Group Counseling Proposal 
CBT Conceptualization Report
Crisis Intervention Reflection Report
Final Examination
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