Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Microskills in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Course Code COUN210
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s)
COUN200 Theories & Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy
PSY100 Introductory Psychology
Course Aims
This course aims to enable students to practice applying their learning of counselling and psychotherapy in simulated settings. The centrality is developing micro-counselling skills. The running of the course adheres to the laboratory style. Skills that students learn include building rapport and relationship, conveying empathy, reflecting feelings, paraphrasing, clarifying, listening actively, reflecting meanings, summarizing, questioning, focusing, directing, confronting, and influencing, as well as communicating nonverbally. Students will familiarize with these skills at different stages of the counselling process and possibly with clients from different age groups and backgrounds.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

The focus of this course is putting learning into practice. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. know how to create therapeutic conditions conducive to counselling;
2. nurture the basic skills to establish as well as maintain an appropriate counselling relationship;
3. conduct a full interview using basic skills in counselling;
4. develop sufficient confidence in conducting a counselling session as a result of classroom practice and presentation throughout the semester;
5. articulate self-awareness regarding their role/identity as a counsellor; and
conceptualize client issues.
Assessment Tasks
Class Participation
Case Conference – Group Presentation
Case Conference – Evaluation Report
Oral Examination
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