Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Gerontological Counselling
Course Code COUN390
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 & Psychotherapy
PSY120 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Course Aims
This course prepares students to become advocates for developing positive, respectful and wellness-enhancing attitudes toward older persons. It also equips students with the knowledge base, skills and techniques to take part in helping professions for enhancing self-sufficiency of the elderly and their families. Major areas of study include: (a) Foundations of Gerontological Counselling; (b) Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling Older Persons; (c) Facilitating the Adaptation in Physical Impairment and Mental Health Issues; (e) Techniques and Methods of Gerontological Counselling; (f) Special Population Situations and Issues, including concerns towards, Grief and Loss, Caregiving and Singlehood, etc.; and (g) Needs and Services of the Older Persons.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

Upon completion of this course student should be able to:

1. Describe the contemporary development of gerontological care as an evolving and
    multidisciplinary field with an appreciation of the importance of positive aging;
2. Identify professional ethics and legal issues related to the practice of gerontological
3. Apply appropriate intervention strategies and counselling skills for situational and
    developmental crises commonly experienced by older people and their families in
    Hong Kong;
4. Evaluate and apply current research findings related to counselling of older people in
    Hong Kong.
Assessment Tasks
Case Presentation & Group Report
Individual Service Proposal
Individual Reflections
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