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)

After completing the course, students 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 counselling;
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 and Group Report
Individual Service Proposal
Final Examination
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