Professional Certificate in Counseling & Psychotherapy

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

This course is an introduction to the science and art of counseling. It is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the psychology of human behavior and change. Students will be exposed to an overview of various psychotherapeutic frameworks – the theoretical underpinnings, guiding principles, interventional strategies as well as limitations of each of these frameworks. There is also exploration of the values and multicultural considerations in the counseling process. Students will learn the concepts of an effective helping process and employ basic helping skills to attend to people who face day-to-day challenges.

Course Benefits

1. Understand the roles, functions, and characteristics of counselors 1.1 Assess the impact of values and multiculturalism on counseling practice1.2 Evaluate the way their own values and perspectives could impact counseling practice
2. Be informed of ethical standards and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling 2.1 Evaluate the concepts in ethical decision making2.2. Assess the different dimensions of confidentiality
3. Understand counseling theories for conceptualization of client presentation and intervention 3.1 Analyze the models in terms of their concepts, process and application and explain their variances3.2 Application of the interventions under the various frameworks covered
3.3 Evaluate the use of research to inform evidence-based practice

Course Outline

  • The Counselor: Person and Professional
  • Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • Alderian Therapy
  • Existential Theory
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Choice Theory/Reality Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Postmodern Approaches
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • An Integrative Perspective
  • An Introduction to the Problem-Management Process – Egan Model

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Trainer Profile

Our Lecturers

All our lecturers are selected based on their subject expertise, experience and dedication. They are required to possess at least a Masters in their subject expertise. With their years of work experience, they will also be able to illustrate topics in class with real world examples. We are committed to provide a high standard of service by promoting an environment conductive to student learning through a low student-teacher ratio of 30:1. Currently, we have 50 adjunct lecturers. A brief profile of some of our lecturers is given below.

Details of our lecturers can be found on our website.