Helping Skills (PSY2214.01)

Emily Waterman

This course is an introduction to dyadic (one on one) helping and communication skills that prompt personal growth and development. Students will learn about theories, techniques, and research regarding effective helping skills and human behavior. We will cover a range of specific skills and the rationale for their use, and how to apply these skills appropriately during helping interactions. We will discuss how sociocultural factors play a role in the helping relationship, and cover special topics such as helping violence survivors. Students will apply specific skills in frequent practice sessions with peers, which will be observed by the instructor and peers. Please come to class with readiness for self-examination; there will be an emphasis on personal reflection of one’s skills in this course.


Learning Outcomes:
1: Students will be able to identify, accurately describe, and explain reasoning for attending behaviors and basic interpersonal and interviewing skills (for example, verbal and non-verbal
attending behavior, reflecting feelings, reflecting content, effective questioning, summarizing).
2: Students will be able to engage in self-examination of their skill level and give empathetic and constructive feedback to peers; students will be able to accept and integrate feedback to improve their skills.
3: Students will be able to recognize, identify, accurately describe and explain the importance of ethical standards and multicultural awareness as applied to the helping relationship.
4: Students will be able to demonstrate basic helping skills such as verbal and non-verbal attending behavior, reflecting feelings, reflecting content, effective questioning, summarizing).



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M 3:40PM - 5:30PM & W 4:10PM - 6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Psychology , Fully In-Person
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