Counseling Theories will explore the historical origins and evolution of contemporary models of psychotherapy and counseling, and current professional research and practice in the field. The student will learn various interventions modalities that may be applied to similar client presentations, and gain insights on how to tailor the most appropriate intervention for a specific client and develop his/her personal paradigm for counseling. Spiritual issues are often an integral but subtle part of counseling process; students will enhance their abilities to recognize and address these issues from a Pagan perspective.
This course will provide an in-depth examination of current psychotherapies and the underlying framework on which each are built. The psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and humanistic approaches will be compared and contrasted. How race, gender, ethnicity, culture, and religion impact an approach and outcome to counseling will also be explored.
Professor: Keith Cates, Ph.D.
Required Books: Bankart, Talking Cures: A History of Western and Eastern Psychotherapies. (1st edition). Brooks Cole. ISBN-13:978-0534343835. (1996)
Class Meeting: Tuesdays at 10:00 PM ET
Class Begins: September 7, 2020 (end of semester Dec 13)