Students examine the theory, skills, qualities and ethical considerations of a professional helping relationship that promote self-sufficiency and self-determination. Emphasis is placed on the values that form a client-centred, strengths-based and ecological approach to supportive counselling, including respect, genuineness, empathy and empowerment. Students examine their personal values and attitudes and their impact on the helping relationship. Skills for teaching crisis management, coping strategies, goal setting and implementation are investigated. Crisis and suicide prevention and intervention are discussed. Students practice active listening, helping skills, and de-escalation of behaviour through experiential activities.
Students registering for credit courses for the first time must declare a program at the point of registration. Declaring a program does not necessarily mean students must complete a program, individual courses may be taken for skill improvement and upgrading.
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