Mental Health Counseling
Tools, Techniques, and Strategies of Counseling I
This course teaches introspective skills in order to develop a therapeutic relationship, maintain ethical boundaries, interview and counsel, and to cultivate self-awareness within the field of clinical mental health counseling. The course emphasizes the centrality for students to be nonjudgmental, reflective, and authentic towards one’s internal perceptions of self, others, values, beliefs, and environment in order to fully engage in the helping profession. Specific learned skills are basic listening, self-awareness, stress management, self-care, mindfulness, empathy, and other practices that promote positive counseling outcomes.