By the end of the course, students:
(a) will be aware of contemporary theory and research regarding counselling services,
(b) will be familiar with different kinds and ways of counselling in diverse settings and populations,
(c) will acquire basic counselling skills,
(d) will be aware of ethical issues during counselling, and finally,
(e) will develop their professional identity and self-awareness towards values, stereotypes and prejudices during counselling.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is an introduction to the theory, research and practice of Counselling Psychology. More particularly, the course aims to (a) familiarise students with the theory, the methods and practices of counselling, (b) help students acquire basic counselling skills, and (c) to offer students the opportunity to develop their serf-awareness and professional identity as counselling psychologists. The course is divided in two sections, a theoretical one based on lectures and a practical one based on experiential learning and group exercises. The theoretical section covers the following topics: (a) the current identity of Counselling Psychology, both internationally and in Greece, (b) different forms of counselling in a variety of settings, (c) the person-centred theory of C. Rogers, (d) the role of theory and research in the field, (e) the role of counsellor as well as various critical issues for novice counsellors, (f) the stages of the first counselling session, (g) basic counselling skills, and (h) ethical issues. The practical section covers a series of experiential exercises which aim to develop self-awareness and skills as well as the professional identity of future counselling psychologists.
counselling skills, Rogers's theory, counsellor, stages of counselling, ethics
This academic year, because of the pandemic Covid-19, the course is taught exclusively through distant learning. Therefore, new information technology methods and procedures of are being constantly used for lectures, communication with students, as well as course evaluation. For example: zoom lectures and meetings, emails, videos, e-learning, etc.
Additional bibliography for study
Μαλικιώση-Λοΐζου, Μ. (2011). Η Συμβουλευτική Ψυχολογία στην Ελλάδα σήμερα. Hellenic Journal of Psychology, 8, 266-288.
Malikiosi-Loizos, M., & Ivey, E. A. (2011). Counseling in Greece. Journal of Counseling & Development, 90, 113-118.
McLeod, J. (2005). Εισαγωγή στη Συμβουλευτική. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο.
Pelling, N. (2004). Counselling psychology: Diversity and commonalities across the Western World (Editorial). Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 17(3), 239-245.
Stalikas, A. (2003). A historical approach to the identity development of counselling psychology. Psychology, 10 (2 and 3), 279-294.
Giovazolias, T. (2005). Counselling psychology and the integration of theory, research and practice: A personal account. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 18(2), 161-168.
Athanasiades, C. (2008). Towards an integrated identity in counselling psychology: Graduate, professional and academic experiences. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 21(3), 237-245.