Pre Practicum Seminar
The purpose of the pre-practicum course is to familiarize students with the counselling experience, and provide the foundation for the practicum experience. Students will begin to develop a professional counselling identity through the course's focus on the personal qualities needed to develop an authentic and effective counseling relationship.
Students will practice and learn basic counseling communication and interpersonal skills and behaviors through practice counselling sessions in and outside class under the supervision of the lecturer. Through practice and supervision, students will develop the skills necessary to influence the counselling process. Pre-Practicum in Counselling also focuses on the professional behaviors expected of graduate students in a master’s level program, and the characteristics needed to be successful in the field of counseling. These include: punctuality, maturity, and receptivity to feedback. A demonstration of these skills, attitudes and behaviours is a prerequisite for enrollment in practicum.
Students will also examine their personality issues and interpersonal styles and will follow ACA and APA Ethical Standards. The lecturer will evaluate students throughout the module in the three areas of skill development, professional development, and personal development. The course also integrates the mechanics of case conceptualization, conducting mental status examination, providing diagnostic assessment, the formulation of a treatment plan and acquiring the skills to effectively conduct clinical interviews.
The course provides exposure to the operations of mental health clinical settings with special focus on the operations at The Counselling Centre (TCC) at Caribbean Graduate School of Theology.