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PSYC 220 - Interpersonal Communications
Course Code:
PSYC 220

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
Interpersonal communication introduces students to a variety of techniques commonly used by interviewers and counsellors. This course introduces basic communication and counselling skills within a problem-solving framework. This is a practical course that emphasizes the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to the human service worker.

Date First Offered:
2006-02-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45

Total Weeks:

15

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites
:
None

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
Course Content
- Introduction to helping
- Counselling theory
- Overview of the helping model
- The helping relationship: Values in action
- Introduction to communication and micro helping skills
- Interviewing skills
- Active listening
- Sharing empathetic highlights
- Probing and summarizing
- Stage I,II, III of the helping model
- Action
- Reluctant and resistant clients
- Challenging skills


Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of PSYC 220, students will:
- Be familiar with the literature on current counselling theories in psychology.
- Be able to describe effective communication skills and strategies in a counselling setting.
- Recognize and practice a personal commitment to the underlying values of interpersonal communication.
- Demonstrate the use of effective communication skills in the helping process.
- Discuss personal styles in interpersonal relationships.
- Identify a theoretical paradigm for their counselling perspective.
- Plan and conduct beginning interviews using a broad range of communication skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to provide constructive verbal feedback to others.

Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 25 %
Midterm Exam: 25 %
Assignments: 40 %
Participation: 10 %

Number of Assignments:
2

Writing Assignments:
Summary and Critique of Interview and Article Critique

Percentage of Individual Work:

70

Percentage of Group Work:
30

Course Offered in Other Programs:
Yes

Other Programs:
Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts, Associate of Arts Degree, Elementary Education, Elementary Social Sciences
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