IAE203 - Counselling Adults Learners

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Subject Title
Counselling Adults Learners

Subject Description
This subject focuses on the development of helping skills, which leads to increased effectiveness as a facilitator/teacher trainer. The subject is designed to examine both the theoretical and practical aspects of counselling adults. Carkhuff's Model of Helping is examined and the seven basic helping skills reviewed and practiced. Each participant is involved in and the taping of a practice interview.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Issues in Adult Education Recognition of Achievement Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Increase their effectiveness as a facilitator/teacher trainer through the development of helping skills.

2. Examine critically both the theoretical and practical aspects of counselling adults.

3. Review and practice the seven basic helping skills of Carkhuff's Model of Helping.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

BEC910 - Introduction to Adult Education

Topic Outline

  • Fundamental Percepts of Effective Helping
  • The Carkhuff Model of Helping
  • Attending Skills (Non-verbal communication; Empathy)
  • Attending Skills (Respectfulness; Genuineness)
  • Responding Skills (Paraphrasing; Reflection of Feeling)
  • Responding Skills (Questioning; Self-disclosure)
  • Personalizing Skills (Concreteness; Immediacy)
  • Personalizing Skills (Summarizing; Feedback; Silence)
  • Initiating Skills (Confrontation; Encouragement)
  • Initiating Skills (Goal Setting; Contracting)
  • Recycling Helping
  • Summary and Wrap up discussion

Mode of Instruction
This program uses a “self-directed learner” or “independent” learner philosophy model.  The teaching and learning approach in this course is based on the premise that learners, when given the option and encouragement, will want and come to prefer learning involvement where considerable freedom and personal direction is possible.  But, we recognize that self-directed learning is a goal achieved over time and to different degrees. During this course, students are likely to experience self-directed learning at their own individual pace, and contact with peers and the instructor.  In addition, the opportunity to submit questions and comments both privately and to a public discussion area will be available.  Students will be required to submit weekly assignments and four tapes showing skill attainment.

This subject is delivered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor, and online activities. 

Prescribed Texts
Essential Interviewing - A Programmed Approach to Effective Communication”.  8th  Edition.  David R. Evans, Margaret T. Hearn, Max R. Uhlemann, Allen E. Ivey. Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.

Reference Material
“The Art of Helping in the 21st Century, 8th edition”.  Robert R. Carkhuff.  Human Resources Development Press 0-87425-530-9 ISBN (Fax 1 604 925 0566)

“The Assessment Component of Employment Counselling:  A Goal-Setting Process”. Employment Programs Learning and Development, Human Resources Development Canada. 

Required Supplies
1 audio or video tapes per person.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Weekly assignments and discussion (12 @ 4%) 48%
Demonstration of Helping Skills 30%
Summary of Learning Journal 12%
Self-Assessment 10%

Note: Seneca College's grading policy applies to online subjects.

Expected English Competencies

The ability to communicate in writing is essential for success in all business subjects. All written work must display the following characteristics of clarity and conciseness: 
  • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar 
  • spelling and punctuation are correct 
  • appropriate vocabulary is used 
  • sentences are structured correctly 
  • main points are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
  • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs 
  • work is arranged in correct format (i.e., reports, essays) 
  • layout is attractively displayed

Up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all written work if the above mentioned expected English competencies are not met. 
Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified.  Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action be established.  Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two sessions after the assignment due date.

The College Academic Policy will prevail regarding Academic Honesty.

Assignments will be marked on the basis of an appropriate standard of research, content, organizaton of material and presentation.  Assignments are to be grammatically correct and typewritten or prepared by computer.

Students are expected to demonstrate a professional level of communication skills both verbally and in their written work.

All academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading supplemental exams, deferred exams, and accommodations.


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