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Viewing: PSYC 2571 : Helping Skills

Last approved: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:06:07 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:31:12 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology (PSYC)
Helping Skills
Helping Skills
Spring 2017
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PSYC 1001

Dr. Amber Cargill
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Training for undergraduate students preparing to be entry-level support professionals as a part of the GW Listens program or similar programs offering support to individuals who have mental and physical health issues.
1. Explain the concept of peer support, the roles peer supporters have on a college campus and in the community, and evidence of the effectiveness of peer support.

2. Identify aspects of college life that may impact students’ general psychological well-being, to include topics that pertain to mental health, physical health, sexual health, and alcohol and other drugs.

3. Understand the concept of helping skills in the peer support context, and how they are implemented on a phone call.

4. Apply helping skills to in-vivo phone call role play scenarios.

5. Provide referrals to appropriate university and community resources.

We are not aware of a similar course for undergrduates.
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In an effort to support GW's counseling center (Mental Health Services), we approved a course, 2570, on peer education. Thinking in the counseling center has changed and they want to offer a more skills-based course (2571) in support of the Student Association's GW Listens hotline program. We see this as an opportunity for our majors and other students to learn about college health/mental health issues and acquire basic helping skills that can be used at GW or elsewhere. The course will be taught pro bono by counseling center staff.
cbeil (Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:19:59 GMT): Rollback: The syllabus needs to include information about expectations for time spend participating in out of class learning experiences and assignments need to be included in the syllabus.
carol (Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:25:20 GMT): The Counseling Center has revised the syllabus in response to C. Beil comments. Time to be devoted to the course is indicated, the readings for class sessions are shown in the schedule, and the assignments are more explicitly described. This is to be offered in spring 2017; thanks for moving it along. CKS
carol (Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:31:18 GMT): The Mental Health Services instructors have revised the syllabus for C Beil to show time to be spent on class, more about assignments, readings for each class session. Please rush so it can be offered as planned in spring 2017.
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