TeacherDr. M. Großklaus
SemesterSpring & FallDuration8 Weeks
FrequencyEvery year
Credits5 ECTSWorkload125-150 Hours
Module formatIntensive / Practical
ApplicabilityThis Module is a very practical application of counseling theories and techniques. Other Modules will also benefit from the practical awareness and experience gained by the students.
Course structureSee module and courses
Contact time30-40 HoursSelf-Study110-120 Hours
Participation requirementSee access to the program
Phase 15030%
Readings & Preparation
Participation in Counseling individuals and groups in marriage and family settings
Phase 24040%
Participation in Supervision Seminars
Individual presentation
Phase 36030%
Participation in Counseling individuals and groups in marriage and family settings
Content of the ModuleAn introduction to current and traditional theories of supervision and counseling, with attention given to the evolution of these frameworks, as well as recent theoretical developments and research pertaining to the study of this topic.
Learning Objectives

A. General Learning Objectives

  1. Engage the student in exploring philosophies of supervision and counseling.
  2. Introduce the student to traditional theories of counseling.
  3. Introduce the student to current theories of counseling.
  4. Provide an overview of supervision in a psychological and theological context.

B. Specific Objectives

  1. Explain systems concepts and theories that are foundational to the practice of counseling and supervision.
  2. Identify counselors´ strengths and resources.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to view issues and therapeutic processes systemically.
  4. Define counseling.
  5. Define supervision.
OutlineA. What is counseling?
B. What is supervision?
C. The importance of personality
D. The importance of communication
E. Techniques of communication in a counseling context
ExaminationThis is a practicum module without a final exam but attendance and participation in the supervision seminar which includes focused discussions.
Core Literature


McLeod, J. (2003). An Introduction to Counselling, Third Edition, Open University Press.

Reading List:

Axline, V. M. (1969). Play therapy. New York: Ballantine Books.
Geldard, K. & Geldard, D. (2002). Counseling children: A practical introduction. London: Sage Publications.
Golden, L. B. (2002). Case studies in child and adolescent counseling. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Dobson, J. C. (2004). The New Strong-Willed Child. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Dobson, J. C. (2005). Bringing up Boys. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Dobson, J. C. (2010). Bringing up Girls. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Hazler, R. J. (2008). Helping in the Hallways. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Landreth, G. L. (1991). Play therapy: The art of the relationship. Briston, PA: Accelerated Development.
Levy, R. & O’Hanlon, W. (2001). Try and Make Me! New York, NY: New American Library.
Mordock, J. B. (1991). Counseling children: Basic principles for helping the troubled and defiant child. New York, NY: The Continuum Publishing Company.
Oaklander, V. (1998). Windows to our children. (2nd Ed.). Highland, New York: Gestalt Journal Press.
Schaefer, C. (1999). Innovative psychotherapy techniques in child and adolescent therapy (2nd Ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley &Sons.
Taffel, R. (2001). Getting through to difficult kids and parents: Uncommon sense for child professionals. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

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