Course Descriptions

Core Courses 

KACC 101 Basic Skill of Counseling
This course provides a set of skills which will help the student to understand the helping relationship based on the Egan model of counseling. The model is a basis for learning all the basic skills and applying them to the Korean and Western cultures. Modifications will be made to incorporate the techniques which would be most valuable to use with the Korean population. These skills will be applied in a laboratory setting.
KACC 102 Theories of Counselling
This course examines the basic tenets and therapeutic processes that characterize various theoretical approaches to counselling/psychotherapy. The models are clustered according to the four major forces in psychology: Psychodynamic (Psychoanalytic, Adlerian); Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural (Behavioural, Cognitive-Behavioural, Reality); Humanistic (Existential, Person-Centred, Gestalt); and Contextual/Systemic (Feminist, Family Systems, Multicultural). Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the various approaches as well as self-reflection in relation to values, beliefs, assumptions about human nature, and worldview.
KACC 103 Family Systems
This course gives us an understanding of the major family theories in counselling. The models provide the theory so that they can apply to the Korean and Western cultures. Modifications will be made to incorporate the techniques of each model which would be most valuable to use with the Korean population.

Required Courses

KACC 201 Advanced Counselling Skills
 This course is largely experiential, with a significant laboratory format. Classes include presentations of theoretical concepts associated with advanced counselling skills, in-class demonstrations, and exercises designed to facilitate counsellor development. Professional roles, associations and preparation standards are also addressed.
KACC 202 Psychopathology
The student examines the major psychological dysfunction (psychoses, neuroses, personality disorders), the behavioral manifestations and dynamics of dysfunctions, and the therapeutic approaches to treatment.
KACC 203 Crisis Counselling
Crisis Counselling is an examination of the theory, interventions, and research relevant to providing crisis management services with people experiencing situational, transitional, and cultural/socio-structural crises.
KACC 204 Group Counselling
This course includes an overview of the theories and applications of group processes. Participants are instructed and supervised in group leadership & facilitation skills. This introduction consists of an overview of group dynamics, a survey of the major models of group counselling & therapy, and a laboratory section to facilitate the development of group counselling skills and competencies.
KACC 205 Grief Counselling
The purpose of this course is to examine the physical/mental/emotional/spiritual/social dynamics and issues of loss and grief. Loss is defined as any experience that restricts us; from the concrete - bereavement or chronic illness, to the intangible - shattering of a dream or expectation. Grief is the holistic reactions and responses to loss. This course helps to develop understanding and skills to support and counsel grieving adults and children.
KACC 206 Integration Seminar
This course examines ethical theory, how ethical situations arise in counselling, and how self-awareness and our value system affect the counselling environment. Students are encouraged to develop their own ethical stance on various dilemmas. Topics include: Risk assessment; child protection; note taking and data protection; counselling and the law.

Elective Courses

The following elective courses will be offered on a rotational basis and may not be available simultaneously.
KACC 211 Marriage and Family Counselling
This course provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with and differentiate between the major theoretical and therapeutic models assumed by contemporary theorists and practitioners of marital and family therapy.
KACC 212 Cognitive Counselling Therapy
This course is designed to enhance students’ theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of cognitive-behavior therapy.  Readings and lectures will address behavioral theory, assessment (as it relates to treatment), and behavioral therapies.  Topics will include classic behavioral principles and therapies, information-processing, cognitive approaches to psychopathology, and more recent, integrative approaches in the behavioral tradition. In-class activities will include lectures, discussions, video and audiotape presentations as well as therapy simulations.  Although this course will in no way provide a comprehensive review of the behavioral tradition, it is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to this area of psychotherapy which will prepare students to further explore behavioral therapies on their own and in subsequent supervised practical.
KACC 213 Addiction
This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the basic treatment approaches to substance abuse and more particularly to alcoholism. While it will address various approaches to the treatment of substance abuse, it will focus specifically on Experiential Systemic treatment and the Alcohol Recovery Project.
KACC 214 Counselling Adolescent
This course examines the theoretical and empirical literature associated with risks and resiliency during adolescence. It seeks to provide a comprehensive guide to counselling individuals from adolescence to early adulthood, with an emphasis on familial, emotional and social influences on development and behaviour. It encompasses both the prevention and interventions related to aggression, eating disorders, sexual misconduct, addictions, depression, self-injurious behaviour and suicide. The approaches and strategies for counselling adolescents will include story making and telling, play therapy, and other therapeutic activities in addition to the traditional talking therapy. There will be demonstrations and hand-on counselling experience with adolescent clients.
KACC 215 Counselling Children
This course seeks to provide a comprehensive guide to counselling children with a variety of problems (e.g., abuse, ADD/ADHD). It encompasses both theoretical issues and practical applications. Specific interventions include play therapy, art therapy, story writing, and creative activities. This course is designed for students enrolled in the School Counselling track with an Elementary School focus, but it is also available for other graduate students interested in learning more about working with children. This course provides opportunities for students to be involved in both individual and group therapy with children under direct supervision.

Practicum and Internship Courses

KACC 301 / 302 Practicum / Internship

Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of approved internship. This provides students with opportunities to refine their process assessment and counselling skills, and develop specialized interest areas. The practicum and Internship are regarded as a summative clinical experience. The principal goal of these courses is to provide an opportunity for integration and practice of counselling theories, methods and techniques in a professional counselling setting. The course is also an opportunity to integrate and apply Christian principles and counselling approaches to real life “problems in living”. Ethical, legal, professional and clinical issues are a particular focus of the course. Issues related to gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation will also be addressed.