Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: DAAC-1317- Section: 50
Basic Counseling Skills
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Felicia McAdams
Phone(409) 984-6183
Location:Student Center - Room: 312
Hours:Schedule an appointment through AppointmentPlus, https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/7q6vp6t8/
Student Advising
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description Basic Counseling Skills: This course is designed to facilitate development of basic communication skills necessary to develop an effective helping relationship with clients. It includes the utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families, or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and it's ramifications; examination of alternative solutions; and decision making.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Students will define and explain techniques relevant to the various theories of counseling (PSLO 2).
Students will identify major approaches to treatment (PSLO 3).
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes Define and explain techniques relevant to the various theories of counseling.
Identify major approaches to treatment.
Textbooks Title: Developing Clinical Skills for Substance Abuse Counseling
Author: Daniel Yalisove
Year of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 978-1556203077
Lecture Topics
Major Assignments
Week 1: Introductions, Syllabus, Course Outline, Blackboard Overview
Week 2: Introduction to Concepts of Basic Counseling Skills
Week 3: Communication Skills
Week 4: Communication Skills Lecture/Practice
Week 5: Phases of Treatment; Journal #1
Week 6: Test I
Week 7: Motivational Interviewing; Self-Awareness Paper Due
Week 8: Motivational Interviewing Lecture/Practice
Week 9: Treatment Plans and Clinical Notes; Journal #2
Week 10: Group Counseling; Journal #3
Week 11: Test II
Week 12: Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Disorders Journal #4
Week 13: Thanksgiving Break
Week 14: Working with Families; Journal #5
Week 15: Final Exam Review
Week 16: Comprehensive Final Exam
Final Exam Date December 12, 2018 - 5:30 PM   Through  December 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Grading Scale 900 - 1000 = A
800 - 889 = B
700 - 779 = C
600 - 699 = D
599 and Below = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Self-Awareness Paper - 20%
Tests - 20%
Attendance/Participation - 15%
Chapter Quizzes - 15%
Journals - 12.5%
Final Exam 10%
Skills Assessment - 7.5%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or through your personal email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.

Late work will not be accepted. If you know you're going to be out, submit your assignment, or schedule to take your quiz or test in advance.

I will evaluate the class' progress and adjust the course schedule as necessary.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three absences from the course will receive an academic penalty (which is spelled out by the instructor).
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.