Syllabus and Course Contract for

Theories and Techniques of Counseling: Adults (PSY 464)

Section 01:MW 2–3:15

Spring 2016

Contact Information

Instructor: W. Joel Schneider
Office: De Garmo 456
Phone: 438-8410
Office hours: Wednesdays 11–12, and by appointment

Course Objectives



Class Participation

You are expected to attend every lecture prepared to discuss assigned readings. If you are unable to attend a lecture, you are expected to meet with me to discuss a plan to make up what you missed. Excessive absences may result in a failure to complete the course. More than 2 absences is excessive.

You are expected to practice clinical skills in role-playing exercises both in class and, from time to time, outside of class. If necessary, you are expected to consult with me to overcome any obstacles such as shyness and performance anxiety that might prevent you from participating fully.

Counseling Skills Evaluations

You will schedule several 1-hour sessions with the second-year students to demonstrate your competence in the following skills:

  1. 1st Session/History Taking
  2. Basic Rogerian Listening Skills
  3. Cognitive Restructuring

You will write up and turn in a short summary of each session (about 2 pages) of what happened, the feedback you received, and what you learned.


All university courses should be challenging and exciting. Class discussions should be relevant, spirited, and intellectually serious. At the graduate level, much of the responsibility for making the class discussions lively and interesting shifts from the instructor to the participants. For graduate students, the expectations for academic rigor during discussions are also higher than they are for undergraduates. For example, graduate students are expected to base their arguments on theory and empirical data rather than solely on intuition and personal experience. Unfortunately, many students cannot engage in informed discussions very often because they have not completed their assigned readings. The following policies and procedures were developed to promote an atmosphere of intellectual rigor, competence, and enthusiasm in the course:

Throughout the course you will be assigned readings. The reading load is not light.. You are expected to have the assignments completed prior to the class period.

Reaction Papers

Class Discussion of Readings

Personal Project


The midterm and final exams will involve an individually scheduled role play with me during the week before the exam. The role play is graded pass/fail. You must pass the role play to pass the class. You may redo the role play once each exam. The written in-class portion of the exam will involve your case conceptualization of the character with whom you role played. Discussing the role play before the exam with other students in the program is forbidden.

The exams will also involve other written essay questions. The final exam is cumulative.

Grading Procedure

All pass/fail assignments must be passed to receive a grade in the course. With instructor permission, failed assignments may be attempted a second time.

Class Participation 100 points
Reaction Papers 100 points
Personal Project 200 points
Midterm 300 points
Final Exam 300 points
Total 1000 points

Final Grade
Performance Grade
900-1000 A
800-899 B
700-799 C
600-699 D
0-599 F

Special Accommodations

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this class, please contact Disability Concerns at 438-5853 (voice), 438-8620 (TDD).

Academic Integrity

Plagiarizing and cheating on exams and other assignments are not tolerated. Any student exhibiting academic dishonesty will receive an F in the course and will be referred for disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may include expulsion from the university.


The best way to reach me is by email or in person, before or after class. I do not check my office telephone messages nearly as often as I check my email. I may, from time to time, email you about various matters.

Additional information

Tentative Course Outline

This may change as needed throughout the semester

Date Book Chapter Title
1/11 Introduction    
1/13 Rogers with Gloria Parts 1-5 Three Approaches to Psychotherapy: Carl Rogers & Gloria
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 1  
1/20 Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 2  
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 3  
  Yalom Introduction Introduction
  Yalom Chapter 1 Remove the Obstacles to Growth
  Yalom Chapter 2 Avoid Diagnosis (Except For Insurance Companies)
  Yalom Chapter 3 Therapist and Patient as Fellow Travelers
1/25 Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 4  
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 5  
  Yalom Chapter 4 Engage the Patient
  Yalom Chapter 5 Be Supportive
  Yalom Chapter 6 Empathy: Looking Out the Patient's Window
  Yalom Chapter 7 Teach Empathy
1/27 Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 6  
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 7  
  Yalom Chapter 8 Let the Patient Matter to You
  Yalom Chapter 9 Acknowledge Your Errors
  Yalom Chapter 10 Create a New Therapy for Each Patient
  Yalom Chapter 11 The Therapeutic Act, Not the Therapeutic Word
2/1 Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 8  
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 9  
  Yalom Chapter 12 Engage In Personal Therapy
  Yalom Chapter 13 The Patient Has Many Patients; The Patient, One Therapist
  Yalom Chapter 14 The Here-and-Now – Use It, Use It, Use It
  Yalom Chapter 15 Why the Here-and-Now?
2/3 Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 10  
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 11  
  Yalom Chapter 16 Using the Here-and-Now – Grow Rabbit Ears
  Yalom Chapter 17 Search for Here-and-Now Equivalents
  Yalom Chapter 18 Working Through Issues in the Here-and-Now
  Yalom Chapter 19 The Here-and-Now Energizes Therapy
2/8 Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 12  
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 13  
  Yalom Chapter 20 Using Your Own Feelings as Data
  Yalom Chapter 21 Frame Here-and-Now Comments Carefully
  Yalom Chapter 22 All Is Grist for the Here-and-Now Mail
  Yalom Chapter 23 Check into the Here-and-Now Each Hour
2/10 Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 14  
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 15  
  Yalom Chapter 24 What Lies Have You Told Me?
  Yalom Chapter 25 Blank Screen? Forget It! Be Real
  Yalom Chapter 26 Three Kinds of Therapist Self-Disclosure
  Yalom Chapter 27 The Mechanism of Therapy – Be Transparent
2/15 Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 16  
  Prochaska & Norcross Chapter 17  
  Yalom Chapter 28 Revealing Here Now Feelings—Use Discretion
  Yalom Chapter 29 Revealing the Therapist's Personal Life—Use Caution
  Yalom Chapter 30 Revealing Your Personal Life—Caveats
  Yalom Chapter 31 Therapist Transparency and Universality
2/17 Burns Part I Theory and Research
  Yalom Chapter 32 Patients Will Resist Your Disclosure
  Yalom Chapter 33 Avoid the Crooked Cure
  Yalom Chapter 34 On Taking Patients Further Than You Have Gone
  Yalom Chapter 35 On Being Helped By Your Patient
2/22 Burns Part II Practical Applications
  Yalom Chapter 36 Encourage Patient Self-Disclosure
  Yalom Chapter 37 Feedback in Psychotherapy
  Yalom Chapter 38 Provide Feedback Effectively and Gently
  Yalom Chapter 39 Increase Receptiveness to Feedback by Using “Parts”
2/24 Burns Part III Realistic Depressions
  Burns Part IV Prevention and Personal Growth
  Yalom Chapter 40 Feedback: Strike While the Iron Is Cold
  Yalom Chapter 41 Talk About Death
  Yalom Chapter 42 Death and Life Enhancement
  Yalom Chapter 43 How to Talk About Death
2/29 Burns Part V Defeating Hopelessness
  Yalom Chapter 44 Talk About Life Meaning
  Yalom Chapter 45 Freedom
  Yalom Chapter 46 Helping Patients Assume Responsibility
  Yalom Chapter 47 Never (Almost Never) Make Decisions for the Patient
3/2 Barlow Chapter 6 Cognitive Therapy for Depression
  Yalom Chapter 48 Decisions: A Via Regia into Existential Bedrock
  Yalom Chapter 49 Focused On Resistance to Decision
  Yalom Chapter 50 Facilitating Awareness by Advice Giving
  Yalom Chapter 51 Facilitating Decisions—Other Devices
3/14 Barlow Chapter 9 Dialectical Behavior Therapy for BPD
  Yalom Chapter 52 Conduct Therapy as a Continuous Session
  Yalom Chapter 53 Take Notes of Each Session
  Yalom Chapter 54 Encourage Self-Monitoring
  Yalom Chapter 55 When Your Patient Weeps
3/16 Barlow Chapter 7 Interpersonal Therapy for Depression and Other Disorders
  Yalom Chapter 56 Give Yourself Time between Patients
  Yalom Chapter 57 Express Your Dilemmas Openly
  Yalom Chapter 58 Do Home Visits
  Yalom Chapter 59 Don't Take Explanation Too Seriously
3/21     Personal Project proposals due. Topic must be approved before proposal can be submitted.
  Barlow Chapter 5 Emotional Disorders—A Unified Protocol
  Yalom Chapter 60 Therapy Accelerating Devices
  Yalom Chapter 61 Therapy as a Dress Rehearsal For Life
  Yalom Chapter 62 Use the Initial Complaint as Leverage
  Yalom Chapter 63 Don't Be Afraid Of Touching Your Patient
3/23 Midterm    
3/28 Barlow Chapter 1 Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
  Yalom Chapter 64 Never Be Sexual With Patients
  Yalom Chapter 65 Look For Anniversary and Why Stage Issues
  Yalom Chapter 66 Never Ignore Therapy Anxiety
  Yalom Chapter 67 Doctor, Take Away My Anxiety
3/30 Barlow Chapter 2 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  Yalom Chapter 68 On Being Love's Executioner
  Yalom Chapter 69 Taking a History
  Yalom Chapter 70 A History of the Patient's Daily Schedule
  Yalom Chapter 71 How is the Patient's Life Peopled?
4/4 Barlow Chapter 3 Social Anxiety Disorder
  Yalom Chapter 72 Interview the Significant Other
  Yalom Chapter 73 Explore Previous Therapy
  Yalom Chapter 74 Sharing the Shade of the Shadow
  Yalom Chapter 75 Freud Was Not Always Wrong
4/6 Barlow Chapter 4 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  Yalom Chapter 76 CBT Is Not What It's Cracked Up To Be—Or, Don't Be Afraid Of The EVT Boogeyman
  Yalom Chapter 77 Dreams—Use Them, Use Them, Use Them
  Yalom Chapter 78 Full Interpretation of a Dream? Forget It!
  Yalom Chapter 79 Use Dreams Pragmatically—Pillage and Loot
4/11 Barlow Chapter 8 Behavioral Activation for Depression
  Yalom Chapter 80 Master Some Dream Navigational Skills
  Yalom Chapter 81 Learn About the Patient's Life from Dreams
  Yalom Chapter 82 Pay Attention to the First Dream
  Yalom Chapter 83 Attend Carefully To Dreams about the Therapist
4/13 Barlow Chapter 14 Eating Disorders: A Transdiagnostic Protocol
  Yalom Chapter 84 Beware the Occupational Hazards
  Yalom Chapter 85 Cherish the Occupational Privileges
  Yalom Appendix New Thoughts, New Developments: An Update
4/18 Presentations    
4/20 Presentations    
4/25 Presentations    
4/27 Presentations    
5/3 Final Exam   Tuesday 1–3pm Edwards Hall 103