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Sandra Mihailova

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Under Review
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Accepted:23.08.2019
Study Course Information
Course Code:SUPK_159LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:4.00ECTS:6.00
Branch of Science:Psychology; General PsychologyTarget Audience:Psychology
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Sandra Mihailova
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Sociology and Psychology
The Head of Structural Unit:Sandra Mihailova
Contacts:Rīga, Anniņmuižas bulvāris 26a, vppkatrsu[pnkts]lv, vppkatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67061590
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)8Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures16
Classes (number)20Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes40
Total Contact Hours56
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Professional activity and ethics of psychologist I, Personality psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology.
To create an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge about the principles of counselling relationship with clients/patients and their peculiarities in different counselling approaches; to develop understanding and skills to create a safe counselling environment; to develop and train communication skills with clients/patients; to use therapeutic interventions and techniques in the context of the psychologist's work.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
Unaided Work:
Independently reinforce lecture material by reading sources and preparing for seminars and mid-term tests. Conduct observation in communication outside the university to record non-compliance patterns. In small groups to train basic counseling skills outside the lecture hours.
Assessment Criteria:
1. Active participation in lectures, workshops and seminars by asking questions and referring to sources read (20%). 2. Intermediate tests - tests (30%). Test topics: • Psychological counseling and psychotherapy - common and different. • Interpersonal neurobiology - mirror neurons, their role in psychotherapy. • Presence, tuning, resonance. • Micro-skills in counseling. • Therapeutic environment; presence factor. • Therapeutic interventions. • Planning / structuring the therapeutic process. • Contract - time, space, goals of cooperation, payment. • Customer / Patient Responsibility - The patient's right to information and confidentiality. • Topical ethical aspects in a therapeutic relationship with client/patient. • Psychohygiene. 3. Examination task - work in 3 stages: client, consultant, observer. In each role, perform specific tasks and answer questions from each role to the strengths and weaknesses of the consultant's work and the client's difficulties and resources (50%).
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Describe the differences between psychological counseling and psychotherapy, describe the principles of counseling relationship with client / patient and compare their characteristics in different counseling approaches, describe and explain the stages of the individual counseling process, identify therapeutic interventions and describe counseling environment.
Skills:Reflects on their skills and experience and is able to provide feedback to their classmates on their skills. Expresses an empathic attitude towards client/patient (classmate).
Competencies:Applies counseling micro-skills according to the context of the situation, is able to establish a counseling relationship with client/patient; make a deal. Recognize the counseling skills used in their own and others' work.
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