304 Behavioral Counseling (1 credit unit)

Interviewing is fundamental to self-discovery by clients. This course will cover the basic tenants and techniques in behavioral counseling, including: Establishing the teaching/learning alliance – basic listening skills, empathy, clarification, non-judgmental listening; Behavioral interviewing – choosing and operationally defining target behaviors, and getting a history of the particular learning deficit(s) or excess(es); Behavioral assessment – developing hypotheses about the function of excesses and deficits, and identifying factors that trigger and sustain dysfunctional habits; Developing a learning plan – developing the therapeutic contract, enhancing compliance, and choosing the most effective techniques to produce the desired outcome; and Behavioral evaluation – devising an appropriate data system to evaluate overall effectiveness of the learning plan.