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COUN592 Syllabi


Course and Instructor


Course Number:         COUN 592


Course Title:              Portfolio


Course Time:             By appointment


Course Location:        TBA


Semester:                   Spring 2008


Credits:                       1


Instructor:                  Dr. Diana Doumas, E610,, 426-2646

Office hours: M 3-4pm; T 11-3pm



Course Objectives, Accreditation, and Technology


Program Objectives Addressed in the Course  
Use research, theory, law, and the wisdom of practice to guide decision making   X
Create an environment conducive to learning in which students participate in decision-making


Emphasize the importance of students being able to work independently and collaboratively


Teach toward curricular goals, adapting approaches as needed, while maintaining high standards for all students


Use continuous, varied assessments to help all students learn and achieve their potential


Enhance learners’ abilities to communicate in spoken and written language and other media


Work collaboratively and value planning as a collegial activity


Use modern technologies appropriately


Continue their professional development, staying current with best practices


Contribute to the continuous improvement of schools


Commitment to the fundamental principles of a democratic, diverse society


Developing a global perspective, recognizing the interdependence of all people while valuing independence and self-reliance


   Accepting responsibility for themselves and acting responsibly toward others


   Cultivating aesthetic sensibilities in ourselves and students, encouraging creative and

artistic endeavors, and approaching beauty and wonder as ways to interpret and change

the world


Appreciating complexity and ambiguity, using dissonance to stimulate learning in students and ourselves, and resisting the urge to charge ahead into sureness or to retreat into perpetual uncertainty and indecision



CACREP Standards Addressed in the Course

K.1.b Professional roles, functions, and relationships with other human service providers.  
K.1.c Technological competence and computer literacy.  
K.1.d Professional organizations, primarily ACA, its divisions, branches, and affiliates, including membership benefits, activities, services to members, and current emphases  
K.1.e. Professional credentialing, including certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards, and the effects of public policy on these issues  
K.1.h. Ethical standards of ACA and related entities, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling  
K.2.a. Multicultural and pluralistic trends, including characteristics and concerns between and within diverse groups nationally and internationally  



Technology Skills Addressed in the Course





Check computer system and preview CD-ROM software    
Word process, including APA formatting X X
Use a spreadsheet and a statistical package   X
Acquire graphics from the web, digital camera, or scanner an insert them in a poster or presentation   X
Create and deliver a power point presentation   X
Find material on the Web and review Web sites   X
Be able to use e-mail, including document attachments X X
Be able to sign in and participate in listservs    
Be familiar with computerized testing    
Be able to use audio visual equipment and playback units X X



Course Description:  

Students will create a written portfolio and present the portfolio in an oral defense. The portfolio will demonstrate student competence in all 8 core areas of CACREP.



Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1.      Describe and defend the chosen theoretical orientation(s).

2.      Demonstrate counseling skills.

3.      Demonstrate ethical decision making.

4.      Demonstrate competence in conducting research/program evaluation.

5.      Demonstrate competence in all 8 CACREP areas.




Methods of Instruction:


  • Individual Meetings
  • Draft Reviews
  • Questions


Text and Required Reading




Suggestions for Getting the Most from the Course



Turn in drafts in a timely manner for feedback and meet with the instructor as needed for guidance.



Expectations and Academic Requirements


Course Requirements:

  1. Deadlines: all students are expected to make deadlines for each assignment.
  2. Complete written and oral assignments as directed in a timely and professional manner.





Evaluation Criteria


GRADING: Pass/Fail


Written Portfolio (50%). Each section of the portfolio will be graded for content and demonstration of knowledge of the area (see Student Handbook).


Oral Portfolio Defense (50%). Oral presentation of the portfolio will be graded for content and demonstration of knowledge of each area outlined below (see Student Handbook).



Disability and Academic Integrity Statements


Disability Statement:

If there is someone in the class who has a special need which may be the result of a disability or alternative learning style, I would appreciate hearing from you. I am reasonably certain that we can make the appropriate arrangements if necessary to assist you. The accommodations can take many forms, whether it be seating, testing, or the like. Please see me after class, or during my office hours.


Academic Integrity Statement

Academic misconduct or dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarism is unacceptable and appropriate penalties will be imposed. This includes referencing material which has not been read by you, such as secondary references.


Course Calendar and Assignment Due Dates


Portfolio Deadline and Defense Date

Integrated  Paper Due Papers Returned Portfolio Due Defense Date
Dec 1 Dec 8 Jan 20 Feb 9 – Feb 11
Dec 8 Jan 20 Jan 26 Feb 16 – Feb 18
Jan 20 Jan 26 Feb 2 Feb 23 – 25
Jan 26 Feb 2 Feb 9 March 2 – March 4
Feb 2 Feb 9 Feb 16 March 9 – March 11
Feb 9 Feb 16 Feb 23 March 16 – March 18


·        You are to turn your Integrated Paper for the Integrated Paper Due Date.

·        I will review that week and return with comments. You then will make revisions and then submit your final portfolio for review.

·        I will then review your portfolio and either return to you for further revision (which will need to occur within one week) or distribute to your supervisory committee for their review.


Your portfolio will be returned to you at least 2 days prior to your scheduled defense.


* CV, Professional/Personal Growth Statement, Tapescript, case presentation, and concluding statement can be turned in with final portfolio


Integrated Paper




1.                  Introduction (theoretical world view, view of human nature)


2.                  Evolution of your theory through program (where did you start, where did you end up, why/how?)


3.                  Identification and description of your theory and of helping


4.                  The Therapeutic Process of your theory of helping


5.                  Therapeutic Techniques and Procedures of your theory of helping


6.                  Contributions/Limitations of your theory of helping


7.                  Multicultural Perspective (Contributions/Limitations) of your theory of helping


8.                  Discussion of Ethical Decision Making and How Applied in Your Counseling


9.                  Summary


10.       References



·          10-12 pages, double spaced (excluding references)

·          APA style paper

·          Minimum of 7-10 references expected



Ethical Decision Model and Case Example



1.                  Describe your ethical decision making  model


2.                  Provide a case example and how you used your model (real example if possible)


3.                  Provide a table demonstrating the steps of the model and how the model was applied



Ethical Decision – Making Model Steps Model Applied
1. Identify the problem  
2. Identify potential issues involved  
3. Review relevant ethical guidelines  
4. Know applicable laws and regulations  
5. Obtain Consultation  
6. Consider possible and probable courses of action  
7. Enumerate consequences of various decisions  
8. Decide on best course of action  


·          4-5  pages, double spaced (excluding table)

·          APA style paper

·          References including code of ethics, etc.


Case Presentation


1.      Client Information

2.      Client Counseling History

3.      Client Presenting Problem

4.      Counseling Goals

5.      Means the Counselor Uses to Assist Client in Attaining Goals

6.      Progress toward Goals

7.       Difficulties Attaining Goals

8.      Relationship Issues

9.      Counselor’s Projected Length of Counseling

10.  Counselors Goals and Rationale



Tapescript  Example

Speaker Statement Skill/Comment
Counselor So, you had difficulty with your homework assignment. Summarizing
Client Yes, I didn’t know where to being and I began to feel anxious Head nodding, eye contact
Counselor It was overwhelming for you Reflection of feeling