Summer A 2004

Classroom: GL 523

Class Time: 6:25 to 9:05 PM M & W.

INSTRUCTOR: R. Beneckson

DM 285


Office Hours: M & W 2:00 - 4:00 PM

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This course is a study of the major theories of psychotherapy that modern psychology has to offer.  We will seek to understand the method of healing that each therapy employs and the theory of human functioning that informs the method.






Corey, Gerald Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, seventh edition. Brooks/Cole, 2004.


Corey, Gerald Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy, fifth ed. Brooks/Cole, 2001.



Basic Requirements:

This course will be taught through study of the textbooks, lecture, video programs, discussion, student presentations, and dialogue. Class participation will be highly emphasized and rewarded. There will be 2 exams, with multiple choice and/or true/false questions.

Each student will be required to work on a psychological analysis project that will take the entire semester. This project will be explained in more detail at the first class.

Grading: Your final grade in the course is based on the total of the 2 exams, the psychological analysis project, plus extra credit points, plus credit for the class presentation, plus points for random attendance checks, and class participation. Exams are worth 100 points each. The psychological analysis project is worth a maximum of 50 points. The Class Presentation is a major project and is worth 100 points, as if it were a third test. This involves the participation of each student in a group presentation based on a chapter in the book Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy. This is a major presentation and will be explained in class. Other extra credit points depend on the specific project, but generally are between 5 and 10 points.

          A = 310+                           B-= 275-279              D+= 240-244

          A-= 305-309                       C+= 270-274             D = 220-239

          B+= 300-304                       C = 250-269              D-= 215-219

          B = 280-299                        C-= 245-249              F = 0-214

Course Policies: Please be aware of the following course policies as they can have an effect on your grade in the course.

          Exam policy: Do not arrive late or fail to show up for an exam. If you arrive 15 minutes after the exam has started you will not be allowed to take it. In the event of medical emergency, you must provide an official notice from your physician, if accepted, alternative arrangements will be made. See the instructor for permission to make up an exam.

          Academic dishonesty: Instances of cheating will be not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with policies established by Florida International University. Please refer to the Student Handbook.

          Classroom conduct: Arriving late, leaving early, or otherwise being disruptive during lectures will not be tolerated. If you know in advance that you will arrive late/leave early, notify the instructor prior to class. Please turn off cell phones and beepers during class.

          Related concerns: If at anytime during the semester you are concerned about your progress, please feel free to speak to me about it. My office hours are Monday and Wednesday 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

Extra Credit: There will be the opportunity to earn extra credit at the community garden the psychology department maintains. In addition, short research papers may be done for extra points with the permission of the instructor. See the instructor for more information.

Course Outline: Below are the scheduled lecture topics and corresponding textbook chapters. Please make every effort to read the chapter prior to lecture. Lectures will also present material not found in the textbook. This schedule is subject to change based on the progress of the class. Therefore, it is essential that you come to class regularly to keep abreast of any changes.


                    Topic:                     Textbook: Corey,             Casebook : Corey  

Section 1:

Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview                                              Chapter 1

Chapter 2 The Counselor: Person and Professional

Chapter 3 Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice

Chapter 4 Psychoanalytic Therapy                                                   Chapter 2

Chapter 5 Adlerian Therapy                                                             Chapter 3

Chapter 7 Person-Centered Therapy                                                 Chapter 5

Chapter 8 Gestalt Therapy                                                                Chapter 6

Chapter 6 Existential Therapy                                                          Chapter 4


Test 1, June 7


Chapter 9 Behavior Therapy                                                           Chapter 8

Chapter 10 Cognitive Behavior Therapy                                          Chapter 9

Chapter 11 Reality Therapy                                                                Chapter 7

Chapter 12 Feminist Therapy                                                            Chapter 10

Chapter 13 Postmodern Approaches                                               

Chapter 14 Family Systems Therapy                                                Chapter 11

Chapter 15 An Integrative Perspective                                             Chapter 12

Chapter 16 Case Illustration: An Integration Approach in Working with Stan


Test 2, June 23



Lecture Notes

Basic Principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Lecture Notes

Chapter 1-3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

For more extensive discussions of the Personality Theories that relate to the Therapies we are studying click this text and refer to the Lecture Notes on that page.




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