Counseling 21: Practicum II

Instructor: Sallie Boulos-Sophy, PH.D. , HSPP


Practicum II is designed to develop students counseling skills beyond the level required in Practicum I. The primary emphasis is on performing counseling and related activities as a lay helper. Students will learn and practice a variety of counseling strategies in this course and will be asked to engage in experiential learning through role play, practicing intervention strategies, and discussing case vignettes.

Requirement for Practicum II: successful completion of practicum I.

COURSE OBJECTIVES include, but are not limited to the following.

Students will demonstrate understanding and appropriate application of:

  1. Essential interviewing and counseling skills so that the student is able to develop, maintain, and successfully terminate a therapeutic relationship.
  2. Develop an identity as counseling lay helper within a multi-cultural competent framework.
  3. Integrate spiritual/religious themes in the counseling work while maintaining appropriate ethical boundaries.
  4. Increase self-awareness to improve therapeutic interventions and ethical considerations.
  5. Gain knowledge in legal and ethical concerns as a non-licensed lay helper.


Tan, S.Y & Scalise, E.T. (2019). Lay Counseling, Revised and Updated: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry Paperback. Publisher: Zondervan; Revised, Updated ed. edition (October 11, 2016)

ISBN-10: 031052427X  ISBN-13: 978-0310524274


Collins, Gary R. How to Be a People Helper. Tyndale House, 1995. (ISBN-10: 0842313850, ISBN-13: 978-0842313858)  (*not required for the course, just a personal recommendation.)


Pipes, R. B. & Davenport, D. Introduction to Psychotherapy: Common Clinical Wisdom (2nd Edition.) Pearson, 1998  (ISBN-10: 0205292526, ISBN-13: 978-0205292523)




After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Display the necessary techniques for accurate and competent record-keeping
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to specific counseling problems usually encountered by the novice counselor
  3. Exhibit the ability to case conceptualize
  4. Show the ability to provide empathy, reflective listening skills and basic counseling skills while maintaining ethical boundaries.
  5. Evaluate personal philosophical and theoretical basis for counseling
  6. Participate in frequent self-evaluation in order to be constantly aware of areas in which improvement is necessary (e.g. skills, professionalism, multicultural competence, advocacy, counselor wellness)
  7. Be aware of the need to maintain confidentiality and to protect the rights of clients at all times
  8. Understand the need to develop cultural self-awareness and cultural competence


 In-person Training

Active participation in the 4 lectures (each 1.5 hours). Students are expected to engage in discussion about case vignettes, therapeutic interventions, ethical dilemmas in the counseling relationship, and actively participate in role play. Maintain respect towards peers and the instructor. Students will participate in the practice of counseling skills and case conceptualization in a safe, confidential, culturally competent environment. (30% of Final Grade)

Online Training

Online Group discussions. We will review assigned readings, analyze applicable case vignettes. Please complete the discussion questions at the end of the Book Chapters assigned to discuss as a group. See schedule for meeting times. (30% of Final Grade).

Goal Paper:

Please complete 1-2 page paper stating your goals for your practicum experience.

Think about your strengths as well as areas you plan to grow in this semester (i.e., using reflection of feelings, dealing with termination, etc.).

Make sure your goals are clear and concise so you can evaluate them at the end of the semester with the instructor.  E-mail the final paper to professor’s email by the deadline below. (10% of Final Grade).



Reflection Paper

“My Professional Self” – For this paper, please reflect on your learning process over the course of this semester.

Think about how you understand your professional identity and your professional behavior (e.g., as a counselor, a supervisee, a student, a colleague/peer, a group member and leader).

Please discuss how that identity and behavior represent your strengths, growing edges, theoretical orientation, and multicultural competence.

Please also include what you have learned this semester about counselor and client wellness.

In other words, write about who you are today as a person and professional with a past, present, and future. Make this assignment meaningful to you.

Upload the final paper to Google Drive by the deadline below.  (20% of Final Grade).

Resource Binder

During this class, you will begin to accumulate material to assist you in your work as a pastoral lay helper. Your binder will contain things such as brochures, referral information, community contacts, worksheets and activities to do with clients, etc. Please organize your binder in a way that makes sense to you (10% of Final Grade).

Attendance and Participation

Learning in this course is based on interaction and participation.

Students are expected to attend all class meetings, arrive on time, and remain for the entire class meeting. Students are also expected to be appropriately prepared for classes and to take an active role in discussion and activities. (Grading for this is integrated into the other activities)

*Assignments are expected on their due date. Any Late work will incur a 1 point penalty off the final grade per day it is overdue.

All written work must be typed with the following standards:

  • One-inch margins on top, bottom and sides
  • Double-spaced
  • Indent first line of paragraphs by half an inch
  • Include page numbers
  • Written material must reflect at least a near-Master’s Level use of the English Language in terms of spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.




WEEK 1 01/26/2020 Read Ch 1 Introduction: a View of Psychotherapy complete discussion questions on p. 18

Due 2/1/2020

WEEK 2 02/02/2020 Read Ch 2: Questions Beginning Therapists Asks complete discussion questions on p. 64

Due 2/8/2020


WEEK 3 02/09/2020 Read Ch. 4: Therapist Fears and Concerns complete discussion questions on p. 119

Due 2/15/2020

Online Class Tuesday 2/11/20 @

7:30PM CST


WEEK 4 02/16/2020 Ch. 5 Ethical and Legal Issues complete discussion questions on p. 149

Due 2/22/2020


*Goal Paper DUE by 2/22/2020



WEEK 5 02/23/2020 Ch. 6 Intake Interviewing complete discussion questions on p.189

Due 2/29/2020


WEEK 6 03/01/2020 Ch. 7 The Therapeutic Stance complete discussion questions on p. 211

Due 3/7/2020

Online Class Tuesday 3/03/2020 @ 7:30PM CST



WEEK 7 03/08/2020 Ch. 8 Listening complete discussion questions on p. 230

Due 3/14/2020

WEEK 8 3/15/2020 Ch. 10 Multicultural Counseling complete discussion questions on p.280

Due 3/21/2020

WEEK 9 3/22/2020 Ch. 15 Relationships complete discussion questions on p. 381

Due 3/28/2020

Online Class Tuesday 3/31/20 7:30PM CST



WEEK 10 03/29/2020 Ch. 13 Termination complete discussion questions on p. 340-341

Due 4/4/2020

WEEK 11 04/05/2020 Ch. 16 A final Note, Brief Therapy *Reflection paper Due 4/05/2020


WEEK 12 *04/52020-04/11/2020 Goals for Practicum III/ Discuss resource binder Debrief about semester 1:1 online meeting/phone call (Google sign up TBD)

*The plan is to finish everything by Palm Sunday so we can fully enjoy Holy Week!