Individual Psychotherapy

Course Details

Course Number
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Fall 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
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Individual Psychotherapy

PSYC 6113, section 101

Fall 2014


Professor: Michael A. Vandehey, Ph.D.                                              Office: O’Donohoe 112

Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:00                                             Phone: 397-4026

                       TR 9:00-11:00                                                  Location: OD110

Class Time:   T 2:00-4:50


Texts: Ivey, A. E., Ivey, M. B., & Zalaquett, C. P. (2013). Intentional interviewing and counseling: Facilitating client development in a multicultural society (8th Ed.). Cengage Learning. 


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). (2010).

Washington D. C.: American Psychological Association.


Course Requirements: Grades will be based on your performance on 1 midterm (100 points), 1 final (100 points), and 2 videos plus transcription (200 points).


Goals: 1. Become acquainted with interviewing and counseling microskills.

            2. Practice microskills in a safe environment with supportive feedback.

            3. Demonstrate competency with interviewing, rapport building, and suicide assessment.


Grade: s will be multiple choice and essay. Multiple choice answers will be marked on Scantrons and essay questions will be answered in the space provided on the . Each student will record two 1-hour sessions (midterm and final) and transcribe the best 20 minutes.


400 points are possible and grade ranges are as follows:


A = 400-360

B = 359-320

C = 319-280

D = 279-240

F = 239 or lower


Videos: The entire session should be provided to the instructor; however, please have the recording cued at the beginning of the 20 minute transcription. Provide an assessment of the microskills used during the session and how one might improve. Please indicate excellent use of skills. I will schedule an appointment with each student to review the video and provide feedback.


FINAL GRADING NOTE: This course is foundational for the psychology master’s program. A student cannot receive a final grade higher than the final video. That means, a student may earn an A on both s, but a C on the final tape would result in a C for the overall course. Psychology is not only academic, but also skills based. If a student should receive a grade below a B on the final tape, I will ask another licensed faculty to review the midterm and final tape and confirm the final grade. ALL videos must be saved until final grades are posted. Loss of video (resulting in another faculty being unable to review the session) will result in a zero for the grade.


Recommendation: The text and class will provide multiple opportunities to “reflect” on one’s natural style, skill development, strengths/weaknesses, etc. Serious students will journal about many of these opportunities to monitor self-development and clarify personal values. Although this assignment is not graded, I will be happy to discuss journals with students individually throughout the semester.  


Note: Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. Individuals requiring special accommodation may contact me after class or during office hours.


Make-up Policy: Make-up exams will be essay in nature and can be scheduled with me. I need one week to prepare the exam; thus, the earliest a make-up exam can be taken is one week after the initial exam. See 2012-2014 Student Handbook and Activities Calendar on Class Attendance Policy (pg. 69-71).


Electronic Contact: I require 5 working days to be able to read and respond to all email. Please note that my spam filter does keep some emails from getting to me (including my wife). In addition, I do not check email after 5 pm nor on weekends/holidays. My cell phone is to be used only be students who have been given it by me (e.g., honor society officers, graduate students). Please do not text me on my cell unless I have personally given you my cell number.


Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (no sound) during class. DO NOT text message during class. DO NOT answer your cell phone in class. Exceptions include emergency calls (e.g., birth of child, family member in hospital). Students who are unable to comply will not be allowed to attend class.


Cheating Policy: DON’T! Any evidence of cheating on exams, quizzes, or on the paper will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F.” To avoid questions of cheating, mark Scantrons clearly, use a No. 2 pencil, and erase completely. Errors due to a poorly marked Scantron will not result in a grade change.


Travel Plans: Please do not make travel plans during finals week. The final will be given when the university has scheduled it as per the schedule of classes. Early finals will only be offered to graduating seniors with honors.



Tentative Reading and Exam Schedule


Days of Class              Reading Assignment


8/26-10/14:                  Chapter 1: Toward Intentional Interviewing, Counseling, and             Psychotherapy

                                    Chapter 2: Ethics, Multicultural Competence, and the Positive            Psychology and Wellness Approach

                                    Chapter 3: Attending Behavior and Empathy

                                    Chapter 4: Observation Skills

                                    Chapter 5: Questions: Opening Communication

                                    Chapter 6: Encouraging, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing: Key Skills of          Active Listening

                                    Chapter 7: Reflecting Feelings: A Foundation of Client Experience


9/1                               Labor day, no classes

9/29                             Last day for December graduates to file

10/6                             Last day for May graduates to file


S:                       10/21


10/27                           Last day for “W”


Midterm Tape 10/28


10/28-12/2:                  Chapter 8: How to Conduct a Five-Stage Counseling Session                                                  Using Only Listening Skills     

                                    Chapter 9: Focusing the Counseling Session: Exploring the Story                                            From Multiple Perspectives     

                                    Chapter 10: Empathetic Confrontation and the Creative New:                                                             Identifying and Challenging Client Conflict

                                    Chapter 11: Reflection of Meaning and Interpretation/Reframe:                                                         Helping Clients Restory their Lives

                                    Chapter 12: Self-Disclosure and Feedback: Immediacy and                                                    Genuineness in Counseling and Therapy

                                    Chapter 13: Concrete Action Strategies for Client Change: Logical                                         Consequences, Instruction/Psychoeducation, Stress Management,                                          and Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes

                                    Suicide Assessment: Additional Material TBA


11/26-30                      Thanksgiving break, no classes


Final Exam: Tuesday, December 9th 5:45-7:45 p.m.


Dr. Michael A. Vandehey (view Profile)

Course Attachments


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