TuTh 4:00-5:15 pm
Instructor: Maria Luz Berbery, M.S.
Office: BPS 2141
Office hours: Tuesdays 3-4 pm and by appointment
Undergraduate TA: Lauren Verstandig
Office: BPS 2141
Office hours: By appointment only
This course will present an introduction to the field of counseling psychology,
including research, theory, treatment modalities, current trends, and professional issues.
**Note: This is NOT a counseling skills course. We will not learn counseling techniques. Rather, the
course will be theoretically oriented.
At the completion of this course, students will:
describe theories and research findings related to a broad range of topic areas within counseling
demonstrate understanding of how empirical research methods are used to test hypotheses related
to a broad range of topic areas within counseling psychology;
critically evaluate the methods and conclusions of psychological research;
think critically regarding ethical and multicultural issues related to research methods,
conclusions, and interventions with diverse populations;
understand the role of social and ecological factors as they relate individual development;
demonstrate an understanding of privilege and oppression, and how they relate to mental health
Active involvement in this class is crucial to optimal learning. In this course, a variety
of methods will be used to stimulate thinking about the subject matter, including: readings, small group
discussions, large group discussions, films, lectures, guest speakers, and other activities. Everything we
do in this class, even the lectures, will be interactive. So, it is expected that students will come to class
with comments, questions, and a readiness to respond to questions posed by the instructor or other
students. Students will be encouraged to think critically about each of topics presented in class. The
expression of diverse viewpoints is highly valued in this class. It is expected that students and the
instructor will strive to create a mutually respectful environment in which it is safe to express multiple
Required text and other materials:
Gelso, C. J. & Fretz, B. R. (2001).
Harcourt College Publishers: