The course focuses on the basic assessment principles, client assessment in the rehabilitation and counseling process, and the nature of tests used in the field. The first half of the course focuses on: history of measurement, basic concepts, important social and ethical issues in testing, and technical/statistical concepts in measurement. The second half of the course deals with the content, administration, scoring and interpretation of tests frequently used in the field. Upon completing the course, students will be better able to identify and gather essential client information, interpret test information, and use test results to assist in planning. The specific course objectives are to promote:
The cultures, issues, and perspectives of "culturally different" groups have been ignored in traditional counseling and psychotherapy, both historically and, to an unfortunately great extent, still today. Perspectives and judgments of the dominant group have been imposed, which has done great harm to women and minorities. In response to these problems, two major approaches to multicultural counseling and psychotherapy have developed:
This course rests on the assumption that both of these approaches are important; thus, the course will be presented from an integrated perspective. Students will be offered
Readings for the course will include both textbook material and primary sources. Issues of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy with adults will probably be the primary focus, although issues of work with children, assessment, and research may also be included, depending on class composition and students
History, philosophy, legal basis, principles, and procedures of rehabilitation counseling; structure of the state-federal and private non-profit and for-profit rehabilitation sectors; role of function of rehabilitation team members. The class should be taken during the first semester of enrollment for rehabilitation counseling majors.
The goals of this course are:
Work in America and basic aspects of vocational psychology; theories of career development and choice; relationship between education or training and work; career counseling in various settings and with diverse populations; special problems (e.g., job satisfaction, displacement, dual-career families, indecision, and indecisiveness, etc.); assessment and information issues; impact and development of interests, abilities, and values.