INSTRUCTOR:                    Lisa Dillon, M.Ed., Associate Professor, Division Head          

OFFICE:                                Public Safety Training Center, Room 100

PHONE:                                (405) 945-3214 or 1-800-560-4099                         

E-MAIL ADDRESS:            dillonl@osuokc.edu

OFFICE HOURS:                By appointment

CLASS MEETINGS:           Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-11:15 AM

TEXTBOOKS:                     -Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Gerald Corey, Eighth Edition

                                                -Manual for Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Gerald Corey, Eighth Edition.

COURSE PRE-REQ:          CA 1103 – Drug Abuse and PSYC 1113 – Intro. To Psychology or concurrent enrollment


ACCOMODATION STATEMENT:  OSU – Oklahoma City complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must make their request known by contacting the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities located on the first floor of the Student Center Office 112, or call (405) 945-3385.  All accommodations must be approved by the Services to Students with Disabilities Office.


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course provides the student with an overview of contemporary theories and techniques of counseling as specifically related to addiction.  The counseling process, comparison of various theoretical approaches, and an introduction to professional and ethical issues in the helping profession of counseling will all be discussed.


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:  The purpose of this course is to expose students to a variety of contrasting theoretical models underlying individual counseling.  Specific objectives include:


1)         Student will develop an understanding of and the ability to apply specific information about the therapeutic process and the practical elements of the counseling interaction to real life scenarios.

2)         Student will understand a variety of legal and ethical counseling issues and be able to provide strategies for dealing with such issues.

3)         Student will develop self-evaluation skills, use written and spoken English effectively, including reading with understanding and critical discernment.

4)            Student will integrate theoretical and experiential learning into their learning experience in order to form his/her personal model and approach to the counseling process.

5)            Student will look at his/her own qualities that support and hinder their attempt to counsel effectively with others.

6)            Student will demonstrate an understanding of human society and cultural variation, including ways individuals, groups, and governments function, interact, and change.


NOTICE:  The Associate of Science degree in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling is designed to provide students with a base of knowledge in addiction and its treatment.  While graduates of the program MAY find jobs in the chemical dependency field, this degree program is not designed as a job-placement program, but rather as a transfer degree. 


Background Checks: Due to the nature of the work, practicum sites, volunteer sites and potential employers in the field often require a background check for criminal records prior to placement or hiring with that agency. 


Diversity of Instruction:  The instructor does not necessarily endorse all of the viewpoints which will be presented.  However, it is extremely important to your overall learning experience for you to be presented all sides and then be allowed to formulate your own opinion of the material.  We want to enable you to choose.


Unattended Children Policy:  For personal safety of children and potential problems in supervision, children should not be at any location on campus without adult supervision.  No children are permitted in classrooms, laboratories, teaching areas or the Library.


ITV COURSE:  This course will be taught at 2 sites concurrently.  The instructor will be 'live' in OKC and will be transmitted through Interactive television to Lawton and/or Ardmore.  Highly sensitive microphones will be placed at both sites; therefore it is vital that classroom talking and unnecessary movement be minimal.  It is also preferable that students do not eat during class.  While the equipment may be somewhat distracting at first, you will soon become at ease with the format.  Remember, the mics are always open…speak, act, etc. with this knowledge in mind.


Any problems with sound or picture at the receive sites should be reported immediately to the instructor.  Any issue that I cannot address will be forwarded to the ITV Coordinator at your site.  Once everyone becomes used to the equipment, discussions between students at the various sites will become more comfortable.


Cell Phones and Pagers: 


**It is required that all cell phones be turned off BEFORE class begins (on campus as well as off campus.)  Failure to follow this rule will result in the student being asked to leave the class until such time the policy can be followed.  It is also expected that students will take of personal needs, (drinks, restroom, etc.) as much as possible BEFORE class begins.  Excessive disruption of this class will be dealt with by the Instructor in a timely fashion.


Cell phones (cell phone calls and texting) and other electronic devices are disruptive to the class.  If a student’s work or family situation requires the student to keep the device turned on during class, the instructor needs to be alerted and the student must turn the electronic device to a silent or vibrate mode.  If a student must receive a call or receive a message during class, the student must leave the room.  A student may not make calls or text messages during class.  Cell phones and all electronic devices may not be used during an exam unless stipulated by an instructor.  Should a student continue to use cell phones or other electronic devices during class without instructor approval, they will be asked to leave class and loose attendance points for that class period.  Use of a cell phone or electronic device during an exam is considered academic misconduct, and the student will be subject to the appropriate penalties.  This policy may be strengthened by the instructor.


General Education Goals:  Upon completion of this course, students should be proficient in demonstrating the following general education competencies:


Goal #1: Critical Thinking:


Critical thinking skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to comprehend complex ideas, data, and concepts; to make inferences based on careful observation; to make judgments based on specific and appropriate criteria; to solve problems using specific processes and techniques; to recognize relationships among the arts, culture, and society; to develop new ideas by synthesizing related and/or fragmented information; to apply knowledge and understanding to different contexts, situations and/or specific endeavors; and to recognize the need to acquire information.  

 *All courses will contain assignments that demonstrate critical thinking, but not all courses will include all critical thinking elements listed. 


Goal #2: Effective Communications


 Effective communication is the ability to develop organized, coherent, unified written or oral presentations for various audiences and situations.


Goal #3:  Computer Proficiency


Computer proficiency includes a basic knowledge of operating systems, word processing, and Internet research capabilities.

Goal #4:  Civic Responsibility


Preparation for civic responsibility in the democratic society of the United States includes acquiring knowledge of the social, political, economic, and historical structures of the nation in order to function effectively as citizens in a country that is increasingly diverse and multicultural in its population and more global in its view and functions

Goal #5:  Global Awareness


Global awareness includes knowledge of the geography, history, cultures, values, ecologies, languages, and present day issues of different peoples and countries, as well as an understanding of the global economic, political and technological forces which define the interconnectedness and shape the lives of the world’s citizens.



1)            This course will primarily be a lecture/discussion based course for students.  Students will be required to stay current on their reading assignments and to participate in class discussions.  Attendance is expected and role will be taken.  A sign-in sheet will be passed around the classroom during the first 5 minutes of class.  It is each student’s responsibility to sign their name to the roster each class period.  If a student enters class after the first 5 minutes, they will be counted as absent for that class period and will NOT receive attendance points that day. Each class attended is worth 3 pts.   Points missed due to absences CANNOT be made up for any reason.  A course such as this one lends itself well to class discussion, which enhances all students’ overall experience in the course.  Lack of attendance will rob you of this important component.  However, please remember that this is not personal counseling.  We also will be discussing concepts from the text and from outside sources – this obviously cannot be made up should you miss class, therefore it is in your best interest to attend each class period.


2)         Quizzes:

The Instructor reserves the right to administer announced and unannounced quizzes throughout the semester over lecture material, the text and supplemental materials. Quizzes will be worth 10 points each, with the 2 lowest scores being dropped at the end of the semester (this will make up for any classes you must miss due to illness, doctor's appointments, etc.)  These may NOT be made up for any reason. Always be prepared for a quiz!




3)         Examinations:

There will be three exams and a final in the course.  Each regular exam will count 100 points while the final IS COMPREHENSIVE and will be worth 150 points.  Each regular exam will have a combination of M/C, T/F, matching and short answer/essay questions.  All make-up exams must be taken within one week of the originally scheduled test.  Failure to take the make-up within this time frame will result in a “0” being recorded for that exam.  It is the students’ responsibility to contact the instructor to schedule the make-up test.  An alternate version of the make-up test will be given and will be primarily essay in nature.


4)         Homework:

This course has a required workbook that accompanies the text.  This book will be used throughout the semester and should be viewed as an excellent addition to the text that will aid in your learning of the material for this class.  If you purchased a USED copy of the workbook, check the book to ensure all assignments are there.


Each chapter has a required homework assignment found in the student workbook.  These assignments can be torn from the workbook to be turned in or for students who wish to keep their books, in tact, assignments may be photocopied and then turned in.  Assignments must be submitted AT CLASS TIME on the date specified in the syllabus (see Tentative Course Outline.)  Homework may be submitted for 1 week after the due date for 50% credit.  After 1 week, a “0” will be recorded for the assignment.  ***Be sure to read the directions in the workbook for the assignments; answer all parts of the questions and be THOROUGH in your response.  Students who are too brief in their answers will lose points.


OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS:  Your homework must have a post-mark date that is the same as the due date specified in the syllabus.  Assignments with post-marks later than this will be considered late and worth 1/2 credit.  A supply of pre-addressed, stamped envelopes will be sent to you for your convenience in returning assignments.  BE SURE TO PLACE YOUR NAME ON ALL ASSIGNMENTS AND MY NAME ON THE RETURN ENVELOPE.


5)         Proficiency Project:

Proficiency projects are assignments used in our Division that give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have obtained in class in a meaningful way.


In this course, each student is required to conduct a personal interview with a “client” and write an analysis paper using the theories covered in class.  This paper will count 100 points.  A description of grading criteria is included with this syllabus and a taped lecture discussing the details of this paper will be on reserve in the Library as well as uploaded to the D2L page for this course.  It is vital that you view this particular taped lecture for details on writing your paper. 


Papers are due AT CLASS TIME TUESDAY APRIL 27, 2010.  


Late papers may be submitted up to one week late at a penalty of 5 POINTS PER LATE DAY.  After one week, a “0” will be recorded for the assignment.  I always accept EARLY work so if you finish prior to the designated date, feel free to turn in the project to me early.


Required paperwork relating to the assignment is attached to this syllabus.  A document explaining grading procedures as well as other information is attached as well.  The video is approximately 2 hours long.  Viewing of this lecture is necessary in order for you to know how to proceed with this assignment.  Topics such as format, the interview process, analysis of client using theories, etc. are covered on the tape.  Failure to view the video could very likely result in a poor grade on this assignment.  Any questions you have concerning this assignment should be directed to the instructor for clarification.


6)         Grading Scale:

All grades will be given numerical form.  At the end of the semester all grades will be added together and divided by the total possible points.  The percentage obtained will be converted to a letter grade using the following scale:

            100 - 90 =  A

                         89 - 80  =  B

                         79 - 70  =  C

                         69 - 60  =  D

                         59 - 0    =  F

It is recommended that you keep track of your grades and keep all assignments returned to you.  In this way, any differences that may exist between the instructor's records and yours can be corrected.  If you do not retain your graded assignments, the instructor's recorded grade will take precedence for final grade calculation.


Grades will no longer be mailed to students.  Final grades for all OSU-OKC courses will be posted on the Internet and can be accessed by logging on to SIS Web for Students.  



            Exam #1, #2, #3                   100 pts. each

            Final Exam                           150 pts.

            Homework                              10  pts. per assignment

            Paper                                     100 pts.

            Quizzes                                   10 pts. each

            Attendance (3 pts/class)       90 pts.



Honors projects are expected to be completed at a level consistent with Honors work.  The instructor will require periodic checks of work throughout the semester to ensure the project is progressing as it should.  If the project is not up to standard, honors credit will not be issued for the course.


I encourage all students to consider doing an HONORS PROJECT in this class.  Being an OSU-OKC Honors student can be very rewarding personally and academically.  Students must complete an Honors Contract with the instructor no later than Thursday, January 26, 2010.


SERVICE LEARNING - Anyone who completes a Service Learning Project will receive EXTRA CREDIT for this course.  This is the only way to earn extra credit in this class.  Specifics on SERVICE LEARNING are attached to this syllabus and will be covered in this class.  Points will be given based on the number of hours you volunteer.

                                                         20-29 hours - 15 points

                                                         30-39 hours - 20 points

                                                          40(+) hours - 25 points

Hours need to be completed at a facility/organization that is related to our discipline.  Instructor must approve your site and student must complete all paperwork BEFORE beginning work at the facility.  Official paperwork can be found by logging onto the OSU-OKC website at www.osuokc.edu.  Select ACADEMICS at the top of the page; then select SERVICE LEARNING.  Print the information under STUDENT DOWNLOAD and follow the directions given.  Students need to complete the paperwork and have a site selected no later than the 2nd week of class THURSDAY, January 26, 2010. 


This is a great opportunity to network, earn extra credit AND give back to our community - please consider participating!!!


ACADEMIC DISHONESTY OR MISCONDUCT:  Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned nor tolerated at institutions within the Oklahoma State University system.  Academic dishonesty is behavior in which a deliberately fraudulent misrepresentation is employed in an attempt to gain undeserved intellectual credit, either for oneself or for another.  Academic misconduct is behavior that results in intellectual advantage obtained by violating specific standard, but without deliberate intent or use of fraudulent means.  Academic dishonesty or misconduct cases are governed by the OSU-Oklahoma City Campus Student Rights and Responsibilities Code. 

Copies of the Student Rights and Responsibilities can be obtained from the Student Activities and Campus Life Office or an electronic version is also available online at http://www.osuokc.edu/rights/. 


Instructional Statement:  Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the OSU-Oklahoma City Catalog, Student Handbook, and semester information listed in the Class Schedule. 

Global Education Mission:  Global Education is an institutional commitment to providing learning environments that provide a cross-cultural global perspective through all facets of the educational process.  This institutional commitment to Global Education shall manifest itself throughout the entire institution, providing support for diversity, international, and inter-cultural educational opportunities.  These opportunities will be institutionalized through curricular and co-curricular activities. This institutional commitment to Global Education will assist OSU-OKC in accomplishing its mission of preparing students for an increasingly technological and global society.


DROPPING OF COURSES:  Courses dropped within the FIRST 2 WEEKS of a 16-week semester will be done so at no monetary penalty to the student.  Students may continue to drop classes up until 12th week of a 16-week term, but will be charged the full tuition and fees for the class.  After week #12, a grade will be turned in for all students still enrolled in the course.






Jan 19                        Introduction and Course Overview

                                    Discussion of Proficiency Project - paper


Jan 21 & 26               Chapter 2 – The Counselor: Person and Professional


                                    HOMEWORK:  Read Chapter 3

                                                                  -Pages 13-15, A Survey of Your Attitudes and Beliefs…”, Questions 1-20;

                                                                        -Page 18-19, Dealing With Value Conflicts, Questions 1-20;

-Page 19, Some Questions You Might Explore, Questions 1-3;

-Page 20, Multicultural Counseling Competencies…Questions 1-15.                              

                                                Due FEBRUARY 2




Jan 28 & Feb 2         Chapter 3 - Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice

                                    -Introduction Ethics, Confidentiality, Duty-to-warn

                                    -Multicultural Perspective and Ethical Issues, Client/Therapist Relationship Issues



-Page 28-29, Self-Inventory of Attitudes Relating to Ethical Issues, Questions 1-10;

-Page 31-32, Some Cases Pertaining to Confidentiality, Questions 1, 4, 5;

-Pages 32-33, Suggested Activities and Exercises, Questions 1, 2, 3, 6



Feb 4 & 9                   Outside Lecture - SUICIDE


Feb 11                        EXAM #1  (Chapters 2-3 and Suicide)

                                    HOMEWORK:  Read Chapter 4


Feb 16, 18 & 23        Chapter 4 - Psychoanalytic Therapy


                                    HOMEWORK:  Read Chapter 5

-Pages 43-45, Questions for Discussion &Evaluation #2, #5, #9

-Read RUTH and answer You Continue Working With Ruth, #1, #2, and #3, Page 48. 



Feb 25 & March 2    Chapter 5 - Adlerian Therapy


                                    HOMEWORK:  Read Chapter 6

-Page 55-56, Questions for Reflection and Discussion, #7 and #10;

-Pages 56-59 complete the LIFESTYLE ASSESSMENT (includes the 5 bulleted questions under Now that you are finished with the lifestyle questionnaire…found on page 60.) 

            Due MARCH 9


March 4 & 9   Chapter 6 - Existential Therapy

                                                                                HOMEWORK: -Page 73, Questions for Reflection and Discussion, Questions 1 through 6;

-Pages 74, Ways of being dead but still existing, #1-4;

-Page 74-75, Will we really change…,

#1-5.  Due MARCH 23

March 11                   EXAM #2  (Chapters 4-5-6)

                                    HOMEWORK:  Read Chapter 7




March 23& 25           Chapter 7 - Person-Centered Therapy


                                    HOMEWORK:  Read Chapter 8

-Page 85 Questions for Reflection and Discussion,

  # 1, #2, #6 and  #7

-Pages 86-87, Practical Application: Reflecting Clients’ Feelings, #1-6.



March 30 & April 1    Chapter 8 - Gestalt Therapy


                                    HOMEWORK:  Read TA Chapter – Supplemental Handout

                                    -Page 98-99 Questions For Reflection and Discussion, #3, #4  and #7;

                                    -Pages 99-100, Issues and Questions for Personal Application, #1 and #3.

                                    Due APRIL 8


April 6 & 8                  Outside Lecture - Transactional Analysis

                                    -see Supplemental Handouts

                                    -NO HOMEWORK REQUIRED FOR THIS CHAPTER


April 13                      EXAM #3 (Chapters 7, 8 and TA)


April                             Lecture - Trauma Informed Care

                                 View this lecture/notes on D2L sometime before the final exam

                                    HOMEWORK: Read chapter 9


April 15 & 20             Chapter 9 - Behavior Therapy


                                                                                                HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 10

                                                                                                            Pages 110, Issues For Personal Application:  Answer the 5 bulleted questions at mid-page of page 114-114 for the Designing a Self-Management Program;

                                    -Page 115, Practical Applications,

                                    #4 through #7;

                                    -Page 115-116, Learning to be Concrete, #1-6

                                    Due APRIL 27                      


April 22 & 27             Chapter 10 – Reality Therapy

                                    PAPERS DUE TODAY!!!  APRIL 27!!!!!


                                    HOMEWORK:  Read Chapter 11

                  Pages 152-154, Practical Applications of Choice Therapy and Reality Therapy, W, D, E, P sections (all questions under each area.)

                  Due MAY 4


April 29 & May 4    Chapter 11 - Cognitive Therapies  


                                                            HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 11 – Reality Therapy

                                                                                                Pages 149, Questions for Reflections and Discussion:  #1, #3, #5, and #7;  Due May 11  



 TUESDAY, MAY 11 – 10:00 AM  Final Exam…Do not be late!!!  Papers will be returned to you as you leave.


** Syllabus Modification Statement:  Faculty has the right to change or modify the course syllabus materials during the academic year.  Any changes will be shared with students.  Every attempt will be made to provide those changes in writing as an addendum to the course syllabus.


Revised: January 2010



Helping Skills – CA  1113

Point Breakdown for Social Assessment

1)         SUMMARY                                                                                       20 points

            (Review of the client information obtained during the personal interview.)

2)         SYNOPSIS                                                                                       10 points

            (Your personal opinion of what is going on in the client’s life.)

3)         ANALYSIS                                                                                        40 points

            (Analysis of client using 5 different theories we covered in class.)

4)         GENOGRAM                                                                                                10 points

            (Genealogy of the client you interviewed.)



            TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE                                                         100 points


There is a taped video lecture explaining the paper on our D2L site as well as on reserve in the Library.  It is approximately 1 ½ hours long so plan your viewing accordingly.  Be sure that you have the paper instructions/summary format with you when you view the video.


There is no minimum length of this paper, as long as you adequately cover the material. Papers must be typed, use 1 inch margins and be neat.  Handwritten assignments will not be accepted. 


Be sure to proof your work.  I will take off for spelling and grammar errors.  Feel free to use the English tutors in the library or have a friend proof your work.  Also, you may bring your paper in at any time for me to give you feedback.  This is a service that is highly valuable but rarely used….PLEASE let me review your paper as you write it.  It could save you many points you would otherwise lose.


This is a very time consuming project.  Do NOT wait until the last minute to work on it.  It will be a much more pleasurable experience if you write the paper as we progress through the course. Try to have fun doing this project!  This paper will give you your first glimpse of your future as a counselor.