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Individual Psychotherapy

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 6113
Section Number
PSYC 6113
Spring 2011
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times



PSYC 6113, Individual Psychotherapy

Spring, 2011


Paul C. Guthrie, Ph.D.

O-113, 397-4178


Texts: (Required)


            Corsini, R. J., & Wedding, D. (Eds.). (2011). Current psychotherapies (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole – Thomson.


            Teyber, E. & McClure, F.H. (2011). Interpersonal process in psychotherapy (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole – Thomson.


            Teyber, E., & McClure, F. H. (2011). Student workbook for interpersonal process in therapy. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole – Thomson.


            Young, M. E. (2009). Learning the art of helping: Building blocks and techniques 4th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson-Merrill.


Course Description: This course will be divided into didactic and applied components, with each being taught concurrently throughout the semester. Tuesday sessions will consist of lectures and class discussion covering the major theories and issues of psychotherapy, while Thursday sessions will be used for the discussion, rehearsal, role-playing, etc. of the basic skills required to engage in psychotherapy. In addition to regular class sessions, students will be required to spend approximately one hour per week in practice sessions. These sessions, which will consist of practicing various therapeutic skills, will be videotaped for later review. Students will also be required to keep a journal, in which each practice session is critiqued and suggestions for improvement are recorded. Tapes and journals will be reviewed by me, with the student present, on a regular basis.


Grades will be based on two short-essay exams and demonstrated clinical proficiency. The clinical grade will be on a pass/fail basis, but a passing grade is required to pass the course. Clinical grades will be assigned at the time of video reviews.


Attendance Policy: Graduate students are expected to make every effort to attend all classes. Failure to do so reflects on your commitment and professionalism. Attendance of all Thursday classes is especially crucial.


Make-up Policy: Missed exams may be made up without penalty if the absence is excused, and if you call in before the exam is given. Failure to call in advance will result in a penalty of 10 points (1 letter grade). You should be prepared to take to make-up exam the day you return to class.


Tentative Reading and Exam Schedule


1/17  Introduction/Syllabus

1/19  Chapter 1 (Corsini & Wedding [C&W])


1/24  Chapter 2 (C&W)

1/26 Chapters 1 & 2 (Young)


1/31 Chapter 3 (C&W)

2/2   Chapters 3 & 4 (Young)


2/7  Chapter 4 (C&W)

2/9  Chapters 5 & 6 (Young)


2/14  Chapter 5 (C&W)

2/16  Chapters 7 & 8 (Young)


2/21  Chapter 6 (C&W)

2/23  Chapters 9 & 10  (Young)


2/28   Chapter 8 (C&W)

3/1     Chapters 11 & 12  (Young)


3/6   Chapters 13, 14 & 15 (Young)

3/8   Exam I (C&W & Young)


3/20  Chapter 7 (C&W)

3/22  Chapters 1 & 2 (Teyber &  Workbook)


3/27    Chapter 9 (C&W)

3/29    Chapters 3 & 4 (Teyber &  Workbook)


4/3  Chapter 10 (C&W)

4/5  No class: Easter Break


4/10  Chapter 11 (C&W)

4/12  Chapters 5 & 6 (Teyber &  Workbook)


4/17  Chapter 12 (C&W)

4/19  Chapters 7 & 8 (Teyber &  Workbook) 


4/24  Chapter 13 (C&W)

4/26  Chapters 9 & 10 (Teyber &  Workbook)




5/1    Chapters 14 & 15 (C&W)

5/3    EXAM II - (C & W and Teyber texts)


Final Exam: The final exam in this class will consist of your critique of a videotaped session. You will be required to turn in the video, as well as the critique. Your critique should include a discussion of the techniques you used, the theoretical orientation from which you are working, and the rationale for what you did. After all, the point of this course is that psychotherapy is an intentional, theoretically-based is not making it up as you go.


Your videotape and critique must be turned in by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday,  5/10/11.


Dr. Paul C. Guthrie (view Profile)

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