Counseling Courses (formerly Applied Psychology)

Counseling (COUNS) - (formerly Applied Psychology (APSY) courses are holistic in nature and are designed to recognize the personal, academic, and career aspects of the fully functional student.  Student success is an underlining emphasis common to all courses.  Counseling courses are taught by counseling faculty and focus on different aspects of the college experience and life skills. 

In order to fully meet the needs of our diverse student population the Counseling Services Division offers a variety of Counseling courses to assist students in achieving their academic goals.

COUN 1 - ACADEMIC PLANNING (1.5 Units - CSU & UC Credit)

Designed to prepare students for a successful college and transfer experience. Topics include opportunities and requirements for vocational programs and associate degrees as well as for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.  Students develop an academic plan based on individual educational goals. College survival skills and issues will be discussed, including college expectations, student motivations, study skills, time management, college resources, and academic policies. Students will also learn strategies for choosing a major. The overall objective of the course is to help students identify and overcome obstacles to academic success. NR 

COUN 100 - COLLEGE SUCCESS (1.5 Units - CSU Credit)

Guidance for first year college students.  Strategies for academic, career and personal success.  Orientation to college, career and educational planning.

COUN 140 - EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL PLANNING (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Designed as an instrument of individual and group counseling. Activities are centered on self-analysis including the use of tests and inventories, the analysis of occupational areas and trends, and the study of educational requirements and factors in academic success and personal achievement. Recommended for all freshman students, especially those who are uncommitted to a major or goal. NR

COUN 150 - HELPING RELATIONSHIPS (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Designed to aid the individual in acquiring the skills and personal growth necessary to help others in self-exploration and positive changes. The student will learn a process of helping which relies heavily on empathy, honesty, and caring in relationships to effect positive change in others. Benefits those in the helping professions as well as any individual seeking to be more helpful in relationships with others. NR

COUN 151 - HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Integrating psychological, sociological, and physiological perspectives, this course will explore the human experience and the human connections that make us whole. Aspects of human experiences examined will include the dimensions of relatedness: to the self, to the body, to significant others and to the larger social context. The environments we create in which we flourish and the spaces between us that gives us meaning will be explored. In addition, ways to enhance and grow relationships within those contexts will be described. NR

COUN 160 - CAREER AND VOCATIONAL EXPLORATION (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Focuses on process of vocational choice through study of occupational trends and survey of specific occupations. Working with information about themselves obtained through standardized tests and other measures and selected occupational information, students develop a tentative vocational plan. Designed for students who are undecided about their majors or interested in changing careers. NR

COUN 161A - LEARNING AND STUDY TECHNIQUES (1.5 Units - CSU)

Focuses on theoretical and practical learning strategies designed to improve performance in academic and professional settings.