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Fundamentals of Counseling

Fundamentals of Counseling covers the material taught in a one-semester college course. Questions on the exam test:
  • Knowledge of basic facts and terms
  • Understanding of concepts and principles
  • Ability to apply the knowledge to specific case problems
Topics covered in this course are:
  • Historical Development
    • Historical elements
    • Significant influences
    • Significant people

  • Counselor Roles and Functions
    • Counseling as a profession
    • Role expectations in different counseling settings
    • Professional associations
    • Consultation
    • Group approaches
    • Family counseling
    • Self-help groups
    • Advocacy
    • Environment

  • The Counseling Relationship
    • Verbal and nonverbal behavior
    • Personal characteristics, lifestyles and capabilities
    • Authenticity, empathy, and confidentiality
    • Ethical and legal issues

  • Theoretical Approaches
    • Psychodynamic
    • Humanistic and phenomenological
    • Cognitive–behavioral
    • Behavioral
    • Systems
    • Eclectic
    • Spiritual/Holistic

  • Social and Cultural Foundations
    • Multicultural issues (e.g., religion, race, ethnicity, socioeconomics)
    • Discrimination issues (e.g., gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, AIDS, managed care)
    • Societal concerns (e.g., substance abuse, person abuse, stress, violence)

  • Career Development
    • Theories
    • Decision making
    • Information sources

  • Human Growth and Development
    • Personal development
    • Social development

  • Assessment and Appraisal Techniques
    • Testing
    • Measurement
    • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. (DSM-IV)

(Taken from "Fundamentals of Counseling," DSST/Dantes Subject Standardized Tests, Capstar/The Chauncey Group International.)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Introduction to the Profession of Counseling   
      5th by Frank A. Nugent, Karyn D. Jones - Merrill/Pearson,
    ISBN 9780135144305