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You will complete an audio and/or video taped helping interaction with a classmate (to be assigned) in which you are in the role of helper. You will also play the role of helpee for that same classmate in a separate 45-minute taped helping interaction (instructions for this assignment will be posted on CANVAS). After the recorded interaction in which you were in the role of helper, you will provide a written analysis of your session. Helping Session In order to have realistic helping sessions/interactions in which students can practice helping skills, all students are expected to participate as a client/helpee during this course. In the client/helpee role, you have two participation options:
1) You may choose to disclose personal information. You may not share very intimate details or problems, but may talk about some minor issues or problems in your life. Appropriate topics include: issues related to career and graduate school application/decisions, relationships, roommate problems, time management and academic issues, etc. Other appropriate topics are discussed in the text (see page 22).
2) You may assume the role of a client/helpee (i.e., adopt a persona). In this way you are not disclosing your own personal information, but are acting as if you are a client. You should think about your character and consider the issues of the person, and how this character might react cognitively, behaviorally, and emotionally in a helping situation.
Please note that you are NOT required by this course to disclose personal information, although you may choose to do so. You will not be evaluated based on the participation option you select. Moreover, you are not required to disclose to the Instructor, other students, or anyone which participation option you choose. Regardless of the option you select, practice sessions should not be used as a substitute for therapy. The purpose of disclosure is for helpers to have problems to work with, not for students to use this course as a substitute for therapy. Again, students who are experiencing personal distress related to issues in their lives should talk to me about a referral and/or contact the University Counseling Center (804.828.6200).
Assignments and Grading: (Due dates are shown in the schedule)
Formats for assignments: All papers should be written in APA style, using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009). All papers should be in Times New Roman font size 12 with standard 1-inch margins. I expect all assignments to utilize proper grammar and spelling and reflect the writing level of a college student. Assignments that are illegible, poorly written, have spelling or grammatical errors, and are not in APA style, will receive lower grades regardless of content.