Competency: The Road to an Excellent Helping Professional
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This full-time program for juniors and seniors is designed to help serious students of psychology learn how to become an excellent helping professional. The American Psychological Association’s “General Principles” specify five aspirational principles to guide psychologists toward the profession’s highest ethical ideals. These principles include: to do no harm; to uphold professional standards of conduct, clarify their professional roles and obligations, and accept appropriate responsibility for their behavior; to promote accuracy, honesty and truthfulness in the science, teaching and practice of psychology; to recognize the importance of fairness and justice and to take precautions that their potential biases do not lead to unjust practices; and to respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination.
Conventional academic learning focuses on conceptual learning and is not sufficient to teach these skills. The goal of this program is to use self-assessments and character-building experiences to help students learn and practice the above principles to become an excellent helping professional.
In order to build character students will critically examine the roles of ethnocentric bias, attribution error, asymmetric perception, social projection, implicit learning, and inappropriate generalizations in shaping values, beliefs, and biases. Paradigm shifts in thinking and learning will be emphasized as tools to understand yourself and others. Completing reflective and transformative learning activities, participating in weekly somatic psychology practices, recording daily consciousness-raising activities, and participating in weekly small group meetings for in-depth processing of the program material are required in order to gain these competencies for helping professionals.
Credit will be awarded in Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Diversity and Inclusion, and Ethics.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Leadership studies, communication, and psychology.
Credits per quarter
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia