Counseling

Learning Outcomes Courses

After completing courses in Counseling, a student will be able to:

  • Identify and apply personal values and career preferences related to making effective career and major choices.
  • Identify strategies for making wise choices, goal setting, taking responsibility, and thinking critically about life choices.

Learning Outcomes Services

After utilizing Counseling programs and services, a student will be able to:

  • Select appropriate college courses, programs and services to meet individual needs and to support academic goals and success.

Counseling Courses

COUN A: Orientation

0.5 unit: lecture 0.5 units; lab 0 units

This course is designed to equip students with basic survival tools for college. The course includes an orientation to West Valley College programs and services, including: rules and regulations, basic skills assessment, an overview of general education requirements for transfer and graduation, an introduction to the registration process, and educational planning. Pass/No Pass Only

COUN 2: Academic and Personal Planning

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides the opportunity for students to increase self-awareness, knowledge and understanding of personal, as well as educational objectives. The course facilitates academic and personal decision-making and promotes setting life goals, determining educational objectives, and developing appropriate short- and long-term plans. Pass/No Pass Option

COUN 5: College Success

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 905

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course integrates personal growth, academic and career success with problem solving, and critical and creative thinking. The course focuses on life management, goal setting, career decision making, educational planning, college expectations and opportunities, instructor-student relationships, cultural diversity, health maintenance, stress management, and campus resources. Learning styles and strategies including lecture note-taking, test taking, memory and concentration are also included. Pass/No Pass Option

COUN 12: Careers and Lifestyles

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course assists students in identifying values, interests, and career alternatives through a variety of personality and occupational exploration techniques. Students have the opportunity to learn and prepare for careers and lifestyles in an ever-changing world by developing decision making, goal setting and planning skills. Pass/No Pass Option

COUN 12C: Careers and Lifestyles

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

COUN 12C is a special topic module for those who desire more in-depth career direction. This course focuses on specialized concerns relating to job search and the world of work. Pass/No Pass Option

COUN 18: Job Search Methods

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides practical step-by-step instructions, techniques, and strategies for planning and organizing an effective job search. Emphasis is on developing strategies to deal with job market issues, job market research, employer contact, resumes and application, job interviews, and the world of work. Utilizing online tools is also covered.

COUN 24: Personal Growth

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

Personal growth is designed to assist students in increasing their awareness of themselves and others and identifying their personal strengths and weaknesses and potential for personal growth. By enhancing their self esteem, students will function more effectively and fully in dealing with conflicts and life changing events. This course will promote growth by helping students to develop decision making strategies, conflict resolution skills, assertive training techniques and stress management. Students will learn effective communication skills, so they can express thoughts and feelings and improve and enrich their relationships with others. This course is West Valley College AA/AS Degree applicable under Area E General Education and the CSU G.E. Pattern. Pass/No Pass Option

COUN 45: Successful Study Strategies

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course offers students the opportunity to improve their study skills and become more aware of their potential for success. New approaches to time management, note taking, preparation for examinations, taking examinations, and other study techniques are presented.

COUN 50: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course will explore cross-cultural theories and research relative to personal and cultural identity, communication styles, value orientation, leadership styles, social justice, cultural assimilation, the family, health care, education, the world of work, media in the United States, ethnocentrism and racism. The goals will be to enhance understanding, insights, and respect for diverse cultural groups. Cultures examined include: African American, Latino/Chicano, Japanese American, Chinese American, Vietnamese American, Native American, and Middle Eastern. This course satisfies Cultural Diversity requirement for an Associate degree. Pass/No Pass Option

COUN 90: Transfer with Success

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

Transfer with Success is an introduction to the transfer process. It is designed to give students the opportunity to actively participate in planning their educational and career goals by providing them with information about the process and requirements for transferring from community college to a university. The course consists of lecture, guest speakers, and student assignments. Pass/No Pass Option

Last Updated 2/15/19