Course: Counseling in Special Education

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Course title Counseling in Special Education
Course code KAT/@SECO
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Wittmannová Julie, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Štěrbová Dana, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Counseling in special education - definition, functions, and objectives. Theoretical background. 2. Counseling process, its principles and stages. Interventions. Counseling (a) general rules, (b) in area of special needs, (c) age differences. 3. Counseling system in the Czech Republic. 4. Comparative studies in counseling systems. 5. Diagnostic approach, assessment of abilities and skills, assessment of social environment etc. 6. Assessment of special needs in adapted physical activities. 7. Evaluative strategies - in counseling, PE, school class, leisure time activities 8. PAPTECA model and counseling as its main umbrella term. 9. Different organizations and associations in counseling (early care, preschool children, career counseling, etc. 10. Assessment of maturity, postponement of schooling; gifted children. 11. Self evaluative techniques, effectiveness evaluation. 12. Assessment and individual educational plan. 13. Counseling and assessment process in addictology (addiction, craving, etc.).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Observation, Activating (Simulations, Games, Dramatization)
  • Attendace - 52 hours per semester
  • Excursion - 10 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 30 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 15 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Aim of the course is to a) provide information about counseling system(s) and its functioning, cooperation of professionals; (b) create basic skills and knowledge for entrance (input) assessment for all students in PE; (c) create basic skills and knowledge to use assessment results in development of individual educational plan; (d) prepare students to evaluate learning progress of student with special educational needs (SEN); (e) evaluate the suitability of the curriculum adaptations and the effectiveness of applied teaching strategies to students with SEN; (e) prepare students for collaboration with various relevant professionals.
Upon completion of the course the student will be able to: 1. Apply the knowledge of counselling and diagnostics in school practice or other areas (teacher or social worker); 2. Apply the information about all forms of counselling in a wide range of intervention (type of disability, age); 3. Understand the necessity for a supervision system in assistant professions, use preventive burnout syndrome strategies. 4. Use the information about basic diagnostic methods and their application; 5. Understand educational and teaching issues in work with children and perform rough classification; 6. Use the knowledge about counselling institutions and their work, especially in the diagnostic area.
Interest in the content of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam, Didactic Test, Seminar Work

1. Active participation in 80% of lectures and seminars 2. Project work with PPT presentation of selected topics 3. Comparative study on counseling system in selected country 4. Final exam
Recommended literature
  • Brown, D. T., & Prout, H. T. (1983). Counseling and Psychotherapy with children and adolescents: theory and practice for school and clinic settings. Brandon: Clinical Psychology Publishing Co.
  • Goldenberg, H., & Goldenberg, I. (1998). Counseling today's families. New York: Brooks/Cole.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Physical Culture Physical Education and Sports (10) Physical education and sport - Summer