Spring 2022 - EDUC 423 E200

Helping Relationships (4)

Class Number: 3659

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    HCC 2260, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    Or corequisite: EDUC 323.



Introduction to the rationale for and the practice of basic counselling skills. Emphasis on the development of counselling skills as a means of establishing effective helping relationships in educational settings.


This course will focus on the development of basic listening, empathy and interviewing skills that help to foster human relations and understanding of others. There will be an emphasis on the use of a variety of basic counselling skills. These skills are not meant to reflect any one theory of counselling but are seen as fundamental to the development of helping relationships in any domain.


At the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to:

1. Increase your awareness of your own natural resources for helping others
2. Enable you to understand and demonstrate the appropriate use of a broad repertoire of specific helping skills
3. Enable you to more fully understand the interrelationship between your personality, your personal experiences, and the processes and skills involved in becoming an effective helper
4. Enable you to investigate more deeply the roots of personal stories and dilemmas, and effectively intervene to help people make constructive changes in their lives.


  • Class participation/weekly responses 15%
  • Transcript & Critical Reflective Analysis 1 15%
  • Transcript & Critical Reflective Analysis 2 30%
  • Transcript & Critical Reflective Analysis 3 40%


This is a course based on practicing within partnerships. Missing classes or portions of classes affects your learning and the learning of your assigned partners and may result in a lower grade. As a courtesy and as part of your professionalism, please inform me if you will miss a class or portion of class.

There is no final exam for this class.



Young, M. (2017). Learning the Art of Helping: Building blocks and techniques (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall.
ISBN: 9780134165783

eText (ISBN: 9780135680391) is also acceptable.

ISBN: 9780134165783

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.