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Counseling and Personal Development Classes

The PVCC Counseling and Personal Development Division offers a wide variety of college courses designed to help students identify and achieve personal, educational and career goals.

Course Description
Career Exploration (CPD102AB) Designed to assist students making career choices. Focuses on self-assessment in terms of educational and career opportunities and reasonable possibilities in the world of work. Includes assessment for personal/career interests, values, needs, attitudes, skills, and other potential, and exploration of occupational information to establish career and educational goals. Prerequisites: None
Stress Management (CPD102AH) Reviews the sources of stress, the physiological effects and the psychological impact of stress on the individual. Provides strategies to reduce stress. Prerequisites: None
Personal Spiritual Development (CPD102AJ) Designed to encourage exploration of human spirituality. Focus on personal values and individual belief systems. Emphasis on developing an integrated concept of spirituality and applying it to one's own life. Prerequisites: None.
Creating College Success (AAA115) Strategies to create success in college. Methods for selecting and developing effective academic strategies, increasing self-awareness and developing self-management strategies. Elements of college resources and relationships with others explored in support of students' educational experience.
Women in Transition (CPD103BA) Designed to assist and support women who are experiencing life transitions. Emphasis on assessing self-potential, increasing self-confidence, managing life change, and exploring education/career/life options in terms of the realities of roles for women today. Prerequisites: None
CPD104-Career & Personal Development An overview of the holistic process of career/life planning through self-awareness and understanding of the world of work. Exploration and application of behavioral, social, and cultural factors leading to college, career, and personal success with emphasis on assessment, applied behavior management, motivation, self-care, and career development. Prerequisites: None.
Introduction to Counseling (CAP120) Introduction to the field of counseling with a focus on skills and competencies needed as a mental health practitioner. Foundations of counseling including counseling theories, ethical considerations, prevention and intervention topics, and multicultural counseling practices. Prerequisites: None.
Strategies for College Success (CPD150) Focus on increasing student success through college orientation and personal growth, study skills development, and educational and career planning. Prerequisites: None
Introduction to Multiculturalism (CPD160) Examination of the multiple cultures and subcultures within the contemporary United States. Personal exploration of awareness and appreciation of multiculturalism. Activities for experiencing diverse cultural perspectives. Critical thinking skills for recognizing, analyzing, and mediating cultural and psychological factors impacting conflict and accord between diverse cultures through written and oral discourse.
The Counselor in a Multicultural Society (CAP220) Current theories and research on culture, race and ethnicity, gender and other aspects of cultural diversity in a multicultural society through the lens of counseling. Focus on personal perspectives, will explore themes, theories, topics and research related to power, privilege and oppression in the United States as applied to counseling discipline. Prerequisites: None. CPD240-Introduction to Counseling Skills Introduction to basic skills and techniques used in the counseling field. Focuses on active listening, self-awareness, and other related skills.
Introduction to Counseling Skills (CAP240) Introduction to basic skills and techniques used in the counseling field. Focuses on active listening, self-awareness, and other related skills.
Peer Mentor Training (CPD250)

Development and application of beginning skills and knowledge required to establish and maintain effective peer helping relationships in a college setting. Focus on the role, function, and responsibilities of the peer mentor; verbal and nonverbal communication skills; problem solving; and strategies and resources for first-year student success. Includes on-campus service-learning component

Career and Professional Preparation for the Helping Professions (CAP260) Overview of the process of career and life planning through self-awareness for students interested in helping fields. Focus on current occupational trends and outlook, the learning models of the individual, the world of work, and decision-making. Emphasis on individual application and workplace diversity. Design materials for use in the professional world such as resumes, online presence, career portfolio.