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Encouraging Cognitive Complexity in the Counseling Profession

Course #: 06-942

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CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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CE Course Description

Cognitive complexity is the ability to take in and incorporate diverse perspectives, and such abilities have been positively correlated with beneficial influences on counseling skills such as empathy and clinical interventions. This brief intermediate continuing education course, developed using information from The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, provides a systematic and critical review of the cognitive complexity literature and discusses future implications of cultivating cognitive complexity in the counseling profession. 

CE Course Objectives

1. Define the term cognitive complexity and explore how it can positively influence counseling skills.

2. Analyze cognitive complexity literature within the counseling field and counselor education, including how to cultivate these abilities.

3. Identify specific clinical skills that are demonstrated by counselors who exhibiit cognitive complexity.

4. Describe the cognitive-developmental theoretical frameworks that enable individuals to move across rigid stages of cognitive development into more flexible, integrative thinking.

5. Discuss how problem-based learning can be utilized to foster cognitive complexity in counselor training programs.


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