Practice in basic counseling skills, empathy, listening, and communication of psychological disorders from a holistic perspective, including Eastern, Western, and alternative methods of counseling. Students will practice skills, develop an understanding of their own communication patterns and the capacity for empathy.

Examines both the Western perspective of the structure and function of the organs and systems in the human body and the Eastern perspective that emphasizes the interrelationship of the internal organs to overall health of body, mind and spirit. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the program. Students will begin a journal in this course and continue to document their master’s degree experience throughout the program.