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Course Descriptions

    School of Education
    Counselor Education
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Counselor Education


Course Descriptions

The Department of Counselor Education is responsible for the following courses:

CCPS 501

CCPS 512

CCPS 535

CCPS 502

CCPS 518

CCPS 537

CCPS 503

CCPS 520

CCPS 539

CCPS 504

CCPS 521

CCPS 540

CCPS 505

CCPS 522

CCPS 541

CCPS 506

CCPS 524

CCPS 542

CCPS 507

CCPS 530

CCPS 543

CCPS 508

CCPS 532

CCPS 585

CCPS 509

CCPS 533

CCPS 590

CCPS 510

CCPS 534

 

CCPS 677

CCPS 501: Introduction to Counseling. 3 credits

Provides a philosophical orientation to the counseling profession. Addresses the characteristics of effective counselors, nature of the therapeutic relationship, and process of counseling. Activities are both didactic and experiential in nature. Prerequisite: Admission.

CCPS 502: Helping Relationship Skills. 3 credits

Provides a broad understanding of the theoretical foundations of the helping processes necessary for building therapeutic relationship, including cross-cultural counseling theories and the tools and techniques used to foster effective helping relationships. Students will develop intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships through practice of basic counseling skills needed to be an effective counselor. Importance is placed on the mastery of fundamental concepts that enhance the development of therapeutic relationships. This is an experiential course. Prerequisite: CCPS 501and 504.

CCPS 503: Human Growth and Development. 3 credits

Provides an overview of the biological, psychosocial, and cognitive aspects of human growth and development across the life span. Prerequisite: Admission.

CCPS 504: Theories of Counseling. 3 credits

Examines major theories of counseling with respect to the major assumptions and the therapeutic relationship. Emphasis on points of convergence and divergence, strength and weakness, as well as the applicability of theories to all populations. Prerequisite: CCPS 501.

CCPS 505: Group Counseling. 3 credits

Examines the meaning, function, types, and principles of the group approach to counseling, including the dynamics of group interaction, leadership, role-playing, personal development in groups, and the influences of the group processes on individual development. This is an experiential course. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504.

CCPS 506: Career 3 credits

Provides an overview of the field of career development theory. It focuses on the life-long process of career development, the sources and systems of occupational and educational information, and career and leisure counseling processes. Emphasis is placed on empirically based theories of career development and the interventions that derive logically from them. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503.

CCPS 507: Research and Measurements. 3 credits

Covers the fundamentals of the research tools employed by scholars when they conduct education research. Subject matter includes library resources, types of research, review of research methodologies, measurement instruments, data collection and analysis procedures, proposal preparation and report writing. Prerequisite: CCPS 512.

CCPS 508: Individual and Group Appraisal. 3 credits

Provides a broad understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal, data and information gathering methods, validity and reliability, psychometric statistics, factors influencing appraisals, and the use of appraisal results in counseling and consulting. Prerequisites: CCPS 507 & 512.

CCPS 509: Counseling Diverse Populations. 3 credits

Examines the psychological, sociological, and anthropological principles and research in the understanding of cultural diversity in American society. Emphasis is on knowledge, skills, and self-awareness of the counselor in providing mental health services to a diverse population. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, and 504.

CCPS 510: Professional, Ethical and Legal Applications. 3 credits

Emphasis on professional, ethical and legal issues associated with human services. Analyzes the function of ethics in the profession and the study of legal rights, duties, and liabilities of human services practitioners. Prerequisite: CCPS 501.

CCPS 512: Behavioral Statistics. 3 credits

Emphasis on use of statistical techniques to describe, compare and predict probable trends in large and small samplings of data. Prerequisite: Admission.

CCPS 518: School Consultation. 3 credits

Provides school counseling candidates the opportunity to explore the differences between direct and indirect service delivery models of consultation, reflection on the practice of consultation and develop the knowledge and skills of a problem-solving consultation process. The course provides an emphasis on working with school personnel, families, culturally and linguistically diverse populations as well as regular and disabled students. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 and 506 and Candidacy.

CCPS 520: Organization and Administration of Guidance and Counseling Services. 3 credits

Focuses on the role of the school counselor in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive developmental guidance program, as well as the counselor’s involvement in leadership within the school setting with respect to the school’s curriculum, system goals, and equity issues. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, and 518.

CCPS 521: Elementary/Middle School Counseling Practicum (50 hours). 3 credits

Focuses on counseling theory and practice, developing, implementing, evaluating guidance and counseling services; the referral process; developing, implementing, and evaluating intervention strategies; and parental involvement and other community resources related to the academic success of the elementary and middle school learner. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506 and Candidacy.

CCPS 522: Secondary School Counseling Practicum (50 hours). 3 credits

Focuses on counseling theory and practice, developing, implementing, evaluating guidance and counseling services; the referral process; developing, implementing, and evaluating intervention strategies; and parental involvement and other community resources related to the academic success of the secondary school learner. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506 and Candidacy.

CCPS 524 School Counseling Practicum (100 hours). 3 credits

An initial supervised experience in school counseling in which counseling theory and organization of school counseling programs are applied to practice. Students are placed in a K-12 school setting. In addition, students, in individual supervision and in small group supervision with the university supervisor, critique and analyze their actual counseling sessions. Feedback and analyses are given on these interactions by peers and the instructor. Through these processes each graduate student is assisted in developing his/her relationship skills and counseling style. Therefore, the practicum experience is an integral and vital part of the preparation program for professional counselors. Prerequisites: CCPS 518, 520 and Candidacy.

CCPS 530: Community & Mental Health Counseling Practicum (100 hours). 3 credits

An initial supervised experience in community counseling in which counseling theory and organization of community counseling programs are applied to practice. Students are placed in agency setting. In addition, students, in individual supervision and in small group supervision with the university supervisor, critique and analyze their actual counseling sessions. Feedback and analyses are given on these interactions by peers and the instructor. Through these processes each graduate student is assisted in developing his/her relationship skills and counseling style. Therefore, the practicum experience is an integral and vital part of the preparation program for professional counselors. Prerequisites: CCPS 535 and Candidacy.

CCPS 532: Counseling Couples and Families. 3 credits

An advanced counseling course designed to increase knowledge of family systems, theory, and structure in order to effectively assess, conceptualize and treat family issues. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and 506.

CCPS 533: Counseling Children and Families. 3 credits

Provides an overview of childhood and adolescent development from various theoretical perspectives, as well as the assessment and treatment of emotional disorders prominent in childhood and adolescence. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and 506.

CCPS 534: Community & Mental Health Counseling. 3 credits

Provides a theoretical framework that focuses on meeting the counseling needs of identified target populations in a programmatic fashion. Prevention, crisis intervention, consultation and community-based interventions will be presented as well as needs assessments, goals formulation, intervention design and program evaluation. Prerequisites: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506 and Candidacy.

CCPS 535: Abnormal Psychology and Diagnostic Systems. 3 credits

Provides an overview of abnormal psychology and trains students to assess psychological conditions according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Prerequisite: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510 and Candidacy.

CCPS 537: Employee Assistance Program Counseling. 3 credits

Focuses on the role and function of counselors in the workplace in providing helping services for employees and their families. Prerequisite: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504.

CCPS 539: Theories of Personality I. 3 credits

This course is designed to critically explore the important approaches to the study of personality in psychology. As such it will be quite broad, ranging from the psychoanalytic work of Freud through the behavioral views of Skinner and others to humanistic approaches of those such as Rogers and Maslow. The aim of this course is to assist students in gaining an understanding of the various approaches to personality and identification and treatment of personality disorders. Prerequisite: CCPS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510 & Candidacy.

CCPS 540: School Counseling Internship I (300 hours). 3 credits

Supervised field placement students. Student experiences are expected to include clinical diagnoses, developing treatment plans, extensive counselor-client sessions, and follow-up of the client’s progress. Students receive one hour of individual supervision on-site, one hour of individual university supervision and attend a weekly group supervision class. Prerequisite: CCPS 518, 520, 521, 522, 524 and Candidacy.

CCPS 541: School Counseling Internship II (300 hours). 3 credits

Capstone clinical field placement. Supervised field placement students. Student experiences are expected to include clinical diagnoses, developing treatment plans, extensive counselor-client sessions, and follow-up of the client’s progress. Students receive one hour of individual supervision on-site, one hour of individual university supervision and attend a weekly group supervision class. Prerequisite: CCPS 540 and Candidacy.

CCPS 542: Community Counseling Internship I (300 hours). 3 credits

Supervised field placement students. Student experiences are expected to include clinical diagnoses, developing treatment plans, extensive counselor-client sessions, and follow-up of the client’s progress. Students receive one hour of individual supervision on-site, one hour of individual university supervision and attend a weekly group supervision class. Prerequisite: CCPS 530, 534 and Candidacy.

CCPS 543: Community Counseling Internship II (300 hours). 3 credits

Capstone clinical field placement. Supervised field placement students. Student experiences are expected to include clinical diagnoses, developing treatment plans, extensive counselor-client sessions, and follow-up of the client’s progress. Students receive one hour of individual supervision on-site, one hour of individual university supervision and attend a weekly group supervision class. Prerequisite: CCPS 542 and Candidacy.

CCPS 585: Thesis. 3 credits

Research-oriented project for students electing to write a thesis.
Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson.

CCPS 590: Master’s Advisement. 1 credit

Maintains status of students for preparation and administration of comprehensive examination. Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson.

CCPS 677: Independent Study in Counseling. 3 credits

Independent study of a specific topic of interest to the student in the area of counseling under the guidance of a departmental faculty member. A detailed study proposal must be submitted for approval. Prerequisite: Approval of the faculty member and the department chairperson.