Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

The Department of Counselor Education offers the following courses:

COUN 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.

COUN 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. Prerequisite: Program Admission.

COUN 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: Program Admission.

COUN 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: COUN 501.

COUN 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: COUN 501, 502, 503, and 504.

COUN 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: COUN 501, 502, and 503.

COUN 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: COUN 501,502, 503, and 504.

COUN 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: COUN 507 and 508.

COUN 509: Counseling Diverse Populations. 3 credits

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

COUN 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: COUN 501, 502, 503, and 504.

COUN 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, and diverse populations. Prerequisites: COUN 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 and 506.

COUN 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: COUN 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, and 518.

COUN 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 at the elementary school-level; observe the site supervisor and then co-lead group and classroom counseling sessions. Individual supervision is provided by the faculty member and site supervisor, and group supervision is held weekly by the faculty member. Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses and candidacy.

COUN 530: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum (100 hours). 3 credits

An initial supervised experience in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in which counseling theory and organization of community counseling programs are applied to practice. Students are placed in agency setting. In addition, students receive in individual supervision from the faculty member and site supervisor, and group supervision is held weekly by the faculty member. Prerequisites: COUN 535, completion of all core courses, and candidacy.

COUN 531: Addictions Counseling. 3 credits

The course will provide a basic understanding of addiction and behavioral health, screening and assessment tools, and evidence-based treatment for addiction. The course will provide counselors-in-training with an introduction and overview of addictive disorders, stages of change, harm reduction, screening and brief intervention, motivational interviewing, assessment strategies, and intervention strategies including evidence-based practices. Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses.

COUN 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: COUN 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and 506.

COUN 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: COUN 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and 506.

COUN 534: Clinical 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 designs and program evaluation. Prerequisites: COUN 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506.

COUN 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: Completion of all core courses and candidacy.

 COUN 536:  Trauma and Grief Counseling. 3 credits

Addresses the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on people. In addition, students will explore the principles of crisis intervention, appropriate use of diagnosis during a related event, theories and models of individual and group and community resilience, operation of an emergency management system within schools and clinical mental health agencies, and self-care. Prerequisite: Completion of al core courses.

COUN 539: Theories of Personality I. 3 credits

This graduate-level course surveys predominant psychotherapy theories and merge that with theoretically-based development of basic skills and conceptualization techniques. Students focus on developing their personal theoretical orientation and the use of 45 counseling techniques every counselor should know. Prerequisite: Completion of all core courses.

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

Supervised field placement where students’ experiences include individual and group counseling, program development, responsive services and consultation and collaboration.  The counseling lab is used for observations, demonstrations and practice. Peer and instructor feedback are provided. Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses, and candidacy.

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

Supervised field placement. Student experiences include a strong focus on the American School Counselor Association Counseling Standards and counselor competencies, conducting group and classroom counseling with diverse populations; and leadership and advocacy. The counseling lab is used for observations, demonstrations and practice. Peer and instructor feedback are provided. Prerequisites: COUN 540, completion of all core courses, and candidacy.

COUN 542: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I (300 hours). 3 credits

Supervised clinical field placement. Student experiences are expected to include clinical diagnoses, developing treatment plans, extensive counselor-client sessions, and follow-up of the client’s progress. The counseling lab is used for observations, demonstrations and practice. Peer and instructor feedback are provided. Prerequisites: COUN 530, completion of all core courses and candidacy.

COUN 543: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II (300 hours). 3 credits

Supervised clinical field placement. Student experiences are expected to include clinical diagnoses, developing treatment plans, extensive counselor-client sessions, and follow-up of the client’s progress. The counseling lab is used for observations, demonstrations and practice. Peer and instructor feedback are provided. Prerequisites: COUN 542, completion of all core courses, and candidacy.

COUN 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.

CSED 500: Communications Skills. 0 credits

This is a first semester course that is a university requirement for all master-level students to demonstrate proficiency in master-level work, including writing, presentation and research skills. Prerequisite: Program Admission.