Course Descriptions

COUN 501 Professional Issues and Ethics for Counselors (3)
This course provides students with an understanding of the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, professional roles and functions, ethical and legal considerations, and professional organizations and credentialing. Current issues within the professional counseling field will provide a context for exploring ethical and professional orientation. An emphasis will be placed on multicultural and self-care issues as related to ethical decision making. Students will demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply the ACA ethical code.  Students will also be introduced to the practice of essential interviewing and counseling skills, as well as various basic crisis response skills within the realm of professional counseling practice.

COUN 507 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
This course provides students with an introduction to the field of clinical mental health counseling. Students will learn about the mental health system and the roles of counselor, consultant, and advocate within that system. Students will gain knowledge about professional issues affecting mental health counselors including licensing, ethical and legal issues, program evaluation and multicultural competence.  Students will practice treatment planning and documentation within a biopsychosocial model.

COUN 508 Foundations of Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools (3)
This course provides a basic understanding of the counseling process in school settings. Students will develop an awareness of the professional, ethical, and legal issues specific to counseling in the school setting.  Students will learn counseling techniques and interventions which are commonly used in schools for children and adolescents. Family, social, and cultural contexts as they affect school-age children, as well as treatment planning will be considered and will be given a brief overview of the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders – 5.

COUN 509 Foundations of Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (3)
This course provides students with an understanding of the historical and theoretical bases for the practice of marriage, couple, and family counseling. Students will also learn about the scope of marriage, couple and family counseling. Special attention is given to family systems theory including an overview of foundational systems-oriented theories (Bowenian, Strategic, Structural, etc.). Students are encouraged to examine their own assumptions about families and to develop increased congruence between their assumptions and the various theoretical perspectives on family development, functioning, interaction and intervention. Special attention will be given to the impact of issues such as gender, culture, and ethnicity on the family system.

COUN 510 Lifespan Development (3)
This course provides students with an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental stages and from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Topics will include theories of individual and family development across the life span, the family life cycle, theories of learning and personality development, human behavior, community resilience, theories of addictions, and strategies for facilitating optimum development over the lifespan.

COUN 511 Multicultural Issues for Counseling Professionals (3)
This course provides students with an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in multicultural and diverse societies. In addition, students will learn about multicultural and pluralistic trends and treatment strategies related to such factors as culture, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, disability, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families groups and communities. Formerly called Diversity Across the Lifespan (3)

COUN 520 Counseling Theories (3)
This course provides students with an intensive look at counseling theories to provide consistent models to conceptualize client presentation and to select appropriate counseling interventions.  Students will examine the historical development of affective, behavioral and cognitive theories and will apply material to case studies.  Students will also explore counseling models that are consistent with current professional practice and research to help facilitate a personal theoretical approach. Students will demonstrate essential interviewing skills, communication of empathy, and the application of a particular counseling theory in mock counseling sessions.  Prerequisite: COUN501; and COUN 507, 508, or 509.

COUN 523 Psychopathology and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan (3)
This course is an exploration of mental illness across different ages. It includes the study of the classification, etiology, and treatment of psychopathology and personality disorders which are present across the lifespan, as well as an examination of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5). Students will explore diversity issues that may influence the diagnosis and treatment process.

COUN 524 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (3)
This course is designed for those focusing on the clinical mental health track and is intended to help these students develop a conceptual knowledge and effective professional skill for work with couples and families.  Emphasizing systems theory, this course examines foundation theories as well as models and methods of intervention with couples and families.

COUN 525 Effective Practices of School Counselors (3)
This course focuses on school counselors in K-12 settings as they work with students in contexts that include parents, administrators, and teachers.  Students will learn strategies and techniques to facilitate effective communication and share information/resources with parents, administrators, and teachers.  This course will also provide an overview of crisis prevention and intervention for school counselors.  Students will learn and practice designing school counseling curriculum responsive service components (e.g., individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons) necessary to deliver a comprehensive school counseling program to all students including those with disabilities, special needs, and those who are gifted.

COUN 526 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs (3)
This course covers the nature, development, and management of school counseling programs, and differences between elementary and secondary school contexts.  Students will learn to assess, plan, and integrate the elements of a comprehensive school counseling program that reflects the programmatic and ethical standards of the ASCA, including services that foster personal, social, education, and career development in students. Consideration will be given to the use of both formative and summative data disaggregation and analysis to ascertain the success of program elements.

COUN 528 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan (3)
This course provides students with an understanding of career development theories and decision making models, career information resources, career planning, and career counseling processes. The course also addresses the special issues concerning legal and ethical standards in career counseling, multicultural issues and gender bias, the mutual impact of career and cultures, as well as an appreciation for career trends across the lifespan.

COUN 530 Contemporary and Integrative Theories of Family Counseling (3)
This course centers on contemporary (e.g., solution-focused, narrative, constructivist, etc.) and integrative (multi-systemic, metaframeworks, etc.) theories and models of marriage, couple and family counseling. A focus will be on understanding appropriate modalities for family assessment and treatment including developing one's theoretical basis for practice and responsible use of integrative techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on evidence-based treatments and a common factors approach. (This course was previously numbered COUN 531).

COUN 531 Premarital and Marital Counseling (3)
This course focuses on approaches that have been developed for thorough counseling with premarital and marital couples. Students will be introduced to selected counseling/therapy models which seek to identify and describe both normal (functional) and abnormal (dysfunctional) marital and coupling patterns or facilitate client goals throughout the family life cycle and with couples from diverse backgrounds. A variety of possible theoretical approaches and interventions useful in the assessment and treatment of couples will be examined. Emphasis will be on utilizing the resources, strengths, and creative change generating capacities of the couple in moving toward a set of mutually agreed upon goals. (This course was previously numbered COUN 530).

COUN 532 Group Counseling (3)
This course provides students with theoretical and experiential understandings of group development and dynamics.  A focus will be on principles of group dynamics, developmental stage theories, group member roles and behaviors, leadership styles, theories of group counseling, types of groups and professional preparation standards for group leaders.  In order to facilitate self understanding, a critical component to becoming a professional counselor, students will spend 10 hours as a member of a group during the course and will reflect upon that experience.

COUN 537 Spiritual Formation and Faith Based Counseling (3)
In this course, students explore personal and professional issues of faith and spirituality as they pertain to clinical competency in professional counseling.  The first half of the course consists of a review of historical spiritual formation and diversity among faith traditions as related to each student’s spiritual faith journey and identity.  The second half of the course provides students with an overview of several common approaches to Christian counseling, including an examination of their content and validity, as well as a brief overview of other commonly practiced faith-based approaches.  Throughout the course, students will have opportunity to develop a counseling framework that integrates faith perspectives, with particular emphasis on a Christian perspective. Students will also consider how to appropriately integrate faith perspectives into the practice of counseling.

COUN 539 Human Sexuality (3)
This course is designed for counseling professionals whose work will bring them into contact with clients experiencing problems and concerns with their sexuality. The course is designed to develop: a) students’ knowledge base related to human sexuality, b) an understanding of the varied sexuality issues which may be encountered in professional counseling practice, c) the assessment and intervention skills required to deal with sexuality issues, and d) increased awareness of one’s personal perceptions, attitudes and ethical considerations related to sexuality issues. Students will consider how counseling about sexuality issues is related to the counselor’s and the client’s spiritual framework and belief system.

COUN 540 Counseling Techniques (3)
This course offers the student the opportunity to continue to investigate and practice some of the foundational and advanced counseling techniques used by professional counselors. Since instruction is both didactic and experiential, the course offers the student the opportunity for supervised practice of several different types of counseling techniques which will increase the student’s skill and insight Students will begin to develop an understanding of the relationship between the particular techniques chosen by professional counselors and the problems presented by clients. Students will also begin to develop a system of conceptualization that fosters an understanding of the client as a whole and an orientation towards wellness and prevention as desired counseling goals.  In addition, basic supervision models practices, and processes will be discussed during this course.  Prerequisites: COUN 501; COUN507, COUN508 or COUN509; and COUN 520.

COUN 541 Assessment Techniques for Individuals, Couples and Families (3)
This course provides students with an understanding of intellectual, academic achievement, personality, and psychopathology tests and other appraisal methods used in the counseling field for individuals, couples and families. Focus will be given to assessment of different dimensions of functioning- behavioral, emotional, psychological, and personality among children, adolescents, adults, couples, and family dynamics. Students will develop skills in the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessment tools used to evaluate client issues and functioning for individuals, couples and families.

COUN 543 Substance Abuse/Addiction and Families (3)
This course provides students with an overview of the processes of substance abuse counseling. Topics include issues related to addictions, assessment and diagnosis, and treatment strategies and treatment planning. Special emphasis will be given to family dynamics related to addiction and addiction recovery.

COUN 545 Research Design and Statistics (3)
This course provides students with an understanding of research methods such as qualitative, quantitative, single case designs, action research, and outcome based research. Fundamentals of statistics and statistical analysis, ethical and legal considerations in research, and the importance of research within the counseling profession will also be discussed. The course provides students with the skills which are necessary to evaluate the current research in the field of counseling. Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistic course recommended.  (Formerly called Research Design and Statistics / Program Evaluation).

COUN 550 Crisis, Trauma, and Grief Counseling (3)
This course examines the dynamics and treatment of developmental and situational crises, trauma, and grief in a variety of settings. Students will apply crisis intervention theory and models of intervention to various problem areas, such as suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce, grief and loss, and disaster relief.

COUN 551 Effective Practices for Every Learner (3)
This course will enable students to investigate the legislation and landmark litigation that govern special education eligibility and service delivery. Students will also learn about the major areas of exceptionality including the characteristics, incidence, etiology and diagnostic criteria connected with those areas of exceptionality. Educational and therapeutic services available to school-age children and youth with exceptionalities will also be explored. With this foundation, students will be able to analyze and apply best practices and sound professional strategies to assist school-age students with disabilities. (Formerly called Students with Exceptional Needs)

COUN 570 Research/Clinical Project (3)
This course provides students with an opportunity to examine their readiness for the counseling field through an in depth analysis of a common problem presented to counselors. During the term students will choose an issue on which to focus, carefully review the literature on that issue, and
develop an evidence-based plan that addresses the issue. Students will present information on their findings and demonstrate how they would measure the efficacy of their proposals. Prerequisite: COUN 545.

COUN 573 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Skills and Practice (3)
This course is designed to provide students with specific knowledge and skills to work with couples and families in counseling. Techniques, assessments, interventions, and strategies will be researched, discussed and practiced to develop preventive approaches as well as approaches to facilitate optimal functioning in the midst of various challenges in marriage, couple, and family life (e.g., step family issues, divorce/remarriage, extramarital affairs, etc.).  A special emphasis will be placed on families and change, coping with stressful events and transitions in family life.

COUN 580 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum (semester long) (3)
This is an initial field placement of 100 hours, 40 of which are direct service hours with individuals and groups. Students are also encouraged to work with clients with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and with clients with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA, COUN 501, COUN 507, and COUN 520. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 581 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I (semester long) (3)
This course is a 300 clock hour experience, 120 of which are direct service hours with individuals and groups. Students are also encouraged to work with clients with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and with clients with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA, at least 39 COUN credits, COUN 540, COUN 523, and COUN 580. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 582 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II (semester long) (3)
This course is a 300 clock hour experience, 120 of which are direct service hours with individuals and groups. Students are also encouraged to work with clients with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and with clients with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA, proof of conference attendance and COUN 581. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 583 School Counseling Practicum (semester long) (3)
This is an initial field placement of 100 hours in professional settings in which students will develop counseling skills with school-aged children.  Students in the course are required to have 60 hours of direct service contact with K-12 students through individual or group counseling.  Students are also required to work with students with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and are required to work with students with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA or ASCA, COUN 501, COUN 508, and COUN 520. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 584 Elementary School Counseling Internship (semester long) (3)
This course is a 300 hour experience under the supervision of an approved site supervisor who is a practicing elementary school counselor.  As part of the 300 hours, interns are required to have a minimum of 120 clock hours of direct service to students and are to demonstrate master’s-level performance in: the essential services of counseling, consulting, coordinating, and appraising; planning and implementation of classroom guidance activities; professional conduct in interactions with field and college supervisors, students, teachers, administrators, and community members; and such other activities defined as the responsibility of the school counselor at their elementary school placement.  Students are also required to work with students with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and are required to work with students with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA or ASCA, at least 30 COUN credits, proof of conference attendance prior to 2nd internship, COUN 540, and COUN 583. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 585 Secondary School Counseling Internship (semester long) (3)
This course is a 300 hour experience under the supervision of an approved site supervisor who is a practicing secondary school counselor.  As part of the 300 hours, interns are required to have a minimum of 120 clock hours of direct service to students and are to demonstrate master’s-level performance in: the essential services of counseling, consulting, coordinating, and appraising; planning and implementation of classroom guidance activities; professional conduct in interactions with field and college supervisors, students, teachers, administrators, and community members; and such other activities defined as the responsibility of the school counselor at their secondary school placement.  Students are also
required to work with students with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and are required to work with students with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA or ASCA, at least 30 COUN credits, proof of conference attendance prior to 2nd internship, COUN 540 and COUN 583. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 587 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Practicum (semester long) (3)
This is an initial field placement of 100 hours, 50 of which are direct service hours with couples, families, or individuals with marital or family issues. Students are also encouraged to work with clients with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and with clients with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA or AAMFT, completion of COUN 501, COUN 509, and COUN520. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 588 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Internship I (semester long) (3)
This course is a 300 hour experience under the supervision of an experienced master’s level family clinician. It includes 125 direct service hours with couples, families, or individuals with marital or family issues. Students are also encouraged to work with clients with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and with clients with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA or AAMFT, at least 39 COUN credits, COUN 540, COUN 523, and COUN 587. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 589 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Internship II (semester long) (3)
This course is a 300 hour experience under the supervision of an experienced master’s level family clinician. It includes 125 direct service hours with couples, families, or individuals with marital or family issues. Students are also encouraged to work with clients with diverse cultural backgrounds (different from their own) for 10 hours (direct or indirect) and with clients with disabilities for 10 hours (direct or indirect). Prerequisites: appropriate clearances, proof of malpractice insurance, student membership in ACA or AAMFT, proof of conference attendance and COUN 588. (Any site supervision fees incurred are the responsibility of the student and will be assessed to the student's account).

COUN 591 Independent Study (1-3)
This course provides the opportunity for students to 1) investigate and explore a particular area of study outside the graduate curriculum, or 2) complete coursework to meet state competency standards where previous academic preparation evidence deficiency.  Available only to transfer students and students enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) program.  Approval of the Director of the Graduate Program in Counseling required.