Introduction to School Counseling 3 credit hours
This course is the introductory course in the school counseling program and provides a basic introduction to school counseling at the K-12 level. This course is designed to give students an overview of current trends in school counseling, on both a local and national level. Topics to be covered include: Historical basis for school counseling, assessing school guidance needs, and planning, implementing, and evaluating a guidance program based on the National School model. This course is a prerequisite for ALL other counseling courses. (Field experience required).
Social and Cultural Foundations of School Counseling 3 credit hours
This course provides an understanding and application of the social and cultural foundations associated with school counseling. This course is also designed to emphasize various cultural factors, poverty, ethnicity, ageism and disabilities and how those factors impact and affect cognition, emotion, behavior and social interactions in both the school and community. Ethical issues related to multicultural aspects of counseling will be addressed as well.
Psychological Assessments 3 credit hours
The course is intended to provide a survey of key areas of relevance in psychological assessment across a variety of settings. As an introduction to psychological assessment, the course focuses on the fundamental goals and principles of psychological assessment in both applied and theoretical contexts. Ability, interest, personality, vocational, marital and clinical tests will be examined.
Personality Assessments 3 credit hours
This course is designed to introduce advanced candidates to the concepts and applications of personality assessment with a specific focus on objective assessment methods. This course is intended to provide a thorough understanding of theory and concepts relevant to objective personality assessment, as well as to build skills needed to administer, score, and interpret well-known personality inventories.
COU/OL 538 -Counseling Individuals with Diverse Needs 3 credit hours
This course is designed to help prepare school counselors to provide the collaborative services for individuals with diverse needs in elementary, secondary and post-secondary educational settings. The course includes topics including IDEA, Section 504, learning disabilities, identification of students suspected of having a disability, transition planning, working with parents and collaboration with related service specialists. (Field Experience Required).
Career Development 3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is to introduce candidates wishing to become school counselors to various career development theories, career counseling procedures and techniques, career assessment tools, career development program planning, and sources of occupational information. Emphasis is placed on empirically-based theories, theoretically based counseling interventions, and current issues in the world of work and vocational counseling. (Field Experience Required).
Introduction to Drug/Alcohol Counseling 3 credit hours
Students in this course explore the fundamental concepts and issues necessary to gain an understanding of drug/alcohol counseling. Participants will be able to define chemical dependency and describe the various models of addiction. Criteria for Substance Abuse Disorders will be examined and applied to illustrative case studies. Participants will also be able to identify and discuss the unique clinical issues involved in treating the rising population. These include: denial and defenses, stages of recovery, relapse and relapse prevention counseling, shame and guilt, co-occurring disorders, effects on the family, intervention, and 12-Step groups. Modalities of treatment and treatment practices will also be discussed. The participants will gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be an effective counselor. The participants will be introduced to a code of ethics for the professional and will be able to discuss its importance. (Field Experience Required).
Legal and Ethical Issues in School Counseling 3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of the school counseling profession with an emphasis on the application of ethical and legal processes to current school issues. The course explores the basics of ethics, values, and morals against the backdrop of school counseling. Ethical and legal issues are analyzed including: informed consent, confidentiality and privileged communications, records, technology and, professionalism and malpractice, resolving legal and ethical issues, codes of ethics and standards of practice.
Group Counseling in Public Schools 3 credit hours
Students investigate group dynamics processes related to counseling theory and participate in group counseling demonstrations. Group counseling will be clearly differentiated from group guidance. Potential uses of group counseling in schools and methods of organizing group counseling sessions are addressed. Students are expected to arrange a visit to a school or agency to observe an actual group at the level for which they are seeking certification or the age groups with which they will be involved. (Field Experience Required).
Counseling Aspects of Grief and Loss 3 credit hours
This course will address the relevant knowledge and skill base needed to provide the school counselor to work effectively with individuals and families coping with a range of experiences life transitions, divorce, physical health changes, foster placement, as well as death and bereavement experiences. Students will explore the dynamics of attachment and loss, life cycle reactions and needs of the dying and bereaved. The grief process and factors to consider in work with grieving children, adolescents and adults will be introduced. The assessment of complicated grief reactions and social work roles and tasks in facilitating the grief process will also be presented.
Counseling Practicum 3 credit hours
The practicum is a class that allows candidates to promote their development as a skilled practitioner capable of applying the knowledge base in counseling in an ethical, reflective, and culturally responsive manner. This course is intended to provide candidates with faculty supervision of direct counseling experience at placement sites and supplements the on-site and on-line supervision experience. This course is intended to serve as a prerequisite for COU/OL 638. Prerequisite: Comprehensive Exam.
Counseling Internship 3 credit hours
The internship is the culminating field experience of the Masters of Arts in Education School Counseling program. The internship is designed to provide the advanced candidate with an on-site placement in a public or private school setting that will create the necessary bridge between training and professionalism. Students are expected to function per the expectations of other full-time employees and counseling staff at the internship site. The internship is the final course in the prescribed program and must follow a successful practicum experience.