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Course Descriptions

Core Courses

COUN 530
Introduction to the Counseling Profession
3 credit hours
This course is an overview and examination of the counseling profession including sub-specializations of mental health counseling, school counseling, addiction counseling and rehabilitation counseling. It is designed to assist the student in developing his/her professional identity as a counselor. The course will examine historical, philosophical, and social/political influences on contemporary counseling practices, as well as equip the student with an introduction to the practical aspects of a counseling practice (treatment planning, developing the helping relationship, collaboration/referral, etc.). An in-depth examination will be made into the organizations of professional counselors as well as their credentialing and licensing.
COUN 533
Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
3 credit hours
Legal and ethical issues and practices are integral to the professional counselor. This course will examine topics such as confidentiality, ethical competence, professional relationships, testing and malpractice as outlined in the American Counseling Association (ACA) code of ethics and the counseling profession. Emphasis will be placed upon critical thinking and the development of skills in evaluating and resolving ethical dilemmas encountered in a mental health counseling practice.
COUN 534
Lifestyle and Career Development
3 credit hours
A thorough examination of major theories of career development and use of career assessment instruments will help equip students in evaluating and applying approaches to career counseling. This course will explore the relationship between career choice, individual skills, and lifestyle, and explore career/occupational resources available to a counselor in order to empower clients to make effective career/lifestyle choices.
COUN 535
Psychological Assessment in Clinical Practice
3 credit hours
This course will provide an exploration of the structure, administration, interpretation and uses of various psychological tests typically utilized in a counseling practice. Specific assessment procedures will include (but are not limited to) testing: cognitive ability, personality dynamics, achievement, aptitude, adaptive behavior, and emotional characteristics. Special attention will be paid to helping students develop awareness of the process of conducting a comprehensive assessment, interpreting assessment results and how to communicate those results to clients.
COUN 536
Human Growth and Development
3 credit hours
This course will focus on human development from conception through adulthood. This course will provide an overview of development in the following areas: physical, cognitive, psychological, social-emotional, and moral. The five areas of development will be examined through various developmental theories with applications to therapeutic settings. Students will examine developmental crises that may be the source of problems that become the focus in a counseling setting.
COUN 537
Etiology and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
3 credit hours
One of the primary roles of counselors in community settings is to recognize the diagnostic criteria for mental disorders, understand its possible causes, and begin to develop appropriate treatment or referral plans for addressing the problems associated with psychopathology. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the etiology of abnormal behavior. In addition, students will learn how to facilitate the diagnostic process. This will include intimate familiarity with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and other tools for facilitating accurate mental heath diagnoses and treatment plans.
COUN 539
Counseling Theories
3 credit hours
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the various theories of counseling. The student will critically examine the historical/theoretical frameworks that the major theories of counseling use. Attention is given to personality structure and individual behavior from which these are derived.
COUN 632
Advanced Clinical Assessment
3 credit hours
This course is designed to instruct the student in advanced concepts and applications of clinical and personality assessments. This course is intended to provide a thorough understanding of theory and concepts relevant to objective clinical assessment, as well as to build skills needed to administer, score, and interpret well-known personality inventories and other clinical assessment instruments.
COUN 633
Counseling during Grief and Crisis
3 credit hours
This course will provide a basic overview of theory and interventions used when working with clients who seek out counseling during times of crisis. Crisis interventions address urgent situations that are triggered by a specific life event. Course material will address social/emotional problems associated with mental illness (depression, OCD, suicide, etc.), bereavement, or other social losses (health/chronic illness, divorce, unemployment, etc.) and how the counselor can intervene to prevent ongoing impairment or distress for clients.
COUN 636
Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the skills, techniques, and information necessary to facilitate a counseling process in a cross-cultural counseling relationship. Students will be encouraged to develop self-awareness of their own cultural biases as well as awareness of many other cultures. Special attention will be given to dimensions of culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion, socioeconomic status, and gender issues and how those factors affect the counseling relationship and the choice of treatment processes.
COUN 637
Group Counseling
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the various group counseling theories. In addition, this course will help students link various theoretical perspectives in group dynamics to its practice in therapeutic settings. Students will learn how to assess interpersonal and group dynamics, identify and practice group facilitation skills, manage group process and recognize how and when group treatment may or may not be a beneficial treatment process for particular individuals or problems.
COUN 638
Research Methods and Program Evaluation
3 credit hours
This course will provide an introduction to research methods and statistical procedures that are necessary to the design, application, and evaluation of current research in the field of counseling. Generating independent research proposals and analyzing published empirical findings will be emphasized in the course. Topics will include descriptive and inferential statistics, quasi-experimental designs, correlational research methods, nonparametric statistics, APA writing style, program evaluation and independent research proposal development.
COUN 639
Theories and Techniques for the Treatment of Process Addictions and Substance Abuse
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with a framework to assess and treat clients with addictive disorders. This course will cover advanced strategies and techniques for working with issues of substance abuse and process addictions. Students are given the practical application of managing a client’s case from initial diagnosis through discharge and aftercare. In addition, the student will explore the relatedness of these strategies with current ethical and professional issues in the field.
COUN 645
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.
COUN 646
Counseling Internship I
3 credit hours
Internship I continues the field experience for the counseling student. This clinical experience is designed to provide the student with an real-world experience that will create the necessary bridge between training and professionalism. Candidates are expected to function per the expectations of other full-time employees and counseling staff at the internship site. Internship experiences must follow a successful practicum experience.
COUN 647
Counseling Internship II
3 credit hours
Internship II is the final field experience for the counseling student who desires to practice as a licensed professional. This clinical experience is designed to provide the student with additional real-world experiences that will create the necessary bridge between training and professionalism. Candidates are expected to function per the expectations of other full-time employees and counseling staff at the internship site. Internship II must follow a successful completion of the practicum and Internship I experience.

Specialty Courses: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track

COUN 630
Process and Techniques of Counseling
3 credit hours
Includes an examination of the clinical interview including the process and techniques of different schools of thought in current counseling practice. In addition, the student will understand the implications of culture on the counseling experience and the importance of counselor self-awareness.
COUN 631
Private Practice and Clinical Supervision
3 credit hours
This course is designed to help the student conceptualize their own private practice and give them the knowledge and tools to be a successful entrepreneur. This course will focus on the business-related aspects of professional counseling. Additionally, this course presents conceptual and empirical literature on counseling supervision, including models, approaches/techniques, relationship and process issues, and ethical and legal considerations.
COUN 634
Marriage and Family Counseling
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of the field of marriage and family therapy. Students will be introduced to family systems theory, explore their own family dynamics and be exposed to a wide range of skills and techniques designed to help couples and families cope with or overcome emotional, relational or behavioral problems. Students will be given opportunities to practice facilitating mock-family sessions to sharpen their skills as a therapist.
COUN 635
Child and Adolescent Counseling
3 credit hours
This course examines issues related to the counseling of children and adolescents. Focus is on the application of counseling principles and theories to this specific population. Techniques for interviewing children and their families, methods for designing and evaluating treatment plans, age-appropriate assessment procedures, and ethical standards and legal requirements will also be addressed.

Specialty Courses: Addiction Counseling Track

COUN 640
Psychopharmacology & Addictions
3 credit hours
(coming soon)
COUN 641
Motivation & Change
3 credit hours
(coming soon)
COUN 642
Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment
3 credit hours
(coming soon)


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