COUN 507 Professional Identity, Function & Ethics (3 SH)
This course addresses counselor professional identity formation, ethical and legal issues related to the practice of professional counseling, and components of sound ethical decision making. Students will explore development of their own personal counselor identity formation. Within this course students will be introduced to the counseling profession and given opportunity to examine current ethical and legal issues related to the practice of professional counseling. The course will provide students with an overview of the historical development of counseling as a profession, discussion of counselor licensure, and an overview of major professional organizations, specialties and credentialing options available to mental health professionals. Discussion of professional mental health codes of ethics relevant to counselors will assist students to explore and articulate the process of ethical decision making within the context of professional counseling.
COUN 508 Counseling Techniques (3 SH)
An intensive practical experience in the arts of forming a counseling relationship. Personal feedback on interpersonal interactions and supervision of videotaped interviewing are used to help the student attain competency in the wise use of techniques in the counseling encounter and the counseling relationship.
COUN 509 Supervision and Consultation (3 SH)
This course provides an exploration of the theory and practice of counseling supervision and consultation, including models, techniques, process, case conceptualization, ethical issues, multicultural competency, and legal considerations. The format of this course will combine lecture, class discussion, and experiential activities. The course will only be offered to advanced students, those students who have completed a counseling practicum and are currently enrolled in counseling internship, and will be paired with COUN 508 Counseling Techniques, which is offered to beginning students, to facilitate and experiential learning process between the two classes. Students will also use their internship placement site as an opportunity to experience supervision and consultation.
COUN 510 Clinical Mental Health: History and Philosophy (2 SH)
This course will outline and examine the historical roots of the formation of the field of clinical mental health counseling, the various philosophical foundations and trends that have influenced this formation, and how this has informed clinical practice. This course will also focus specifically on the role of trauma as both a causal event leading to the formation of this field, and to the symptomatology it has hoped to address in the clinic. The course will utilize specific historical, philosophical, and clinical texts to make this argument.
COUN 517 Human Growth and Developmental (3 SH)
This course provides an advanced overview of current research and theory on life-span human development, and will enhance students’ understanding of significant developmental changes that occur over the life span. Emphasis will be placed on standard physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development as well as on issues such as diversity and socialization in relation to perceptions of human development. Professional, clinical, legal, and ethical issues will also be addressed.
COUN 518 Integrated Counseling Process (3 SH) This course provides an overview of various approaches to working with clients emphasizing emotion theory and the role of empathic attunement in healing. Class sessions and readings will explore the interpersonal therapy process and demonstrate various ways to implement experiential techniques in therapy. Students will work to further define their theory and use this to apply a variety of counseling approaches and techniques. Each student will construct a research paper that integrates their theoretical approach with techniques, interventions and applicable counseling approaches. Class sessions will emphasize experiential exercises, technique based role-plays and skill enhancement group praxis. Students are encouraged to take risks and develop their personal style in applying experiential methods in treatment.
COUN 527 Psychopathology (3 SH)
This course will provide an overview of psychopathology and treatment planning with an emphasis on children and adolescents. An interactive, developmental perspective for conceptualizing psychopathology as well as resilience will be employed. In particular, the influence of development, neurobiological mechanisms, and contextual features on the emergence, exacerbation, and alleviation of psychopathology will be discussed. Contemporary diagnostic and treatment issues will be critically reviewed.
COUN 528 Practicum (3 SH)
The practicum experience is designed to give beginning students in counseling the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge that they are developing throughout their counseling program.
Prerequisites: COUN 507, COUN 508.
COUN 536 Foundations in Research and Program Evaluation: Theory, Design, and Foundational Statistics (3 SH)
This course will offer an overview of the research methods used in counseling and program evaluation. Students will gain experience with literature databases, research ethics, research methodologies, basic statistics and statistical software such as SPSS, and communicating research findings, and proposing research to an Institutional Review Board.
COUN 537 Counseling Research and Program Evaluation (2 SH)
A review of the research methods used in counseling. Included are experiences in searching research literature databases, understanding basic statistics and using statistical software, planning research, and communicating research findings. Includes a community action project, implementing and assessing a prevention project, an advocacy project, or a counseling outreach project. A written paper and presentation of the community action project is presented to faculty and peers in a spring semester conference.
COUN 538 Skill Development (1 SH)
This course is designed to meet your specific needs regarding advanced counseling skills. Skill development also provides a space for students on 3 and 4 year tracks to continue to practice skills between their practicum and internship experiences.
COUN 547 Counseling Theories (3 SH)
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of central theories of counseling and psychotherapy. Key counseling theory concepts are introduced through readings, lecture, videos and small group exercises. Students will become familiar with the central tenets of each theory and engage in practical application and skill development exercises. Co-requisite: COUN 507.
COUN 557 Assessment and Evaluation Procedures (3 SH)
This course provides an overview of various approaches to assessment and procedures for evaluation. Special emphasis is given to counseling decision-making, and treatment planning. Theoretical and applied material will be integrated in order to provide the student with an understanding of the context of assessment and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on equipping students to understand technical terms in professional journals, test manuals, and test reports.
COUN 567 Group Counseling (3 SH)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of group counseling. The course will provide information about and training in establishing, leading, and evaluating counseling groups of various types. Within this course students will explore different theoretical approaches to counseling groups, basic principles of group dynamics which include leadership tasks, group developmental stages, and member roles. Consideration will be given to ethical, legal, and professional issues as well as special needs such as multiculturalism, life-span development concerns, and the therapist’s personal leadership style.
COUN 587 Crisis Counseling (2 SH)
This course is designed to introduce students to basic crisis intervention strategies. The course addresses fundamental crisis intervention theory and offers practical applications in various crisis situations. Students will explore various assessment, intervention and crisis treatment issues. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of trauma on the individual, family and community. Students will engage in crisis intervention role-plays and practice applying specific interventions in crisis scenarios. Each student will engage in researching and compiling a comprehensive community resource guide for the local community.
COUN 607 Multicultural Counseling (3 SH) Multiculturalism is both an intellectual movement and an ethical imperative within the counseling and
psychology fields. This course provides an introduction to multicultural knowledge, skills and awareness that will support your work with clients. Through activities, discussion, reading and media, you will be exposed to both the theoretical movements in multiculturalism, develop skills for working with clients who differ from you. You will also explore your own values, beliefs and cultural identity and make connections to how these aspects of your personhood influence your relationship and intervention with clients.
COUN 617 Counseling Children and Adolescents (2 SH)
This course is designed to give students an overview of theoretical and practical approaches to working with children and adolescents. Special populations and issues identified by course participants will be explored. In addition, students will be required to participate in off- campus collaboration with an agency devoted to meeting the mental health needs of children and adolescents.
COUN 627 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 SH)
This course provides an overview of marital and family counseling from a systems perspective. A survey of the predominant systems theories essential in working with couples and families will be presented. Special emphasis is given to evidence based treatments and the current research on attachment theory and the role of attachment in couple and family distress. Students will become familiar with attachment issues, working from an emotion focused perspective and gain proficiency in assessment and intervention. Students will engage in learning exercises and role-plays in order to facilitate application of course content. Each student will construct a personal family genogram and engage in analyzing their family using a systems approach and use case conceptualization and treatment planning from various theories.
COUN 637 Career Development (3 SH)
Students will be introduced to career development recognizing the importance and uniqueness of various facets of career counseling. Emphasis is given to developmental considerations and the role of testing, educational and career development program planning and implementation. Technology-based career development applications and strategies will be explored. The interrelationships among and between work, family and other life role factors will be considered with a special emphasis on gender, diversity and working with specific populations. Legal and ethical issues will be discussed as well as issues of personal faith and values.
COUN 677 Independent Studies Arr.
This refers to studies of specific issues or areas not covered by any of the standard offerings. These studies may be requested by the student or suggested by an instructor. Approval by the instructor and the director is required. Methodology may involve assigned readings, written reports or any other methods the supervising instructor chooses. A student should have credit for three courses, and must qualify academically for independent study in the judgment of the director before approval is granted. A limited number of hours in independent study will be applied toward a degree.
COUN 687 Expressive Therapies (1 SH)
This course is an experiential introduction to the creative process in counseling. Participants will be invited to explore the literal and figurative context in which creativity emerges, will identify through the use of metaphor, imagery, and poetry the power of creative expression, and will find ample opportunity to discuss, reflect, and process with peers. Instructor will be drawing on a range of literature and clinical practice
COUN 689/690 Internship (3 SH)
The internship experience is designed to give advanced students in counseling the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout their counseling program. Students will meet weekly to review cases, discussing areas of growth and present specific theory, intervention and technique questions. The student may select an internship site from a variety of supervised field experiences in mental health related settings. Minimum of 600 counseling hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to Internship.
COUN 697 Addictions Counseling (3 SH)
This course is designed to help the student understand the personal, social, emotional, physiological, and environmental factors related to addictions, with the main emphasis on chemical addictions. Student will be exposed to the varied aspects and challenges involved in the evaluations, diagnosis and treatment process of addiction, as well as, the specific qualities and efforts of the main mood altering drugs. This course will also look at the many professional, ethical, and legal issues unique to the field of addictions counseling.
COUN 698 Mindfulness & Psychotherapy (1 SH)
This course will provide a comprehensive survey of mindfulness and meditation and their applications in a wide range of counseling modalities and populations, including children, adolescents, and adults. The course will be built on three primary pillars: personal practice of mindfulness and meditation, an understanding of the applications and populations with which one can use mindfulness and meditation in therapy, and application through enactments and role play. Students participating in this course can expect to gain a breadth of mindfulness and meditation practices for use in therapy as well as exposure to the theory and research that supports these practices.
COUN 699 Topics (1 SH)
After years of clinical work, and upon the publication of the Studies on Hysteria in 1895, Freud had formulated the very bedrock of his new “psycho-analysis:” The constitutive role of sexuality in the formation of the subject, as well as the symptoms from which they suffer. It was this inescapable conclusion that separated, and continues to separate psychoanalysis from any other discourse. In 1905, nearly six years after The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud brought sexuality squarely into view and drafted, Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality. The publication was his treatise on the uniquely psychoanalytic theory of human sexuality, and he would return to it repeatedly – as so often happens in sexual life – throughout the rest of his career. In the maelstrom that was the psychoanalytic field at the time of his work, Lacan continued to emphasize sexuality – among other fundamentals – as he contributed to the elaboration of the Freudian field. For Lacan, as it was for Freud, psychoanalysis is all about human sexuality, its particularities, and its effects. In this class, we will explore the importance of sexuality in psychoanalysis, and we will discuss the role this has on the direction of the treatment. We will engage in a close reading of some of Freud’s texts, as well as Lacan’s.