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Counseling Options

COUN 6000. Portfolio/Exit Exam (0-0-0) Satisfactory grade in this course indicates completion of the exit examination for the Counselor Education programs.

COUN 6105. Psychological Aspects of Substance Abuse (3-0-3) Explains dynamics of substance abuse of alcohol, other drugs, and food. Emphasizes psychological factors, family dynamics, treatment methods, and implications for school, communities, and businesses.

COUN 6117. Diagnosis in Counseling (3-0-3) Offers a clinical overview of the processes of diagnosing dysfunctional behaviors and mental states, with application in both school and community settings. The course also surveys the characteristics and diagnosis of mental disorders with particular reference to the current edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Emphasis is placed on the development of diagnostic skills for the major disorders commonly encountered in social service, educational, and community counseling agencies. Brief reviews of treatment considerations for the major mental and emotional disorders will also be provided, and students will be provided with opportunities to explore initial counseling interactions through focused role-play activities and integration of theory, practice, and research.

COUN 6118. Career Development Counseling (3-0-3) This is a course designed to assist counselors and others in a variety of work settings to attain knowledge and skills essential in helping individuals to consider possible career and life style options. An overview of career development theories and assessment instruments is given, and resources for occupational information are provided. Professional and ethical issues pertaining to career development and counseling are addressed throughout the course, and students are expected to participate in open discussions on these and other pertinent topics.

COUN 6119. Human Growth and Development (3-0-3) This course is designed to provide graduate students in community and school counseling with an overview of Human Growth and Development. This course introduces the student to theories of learning, personality, and social development as it impacts the individual and family. The course focuses on the role and function of the counselor to facilitate development over the lifespan. Special emphasis will be given to multicultural and ethical issues as they pertain to the area of human growth and development.

COUN 6155. Counseling Theory (3-0-3) Examines major theoretical systems with respect to major assumptions and tenets. Emphasizes convergence, divergence, strengths and weaknesses of theories and their applicability to divergent populations.

COUN 6175. Cultural Perspectives in Counseling (3-0-3) Provides an overview of counseling approaches and research on culturally diverse populations such as Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, African-Americans. Addresses factors such as behaviors and emotions. Sensitizes the counselor to understand differing world views.

COUN 6245. Individual Analysis (2-2-3) Individual assessment techniques aiding self-understanding, career decisions, and other life choices. Social and ethical issues in testing and professional standards for test use. (Course fee required.)

COUN 6265. Group Techniques and Procedures (2-2-3) Group Techniques and Procedures provides both theoretical and experiential understanding of group development, dynamics, theories, and methods and skills. Students examine various types of counseling groups and related issues such as group stages, ethical and other professional practice considerations, leader and member behavior, and appropriate groups for particular populations. Furthermore, this course is highly experiential, providing participation in active group experiences. Clinical Significance: COUN 6265 is designed as a clinical training seminar with academic components. The course is facilitated, in part, as a psychoeducational group where the weekly group topic is aligned with course goals and objectives. Students are afforded an opportunity to experience group process and similar interpersonal dynamics as members of this course and through participation in psychoeducational group work.

COUN 6405. Applied Practice in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (0-6-3) Prerequisites: COUN 6115, COUN 6117, COUN 6155, COUN 6225, COUN 6265, and COUN 6785. Application of psychological assessment/change strategies with clients under close supervision in rehabilitation or community-settings. (S/U grading.) (Course fee required.)

COUN 6698. Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (0-{1-6}-{1-6}) Prerequisite: COUN 6405. Supervised field placement in community agencies for the purpose of in-depth counseling and consultation with service providers. May be taken twice for credit. (S/U grading.) (Course fee required.)

COUN 6785. Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3-0-3) Provides a clinical overview of selected issues in the community counseling setting. Integrates theory, research, and practice.

COUN 7165. Counseling Children (3-0-3) Orients students to work with children as a distinct client population. Methods of assessment and counseling with children include developmentally appropriate applications of play therapy, behavioral therapy and family therapy.

COUN 7215. Family Therapy Process and Practice (2-2-3) Theories of family dynamics and methods of family psychotherapy. Emphasis on the systems approach.

COUN 7225. Crisis Intervention (2-2-3) Prerequisites: COUN 6115 and COUN 6225 or equivalent course work. An introduction to crisis intervention, through training and application.