M.A. Course Descriptions

COUN 503 — Introduction to Research (3 Credit Hours)

An introductory course to help students develop an understanding of the importance of research; overview basic elements of quantitative, qualitative, and action research methods; enhance skills to evaluate and critique research and literature; and gain an appreciation for conducting research.

COUN 511 — Transpersonal Psychology (3 Credit Hours)

Transpersonal psychology is an approach to psychology, psychotherapy, and personal growth which integrates psychology and spirituality. Its focus goes beyond behaviorism, psychoanalysis, cognitive psychology, and humanistic psychology and explores humanity’s highest potential, and the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness.

COUN 513 — Deaf Studies (3 Credit Hours)

The focus of this course is to establish an awareness of the deaf community, their culture in relationship to our multicultural society, and their history. Students will be able to incorporate this awareness when interacting with the deaf. Knowledge of American Sign Language is not required.

COUN 514 — Communication Issues with Deaf Children (3 Credit Hours)

The focus of this course is on communication issues with deaf children. Students will acquire basic signing skills. Students will also learn how deaf culture affects communication. Students also will gain an understanding of how deaf culture relates to our multicultural society. Effective ways to interact with deaf children will be emphasized. Knowledge of American Sign Language is not required.

COUN 515 — Multicultural Issues in a Pluralistic Society (3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to assist students in understanding the impact of social/cultural forces upon identity development and formation. Students will explore various components of our pluralistic society and how oppressive systems can exclude and harm individuals. Change theory and advocacy principles will be introduced to aid students in dealing with these issues in their communities and with clients.

COUN 517 — Life Span Development (3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of major influences of human development. Presentation of various developmental theories enable the student to understand the stages of the developmental process that include conception, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, aging process, and death and dying. Students will develop an appreciation and awareness of the complexity of human growth and development.

COUN 524 — Philosophies & Theories of Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course presents the major schools of thought influencing the practice of counseling. The relationship of philosophy, theory and practice will be a primary focus. Students will understand the historical foundations of counseling and the beginnings of their own personal foundation of counseling.

COUN 527 — Group Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course explores leadership styles, group dynamics, and group process necessary to run successful groups. The major group counseling theories will be explored, and group skills will be practiced. The course requires that students gain experience as both a growth group participant and as a co-leader.

COUN 528 — Career Development (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides students an understanding of the career planning process. Key career development theories will be examined and applied. The counseling process, the world of work, and career information resources, including computerized career assessment, will be examined in relation to career interventions.

COUN 530 — Counseling the Couple, Family, and System (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides counseling students the theoretical background and therapeutic skills necessary for therapeutic intervention in families, couples, and systems. Students will examine systems theory as it relates to families, couples and within a professional context. Students will also develop knowledge and skill pertaining to family-of-origin issues, addictions, parenting, and professional consultation.

COUN 531 — Parenting (3 Credit Hours)

This course will provide helpful strategies to those working with children to help them make more effective choices that allow for shared control and equal respect. Using the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent Training, students will learn tips that will help parents develop the skills for shared control, take care of themselves, and make parenting a more enjoyable process.

COUN 535 — Grief and Loss (3 Credit Hours)

Experiences of grief and loss, death and the process of dying are all a part of our human existence. This course presents an overview of grief and the effects on aspects of living, the dying process, and the importance and process of grief work and bereavement and how these relate to individuals, families and caregivers. Content will also include some of the history, purpose and current practices related to various rituals as well as focus on some ethical issues related to death and dying within the counseling profession.

COUN 536 — Pre-Practicum (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides students an introduction to the counseling profession and helping relationships. The course will emphasize personal growth, self-awareness, and professional behavior. Students will experience the helping relationship as both client and counselor.

COUN 537 — Practicum (3 Credit Hours)

Practicum is a clinical, experiential course that requires students to complete hours in a professional setting. The student will apply counseling techniques and skills in a supervised setting. The student will participate in the counseling process, refine techniques, and further enhance his/her therapeutic development.

COUN 538 — Crisis Intervention and Disaster Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course focuses on knowledge of the types of interventions used to address a range of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events. Students will explore definitions and types of crisis, disasters, and emergencies, as well as theory and models applied to specific situations. Students will explore the variety of emergency management systems and collaboration among schools, agencies, and governmental entities.

COUN 539 — Sexuality Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to increase the effectiveness of counselors in treating various sexual issues. Topics to be addressed in this course include male and female sexual systems, sexual myths, variations in sexual behavior, and common sexual and relationship concerns/disorders. Various therapeutic approaches will be presented. Note: Material covered and discussed in this class (videotapes included) is to be considered sexually explicit. Any student who is uncomfortable with explicit and detailed discussion of sexual issues, attitudes, behaviors, and practice should frankly consider whether participation in this course is appropriate for them at this time.

COUN 540 — Intro to Professional School Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

Provides an introduction to professional school counseling, including historical perspectives, theory, practice, employment settings, credentialing, legislation, research, and ethical considerations.

COUN 541 — Professional School Counseling Paradigms and Practice (3 Credit Hours)

This course is an in-depth exploration of current professional school counseling. Students will understand the skills needed in counseling, consulting, advocacy, and collaboration to promote academic success for all students. The course offers a comprehensive approach to a school counseling program. Students will learn the mechanism with which school counselors and school counseling teams design, coordinate, implement, manage and evaluate their programs for student success.

COUN 542 — Diagnosis & Psychopathology (3 Credit Hours)

The evolution of the DSM, its organization, and use will be explored. The student will develop an understanding of the process of diagnosis and the classification of mental disorders. Skills in intake procedures and interviewing will be practiced. The etiology and treatment of psychological disorders will be reviewed.

COUN 543 — Introduction to Student Affairs (3 Credit Hours)

This course will provide an introduction to student affairs work in various higher education settings. Topics will include an overview of the philosophy, purpose and functions of student affairs; contemporary issues and trends; and some models for implementing, managing and evaluating student affairs programs.

COUN 544 — Student Learning and Development Theory (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines the range of human development theories that offer insight into the processes of student learning, growth and development during the college years. Special focus will be directed toward understanding the implications of these models for the policies and practices of education in general and student affairs in particular.

COUN 546 — Assessment in Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides students with an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation. Students will learn various assessment and appraisal techniques with emphasis on multicultural and diversity, ethical and legal issues.

COUN 547 — Solution-Focused Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course will present a way to conceptualize and practice counseling that is time sensitive, informed by outcome, client directed and focused on the strengths of the client. A fundamental aspect of this approach is that client and counselor are co-constructors of the solutions to the client’s problem. The philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of solution-focused counseling will be discussed. Students will learn a step-by-step model for implementing this theory. Students will continually have opportunities to practice the concept as presented.

COUN 549 — Foundations of Addiction (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides counselors in training with an overview of the addictive process and the practice of addiction counseling. Models of addiction along with professional issues in Addiction Counseling, Co-occurring disorders, such as process addiction and mental illnesses will be addressed. Students will develop conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and self-awareness concerning the etiology of addiction and its impact across the life-span. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addiction with diversity & advocacy issues also being explored.

COUN 550 — Ethics/Professional Issues (3 Credit Hours)

This course focuses on the ethical standards that govern the counseling profession. Current legislation and court decisions affecting professional behavior are examined. Particular emphasis is placed on the individual counselor’s development of a professional identity within legal and ethical parameters.

COUN 551 — Current Issues in Professional School Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course will focus on the day-to-day life of the school counselor and current trends in school counseling. Specifically, students will gain an understanding of the counselor as educational leader, working with parents and the community, diversity in schools, serving specific populations, crises/threat assessment, technology, career advisement, and ethical and legal issues.

COUN 552 — Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3 Credit Hours)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) theory and its applications. The traditional theories of Skinner, Bandura, Beck, Ellis and Meichenbaum will be studies as well as newer models of cognitive behavioral therapy (e.g., Cognitive Constructivism and Mindfulness). Theory will be applied across the lifespan with a special focus on anxiety and depressive disorders. Students will also learn how to utilize a cognitive-behavioral manual in treatment.

COUN 553 — Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment (3 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to present the process of diagnosing childhood and adolescent disorders using the DSM. In addition, this course will provide the guidelines for treatment planning and implementation. Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate the ability to more accurately diagnose, define treatment goals, and design and implement treatment plans for use in working with children and adolescents.

COUN 554 — Evidenced Based Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines research related to Evidence Based Practice (EBP). The exploration of EBP will be placed within the context of the Common Factors as they relate to counseling outcomes. Students will be introduced to the concept of Practice-Based Evidence and will evaluate their own counseling sessions.

COUN 555 — Community Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This course focuses on community/agency counseling including professionalism, roles and responsibilities, leadership, and management issues. The course explores the theoretical and historical framework within which the clinical mental health counselor has functioned in the present, past, and future.

COUN 556 — Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (3 Credit Hours)

This course will introduce students to the practice of mindfulness and how it relates to the person of the therapist, the therapeutic alliance and the practice of counseling.

COUN 560- Special Issues in Addiction (3 Hours) Counseling (Prerequisites: 549, can be taken concurrently)

This course provides counseling students with information regarding the issues pertaining to a contextual perspective of addiction. Specifically, students will explore the current political arena, the family system and the position of addiction, treatment, education, prevention, and intervention. In addition, the development and evolution of process addiction specifically, eating disorders, gambling, internet, and pornography will be explored to include correlation of the experience of trauma and addiction. Research supporting best-practices in addiction treatment will be examined, along with the importance of spirituality and wellness, in regards to prevention and treatment of addiction.

COUN 561-Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Addiction (3 Credit Hours)(Prerequisites 549 & 560)

This course provides graduate-level addiction counseling specialty students with knowledge and skill surrounding assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addiction. Specifically, students will develop knowledge of assessing, diagnosis, and treating co-occurring medical and psychological disorders as well as various models and approaches to clinically evaluate and assess addictive disorders. Students will also know specific approaches for determining appropriate level of care inclusive of clients’ bio-psychosocial and spiritual history. In addition, students will develop understanding of basic classification, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications as well as potential cultural biases relevant to clients with addictive disorders in multicultural populations.

COUN 579 — Special Topics (1 to 6 Credit Hours)

Offered periodically to meet student special interests in the field.

COUN 585 — Internship I: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

Students will utilize knowledge and skills gained in coursework and the practicum experience in a supervised counseling setting. Students will receive supervision, increase knowledge of the profession, increase skill base, and continue the process of self-exploration and self-awareness.

COUN 586 — Internship I: Professional School Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

Students will utilize knowledge and skills gained in coursework and the practicum experience in a supervised counseling setting. Students will receive supervision, increase knowledge of the profession, increase skill base, and continue the process of self-exploration and self-awareness.

COUN 587-Internship I- Addiction Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

Students will utilize knowledge and skills gained in coursework and the practicum experience in a supervised addiction specific counseling setting. Students will receive supervision, increase knowledge of the profession, increase skill base, and continue the process of self-exploration and self-awareness.

COUN 593 — Internship Special: Professional School Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This internship is designed to provide the student with actual supervised experience in school counseling. Instructor approval is required for registration.

COUN 594 — Internship Special: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

This internship is designed to provide the student with actual supervised experience in clinical mental health counseling. Instructor approval is required for registration.

COUN 595 — Internship II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

A continuation of Internship I, students will complete their supervised on-site experience, expand their acquired skills, and receive further supervision.

COUN 596 — Internship II: Professional School Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

A continuation of Internship I, students will complete their supervised on-site experience, expand their acquired skills, and receive further supervision.

COUN 597- Internship II-Addiction Counseling (3 Credit Hours)

A continuation of Internship I, students will complete their supervised on-site experience, expand their acquired skills, and receive further supervision in an addiction counseling specific setting.