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Counseling Program Course Descriptions

Note: The syllabi included on this page are intended to provide a sample of the information covered in the course and the types of assignments included; however, these syllabi may not be the latest edition and students should use the syllabi provided by their instructor for each course.

 

COUN 5080 - Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3)

Sample Syllabus for Advanced Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisites: Admission in the MS in Counseling Program or permission of instructor

Diagnostic issues relevant to current diagnostic typologies, DSM-IV, will be reviewed. Emphasis will be on etiology from various theoretical perspectives, differential diagnosis and treatment.

 

COUN 5110 - Lifespan Development (3)

Sample Syllabus for Lifespan Development

Prerequisites: Admission in the MS in Counseling program or permission of instructor.

The scientific study of human development across the life-span through examination of theoretical and empirical materials. The emphasis is on continuity and change in the physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains.

 

COUN 5150 - Foundations of School Counseling (3)

Sample Syllabus for Foundations of School Counseling

Prerequisites: COUN 5400, 5410  

This course explores historical, contemporary and legal and ethical issues facing professional school counselors.  School systems; professional identity; coordination of school counseling programs; collaboration and consultation with school staff, parents and community stakeholders; leadership strategies, and resource management will be addressed.

 

COUN 5160 - Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)

Sample Syllabus for Counseling Children and Adolescents

Prerequisites: COUN 5410, 5420 

Prepares counselors to address the specific needs of children and adolescents with emphasis on developmental needs, common emotional needs, treatment strategies, as well as the cultural frameworks that impact interventions.

 

COUN 5170 - Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (3)

Sample Syllabus for Practicum in Mental Health Counseling

Prerequisite: COUN 5420 

The practicum provides students with beginning practical experience in a counseling setting with varied clientèle.  The student will be involved in individual and group counseling appropriate to the setting.  Placement requires a minimum of 100 hours, including 40 hours of direct client contact.  Weekly on-site supervision by the on-site supervisor and weekly individual and/or group supervision by the university’s supervisor is required.  This course is repeatable up to 9 credit hours.

 

COUN 5180 - Theories and Practice in Clinical Supervision (3)

Sample Syllabus for Theories and Practice in Clinical Supervision

Prerequisite: COUN 5170 

This course will prepare mental health professionals to serve as supervisors in a wide range of mental health settings.  The course will cover various models of supervision; ethical and legal considerations; evaluation methods; the supervisory relationship (dynamics and processes); structuring supervision experiences; and supervision interventions.  Students will practice supervision skills.

 

COUN 5190 - Psychological Assessment (3)

Sample Syllabus for Psychological Assessment

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor

The distinction between psychometric testing and psychological assessment is emphasized. Attention is given to the role of the psychologist in a variety of work environments, methods of assessment and integration of data obtained through the assessment process.

 

COUN 5200 - Foundations of Clinical Mental Health (3)

Sample Syllabus for Foundations of Clinical Mental Health

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor

A study on the professional issues in clinical mental health counseling including the history and philosophy, the professional identity and role of clinical mental health counselors, the public and private practice of mental health counseling, consultation, advocacy and crisis intervention.

 

COUN 5400 - Theories of Counseling (3)

Sample Syllabus for Theories of Counseling

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor

The philosophy and theories of counseling, the roles and responsibilities of counselors, ethical practices of counselors and current issues in counseling are covered as well as issues related to the therapeutic atmosphere.

 

COUN 5410 - Counseling Techniques (3)

Sample Syllabus for Counseling Techniques

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor

Didactic and experimental methods will be employed to promote the development of basic counseling skills and techniques.  Digital recordings and live supervision of counseling skills practice will be used to monitor student progress.

 

COUN 5420 - Advanced Counseling Techniques (3)

Sample Syllabus for Advanced Counseling Techniques

Prerequisites: COUN 5410 with a grade of "B" or better and Permission of Instructor

Didactic and experiential methods will be employed to promote the refinement of counseling skills and techniques as well as to promote the acquisition of more advanced skills and techniques in this beginning practicum course.  Digital recordings of practice counseling sessions with “volunteer clinics” will be used to monitor student progress.  Students will receive group and individual supervision.

 

COUN 5430 - Group Theories and Techniques (3)

Sample Syllabus for Group Theories and Techniques

Prerequisites: COUN 5420 

Students will facilitate or co-facilitate a weekly personal growth group under the supervision of the instructor. Various techniques of group facilitation for both structured and unstructured groups will be taught and evaluated within supervision sessions. Supervision will occur each week prior to group counseling. Students are required to be a member of a group.

 

COUN 5440 - Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)

Sample Syllabus for Diversity Issues in Counseling

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor

An understanding of counseling with diverse populations, counseling issues that pertain to race, gender, class, lifestyle, ethnicity, theoretical frameworks and research in cross-cultural counseling.

 

COUN 5600 - Theories and Counseling in Career Development (3)

Sample Syllabus for Theories and Counseling in Career Development

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor

A survey of theories of career development, methods of developing a career information program and procedures for providing personal, social, educational and vocational information are included.

 

COUN 5640 - Practicum in School Counseling (3)

Sample Syllabus for Practicum in School Counseling

Prerequisites: COUN 5160, Grade of "B" or better in COUN 5420   

An experiential course in which students apply individual, small and large group counseling skills in a K-12 school setting and gain exposure to the numerous daily activities of the school counseling profession under the supervision of a qualified licensed school counselor.

 

COUN 5720 - Internship in Mental Health Counseling (6)

Sample Syllabus for Internship in Mental Health Counseling

Prerequisite: COUN 5170  

Supervised internship in an approved setting for a minimum of 600 hours. The intern is responsible primarily to the agency supervisor but reports to the university supervisor at specified intervals.

 

COUN 5725 - Internship in School Counseling (3 or 6)

Sample Syllabus for Internship in School Counseling

Prerequisites: COUN 5150, COUN 5160, COUN 5640, COUN 6015, Grade of “B” or better in COUN 5420, and approval of the program coordinator

An internship course providing students with on-the-job experience in K-12 school settings.  Students will participate in all aspects of the school counseling profession under the supervision of a licensed school counselor.  A total of 600 hours of internship must be completed.

 

COUN 5992 - Couples and Family Counseling (3)

Sample Syllabus for Couples and Family Counseling

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor

Overview of major systemic theoretical orientations relative to the assessment, treatment, and research of couples and families.  The emphasis is on the identification of couples and family structures and communication patterns, and the formulation of treatment plans and goals in a multicultural and ethical context.

 

COUN 5993 - Addiction Counseling (3)

Sample Syllabus for Addiction Counseling

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor 

This course focuses on identification, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addictive behaviors and disorders.  Students will be introduced to the prevailing theories around addiction as well as treatment modalities that are most often utilized.  Experiential activities will be integrated throughout the course.  Students will be encouraged to consult and integrate the current scientific literature on substance abuse and addiction as well as the literature on empirically validated treatments for substance abuse.  The curriculum for the course will be infused with a strengths-based, diversity oriented, social justice perspective that encourages students to identify barriers to treatment for individuals of marginalized or disenfranchised populations.

 

COUN 6010 - Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling (3)

Sample Syllabus for Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling

Prerequisites: Admission into the MS in Counseling program and permission of instructor

An introduction to the practice of counseling in schools, mental health agencies and higher education settings.  Topics addressed include history and philosophy of counseling; ethical decision-making; advocacy; professional credentials and affiliations; and, standards of practice in counseling.

 

COUN 6015 - Comprehensive School Counseling Program Development and Implementation (3)

Sample Syllabus for Comprehensive School Counseling Program Development & Implementation

Prerequisite: COUN 5150 

This course focuses on the design, implementation, and management of a comprehensive school counseling program based on the ASCA National Model including needs assessments, program goals, resource identification, evaluation, and program management.

 

PSY 5000 - Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (3)

Sample Syllabus for Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

Prerequisites: Acceptance in Psychology Graduate Programs and Permission of Instructor
An introduction to research design in Psychology. Topics include measurement and sampling; experimental quasi-experimental, and correlational methods; research ethics. The development of an APA research proposal is a significant aspect of the course.

 

PSY 5010 - Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)

Prerequisites: Acceptance in Psychology Graduate Programs and Permission of Instructor

An overview of death issues from a multicultural, developmental perspective. Topics covered include changing attitudes, the American death system, death across the lifespan, coping, supporting caregivers, ethical/legal issues, funeral and memorialization practices.

 

PSY 5040 - Behavior Modification: Theories and Practice (3)

Prerequisites: Acceptance in Psychology Graduate Programs and Permission of Instructor

Emphasis is placed on the theories, principles and techniques of cognitive and behavioral management for use in schools, clinics, hospitals and agencies.

 

PSY 5050 Applied Psychopharmacology

Prerequisites: Acceptance in Psychology Graduate Programs and Permission of Instructor

An introduction to psychopharmacology that will examine prescription, legal and illegal drug effects on the brain and behavior, including withdrawal and abuse. Clinical, legal, and ethical aspects will also be discussed. A NIH grant proposal will also be taught and evaluated.

 

PSY 5060 - Group Dynamics (3)

Prerequisites: Acceptance in Psychology Graduate Programs and Permission of Instructor

Analysis of the nature and origin of small groups and interaction processes. Emphasis on methodology, group development, conflict, group think, decision making, leadership and task performance.

 

PSY 5320 - Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

Overview of theories, etiological factors, assessment and treatment of learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. Educational and psychological treatment alternatives are emphasized.

 

PSY 5990 - Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

An individual research project culminating in a written and oral presentation of the research conducted. After identifying a problem, the student may collect original data analyze data or critically analyze the results of research published in the professional literature. The student must add to the research literature by offering sound original data or a meta-analysis.

 

PSY 6990 - Field Study (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Provides research experience related to the student’s area of specialization. The research topic must be approved by the candidate’s graduate committee.

 

EDUC 5080 - Classroom Organization and Management (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Study of the theories of classroom organization and management and their application. A field experience is required. Should not be taken if student has credit for EDUC 4080.

 

EDUC 5550 - Teaching and Learning (3)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Designed for graduate students earning initial licensure, this course promotes understanding of human learning and development necessary to engender competent, caring professionals by providing opportunities to describe, compare, and contract various theories in order to create appropriate learning environments.