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Graduate Counselor Education

2014 Summer Term

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3 Units

PRINCIPLES OF COUNSELING

Counselor Education 718

Principles of the roles and functions of professional counselors are discussed and practiced in a laboratory setting, including relationship building, conducting interviews and the counseling process. Professional issues as they relate to ethics, legal considerations, scope of practice, mental health service delivery, multicultural concerns, and the value of professional organizations are explored. This course is designed to provide the student with opportunities to define and explore the various roles/tasks of professional counselors, including case conceptualization, prevention, intervention, referral, and termination. By the end of the course, the student should develop a working knowledge of counseling skills, processes, and procedures to facilitate further study in subsequent practicum and internship classes.


3 Units

CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMATION SERVICES

Counselor Education 720

The course focuses on major theories of career development and decision making models. It addresses sources of career, educational, leisure, occupational and labor market information, career information systems, assessments, techniques pertinent for career planning, placement, and follow-up. Interrelationships between work, family and other life roles as well as multicultural issues in career development are examined. Students will have the opportunity to be involved with career development program planning, implementation, evaluation and theory application.


3 Units

GROUPS: THEORY AND PRACTICE

Counselor Education 721

This course provides theoretical and experiential understandings of group work, including principles of group dynamics, theories of group counseling and group leadership and facilitation styles. Group counseling methods are experienced directly in the learning process. Multiple group approaches, necessary to work effectively in a multicultural society, are explored.


3 Units

THEORIES OF COUNSELING

Counselor Education 722

This course examines prominent counseling theories that provide models for conceptualizing client issues and identifying appropriate intervention strategies. System theories and major models of family and related interventions will be highlighted. Attention will be given to multicultural and ethical issues in counseling. Students will be exposed to current professional research and practices in the field to enable the initial development of their personal theories of counseling.


3 Units

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS IN COUNSELING

Counselor Education 741

This course is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and competency base for effective counseling with diverse populations. It will examine multicultural and pluralistic trends, including characteristics and concerns among diverse groups nationally and internationally. Theories of multicultural counseling, identity development, worldviews, acculturation issues, conflict resolution, social justice, advocacy and multicultural competencies will be discussed. Individual, couple, family, group and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations will be examined. Counselors¿ roles in eliminating biases, prejudices, oppression and discrimination will be highlighted. Students will be involved in experiential learning activities aimed at fostering an understanding of themselves and culturally diverse individuals.


3 Units

COUNSELING AND THE CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROCESS

Counselor Education 746

This course is a study of alcohol and other drug abuse, the process of chemical dependency, its impact on the family and its importance in the area of counseling. This course will enable the counselor to identify and assess the substance abuser and examine the counselor¿s role in the prevention and intervention process. Students will develop knowledge of the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances and addictive disorders on the user and significant others. It will examine the history, philosophy and trends in addiction counseling. The student will learn to identify the various symptoms of progressive stages of chemical dependency and counseling modalities for treatment.


3 Units

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES: ETHICS AND CONSULTATION

Counselor Education 751

This course is designed to review ethical principles across counseling disciplines and to apply these principles in the practice of counseling, collaboration and consultation. Ethical codes will be reviewed, theories and paradigms of ethical decision making models explored, and legal implications of ethical practice considered. Consultation theories, models, processes, and issues will be examined and applied. Consultation skill development will focus on benefiting both the client (consultee) and client system, in which the client, persons in the client¿s support system/context, various professionals within the educational or counseling setting, professionals in the mental health community, and other community members are empowered to facilitate change.

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