Graduate Counselor Education
2015 Spring Term
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APPRAISAL PROCEDURES IN COUNSELING
This course provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society. It will examine basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized testing and other assessment methods for appraising individual differences and family dynamics. Students will examine statistical concepts relevant to assessment (scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, variability, and reliability and validity). Discussions and laboratory experiences will center on the use and interpretation of standardized and non standardized measures of appraisal with individuals, groups and families and the social, cultural and ethical factors relevant to the assessment process.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMATION SERVICES
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.
GROUPS: THEORY AND PRACTICE
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.
CAREER COUNSELING OF ADOLESCENT AND ADULT
Principles of career counseling of adolescents and adults are considered. Emphasis is placed on current trends, including integrative holistic career counseling, assessments, role of technology and internet, employability and job search skills. Attention is given to procedures for counseling diverse populations. Job loss issues are also addressed.
INTRODUCTION TO MARRIAGE/PARTNERSHIP AND FAMILY COUNSELING
An introductory course which provides counselors with information and skills relevant to conducting partner/marital and family counseling services within a multicultural society with emphasis given to systemic theory and philosophy. Emphasis will be placed on the dynamics of family interaction and the initial skills in assessment and treatment of dysfunctional partner/marital, family and systems/ecosystems relationships. Orientation to state and national professional organizations provided.
COUNSELING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Course provides understanding of nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts. Theories of individual and family development, as well as theories of learning and personality development and models of resilience, are included. Connections are made between developmental issues and counseling interventions that facilitate development and wellness over the lifespan. Attention is given to therapeutic interventions with normal and abnormal behaviors across the lifespan.
This course examines the impact of trauma on development and behavior. The primary focus of the course is the examination of various approaches to effectively address the impact of trauma. The stages of trauma treatment will be examined and various approaches to effectively address trauma will be explored.
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS IN COUNSELING
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.
COUNSELING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Counseling models, services, and programs for secondary school students are investigated along with the roles of the secondary school counselor. Adolescent and young adult development, the influence of multiple factors on academic, personal/social, and career success, school counselor accountability, and various prevention/intervention needs of secondary students are explored. The developmental guidance and counseling needs of all secondary school students as well as the specific needs of particular student populations are identified. Topics include academic success, vocational exploration, and post-secondary transition. Discussions focus on individual, small group and classroom curricular approaches with adolescents.
CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY-TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION
This course is for the student who wishes to develop and refine skills in the area of alcohol and drug counseling. The course will examine the roles, functions, and settings of addiction counselors, as well as the relationship between addiction counselors and other mental health professionals. This course will help the student to gain knowledge and develop skills in individual, group, and family counseling as applied to chemically dependent client and/or family members. Students will develop an understanding of a variety of models and theories of addiction. Students will also examine the potential for addictive disorders to mimic a variety of medical and psychological disorders and the potential for medical and psychological disorders to coexist with addiction and substance abuse.
UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FOR COUNSELORS
This course surveys basic neuropharmacology, the effects of various psychotropic drugs, and the actions of drugs used to treat mental disorders and drugs of abuse. The emphasis of the first part of the course is on basic principles of neuropharmacology, distribution and eliminations of drugs, drug-receptor interactions and dose-response relationships, structure of neurons, neurophysiological mechanisms involved in synaptic activity, and the distribution of specific neurotransmitter systems. The last two-thirds of the course examines the actions of specific drugs and their effects on behavior and their uses in biological psychiatry and/or their abuse in our society.
ADDICTION CONCERNS WHEN WORKING WIITH CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS & ADULTS
This is an online course focusing on addiction for counselors when working with children, adolescents, and adults in school systems and colleges/universities. Course modules will cover specific topics related to alcohol and other drug abuse; the process of chemical dependency; and the impact of addiction on children, adolescents and adults.
Practicum students provide individual, couple, family and group counseling services to students and other community members in the counseling lab. Students must complete supervised practicum experiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours, including 40 hours of direct counseling service. Practicum students receive individual and/or triadic supervision and group supervision each week. This is a time to develop and refine counseling skills while providing a service to the community.
The Counseling Internship is an is an opportunity for students to apply concepts and skills in field counseling settings. Students are placed in internship settings which are compatible with the individual student's experiences, competencies, The Counseling Internship is an opportunity for students to apply concepts and skills in field counseling settings. Students are placed in internship settings which are compatible with the individual student¿s experiences, competencies, and career goals. Students work with clients under the guidance of a qualified field supervisor and the university supervisor.
POST-MASTERS COUNSELING INTERNSHIP
Interns will complete supervised experience in their emphasis area (community agency, higher education setting, or school). The intern will engage in individual, group counseling, and family counseling, and consultation, as well as a variety of other activities that a regularly employed counselor in the setting would be expected to perform. Can repeat once.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.
Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.