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Course Descriptions

Counseling courses

  • COU 6310 Introduction to Counseling Theories
    This course will provide an overview of the field of counseling which emphasizes theories and philosophies underlying current practices in the field of counseling. Course content will cover the history of the counseling profession, contemporary practices in community mental health, and future projections for the counseling profession.
  • COU 6315 Marriage and Family Theory
    Introduction to systems, social learning, and psycho-dynamic martial theory. Attention given to dysfunctional manifestations within family systems and factors related to family strengths. Emphasis placed on the counseling approaches of Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • COU 6320 Life Span Development
    An introduction to the basic principles of human development with a focus on development across the life span. The course addresses the theoretical foundations and the pragmatic implications found the developmental psychology. Emphasis placed on the application to professional counseling.
  • COU 6325 Career and Guidance Counseling
    This course includes a study of career development theories and models, the processes involved in career-decision making, the diverse life-roles and their interaction with work and other roles. Students will participate in career interest inventories and discussion of contemporary career choices in the profession of counseling.
  • COU 6330 Counseling Diverse Populations
    This course will introduce the history and development of counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Professional issues such as ethics, research, and theories of counseling will be discussed.
  • COU 6340 Analysis of the Helping Relationship
    A study of the techniques of counseling with an emphasis in gathering, analyzing and interpreting case data. Includes an analysis of the dynamics of counselor/counselee relationship. Special attention is given to helping each student develop a personal theory and techniques.
  • COU 6345 Counseling in the Community
    This course will provide an overview of the field of counseling which emphasizes theories and philosophies underlying current practices in the field of counseling. Course content will cover a history of the counseling profession. Contemporary practices in community mental health, and future projections for the counseling profession.
  • COU 6350 Group Counseling
    This course provides a broad understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling theories; leadership styles; basic and advanced methods of conducting groups in a counseling setting.
  • COU 6360 Measurement and Assessment
    Introduction to the history and theory of measurement and assessment as it applies to counselors. This section of the course will be tailored to professionals who may interact with other professionals across the wide range of settings to include schools, universities, hospitals, and community mental health centers.
  • COU 6365 Research Methods
    This course covers the different methodologies that apply in conducting research in the counseling profession.
  • COU 6370 Integrations of Theology and Counseling
    An in-depth examination of the principles and practices for integration of values in counseling. The course will address the historical influence of theology on the development of counseling theories, and practices. The course will also address the issues, concerns, and criticisms of the integration of theology and counseling.
  • COU 6375 Legal and Ethical Issues
    An in-depth study of the theories and principles of ethics and moral development and the impact of these upon individuals, families, communities, professional, and public decisions/policies. The study will also examine the relevant dilemmas faced in the delivery of professional behavioral, family, and social services to individuals, families, and groups in today’s health-care systems.
  • COU 6380 Diagnosis and Treatment
    This course of study provides an introduction to the process of diagnosing and treating individuals with mental disorders. Emphasis is placed on using the DSM-IV-TR as well as recent relevant literature to inform the diagnostic and treatment process.
  • COU 6385 Substance Abuse Counseling
    This course is a graduate-level introduction to the field of substance abuse counseling. The course is designed to help the student understand the etiology of substance use, to facilitate the development of addiction counseling competencies, and to increase the student’s level of confidence relative to providing substance abuse evaluation, education and treatment. Emphasis will be placed on developing and practicing substance abuse counseling skills.
  • COU 6395 Suicide Intervention and Counseling
    This graduate-level course will address the epidemiology of suicide, demographic and incidence information about at-risk groups, risk factors, protective factors, warning signs, assessment of emergency risk and chronic risk, intervention strategies, nomenclature, national strategy planning, prevention advocacy, and attention to the bereaved and complicated mourning and subsequent postvention.

Counseling Field Experience

  • COU 6390 Counseling Practicum
    This course is designed to provide part-time practical experience while completing hours in a clinical setting. Counselors-in-training will be placed in mental health settings (such as community agencies and substance abuse treatment programs). Historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations of community counseling will also be discussed. Course enrollment requires consent of advisor and Graduate Counseling Program Director.
  • COU 6995 Internship in Counseling
    This course is a pre-professional course, designed to culminate the studies in the profession of counseling and to prepare you for a future employment or further graduate study through clinical experience. Counselor-in-training will be placed in mental heal settings on a full-time basis. Course enrollment requires consent of advisor and Graduate Counseling Program Director.
  • COU 6596 Clinical Training I
    Upcoming offerings:
    Spring 2019: January 14-18                                                                                                                            Fall 2019: September 9 -13                                                                                                                            Spring 2020: January 13-17                                                                                                                                  Clinical Training I is a five-day intensive experience for the purpose of face-to-face interaction, further orientation to the counseling professions and preparation fieldwork in the student’s practicum and internship courses. The training will specifically focus on skills development, multicultural issues, legal and ethical issues in counseling practice, and group work. Academic Advising will also be available during this time. Clinical Training I must be completed before the student can participate in Practicum (COU 6390) or Internship (COU 6995).
  • COU 6597 Clinical Training II
    Upcoming offerings:
    Spring 2019: January 14-18                                                                                                                            Fall 2019: September 9 -13                                                                                                                                Spring 2020: January 13-17                                                                                                                              Clinical Training II is a five-day intensive experience for the purpose of face-to-face interaction that is designed to address more advanced issue in counseling; such as supervision and consultation, the licensing process, professional identity development, and career exploration. Clinical Training II is designed to be concurrent with enrollment in either Practicum (COU 6390) or Internship (COU 6995).