COUNSELING





COUN  5000  Introduction to Counseling

Profession..............................................................3.00 credits

This survey course provides students with an understanding of the theoretical, conceptual  and practical applications of counseling with regard to the profession and its specialties.  Ethical issues in Professional Counseling are introduced.  Students will gain an understanding  of basic counseling interventions and the array of specialized careers in the counseling  profession.  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the scope of the counseling profession.


COUN 5001 Introduction to Professional

Writing..................................................................3.00 credits

This course introduces students to professional writing that aligns with standard practices outlined in the 6th edition of the American Psychological Association's Publication Manual.  The course emphasizes the development of professional writing skills that will be used throughout students' graduate and professional careers.


COUN 5002 Professional Issues in

Counseling............................................................3.00 credits

This critical thinking course will assist students with conceptualization and synthesis of current issues and trends Professional Counseling. Students will gain an appreciation of professional involvement and critical thinking as a professional counselor-in-training thru review of research journals.        


COUN 5500 Theories of Counseling ....... 3.00 credits

An introduction to counseling theories.  Students examine the historical development of counseling theories and explore affective, humanistic, behavioral, and cognitive theories. In addition, a case study approach is used to aid students in conceptualizing client issues and selecting appropriate counseling treatments and interventions. Students are also exposed to models of counseling that are consistent with current professional research and practice.


COUN 5501 Lifepan Development...........3.00 credits

This course offers an introduction to the study of human development from conception through death (i.e., the lifespan) that includes theories of physical, psychological, psychosocial, cognitive, moral, identity, and personality aspects of human existence. The course will also explore environmental and genetic factors (also known as nature v. nature), developmental crises and transitions, family development, and community influences as they relate to optimal and exceptional development. Particular attention will be given to helping strategies that facilitate optimal development over the lifespan. a developmental guidance and counseling framework.


COUN 5506 School Counseling

Foundations................................................3.00 credits

Overview of principles of counseling in modern schools and study of counseling services, best practices and basic concepts relating to organization and operation of school counseling programs. Investigation of program research; design implementation and evaluation; counseling intervention approaches; and the integration of counseling theory, principles, practice and applied research.


COUN 5510 Assessment and

Appraisal ................................................ 3.00 credits

Overview of principles and techniques of testing and assessment in counseling. Focusing on interpretation of test scores, statistical concepts, reliability, and validity. Strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment and evaluation instruments.


COUN 5512 Counseling Strategies and

Techniques.................................................. 3.00 credits

This course provides an understanding of the counseling process, including the behaviors that influence helping processes, essential interviewing and counseling skills, establishing appropriate counseling goals, designing intervention strategies, evaluating client outcomes, and terminating the counselor-client relationship. 

Prerequisite:  COUN 5500


COUN 5515 Group Counseling and

Dynamics.................................................... 3.00 credits

A theoretical and experiential approach to understanding group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches. Legal issues and ethical standards related to group counseling are explored.

Prerequisite: COUN 5512


COUN 5517 Family Counseling .......... 3.00 credits

Uses a systems perspective for understanding family dynamics and examines major models of family and related interventions. A rationale is introduced for selecting family and other systems theories as appropriate modalities for family assessment and counseling.

Prerequisite:  COUN 5512


COUN 5520 Multicultural Counseling Theory and

Practice .......................................................3.00 credits

An examination of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society related to such factors as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families, ethnic groups, and communities. 

Prerequisite: COUN 5500


COUN 5528 Counseling in P-12

Settings.......................................................................3.00 credits

This course provides an overview of counseling and its application at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. Emphasis is placed on the design and implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program. Peer facilitation, alternative programs, budgeting, resources and alternative funding sources will also be covered. Additionally, program needs assessments and communication with administrators, teachers, parents, and students about services will be covered. Prerequisite: admission to School Counseling Program.  Prerequisite: COUN 5506


COUN 5531 Career Development and

Counseling.................................................. 3.00 credits

Focus on career development theories and decision-making models, occupational and labor market information resources, technology-based career information systems; career development and educational planning, implementation, and evaluation. Prerequisite: COUN 5500


COUN 5540 Consultation ........................ 3.00 credits

Exploration of effective counseling and consultation with teachers, administrators, parents and community resources. Emphasizes the theories, models, and processes of consultation and change with teachers, administrators, other school personnel, parents, community groups, agencies, and students as appropriate; strategies to promote, develop, and enhance effective teamwork within the school and larger community.

Prerequisite: COUN 5528


COUN 5555 Directed Independent

Study ........................................................ 3.00 credits

systematic study of problems of special interest in counseling.  Students are guided in topic selection and provided with the opportunity to conduct an independent or action research project.

Prerequisite: COUN 5506, COUN 5528 or permission of Program Coordinator


COUN 5570  Practicum........................... 3.00 credits

A minimum of 100 clock hours of supervised clinical experience conducive to the modeling, demonstration, and development of counseling skills. The practicum requires 40 hours of direct service with clients, including experience in individual counseling and group work. Counseling interviews will be recorded. Proof of professional liability insurance coverage is required. 

Prerequisite: COUN 5500, COUN 5506, COUN 5512, COUN 5520, COUN 5528, COUN 5531, COUN 5600 or permission of Program Coordinator


COUN 5575 Selected Topics in

Counseling ............................................. 3.00 credits

This seminar features a combination of lecture, discussion, research and presentation. Topics vary each time course is offered. This class may be taken more than once for credit under different topics.

Prerequisite:  permission of Program Coordinator


COUN 5595 Internship .......................... 3.00 credits

Supervised 600 clock hour internship in a school setting. The requirement includes a mini- mum of 240 direct service clock hours and supervision by the University supervisor and the cooperating school counselorPrerequisites: COUN 5510, COUN 5620 or permission of Coordinator


COUN 5596 Thesis................................... 3.00 credits

Preparation and defense of student research under the supervision of the thesis advisor.

Prerequisites:  COUN 5510, COUN 5620 and all COUN required courses or permission of Coordinator


COUN 5600 Ethical and Legal Issues in

Counseling...................................................3.00 credits

The course will provide information germane to current issues, policies, laws, and ethical code mandates to professional school counselors. A thorough examination of the ACA and ASCA ethical codes and standards will be included. 

Prerequisites:  COUN 5510, COUN 5620 or permission of Coordinator


COUN 5605 Leadership and Advocacy... 3.00 credits

This course will help students understand and facilitate the use traditional and new (leadership and advocacy) counseling skills to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of students within systems.


COUN 5610 Crisis Counseling and

Intervention............................................. 3.00 credits

This course provides an overview of the types and models of crisis intervention used in school and community settings. Consideration of school culture, organization, client variables including developmental needs, diversity and cultural issues will be addressed. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in the School setting will be included.

Prerequisite: COUN 5512


COUN 5620 Research and Program Evaluation for

Counselors...................................................3.00 credits

This course presents a survey of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation. Students use technology and statistical methods in conducting research and program evaluation.  Prerequisite: COUN 5510 or permission of Coordinator