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Counseling


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

EDGCN 513

Research Methods for Social Science

3 credit hours

This course introduces the student to different types of research methodology used in the social sciences. Emphasis is on formulation and testing of hypotheses, research design, sampling procedures, data collection and analysis and ethics in research. Understanding research pertinent to the counseling field is highlighted.

EDGCN 521

Orientation to Counseling: Professional, Legal and Ethical Considerations

3 credit hours

This course explores the professional identity of counselors, as well as all aspects relevant to the ethical and legal practice of counseling. Roles and functions of counselors within various settings and the current trends and legislation regarding counseling certification, licensure and practice will be discussed. A grade of B or better is required for continuation in the program. This course may be repeated once.

EDGCN 522

Lifespan Development

3 credit hours

The course is a survey of theories and research on human development across the lifespan, including characteristics of the physical, cognitive and psychosocial changes and their inter-relationships that occur from birth through adulthood. Historical and social-cultural perspectives on childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging are considered, as well as counseling process and strategies relating to lifespan development issues.

EDGCN 523

Theories and Techniques of Counseling I

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGCN-521 completed with a grade of B or better

This course examines the microskills and relational theories of the counseling process, which are the foundations of effective counseling, will be reviewed and practiced. A grade of B or better is required for continuation in the program.

EDGCN 524

Theories and Techniques of Counselling II

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-523 completed with a grade of B or better

In this follow-up to EDGCN 523, the cognitive-behavioral, contextual and developmental theories of the counseling practice will be reviewed and practiced. A grade of B or better is required for continuation in the program.

EDGCN 525

Group Counseling

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN 524 with a grade of B or better

In this course, students will develop an understanding of group theory and dynamics, including leader and member roles and functions. Attention will also be given to the uses of groups in schools/community agencies serving populations from children and adolescents to adults and the elderly.

EDGCN 526

Standardized Assessment in Counseling

3 credit hours

This course presents methods of standardized assessment and criteria for the selection of appropriate, valid and reliable instruments for conducting such assessment.

EDGCN 527

Life Style and Career Development

3 credit hours

Students in this course will examine theories of career development and counseling; applications of those theories to men, women, minorities and special populations; lifestyle development and changing social structures; and occupational and education information sources.

EDGCN 528

Multicultural Counseling

3 credit hours

This course examines assessment and therapeutic treatment of predominant American ethnic/racial groups. Emphasis is on specific therapeutic approaches that are culturally sensitive. Students will gain awareness of their cultural/ethnic biases and the effect these have on the therapeutic relationship. The emphasis will be on developing a theoretical framework for the influence of cultural and other issues of difference in counseling.

EDGCN 529

Advanced Techniques in Group Counseling

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-525 with a grade of B or better

This course addresses application of theories of counseling as they apply to therapeutic group work. Students will learn models of group counseling as well as group interventions for working with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly in clinical mental health settings.

EDGCN 530

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3 credit hours

This course introduces the concept of the community counseling model. Emphasis is on populations served, preferred treatment modes, strategies of prevention and crisis intervention and the role of the counselor as change agent. Site visits to selected community agencies are required. Former title: Community Agency Counseling.

EDGCN 531

School Counseling and Organization

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-522, EDGCN-523

This course examines the role and function of the school counselor in a comprehensive school counseling program. Emphasis is on developmental counseling and the components of an effective developmental school counseling program. School counseling, historical roots, present and future trends and the role of counseling in a total education program will be discussed.

EDGCN 532

Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGCN-524

This course examines concepts of "mental disorders," DSM classification systems, and the diagnostic benefits and problems inherent in such systems. Major psychopathological syndromes of adolescents and adults are covered, and proficiency in making appropriate DSM-5 diagnoses and differential diagnoses using client case studies is emphasized. To provide a foundation for effective treatment planning in the following semester, students will learn a comprehensive approach to diagnostic assessment with additional assessment tools such as the biopsychosocial case conceptualization, intake interview, mental status evaluation, the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0), and additional common diagnostic assessment instruments. Finally, students will learn effects of comorbid medical and pharmacological conditions on the development, maintenance, and treatment of mental health and substance use concerns. Former title: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

EDGCN 533

Counseling Children and Adolescents in Crisis

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-522 EDGCN-524

This course examines the complexities of counseling children and adolescents in crisis and emphasizes the nature of crisis, idiosyncratic characteristics of individual responses to crisis and the recovery environment. Crisis intervention and transfer of learning strategies will be addressed. Former title: Individual Counseling: Children and Adolescents.

EDGCN 534

Counseling Adults in Crisis

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-522, EDGCN-524

This course examines the complexities of counseling adults in crisis and emphasizes the nature of crisis, idiosyncratic characteristics of individual responses to crisis and the recovery environment. Crisis intervention and transfer of learning strategies will be addressed. Former title: Individual Counseling: Adult.

EDGCN 535

Substance Abuse Counseling

3 credit hours

This course examines issues and treatment of individuals with substance abuse problems. Signs and symptoms of substance abuse, categories and effects of substances, DSM diagnostic procedures and counseling methods grounded in professionally recognized psychotherapy models will be presented.

EDGCN 536

Family Counseling

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-524 with a grade of B or better

This is a professional counseling course that surveys the field of family counseling. By completing this course, student's will become acquainted with the history, theories and practice of family dynamics and counseling. Learning in this course will take place through reading of required texts, classroom discussions/presentations, experiential exercises and examining one's own family of origin.

EDGCN 537

Counseling and Consulting in Schools

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-522, EDGCN-523

This course examines counseling and consulting strategies used by counselors in the school setting for academic, career and personal/social issues and explores specific problems of children and adolescents.

EDGCN 538

Treatment Modalities in CMHC

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGCN-524, EDGCN-532

Treatment Modalities in Mental Health Counseling is an advanced clinical mental health course that focuses on treatment methods of mental disorders. Students will develop a critical understanding of evidence-based clinical mental health interventions for each mental health disorder with a particular emphasis on developmental, strength-based, and culturally sensitive clinical treatment modalities.

EDGCN 540

Practicum Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3 credit hours

Students will attend a weekly practicum group seminar on campus to review and discuss professional counseling issues and current practicum student training experiences. This course is designed to assist students in integrating previously acquired counseling theory and techniques into entry-level clinical work during the practicum placement experience. The clinical format will serve as a context for students' work on the development of a personal counseling style and the initial formation of a professional counselor identity. Students must complete supervised counseling practicum experiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours at an approved placement setting over a full academic term that is a minimum of 10 weeks. Permission of advisor and approval of clinical coordinator for community counseling is required. Former Title: Practicum in Community Counseling.

EDGCN 541

Practicum Seminar in School Counseling

3 credit hours

This course is designed to help students integrate coursework into entry-level clinical work. Practicum requires students to work in a school setting under the direct supervision of a certified school counselor. During the practicum, the student will gain an orientation to the school environment and counseling department, as well as be required to demonstrate basic skills in the helping relationship (individual and group). Students must complete supervised counseling practicum experiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours at an approved placement setting over a full academic term that is a minimum of 10 weeks. Permission of advisor and approval of school counseling clinical coordinator is required. Former Title: Practicum in School Counseling.

EDGCN 542

Internship I: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN 540

Students will attend a weekly internship group seminar on campus to review and discuss professional counseling issues and current intern student training experiences. This course is designed to assist students in integrating previously acquired counseling theory and techniques into entry-level clinical work, established through the successful completion of a graduate practicum placement (EDGCN 540). The clinical format will serve as a context for students to work on the development of a personal counseling style and their continued formulation of a professional counselor self-identity. After successful completion of the practicum, students must complete 300 clock hours of supervised counseling internship at an approved placement setting in roles and settings with clients relevant to their specialty area. Permission of advisor and approval of community clinical coordinator. Former title: Internship in Community Counseling.

EDGCN 543

Internship I: School Counseling Internship in School Counseling

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-541

Students will attend a weekly internship group seminar on campus to review and discuss professional counseling issues and current intern student training experiences. This course is designed to help students integrate coursework into entry-level clinical work. Internship builds upon the basic skills learned through coursework and the practicum experience, allowing students to integrate previously acquired counseling theories and techniques. The clinical format will serve as a context for students to work on the development of a personal counseling style, an opportunity to be involved in program development and evaluation and the initial formation of a professional identity. After successful completion of the practicum, students must complete 300 clock hours of supervised counseling internship at an approved placement setting in roles and settings with clients relevant to their specialty area. Permission of advisor and approval of school counseling clinical coordinator. Former title: Internship in School Counseling.

EDGCN 544

Psychopathology for Counselors

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-521, EDGCN-523, EDGCN-524, EDGCN-525

From the perspectives of biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural influences, this course provides counselors with an overview etiology and treatment options for major categories of psychopathology found in the the DSM-5. It is considered to be a primer to EDGCN 532 Diagnosis & Treatment Planning.

EDGCN 545

Internship I: School Counseling Internship II: School Counseling

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-543

Students will attend a weekly internship group seminar on campus to review and discuss professional counseling issues and current intern student training experiences. This course is designed to help students integrate coursework into entry-level clinical work. Internship builds upon the basic skills learned through coursework and the practicum experience, allowing students to integrate previously acquired counseling theories and techniques. The clinical format will serve as a context for students to work on the development of a personal counseling style, an opportunity to be involved in program development and evaluation and the initial formation of a professional identity. After successful completion of the practicum, students must complete 300 clock hours of supervised counseling internship at an approved placement setting in roles and settings with clients relevant to their specialty area.

EDGCN 546

Internship II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) EDGCN-542

Students will attend a weekly internship group seminar on campus to review and discuss professional counseling issues and current intern student training experiences. This course is designed to help students in integrating previously acquired counseling theory and techniques into entry-level clinical work, established through the successful completion of a graduate practicum placement (EDGCN 540). The clinical format will serve as a context for students to work on the development of a personal counseling style, and their continued formulation of a professional counselor self-identity. After successful completion of the practicum, students must complete 300 clock hours of supervised counseling internship at an approved placement setting in roles and settings with clients relevant to their specialty area.