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Counseling (COUN)

COUN 6300:    Selected Topics in Counselor Education
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Approval of advisor and school dean.

COUN 6302:    Independent Study
Cr. 3 per semester. Prerequisite(s): Approval of advisor and school dean.  No more than 6 semester hours on program of studies.

COUN 6303:    Practicum in Counseling
Cr. 3. Prerequisite(s): COUN 6333, COUN 6321, COUN 6327, COUN 6329, and COUN 6311.  Also, COUN 6310, COUN 6346, or COUN 6350, 24/30 s.h. completed in Counselor Education program and Consent of Instructor.
Experiences in field situations under supervision. Includes seminars.

COUN 6310:    Counseling in the Schools
Cr. 3. (3-3-0)
The role of the school counselor in providing essential service and comprehensive programs.

COUN 6311:    Multicultural Counseling
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  Full admission into the counseling program and successful completion of background check.
Introduction to the cognitive, affective and behavioral considerations associated with counseling diverse client populations.

COUN 6315:    Principles and Techniques of Stress Management
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
An introduction to the principles of stress and the stress response. The potential impact of stress upon mental/physical health and coping will be explored.

COUN 6316:    Addiction Counseling: Theory and Techniques
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s): COUN 6321, COUN 6327.
An introduction to the addiction process and methods of intervention. Includes exploration of the behaviors, feelings and defenses as positive/negative adaptive methods of coping.

COUN 6317:    Couples and Family Dynamics
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6327.
An introduction to the theory and techniques of couples and family counseling.

COUN 6318:    Assessment in Counseling
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6321.
Study will include principles, procedures and ethics of assessment in counseling, assessment instruments, statistical concepts and evaluation and interpretation of assessment data.

COUN 6319:    Death and Dying
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Study of issues surrounding the process of death and grieving. Students will explore theoretical approaches to helping individuals experiencing grief.

COUN 6320:    Feminist Counseling: Theory and Techniques
Cr. 3 (3-3-0).
Gender differences in counseling, traditional approaches, high prevalence disorders among women, crisis intervention and alternative or nontraditional approaches.

COUN 6321:    Professional Orientation & Ethics in Counseling
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  Full admission into the counseling program and successful completion of background check.
Study of the history, role identity, ethics, and legal standards of counseling. (Formerly: Professional Orientation to Counseling)

COUN 6322:    Abnormal Human Behavior
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): COUN 6321, COUN 6327.
A survey of emotional, mental and behavioral dysfunction across the life span.

COUN 6324:    Consultation Theory and Practice
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Course will provide an overview of consultation theories for professional counselors and help students develop consultation skills for schools, community agencies and other organizational settings.

COUN 6325:    Career Education: The Counselor’s Role
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
A study of career theories, methods of appraisal, and counseling techniques of the career development throughout the lifespan.

COUN 6326:    Human Sexuality
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): COUN 6311, 6321, 6332
This course will cover sexual anatomy, the physiology of sexual function, and therapeutic methods for assessing, counseling, and referral procedures for clients.   

COUN 6327:    Theories of Counseling
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  Full admission into the counseling program and successful completion of background check.
A survey of current theoretical models and techniques utilized in counseling relationships.

COUN 6328:    Gestalt Theory and Techniques
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): COUN 6327.
Advanced study in the theory and techniques of Gestalt counseling.

COUN 6329:    Group Counseling: Theory and Techniques
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6321 and COUN 6327.
A study of group dynamics, process, theoretical applications, techniques and leadership skills in an experiential setting.

COUN 6330:    Advanced Counseling Ethics and Law
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): COUN 6321, COUN 6311, and COUN 6327
In-depth exploration of records management, an overview of business/family law and professional practice and the study of current board rules to enhance and protect clients.

COUN 6332:    Counseling Across the Life Span
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  Full admission into the counseling program and successful completion of background check.
The course includes major theories of human development across the life span with understanding of stages and developmental tasks.  The counseling process, interventions and strategies will be addressed in relation to the topical issues.

COUN 6333:    Counseling Techniques
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6321 and COUN 6327.
Techniques and processes of interviewing and counseling in an experiential setting.  Use of audio and videotaping with clients.

COUN 6336:    Counseling Children and Adolescents
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6327 and COUN 6333.
Assessment and techniques for working with children and adolescents in personal or family systems.  Developmental child and adolescent individual and group counseling methods along with parent/guardian involvement interventions.

COUN 6337:    Crisis & Trauma Response
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6321
Introductory course in crisis and trauma response/intervention for mental health professionals, trained paraprofessionals and laypersons, including crisis/trauma models, crisis and trauma assessment, strategies, applications, ethical and legal aspects of crisis and trauma intervention.   

COUN 6338:    Introduction to Play Therapy
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): COUN 6327, COUN 6332, and COUN 6333
This course provides an overview of the elements and principles of play therapy, including history, theories, modalities, techniques, applications and skills.  Further, an experiential component focuses on basic play therapy skill development within the context of ethical and diversity-sensitive practice.  It also includes assessment and techniques for working with children and adolescents in personal and family systems along with parent/guardian involvement interventions.

COUN 6339:    Play Therapy in School Settings
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6327, 6332, and 6333
Designed for use by the school counselor and professional licensed counselors in schools to deal with adjustment, academic and milder forms of behavioral difficulties typically encountered in the school setting.  Containing history, theories, modalities, techniques, applications, and skills.  Further, an experiential component focuses on basic play therapy skill development within the context of ethical and diversity-sensitive practice.  It also includes assessment and techniques for working with children and adolescents in personal, family, and school systems along with parent/guardian and school school involvement interventions.

COUN 6340:    Advanced Counseling Techniques
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6321, COUN 6333, COUN 6327, COUN 6329.
Advanced counseling skills development. Individual and group assessment of each student’s counseling skills.

COUN 6341:    Advanced School Counseling
Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6310, COUN 6311, COUN 6321, and COUN 6327
This course provides students the basic provisions needed to establish and sustain effective collaboration in schools, including working with the differences and diversity in roles, abilities, and cultures that make up school systems as well as understanding the role of consultation in schools.  Students will show evidence of the ability to conceptualize the collaboration needed to implement school-based mental health programs.

COUN 6342:    The American Community College
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
A comprehensive description of American community colleges, and the changing role of student services.

COUN 6343:    Advanced Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).Prerequisite(s):  COUN 6318, COUN 6332
Introduction to psychopharmacology for counseling.  Topics include basic neurobiology, pharmacokinetics, assessment, and history taking, and drugs as they relate to the treatment of various disorders.  Course content focuses on the classifications of psychotropic drugs, their indications for use, intended drug actions, common side effects and adverse reactions.  Course content also includes criteria of psychiatric diagnosis, use of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the theories of psychopathology.  (Formerly: Psychopharmacology)

COUN 6344:    The College Student
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
A survey of the characteristics and needs of college students including student subcultures that affect the campus environment and the counseling services required for student success.

COUN 6345:    Research and Program Evaluation
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):  Full admission into the counseling program and successful completion of background check.
This course is designed to introduce students to the importance and uses of research in counseling. It will cover basic univariate statistics, how to critique published research, and how to use research in applied settings.

COUN 6346:    Introduction to Student Services in Higher Education
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
A comprehensive study of critical issues and trends in higher education student services as reflected in current research.

COUN 6347:    Advanced Career Counseling and Assessment
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s): COUN 6325, COUN 6327, and COUN 6318
This course provides advanced understanding and experiential application of career development and assessment.  Students will administer and interpret career assessments to populations across the lifespan.

COUN 6348:    Internship in Counseling
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).   Prerequisite(s): COUN 6303
Supervised experience in counseling in schools, community mental health organizations, and offices of college and student affairs.  Students are required to complete two sections of this course over two semesters.

COUN 6350:    Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Didactic and experiential training to prepare the mental health and/or community-oriented counselor for work with service, welfare, mental health, and charitable organizations and agencies that require unique counseling expertise.