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Department of Counseling

College of Education and Educational Technology

COUN 590 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.


COUN 591 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. The course may focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. In addition, the course may be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. This course is offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.

COUN 610 Introduction to Community Counseling 3 cr.

Provides an introduction to the work of the community counselor in a variety of roles in many different settings.

COUN 613 Counseling Children 3 cr.

Students are provided with an in-depth exploration of the counseling skills and techniques necessary for working with children. The topics, as they apply to children, include: developmental and cultural considerations, professional counseling ethical and legal issues, need for age-specific services and interventions, counseling children with disabilities/ELL, and working within children’s systems. Students will also learn to compare different theoretical approaches related to professional counseling work with children. Current research about best practices for counseling children will be explored including diagnosis often given in childhood and treatment planning. Prerequisites: COUN 617, 637 or equivalents. 

COUN 615 Counseling Across the Life Span 3 cr.

Examines theories of human growth and development across the lifespan as well as counseling theories, methods, and techniques that could be used to help clients/students address developmental challenges.

COUN 617 Basic Counseling Skills 3 cr.

Practice in developing effective basic counseling skills, including active listening, attending, building rapport, and demonstrating empathy. Observing, interviewing, and consulting procedures are developed.

COUN 618 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling 3 cr.

An overview of diversity issues in the field of counseling. Students increase their awareness of cultural issues, identity, and personal values, acquire knowledge of diverse groups, and learn culturally appropriate counseling skills. Prerequisite: None.

COUN 621 Introduction to Professional School Counseling 3 cr.

Provides an overview of the history and current trends in professional school counseling, specifically focusing on the role of the professional school counselor within a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program that is based on the American School Counseling Association National Model and applicable state models of school counseling.

COUN 624 Assessment Procedures for School Counselors 3 cr.

Basic statistical and measurement concepts utilized in testing and test interpretations in schools. Emphasis is also placed on the selection, administration, and interpretation of formal and informal assessment procedures that facilitate career, personal/social, and academic development in school settings.

COUN 626 Career Education in the Schools 3 cr.

Study of how schools facilitate the career development of students using a comprehensive career guidance program. Considers developmentally relevant career strategies such as curriculum, group and individual interventions, decision-making skills, and the processing and use of information. Emphasizes how students acquire self- and vocational knowledge, skills, and abilities which lead to effective career decisions. Prerequisite: COUN 624.

COUN 627 Child Counseling and Consulting Theories 3 cr.

Theories, objectives, principles, and practices of counseling and consulting are covered. Emphasis is placed on techniques and practices related to children. Prerequisite: COUN 617.

COUN 628 Management of a Professional School Counseling Program 3 cr.

Helps the school counselor acquire the necessary competencies to organize and manage a professional school counseling program. Emphasis is on planning, designing, implementing, evaluation, and enhancing the school counseling program. Prerequisite: COUN 621.

COUN 629 Group Procedures (Child) 3 cr.

Emphasis is placed upon understanding and developing group techniques related to the development and growth of children. Group counseling with children is covered. Prerequisite: None.

COUN 634 Assessment Procedures for Community Counselors 3 cr.

Provides an overview of the fundamental knowledge of assessment principles and procedures used in community counseling. Standardized and nonstandardized testing will be covered and include statistical concepts such as standard scores, reliability, validity, norm groups, and commonly used instruments. Alternatives to standardized testing will be covered as methods to appraise individuals’ abilities to live, learn, and work in the community.

COUN 636 Career Counseling 3 cr.

This course overviews the individual career development process across the lifespan from various theoretical perspectives in school and clinical mental health settings. The course considers developmentally relevant career strategies such as career guidance curriculum, group and individual interventions, decision-making skills, career needs of English Language Learners (ELL) and individuals with disabilities, and the processing/use of career related information. The acquisition of knowledge of self and vocational skill/ability that leads to effective career decision making is also emphasized.
Prerequisite: None

COUN 637 Counseling and Consultation Theories (Adolescent/Adult) 3 cr.

Individual counseling and consulting theories with adolescents and adults and their corresponding interventions are covered. A focus on client conceptualization and the formation of theory-specific change plans is also included. Prerequisite: COUN 617.

COUN 639 Group Counseling 3 cr.

Emphasis placed upon adolescent and adult groups, including the nature and variety of groups, the process involved in the development of group dynamics, the formation and operation of groups, the organization and structure of groups, and the influence of groups. Prerequisites: COUN 617, COUN 637.

COUN 657 Individual Counseling Practicum (Adolescent/Adult) 3 cr.

Supervised counseling experience under practicum conditions. Emphasis will be placed on implementing relationship-building skills while developing advanced methods of facilitating the counseling process. Prerequisite: COUN 637.

COUN 659 Group Counseling Skills (Adolescent/Adult) 3 cr.

Provides a supervised clinical experience to develop and practice group counseling facilitation skills appropriate to the various stages of a counseling group. Prerequisites: COUN 617 and COUN 639.

COUN 667 Individual Counseling Practicum (Child) 3 cr.

Provides a child counseling experience in applying appropriate interventions and consultation practices designed to facilitate the personal, social, and academic growth of children. Prerequisite: COUN 627.

COUN 669 Group Counseling Practicum (Child) 3 cr.

An experientially based course in which counselors in training learn how to manage group counseling experiences involving children (ages five to twelve). This supervised clinical experience draws upon the knowledge, theories, and skills presented in COUN 629, Group Procedures. Prerequisites: COUN 617, COUN 629.

COUN 670 Human Sexuality Issues for Counselors 3 cr.

Provides an overview of human sexuality issues for counselors and examines the role of sexuality in human adjustment, dynamics of individual/societal sexuality issues, and counseling approaches. Prerequisite: COUN 615.

COUN 671 Introduction to Diagnostic Issues for Counselors 3 cr.

Provides an introduction for counseling students to the various mental disorders with a focus on the history of the major classification system, definitions of various disorders, and the corresponding diagnostic criteria. Furthermore, current research on treatment approaches for counseling professionals is examined. Finally, this course is designed to help students view the mental health needs and challenges of clients from a lifespan and multicultural perspective. This course is introductory and is designed for individuals who have little/no experience in diagnostic issues and little/some experience in counseling. Prerequisite: COUN 634.

COUN 672 Counseling and Consulting Within Systems 3 cr.

Students will be provided with an in-depth exploration of systems theory and its interface in school, clinical mental health, and family counseling work. Students will develop an understanding of how to engage collaboratively with larger systems that have an impact on persons, families, and communities. The aim of this course is to develop collaborative clinical and consulting knowledge that contributes to families, organizations, and communities within a social justice framework. Models and processes for consulting within systems will also be applied to the work of counselors. Prerequisites: COUN 617 and COUN 637.

COUN 673 Wellness-Based Counseling 3 cr.

Definitions and models of wellness are presented. A theoretical model of human change processes is examined. Using a specific model of wellness in combination with the model of change, students explore human change and wellness from personal and interpersonal perspectives. Current methods and research on habit change, incorporating concepts of commitment, adherence, and maintenance of change are considered.

COUN 674 Addictions and Addictions Counseling 3 cr.

This three-credit elective course provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the addictive process and its relation to counseling clients with a variety of chemical and behavioral addictions. The course examines theories, techniques, and practices of addictive behavior and addictions counseling. Student competencies are enhanced by participation in activities addressing theoretical, as well as practical, knowledge of addictions counseling.

COUN 675 Grief Counseling 3 cr.

An in-depth exploration of the grief process with a focus on grief counseling strategies. The differences between “grieving well” and complicated mourning will be explored, along with counseling strategies to facilitate a healthy grieving experience. Providing counseling to individuals (children-adult) and families experiencing the trauma caused by a loss such as suicide, death of a child/sibling, homicide, and unexpected death will be included.

COUN 676 Counseling Issues in Adolescence 3 cr.

Examines research pertaining to challenging issues in modern adolescence. Commonly used counseling approaches are covered, and specific counseling issues pertinent to this developmental stage are explored in depth.

COUN 677 Crisis Addiction Counseling  3 cr.

Students will develop an understanding of counseling clients/students during crisis, disaster, and other trauma causing events and counseling clients/students through addictive process relating to chemical and behavioral addictions. For crisis and addiction counseling, this course will examine theories, models, assessment techniques, and intervention strategies. The counselor’s collaborative role in crisis preparedness and response is discussed, including self-care strategies appropriate during crisis and addiction counseling. Student competencies are enhanced by participation in activities addressing theoretical as well as practical knowledge of crisis and addiction counseling. Prerequisite: COUN 617 Basic Counseling Skills.

COUN 681 Special Topics 3 cr.

COUN 682 Counseling Students/Clients with Disabilities

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of counseling youth and adults with disabilities in school and community settings. This includes the responsibilities and competencies of school and clinical mental health counselors according to applicable laws and standards. Course content includes understanding developmental and psychosocial issues and implications for effective individual and systemic interventions. An overview of specific disabilities is also emphasized. Prerequisite: COUN 617 Basic Counseling Skills 

COUN 699 Independent Study 1-3 cr.

Topic pertinent to the individual’s program of study. By permission of department chairperson and advisor only.

COUN 710: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 cr.

Historical and philosophical trends in clinical mental health counseling will be surveyed along with strategies for designing, implementing, and evaluating clinical mental health counseling programs/services in the public and private sector. Prerequisite: COUN 720 

COUN 720 Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling 3 cr.

Designed to examine the professional, ethical, and legal issues that impact the practice of the professional school. Considerable emphasis is placed upon the understanding and application of ethical standards and legal statutes that affect professional school counselors when counseling and making critical decisions about students. Prerequisite: COUN 621.

COUN 730 Ethical and Legal Issues in Community Counseling 3 cr.

Emphasis is on professional, ethical, and legal issues that impact the practice of the professional counselor working in the community setting. Examines the function and application of ethical standards and legal statutes that affect community counselors. Prerequisite: COUN 610. Students enrolled in M.Ed. program are restricted from taking this course.

COUN 738 Advanced Counseling Theory: Specific Theoretical Approach 3 cr.

This course extends beyond Counseling Theory (COUN 637) as it provides in-depth exploration of a specific counseling theory, including its origins, development, and range of individual and group counseling applications. Emphasis is on learning and practicing therapeutic intervention strategies rooted in this theoretical approach. This course can be taken up to three times, focusing on a different counseling theory. Prerequisites: COUN 617, 637 or equivalents.

COUN 755 Field Experience 3 cr.

Provides a supervised field placement for students in the Counseling programs. The plan and scope of the field experience will be determined by the student and supervising faculty on an individual basis. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: Core and population-specific courses.

COUN 795 Thesis 3 cr.

COUN 798 Internship in Counselor Education 3 cr. or 6 cr.

The internship provides an opportunity to apply didactic experiences in an actual work setting. Sites must be approved by the department.

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