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COUN: Counselor Education

Department of Counseling

College of Education and Educational Technology

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

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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.

This course 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, including persons with disabilities and English Language Learners, address developmental challenges. Prerequisite: None

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.

This course is an overview of multicultural and diversity issues in the field of counseling. Students will increase their awareness and knowledge regarding diversity in worldviews often held by marginalized clients/students and the ways in which these variable impact the counseling process. The focus will be on counseling clients/students across the lifespan while being culturally responsive regarding race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability status, ELL, and other characteristics. Students will develop self-awareness about their own cultural background and identify 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 for all students, including those with disabilities and who are English Language Learners, in school settings. Prerequisite: None, though this course is limited to students in the School Counseling Program.

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 Clinical Mental Health Counselors 3 cr.

Provides an overview of the fundamental knowledge of assessment principles and procedures used in clinical mental health counseling. Standardized and nonstandardized testing will be covered and include statistical concepts, 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. Prerequisites: None, though this course is limited to students in the Clinical Mental Health Program.

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 Theories 3 cr.

Specific counseling theories and corresponding interventions with children, adolescents and adults will be covered. Integrating theories to match client concerns will be emphasized. Prerequisite: COUN 617: Basic Counseling Skills

COUN 639 Group Counseling Theory and Experience 3 cr.

This course is designed to provide students an understanding of group theory and processes. Considerable emphasis is placed upon ehtical and professional issues related to groups, characteristics of group stages, techniques designed to foster healthy/therapeutic group dynamics and, how groups influence individuals as they relate to commmon concerns or problems. This course provides exposure to groups designed to meet the needs of clients/students across the life span. The course will enable students to evaluate the outcomes of group counseling in order to be a more effective group facilitator. This class also requires a 10 hour personal growth group experiental component, fulfilling the CACREP group experience requirement for counseling department studens. Prerequisite: None

COUN 657 Individual Practicum (Clinical Mental Health) 3 cr.

Provides a 75 hours (30 direct hours) supervised clinical mental health individual counseling practicum with children, adolescents, or adults via supervised clinical experiences to develop and utilize advanced individual counseling skills and techniques within a meaningful theoretical framework. Emphasis is on skill acquisition and the development of effective methods of facilitating the counseling process. Counseling theory and a variety of techniques will be drawn upon in the movement toward client goal attainment. Through group and individual/triadic supervision experiences, students will evaluate recoreded sessions, conceptualize cases, and discuss approaches to client issues. Students must pass this practicum experience with a B or better in order to advance to field experience. Prerequisites: COUN 617, COUN 637, & COUN 720. Students enrolled in M.Ed. program are restricted from taking this course.

COUN 659 Secondary School Counseling Practicum 3 cr.

This course provides a 50-hour supervised clinical experience (20 direct hours) for professional school counselors in training to develop and utlize developmentally appropriate counseling skills and techniques with adolescents ages 13-21. Emphasis is on developing a theoretical framework and applying the counseling skills necessary for facilitating individual and group counseling. Through group and individual/triadic supervision experiences, students will evaluate recorded sessions, conceptualize cases, and discuss approaches to clinet issues in order to assist in the academic, career, and personal/social growth of adolescents. Prerequisites: COUN 617, COUN 627 or COUN 637, COUN 629 or COUN 639, COUN 720 or COUN 730. In addition, grades in any previous practicum experience must be at least a B or better. Students enrolled in the M.A. program are restricted from taking this course.

 COUN 667 Elementary School Counseling Practicum 3 cr.

This course provides a 50-hour supervised clinical experience (20 direct hours) for professional school counselors in training to develop and utilize developmentally appropriate counseling skills and techniques with children ages 5-12. Emphasis is on developing a theoretical framework and applying the counseling skills necessary for facilitating individual and group counseling. Through group and individual/triadic supervision experiences, students will evaluate recorded sessions, conceptualize cases, and discuss approaches to client issues in order to assist in the academic, and personal/social growth of children. Prerequisites: COUN 617, COUN 627 or 637, COUN 629 or 639, COUN 720 or 730. Students must pass this practicum experience with a B or better in order to advance to field experience. Students enrolled in the M.A. Program are restricted from taking this course.

COUN 669 Group Counseling Practicum 3 cr.

Provides a 25 hours (10 direct hours) supervised clinical mental health group counseling practicum with children, adolescents, or adults to develop and utilize basic and advanced group counseling skills and techniques. Emphasis is on skill acquisition and the development of effective methods of facilitating the group process. Through group and individual/triadic supervision experiences, students will evaluate recorded sessions, conceptualize group dynamics, and discuss approaches to group facilitation. Students must pass this practicum experience with a B or better in order to advance to field experience. Prerequisites: COUN 617, COUN 639, & COUN 720. Students enrolled in M.Ed. program are restricted from taking this course.

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 Diagnostic and Treatment Issues for Counselors 3 cr.

This course is a three-credit requirement for Clinical Mental Health Counseling students. It provides an introduction to the principles and practices of the diagnostic process with a focus on the current edition of theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It focuses on the history of the major classification system, descriptions of various mental disorders, and their corresponding diagnostic criterial. Treatment issues and an introduction to the use of medication related to mental disorders will also be covered. Prerequisite: None.

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 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in Counseling 3 cr.

This course is designed to examine the professional, ethical, and legal issues that impact the practice of the professional counselor working in a variety of counseling settings. Considerable emphasis is placed upon the understanding and application of ethical standards and legal statutes, which affect counselors when making critical decisions about clients/students. Professional identity development, including orientation to the counseling profession and professional organizations will also be the focus of this course.

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 professional practice 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 and in keeping with the departmental policies and procedures as stated in the Field Experience Handbook. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: Core and practicum 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.

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Stright Hall, Room 101
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1048
  • Phone: 724-357-2222
  • Fax: 724-357-4862
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.