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Course Descriptions

COUN 610 Introduction to Community Counseling (3 credits)

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

COUN 615 Counseling Across the Life-Span (3 credits)
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/student address developmental challenges.

COUN 617 Basic Counseling Skills   (3 credits)

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

COUN 618 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling (3 credits)

This course is an overview of diversity issues in the field of counseling. Students will increase their awareness of cultural issues, identity, and personal values, acquire knowledge of diverse groups, and learn culturally appropriate counseling skills. Prerequisites: COUN 617 

COUN 621 Introduction to Professional School Counseling (3 credits)

This course 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 (ASCA) National Model and applicable state models of school counseling.

COUN 624 Assessment Procedures for School Counselors (3 credits)

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 (3 credits)

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. 

COUN 627 Child Counseling and Consulting Theories (3 credits)

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 credits)This course helps the school counselor acquire the necessary competencies to organize and manage a professional school counseling program. Emphasis is on planning, designing, implementing, evaluating, and enhancing the school counseling program. Prerequisites: COUN 621 

COUN 629 Group Procedures (child) (3 credits)

Emphasis is placed upon understanding and developing group techniques related to the development and growth of children. Group counseling with children is covered. 

COUN 634 Assessment Procedures for Community Counselors (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the fundamental knowledge of assessment principles and procedures used in community counseling.  Standardized and non-standardized 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.

 Prerequisite: Students enrolled in M.Ed. program are restricted from taking this course. 

COUN 636 Career Counseling & Development (3 credits)
This course overviews the individual career development process from various theoretical perspectives.  It also details the process of career planning and career counseling in community settings.

COUN 637 Counseling and Consultation Theories (adolescent/adult) (3 credits)

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 Prerequisites: COUN 617 

COUN 639 Group Counseling (adolescent/adult) (3 credits)
Emphasis will be 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. Prerequisite: COUN 617, COUN 637.

COUN 657 Individual Counseling Practicum (adolescent/adult) (3 credits)

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 Practicum (adolescent/adult) (3 credits)

This course 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, 639 

COUN 667 Individual Counseling Practicum (child) (3 credits)

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 credits)

Group Counseling Practicum (child) is an experientially based course in which counselors in training learn how to manage group counseling experiences involving children (ages 5 to 12). This supervised clinical experience draws upon the knowledge, theories, and skills presented in COUN 629, Group Procedures. Prerequisite: COUN 617, 629. 

COUN 720 Ethical & Legal Issues in School Counseling (3 credits)
This class is designed to examine the professional, ethical and legal issues that impact the practice of the professional school counselor.  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.  Prerequisites: COUN 621, Students enrolled in M.A. program are restricted from taking this course. 

COUN 730 Ethical & Legal Issues in Community Counseling (3 credits)

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 effect community counselors. Prerequisites: COUN 610, Students enrolled in M.Ed. program are restricted from taking this course. 

COUN 755 Field Experience (3 credits)

Provides a supervised field placement for students in the counselor education programs. The student and supervising faculty on an individual basis determines the plan and scope of the field experience. Prerequisites: All CE classes. The internship provides an opportunity to apply didactic experiences in an actual work setting. Sites must be approved by the department.

COUN 798  Internship (3 - 6 credits)
The internship provides an opportunity to apply didactic experiences in an actual work setting. Sites must be approved by the department.

GSR 615 Elements of Research (3 credits)
Selection of a research problem, data collection, types of research, research reports, and use of the library and computer in connection with research problems are studied. Elements of statistics are introduced. This course provides background for preparation of the thesis and enables the student to become an intelligent consumer of research. 

  • Counseling Department
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    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
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  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.