COUN - Counseling


Course Descriptons

Note that counseling courses may include self-growth experiential activities. All courses require adherence to ACA Code of Ethics (2005) and include professionalism about and confidentiality of comments made in class sessions by peers.

COUN 5020 Foundations of Counseling: The Helping Relationship (Requisite Course) (3)

This course defines and examines the philosophic bases of counseling and the helping relationship focusing on the foundational and theoretical concepts necessary for working with individuals, groups, children, and families in a multicultural context. Students also practice the development of basic counseling skills, professional identity and related ethics. Students learn to define, generalize, organize, and critique the counseling process and profession including consultation theories, practice, and application in a multicultural society; and some crisis and disaster intervention. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 5050 Human Growth and Development (3)

The student learns to identify, describe, and examine the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts. Emphasis is placed on theories of individual and family development, life span transitions, human behavior (normal and abnormal), personality development, learning processes, wellness, related ethics, and addictions; and the effects of crisis, disaster, and other trauma-related events on persons of all ages. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 5100 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling (3)

This course defines and examines the importance of understanding cultural and ethnic attributes; and the impact these attributes have on relationships, professional issues and trends, and the counseling relationship. Attention is given to the influence of gender roles, ethnic groups, urban and rural societies, cultural mores,  various family life patterns, and personal constructs including but not limited to religion, sexual orientation, race, ageism, able-ism, gender, ethnicity, etc.,  on the counseling relationship; related counselor self-awareness; counselors’ roles in eliminating biases and oppression; and theories of multicultural development and identity formation; social advocacy for diverse populations;  related ethics and ethical decision making models; and culturally supported wellness. Self -growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 5140 Psychopharmacology (3)

This course provides an introduction to pharmacological agents that affect mental and emotional functions. Focus of the course will be on identification and comprehension of the effects and the actions of psychoactive drugs, including drugs used in the treatment of psychopathological disorders and drugs of abuse. Multicultural and ethical components are integrated.

COUN 5150 Psychopathology (3)

This course focuses on the identification and comprehension of the major psychological disorders as detailed in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (APA). The behavioral manifestations and dynamics of mental disorders will be explored, focusing on therapeutic assessment issues and case conceptualization. Multicultural, crisis and emergency, and ethical components are integrated.

COUN 5160 Issues in Counseling (1-3)

This course is designed to provide for the definition and examination of various aspects of the counseling profession, important trends in the field of professional counseling, and focused topics areas. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs. Approval of course topic, content and syllabus by worldwide counseling director prior to course registration is required. Faculty overseeing issues course is required to have expertise in topic evidenced on resume/vita.

COUN 5200 Theories of Counseling (3)

This course defines and examines the application of basic theories, principles, and related techniques of professional counseling. A major focus will be on the application of the theories and methods used in counseling with consideration for multicultural and ethical contexts. A systems perspective, theories of addictions, and optimal development and wellness for the life span are included.

COUN 5220 Assessment (3)

This course examines the various frameworks for assessing the functioning of individuals, couples, groups, and families in an ethical frame; and the use of assessment in diagnosis and treatment in a multicultural context. Attention will focus on the methods of data gathering; ethical administration and interpretation from a multicultural perspective; historical perspective of the field; related statistical concepts; and reliability and validity of various instruments. Ethnic, cultural, and sex/gender factors are considered. Additional minimal fees for the purchase of assessment tools may be required of the student for this course. Self -growth experiential activities may be associated with this course content.

COUN 5230 Psychodiagnostics (3)

This course is designed to help students conceptualize mental disorders and to develop diagnostic strategies utilizing standard diagnostic nomenclature and treatment strategies, including choice of therapeutic models and indications/contra-indications for particular kinds of counseling. Multicultural and ethical components are integrated.

COUN 5450 Trauma, Crisis, and Emergency Relief (3)

This course will address the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on people. In addition, students will explore the principles of crisis intervention, appropriate use of diagnosis during a related event, theories and models of individual and group and community resilience, operation of an emergency management system within clinical mental health agencies, and self-care. This topic and the development of related skills are challenging. Students will be required to participate in self-awareness and self-growth activities.

COUN 5540 Family Systems Theory (3)

This course defines and explores the contribution of general systems theory to the development of family therapy. The focus is on examining different family systems’ theories, multicultural influences, and ethical components. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 5545 Blended Family Therapy (3)

This course focuses on the application of systems theory and family theories to the issues involved in establishing high nurturance blended families. Multicultural and ethical components are integrated. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 5580 Human Sexuality Theory and Sexual Counseling (3)

This course defines and examines the current models and theories of human sexuality across the lifespan. It includes the physiological, psychological, and sociocultural variables associated with sexual identity, behavior, wellness, and disorders. Students will also examine theory, skills, and self-awareness related to sexual relationship counseling including understanding issues of counseling individuals with a history of sexual abuse, sexual addiction, and/or sexual offenses.

COUN 5600 Techniques of Group Counseling (3)

This course examines and defines theoretical and experiential understandings of group theory and types of groups; group purposes, practices, development, methods, related ethics, and dynamics; and facilitative counseling skills in a multicultural society. This course involves student participation in a direct experience as a group member in a small group activity, approved by the program, for a minimum of 10 clock hours over the course of one academic term. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 5610 Techniques of Counseling (3)

This course emphasizes the stages of the helping relationship. Students practice basic counseling and advanced skills. Students learn to help clients identify the problem that provides the focus for counseling and implement a treatment plan; and the significance of openness to supervision and self-evaluation. Multicultural and ethical components are integrated. Students practice skills in role-played situations in class. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 5630 Techniques of Substance Abuse Counseling (3)

This course examines theory, case conceptualization, diagnoses, and treatment of addictions as related to the chemically dependent and the dependent’s family. A portion of the course is devoted to evaluation of the services and programs available to the chemically dependent from the point of view of the dependent, the dependent's family, and society. Multicultural and ethical components are integrated.   Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 5635 Techniques of Counseling Special Populations (3)

This course focuses on the examination and application of counseling theories when working with clients from special population groups (e.g., exceptional students, dropouts, minorities, women re-entering the labor force, and older persons). Ethical implications are also discussed. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 5640 Marriage and Family Counseling (3)

This course examines marriage, couples, and family theories and therapies, stressing the identification and application of general systems theory. The focus is on the major constructs in marriage, couples, and family therapies; identification of marriage, couples, and family structures and communication patterns; and the formulation of related treatment plans and goals in a multicultural and ethical context.

COUN 5650 Conjoint Counseling (3)

This course examines the theory and application of differing styles of counseling couples and families, stressing therapeutic practice when counseling couples and or family members simultaneously. The primary focus is on theories, models, and interventions employed when counseling various combinations of persons in relationships (as differentiated from groups). Multicultural and ethical issues will be integrated. Students will explore the various forms of counseling couples, including persons in marriage, same sex unions, work relationships, friends, and extended family members.

COUN 5670 Counseling of Children (3)

This course examines issues related to the counseling of children. Focus is on the application of counseling theories related to children, multiculturalism in treatment of children, techniques for interviewing children and their families, methods for designing and evaluating treatment plans, and the application of counseling related ethical standards and legal requirements. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course. Note: If this course is taken at a Webster campus outside of Florida, the course content should not  be construed as leading toward a position in school counseling.

COUN 5680 Counseling in the School Setting (3)

This course examines counseling practices and theory in relation to children and adolescents in the school setting and the role and function of the counselor as a partner in the learning process. Focus is on developmental needs and age-related issues; guidance counseling in classroom and multicultural settings; collaboration with school team members and families, and related ethics. Special problems of physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, suicide, and grief; and career and college preparation are also examined.

Note: If this course is taken at a Webster campus outside of New Mexico or Florida, the course content should not  be construed as leading toward a position in school counseling.

COUN 5685 Program Development for School Counselors (3)

This course focuses on theory, design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive developmental school guidance and counseling programs from a multicultural perspective to include technological interventions and identification of student academic, career, and personal/social competencies; leadership and management and advocacy; and the ASCA model.

Note: If this course is taken at a Webster campus outside of New Mexico or Florida, the course content should not be construed as leading toward a position in school guidance counseling.

COUN 5700 Lifestyle and Career Development (3)

This course examines , evaluates, and applies vocational choice theories, assessments, and techniques; the relationship between career choice and lifestyle; sources of occupational and educational information, assessment, and technology; approaches to decision-making models; interrelationships among and between work, family and life roles including multicultural issues; career planning, placement, and evaluation; and career development exploration techniques and assessments in an ethical context. Self -growth experiential activities may be associated with this course content.

COUN 5800 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (3)

This course identifies and examines the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, goals and objectives of professional counseling organizations, the ACA Code of Ethics, professional credentialing and licensure, role identity of types of professional counselors, application of ethical and legal considerations in counseling, self-care strategies, and advocacy processes to address social and institutional barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with this course content. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 5820 Consultation and Supervision (3)

This course examines consultation and supervision theories and practices as employed by counselors working and supervising in mental health facilities, educational institutions, and other professional COMMUNITY counseling settings.  Identification and application of consultation with other professionals and parents in COMMUNITY counseling settings and with consideration for multi cultures is reviewed. Related ethical practice is integrated.

COUN 5850 Research and Program Evaluation (3)

This course examines areas including statistics, research design, and development of research and demonstration proposals related to the field of professional counseling in a multicultural society through the use of professional counseling literature. Related ethical codes and practices in research are examined. Additional goals of the course include understanding the importance of research in advancing the counseling profession; program development and demonstration proposals; development and evaluation of program objectives; principles, models, and applications of needs assessment; and culturally and ethically relevant strategies for interpreting the results. Additional minimal fees for the purchase of assessment tools may be required of the student for this course. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 6000 Counseling Learning Practicum (3)

Students are required to complete a 9 week practicum in conjunction with the Counseling curriculum. The practicum is considered a beginning clinical counseling experience and should provide beginning counseling activities. The site supervisor is required to be a licensed mental health professional and have a minimum of 2 years of experience supervising counselors in training. This course re-quires permission of instructor and or the Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling Advisor. Each student is required to plan his or her practicum with the Counseling Program Coordinator and or Counseling Academic Advisor before completion of 15 credit hours in the program. The Professional Practicum Agreement must be submitted to the Counseling Program Coordinator or Practicum Faculty Supervisor/Instructor or designee before a student can register for the Practicum. Students are required to abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) in their practicum experience. Practicums are nonpaid.

Prerequisites: completion of six (6) core courses in this major including COUN 5020, COUN 5050, COUN 5100, COUN 5200, COUN 5600, COUN 5800. Preferably, all 8 core courses in addition to COUN 5230 or COUN 5150 will be completed prior to enrollment in COUN 6000. COUN 5540 is a Prerequisite for field experiences that require a majority of family counseling; and COUN 5630 is a Prerequisite for field experiences that require a majority of substance abuse counseling. 

This course may be repeated for credit. Seek advisement early in the program regarding program plan. The practicum is graded on the credit/no credit grading option. No grades of Incomplete are permitted, hence, students should be prepared to complete all required clinical hours in the field experience. For Practicum students taking leave due to Military or exceptional medical situations, see the Counseling Program Advisor and the Practicum Faculty Supervisor/Instructor for grade completion options. Additional fees are required of students in this course for professional liability insurance and purchase of taping equipment. Students are required to pro-vide evidence of professional liability insurance prior to seeing clients. This course is time consuming and demanding. Students should be prepared to apply more hours to this course than to most other courses; it is recommended that students reduce to part time employment during this course. Students will be required to complete 40 direct hours (of 100 total) in the term; grades of Incomplete are not provided--hours must be completed. Students are encouraged to withdraw from Practicum 6000 before week 6 of the term for those field experience sites that cannot provide the required clinical hours. Students will be required to meet for a minimum of 50 minutes of uninterrupted time with their site supervisor; and a minimum of 90 minutes (or more) of group supervision with the Practicum class. Weekly skills evaluations and activity logs are a critical component of this course. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 6100 Counseling Learning Practicum I (1.5)

The practicum is considered a beginning clinical counseling experience and should provide beginning counseling activities. Students should seek advisement early in the program regarding program plan. The practicum is graded on the credit/no credit grading option. No grades of Incomplete are permitted, hence, students should be prepared to complete all required clinical hours in the Practicum. For Practicum students taking leave due to Military or exceptional medical situations, see the Counseling Program Advisor and the Practicum Faculty Supervisor/Instructor for grade completion options. Additional fees are required of students in this course for professional liability insurance and purchase of taping equipment. Students are required to provide evidence of professional liability insurance prior to seeing clients. This course is time consuming and demanding. Students should be prepared to apply more hours to this course than to most other courses.

Practicum students will have to complete a total of 100 clinical hours, 40 of which are direct, before they can take internship. Students will split these hours up over COUN 6100 and COUN 6200 (typically half in each). Students will be required to meet for a minimum of 50 consecutive minutes with their site supervisor in individual or triadic supervision; and a minimum of 90 minutes (or more) of group supervision with the Practicum class. Weekly skills evaluations and activity logs are a critical component of this course. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

The site supervisor is required to be a licensed mental health professional and have a minimum of 2 years of experience supervising counselors in training. This course requires permission of the faculty supervisor/instructor and or the Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling Advisor. The Professional Practicum Agreement is required to be reviewed and completed by each student and site prior to enrollment in this course. Each student is required to plan for his or her practicum with the Counseling Program Coordinator and or Counseling Academic Advisor before completion of 15 credit hours in the program. The Professional Practicum Agreement must be submitted to the Counseling Program Coordinator or Practicum Faculty Supervisor/Instructor or designee before a student can register for the Practicum. Students are required to abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) in their practicum experience. Practicums are nonpaid.

Prerequisites: Completion of COUN 5020, COUN 5050, COUN 5100, COUN 5200, COUN 5600, COUN 5800. We recommend that the student complete COUN 5230 or COUN 5150 prior to enrollment in COUN 6000. COUN 5540 is a prerequisite for field experiences that require a majority of family counseling; and COUN 5630 is a prerequisite for field experiences that require a majority of substance abuse counseling. This course may be repeated for credit.

COUN 6200 Counseling Learning Practicum II (1.5)

This course is a continuation of COUN 6100. Students should seek advisement early in the program regarding program plan. The practicum is graded on the credit/no credit grading option. No grades of Incomplete are permitted, hence, students should be prepared to complete all required clinical hours in the Practicum. For Practicum students taking leave due to Military or exceptional medical situations, see the Counseling Program Advisor and the Practicum Faculty Supervisor/Instructor for grade completion options. Additional fees are required of students in this course for professional liability insurance and purchase of taping equipment. Students are required to provide evidence of professional liability insurance prior to seeing clients. This course is time consuming and demanding. Students should be prepared to apply more hours to this course than to most other courses.

Practicum students will have to complete a total of 100 clinical hours, 40 of which are direct, before they can take internship. Students will split these hours up over COUN 6100 and COUN 6200 (typically half in each). Students will be required to meet for a minimum of 50 consecutive minutes with their site supervisor in individual or triadic supervision; and a minimum of 90 minutes (or more) of group supervision with the Practicum class. Weekly skills evaluations and activity logs are a critical component of this course. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

In addition, students in COUN 6200 will need to take the CPCE as part of their course requirements. The student will schedule this exam through the Counseling Program Coordinator or designated personnel and will complete the exam on the scheduled date.

The site supervisor is required to be a licensed mental health professional and have a minimum of 2 years of experience supervising counselors in training. This course requires permission of the faculty supervisor/instructor and or the Counseling Program Coordinator or Counseling Advisor. The Professional Practicum Agreement is required to be reviewed and completed by each student and site prior to enrollment in this course. Each student is required to plan for his or her practicum with the Counseling Program Coordinator and or Counseling Academic Advisor before completion of 15 credit hours in the program. The Professional Practicum Agreement must be submitted to the Counseling Program Coordinator or Practicum Faculty Supervisor/Instructor or designee before a student can register for the Practicum. Students are required to abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) in their practicum experience. Practicums are nonpaid.

Prerequisites: Completion of all required core counseling classes and COUN 6100. COUN 5540 is a prerequisite for field experiences that require a majority of family counseling. COUN 5630 is a prerequisite for field experiences that require a majority of substance abuse counseling. This course may be repeated for credit.

COUN 6500 Internship (1.5 to 3 credit hours per term, for a total of 6 total credit hours, and 9 total credit hours in FL)

Internship is an intensive Counseling experience that provides the student with the opportunity to perform a variety of counseling activities expected of a professional mental health Counselor (e.g., application of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, documentation, information and referral techniques, intake, staff meetings, and weekly supervision). Interns are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of group facilitation as part of the total internship experience; yet, are required to experience a variety of counseling experiences including individual counseling.  Sites are required to provide a comprehensive experience. Sites that only provide one type of counseling experience (such as group facilitation or intake activities) will not be approved. The site supervisor is required to be a licensed mental health professional with a minimum of 2 years of experience supervising counselors in training. A formal Professional Internship Agreement must be completed by the student and the internship on-site supervisor and submitted to the Internship Faculty Supervisor/instructor and or Counseling Program Coordinator prior to the initial class meeting when the internship site is different than the Practicum site (see Counseling Program Coordinator or 6500 Instructor for more information). Students are required to abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) in their internship experience. Students are required to provide evidence of professional liability insurance prior to seeing clients. No school settings may be used for an internship site at this time.

Prerequisites: completion of six (6) core courses and COUN 6000. Completion of core courses to include COUN 5020, COUN 5050, COUN 5100, COUN 5200, COUN 5600, COUN 5800 and COUN 6000; and approval by Practicum faculty supervisor to register for COUN 6500. Preferably, all 8 core courses in addition to COUN 5230 or COUN 5150 will be completed prior to en-rollment in COUN 6500. COUN 5540 is a Prerequisite for field experience sites that require a majority of family counseling; and COUN 5630 is a Prerequisite for field experience sites that require a majority of substance abuse counseling. 

This course may be repeated for credit. The internship is proposed as four terms of 1.5 credit hours each of COUN 6500 (some varia-tion in FL). Approval of a 3 credit hour per 9 week term (full time) internship requires extensive (minimum three years), documented experience in professional counseling of individuals and groups. The internship is graded on the credit/no credit grading option. No grades of Incomplete are permitted in this course; students should be prepared to complete all required clinical hours in the registered term. Students taking leave due to Military or exceptional medical situations during this course are required to see the Counseling Program Advisor and the Practicum Faculty Supervisor/instructor for grade completion options. This course requires permission of the Internship Faculty Supervisor/instructor and or the Counseling Program Coordinator or designee. Additional minimal fees are required for this course for professional liability insurance; and potentially for lab fees and taping equipment. This course is time-consuming and demanding. Students should be prepared to apply more hours to this course than to most other courses. Students will be required to meet weekly for a minimum of 50 minutes of uninterrupted time with their site supervisor; and to meet weekly for a minimum of 90 minutes (or more) of group supervision with the Internship class. Weekly skills evaluations and activity logs are a critical component of this course. Self -growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

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