SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Course Number Course Name Credits
     
COUN 501 Counseling and Interviewing Skills 3
This course deals with the application of counseling theory to the practical interview situation. The counseling process and the core elements of a facilitative counseling relationship will be examined. Counselor candidates will begin to develop basic interviewing skills.
     
COUN 502 Counseling Theories 3
Selected theories and techniques of counseling are discussed and examined through a combination of lecture, discussion, and role-playing activities. Emphasis will be upon evaluating the various theories and abstracting parts of these theories into a comprehensive overview of the counseling process. Application to different types of clients is discussed.
     
COUN 503 Group Process and Practice 3
A basic understanding of group dynamics and behavior is provided. Processes and patterns of interaction are analyzed primarily from the standpoint of their broad educational significance. The selection, evaluation, and use of group counseling methods and materials are discussed. Methods of developing and organizing group programs are also presented. Students also participate in a group experience.
     
COUN 506 Social and Cultural Issues 3
Focuses on current social and cultural issues which shape human behavior and affect the practice of counseling. Emphasis is placed on multicultural counseling, and issues such as aging, sexuality, AIDS, and poverty are addressed.
     
COUN 508 Developmental Psychology 3
This course provides an understanding of developmental psychology, including theoretical approaches and issues relating to physical, cognitive, personality, and moral development with particular emphasis on implication for counselors. Both psychological and sociological impacts on development will be overviewed.
     
COUN 511 Counseling Children 3
(Prerequisite, COUN 502) This course deals with the application of counseling theory to the counseling interview situation with elementary school clients. The counseling process, the core elements of a facilitative counseling relationship and specific techniques for counseling children will be examined. Counselor candidates will begin to develop basic interviewing skills.
     
COUN 530 Professional Issues: School Counseling 3
Focuses on ethical, legal, philosophical, and sociological issues involved in the practice of professional school counseling. An in-depth understanding of the developing role of the school counselor and the application and impact of that role in a pluralistic society is stressed. Orientation to the larger counseling profession is provided with an emphasis on helping the student develop a counselor identity.
     
COUN 533 Secondary School Counseling Program Planning 3
(Prerequisite, COUN 503) This course provides a programmatic examination of the issues relevant to the role and function of the secondary school counselor including the use of data in planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive school counseling program that is linked to school improvement plans and current education reform issues. A case study approach is utilized to analyze and apply the ASCA National Model.
     
COUN 534 Elementary School Counseling Program Planning 3
(Prerequisite, COUN 503) This course provides a programmatic examination of the issues relevant to the role and function of the elementary school counselor including the use of data in planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive school counseling program that is linked to school improvement plans and current education reform issues. A case study approach is utilized to analyze and apply the ASCA National Model.
     
COUN 535 School Counseling Research and Accountability 3
(Prerequisite, COUN 536) This course exposes students to an evidence-based practice model for school counseling. The evidence-based practices movement puts emphasis upon increasing the use of interventions that are first grounded in quality research, and then evaluated using rigorous methods. Course objectives are directed at developing an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
     
COUN 536 Appraisal Techniques for School Counselors 3
Emphasis will focus on developing competencies in the knowledge, use, and interpretation of individual and group approaches for assessment and evaluation in school settings. Selected instruments will be examined. Students will also apply and integrate appraisal data to optimize K-12 students’ success in academic, career, and personal/social development.
     
COUN 537 Career Development in Schools 3
Strategies for Academic and Career choice and adjustment as well as Career Counseling Theories will be examined. Emphasis is placed upon the knowledge, skills, and resources for facilitating career development through the K-12 school experience. Career education, computerized information systems, and other interventions that assist all students in academic and career decision-making and the resolution of barriers to academic, career, and life success. The course focus on career interventions emphasizes the role of the school counselor as advocate for the achievement and career success of all students.
     
COUN 538 Systemic Leadership and Advocacy 3
School counselors serve as leaders engaged in system-wide change to ensure student success. In this course, students examine and apply school and family organizational systems theory and consultation approaches in order to advocate for students, remove barriers, close opportunity and achievement gaps, and foster positive school environments. Opportunities for personal reflection and insight on leadership strengths and experiences, and family experiences is provided.
     
COUN 539 Coordination and Collaboration 3
Coordination and collaboration are major components of the American School Counseling Association’s (ASCA) National Model. These roles guide school counselors in their interactions with teachers, parents, administrators, community agencies, and others. Students will develop coordination and collaboration knowledge and skills to deliver comprehensive programming in crisis planning and response, resilience, substance abuse prevention/intervention, peer programming, special education collaboration, classroom planning and management, and supervision.
     
COUN 570 Counseling Adolescents 3
This course explores current concerns and challenges confronting adolescents and young adults. Topics will partially be determined by societal trends and will cover a range of issues such as adolescent suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship conflicts. Selected issues will be explored from both a psychological and sociological perspective, with emphasis on implications for developing counselor intervention techniques.
     
COUN 592 Practicum: Secondary School Counseling 3
(Prerequisites, COUN 501, 502, 503, 504, plus 24 hour completed graduate credit hours; all required clearances; and program director approval. Attendance is required at the pre-practicum planning meeting that occurs in the semester before practicum prior to registration.) Focuses on necessary and desirable counseling skills, development of counseling relationships, and case conceptualization. Practical application of counseling theories and techniques, psychological testing, and vocational development theory is emphasized. The practicum consists of 100 clock hours and includes direct service work, individual supervision, and group supervision.
COUN 593 Practicum: Elementary School Counseling 3
(Prerequisites, COUN 501, 502, 503, 504, plus 24 hour completed graduate credit hours; all required clearances; and program director approval. Attendance is required at the pre-practicum planning meeting that occurs in the semester before practicum prior to registration.) Focuses on necessary and desirable counseling skills, development of counseling relationships, and case conceptualization. Practical application of counseling theories and techniques, assessment techniques, and career development theory is emphasized. The practicum consists of 100 clock hours and includes direct service work along with individual and group supervision.
     
COUN 597 Internship: Secondary School Counseling 3
School counselor-trainees are placed in a secondary school counseling department. The internship experiences requires 600 clock hours of supervised experience. Students are expected to participate in the wide range of school counselor activities typical of contemporary school counseling. This includes individual and group counseling as well as the other program elements of the ASCA National Model. A minimum of three credits is required of all students. Students who require more than one semester/term to complete the internship must register for three credits of internship per semester/term.
     
COUN 598 Internship: Elementary School Counseling 3
School counselor-trainees are placed in an elementary school counseling department. The internship experiences requires 600 clock hours of supervised experience. Students are expected to participate in the wide range of school counselor activities typical of contemporary school counseling. This includes individual and group counseling as well as the other program elements of the ASCA National Model. A minimum of three credits is required of all students. Students who require more than one semester/term to complete the internship must register for three credits of internship per semester/term.
     
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