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Counselor Education


Course Descriptions

CE 708 MULTICULTURAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING AND RELATED FIELDS 3
CE 810 PRE-PRACTICUM: COUNSELING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 2
CE 820 CAREER COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT 3
CE 825 COUNSELING THEORIES 3
CE 830 GROUP PROCESSES IN COUNSELING 3
CE 833 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDERS 3
CE 835 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF APPRAISAL IN COUNSELING 3
CE 893 ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND LEGAL ISSUES 3
ER 752 ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH 3
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ER 851 RESEARCH DESIGN AND WRITING 3
MH 880 THESIS IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 3
RE 640 DISABILITY POLICY 2
RE 695 EMPLOYMENT ISSUES IN REHABILITATION 3
RE 701 FOUNDATIONS OF REHABILITATION COUNSELING  3
RE 730 MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY 3
RE 732 PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY  3
RE 751 ADVANCED CASE MANAGEMENT 2
RE 855 SUPERVISED PRACTICUM IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING 3
RE 875 TRENDS AND ISSUES IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING 3
RE 899 INTERNSHIP IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING 1-9
ELECTIVES (Thesis Option) 0
ELECTIVES (Non-Thesis Option) 2
Total Hours Required 60

 

CE 708 MULTICULTURAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING AND RELATED FIELDS: 3 HRS.
This course is designed to meet growing demand for culturally competent mental health service providers by providing graduate students in Art Therapy, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation Counseling with a foundation in multicultural counseling. The text provides interpretation, examination, and information on a broad range of cultures and potential views of therpay and treatment. Students are expected to comprehensively evaluate their own ethnic upbringing and belief systems, as well as a broad range of other cultural value systems to enhance their level of understanding. Course material will be experienced through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including: reading, discussion, verbal presentation and experiential. This course will highlight the use of imagery and metaphor with counseling and art therapy settings. Given the language barriers which may inhibit conventional verbal counseling and therapeutic approaches, the non-verbal symbol systems in arts-based intervention can prove to be extremely effective with diverse cultures.

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CE 810 PRE-PRACTICUM: COUNSELING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: 2 HRS.
A study of characteristics of and techniques for establishing effective counseling relationships. The class provides an opportunity for personal growth, development of basic counseling skills, and improved interpersonal counseling relationships. This will be accomplished through group exchange of ideas, feelings, and attitudes through didactic and experiential activities.

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CE 820 CAREER COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, SC810, or concurrent.) An introduction to career counseling with various types of clientele. The theoretical emphasis is on the development aspects of career decision making from childhood through adulthood. Attention is given to various information sources and techniques for counselors to use in assisting clients with appropriate approaches to decision making.

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CE 825 COUNSELING THEORIES: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, SC810 or concurrent.) A close look at various theories of counseling and their applicability to the individual counselor and his/her prospective counseling situation. The use of various tools in the specific approaches to counseling. The application of theory in dealing with personal concerns in education, private practice, rehabilitation and other agency settings will be examined.

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CE 830 GROUP PROCESSES IN COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisite, 9 graduate hours in MHC or permission required.) This course provides an understanding of group dynamics, stages of group development, group leadership styles, group counseling methods and skills, and presents group process theories and methods applicable in all group counseling settings. Specifically, this course is designed to provide experiential techniques and intervention strategies essential for counselors treating mental disorders in therapeutic groups in mental health settings. Part of this course provides students the opportunity to participate in brief counseling groups facilitated by the professor during which techniques and interventions reflecting various group counseling theorists and group processes are implemented.

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CE 833 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDERS: 3 HRS.
This course provides an overview of the diagnostic criteria utilized in the diagnosis of mental illness. Assessment, psychopharmacology, treatment and rehabilitation modalities will be explored. Using lecture and case studies, students will be provided with experience in diagnosing mental disorders and developing appropriate treatment/rehabilitation plans.

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CE 835 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF APPRAISAL IN COUNSELING: 3HRS.
This course focuses on the theory, standardization, and application of various assessment instruments necessary for conducting a comprehensive Mental Health Evaluation and doing mental health counseling. These assessment instruments include projective and standardized personality tests, aptitude, intelligence, achievement, and interest inventories. Administering, analyzing, and interpreting the findings of assessment instruments and the writing of comprehensive mental health evaluations is the major emphasis of this course

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CE 893 ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND LEGAL ISSUES: 3HRS.
This course will examine codes of ethics, professional behavior, ethical issues, and legal and liability concerns facing practitioners working in art therapy and mental health counseling. This course introduces codes of ethics, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical supervision, practice and research, the development of a professional attitude and identity by examining the role of professional socialization, the development of cultural competence, professional organizations, licensure, and certification. The course places particular emphasis on issues of confidentiality, child abuse, elder abuse, and ethical dilemmas associated with dual-role relationships, as well as the use of creative arts within art therapy or the counseling setting. Other topics include issues associated with psychotherapy, multiculturalism, research, advertising, and challenges related to specific work settings. Participants will examine professional credentialing specific to art therapy and mental health counseling. Art therapy and counseling techniques for addressing ethical issues and credentialing taught and demonstrated through experiential exercises along with written assignments and presentations.

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ER 752 ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH: 3 HRS.
An introductory graduate level course in research methodology designed to allow the student to function as a knowledgeable consumer of research in his/her field of endeavor. The content of the course should prepare the student to evaluate informal descriptive studies in their field.

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ER 851 RESEARCH DESIGN AND WRITING: 3 HRS.
Develop competencies in designing research proposals and writing of research work. Introduction to theoretical concepts and research. Investigate, evaluate and discuss various types of research studies and designs. A study of variables related to research problems and hypotheses. Development of first three chapters of thesis or research problem.

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MH 880 THESIS IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(ER851 or Consent of Thesis Chair) A student completes an important research study appropriate to Mental Health Counseling.

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RE 640 DISABILITY POLICY: 2 HRS.
This course will review the major disability service delivery systems in the United States including the public/not-for-profit sector, private for profit sector, independent living rehabilitation, disability management, social security, and other related human service systems that provide services to individuals with disabilities. This class will look at the definition of disability across all of these service systems. The Americans with Disabilities Act and other major legislation that have influenced the delivery of services and/or the discrimination of persons with disabilities will be covered in depth.

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RE 695 EMPLOYMENT ISSUES IN REHABILITATION: 3 HRS.
This course explores the factors that influence successful employment of people with disabilities in the current labor market. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of both the worker with a disability who is seeking employment and the employer who creates employment opportunities for workers. Students are introduced to business and social forces which shape the labor market and how to use those forces in employment planning with workers with disabilities. Strategies for doing employer development, job development, and job placement in public and proprietary sectors are examined. Students will learn job seeking skills and how to design employment supports for workers with disabilities.

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RE 701 FOUNDATIONS OF REHABILITATION COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundations of rehabilitation and the rehabilitation counseling profession. The course will introduce students to relevant aspects of rehabilitation history, philosophy, values and practice, with an emphasis on the operational aspects of the rehabilitation service delivery system. The course will examine current issues, community resources, services, and the vocational rehabilitation process.

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RE 730 MEDICAL ASPECTS OF DISABILITY: 3 HRS.
Provides medical information about disabling conditions and introduces students to medical terminology. Includes knowledge of the etiology, prognosis, methods of treatment, effects of disabling conditions and
implications for the rehabilitation professional. Relationships of other health related personnel to medical services and comprehensive rehabilitation are also emphasized.

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RE 732 PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY: 3 HRS.
This course focuses on understanding the psychosocial process involved in adjusting to disability. The major characteristics of disability that impact adjustment will be explored as well as stage theories typically
cited when referencing the adjustment to disability. Social, environmental, and political factors that impact how persons with disabilities are viewed in society will be discussed. A developmental approach will be taken as life stages will be explored. The impact that disability has on personality development, sexual functioning, families, and social functioning will also be covered.

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RE 751 ADVANCED CASE MANAGEMENT: 2 HRS.
This course integrates rehabilitation principles, knowledge, and skills using systematic and sequential planning and management. Topics will include: (1) the goals and models of case management in rehabilitation; (2) client/consumer interviewing and assessment; (3) planning for appropriate and effective intervention strategies, services, and benefits, included in a rehabilitation plan; (4) plan implementation, program monitoring, and evaluation; and (5) placement and closure. The course will address several key components including effective documentation, process and relationships, health care management, community resources and supports, service delivery, psychosocial interventions, conflict resolution and problem-solving processes, and management techniques. It will focus on facilitating the consumer’s quality of life, maximum functioning in the environment of choice, and making desired vocational or employment decisions.

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RE 855 SUPERVISED PRACTICUM IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, CE 805, CE 810, CE 825 and RE 801.) Students must have an approved application for admission to the practicum the semester before expected enrollment. This course is designed to provide the graduate counseling students an opportunity to apply and further one’s knowledge of counseling and rehabilitation practice through supervised counseling and case management experiences. It is a continuation of the learning process which began in CE810, Counseling Skills Development, and allows the student to learn about various counseling strategies and issues in the context of actual counseling practice. It will expose the student to the many practical, ethical, and rehabilitation issues involved in actual counseling experiences.

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RE 875 TRENDS AND ISSUES IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisite, CE710, RE640, RE695, RE751, RE830, RE832, RE833, and RE855.) Current trends, problems, and developments in rehabilitation. Students pursue a special interest and mutually share information and experience with the group through individual reports and group discussions.

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RE 899 INTERNSHIP IN REHABILITATION: 1-9 HRS.
(Prerequisites, RE 855 and permission required.) Opportunities for the application of theory in the practice of rehabilitation counseling and case management in a rehabilitation setting. Provided under the general
direction and supervision of the university and the direct supervision of a qualified person within the agency or facility. Review of clients’ problems, possible solutions, and rehabilitation planning is emphasized.

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