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Clinical Counseling Program
This course is designed to meet the growing demand for culturally competent counseling and human service providers by providing graduate students with a foundation in multicultural counseling. The text provides interpretation, examination, and information on a broad range of cultures and potential views of therapy 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 awareness, knowledge, and skills. Course material will be experienced through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including: reading, discussion, didactics, class presentation, and experiential activities. This course includes the use of imagery and metaphor within counseling and art therapy settings. Nonverbal symbol systems in arts-based interventions can prove to be extremely effective with diverse cultures and persons with disabilities.
(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.
(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.
(Prerequisite, 9 graduate hours in CC 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.
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.
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.
This course will examine foundations of counseling and the development of professional attitude and identity in relation to codes of ethics, professional behavior, ethical issues, credentialing, practice and research, clinical supervision and legal and liability concerns facing practitioners working in community, agency, school, and art therapy settings. Comparison of ethical codes and similar issues will be made within the counseling disciplines and art therapy. Particular emphases are placed 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 and counseling settings. Other topics include issues associated with psychotherapy, multiculturalism, research, advertising, and challenges related to specific work settings. Decision-making models used by art therapists and counselors for addressing ethical issues are explored through experiential exercises, written assignments, and presentations.
(Consent of instructor) This course serves as the basic course introducing students to the theoretical and historical framework within which a mental health counselor functions. The student will be introduced to various mental health professions and to the interfacing of all mental health professions.
(Prerequisites: 9 graduate hours in Art Therapy Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling. Permission required.) This course serves as an introduction to marriage and family counseling. This course presents the basic theories, history, issues and procedures followed in marriage and family counseling. In addition, this course focuses on giving the student experience in completing relevant documentation and appraisal instruments pertinent to marriage and family counseling. The ethical, legal, and related professional issues as well as implications of socio-cultural and lifestyle diversity relevant to the field will be covered. Major approaches will be demonstrated and discussed.
(ER851 or Consent of Thesis Chair) A student completes an important research study appropriate to Clinical Counseling.
(Permission required) This course will provide students with an understanding of various principles of mental health/human services administration and management, and supervision models. Students will explore their own management and supervisory styles as well as principles of effective leadership. Students will gain knowledge in understanding the necessary components for planning and evaluating in human service programming, customer satisfaction, organizational culture, funding resources, and regulations and laws. The impact of funding sources, e.g. Medicaid, Medicare, and JCAHO and accrediting agencies will also be examined.
(Prerequisites, CE810, CE825, CE833, CE893, and/or concurrently, CE830. Permission required.) This supervised practicum will assist students to improve their counseling skills through counseling sessions with clients. The course provides opportunities for students to obtain supervised practice in the area of group counseling, as well as experience in preparing case notes, consulting with other professionals, and critiquing audio and video tapes of counseling sessions. Students receive one hour of individual and one and one-half hours of group supervision each week. Liability insurance coverage is required. Methods of instruction include tutorial forms of instruction consisting of discussion of students’ video/audio tapes of clients and case analysis of diagnosis and treatment of students’ clients. Instructor and/or students will present materials on topics pertinent to client issues, including diversity, ethical and legal considerations.
(Prerequisite, Completion of CE898 with a grade of "B" or better and instructor permission.) After the successful completion of CE898 (Supervised Practicum in Counseling), students will complete 600 clock hours of supervised counseling experience earning 6 credit hours of academic credit. Each academic credit requires 100 hours of client contact (40 direct/60 indirect). Typically, students enroll in 1-2credits per academic semester while completing the remainder of their program of study.
This course will introduce the student to the different theories of addiction: (1) biological, (2) psychodynamic, (3) social learning, (4) systems, (5) sociocultural, and (6) spiritual, and their implications for counseling. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cultural variables that influence alcohol and substance use across the various microcultures. The phenomena of dual diagnosis (alcohol and substance abuse coexist with another disabling condition) will be explored. Culturally relevant counseling and rehabilitation strategies will be explored.
This is a graduate level course addressing the application of psychopharmacologic interventions as a component of comprehensive mental health care. Initial emphasis placed on scientific study of the actions of drugs and their effects on mood, sensation, thinking, and behavior. The course assists the counselor in training understand their role in working with medical professionals in the concurrent treatment of mental health issues using an interdisciplinary approach. Additionally, students will examine the ethical uses of psychopharmacology within the context of consumer care and service planning. Students will examine their role in the process of referring consumers for prescription medications including identifying medical health professionals for referral, providing consumer information to the prescribing professional, and the collaborative relationship between the mental health professional and prescribing professional.
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.
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.
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.
ELECTIVES, non-thesis option (8 hrs)
ELECTIVES, thesis option (5 hrs)