This course is designed to provide an orientation to, and overview of, the counseling and human relations professions, including history of the counseling profession, standards, credentialing, professional role and identity development.
This course includes a survey of the physiological, social, and psychological factors that influence the development of personality. It seeks to understand what makes a person distinctively different, along with a critical evaluation of various theories of personality development.
Students learn to conceptualize research problems and develop hypotheses. Emphasis is on defining and measuring the important variables, design of research strategies, analysis of data, interpretation and inference, and writing and implementing a research proposal.
This course is designed to promote understanding of social and cultural diversity through study of such issues as ethnicity, gender, race, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, ability/disability, family structure and geographic location. Students will examine how their cultural identity impacts their beliefs, values and actions, and learn the skills for competent ethical practices with diverse populations.
This course provides an intensive look at selected theories of counseling and psychotherapy. The major concepts of each theory are reviewed and critiqued in light of current research and theory. Students are encouraged to begin to define their own theoretical approach.
This course is designed to help students acquire and develop skills essential to the helping process. Core elements include: the nature of the helping relationship, introduction to basic counseling skills, and exploring attitudes and beliefs involved in developing and maintaining the helping relationship and how these fundamental core elements apply to the counselor. Emphasis will also be placed on practitioner self-awareness and self-care. Role-playing videotape experiences and other skill development exercises will be included.
This course provides a legal and ethical framework for the counseling profession as well as a focus on standards and credentialing and current professional issues relevant to the work of the counselor.
This course enables students to understand the types of groups, their purpose, development and dynamics, counseling theories, and group counseling methods and skills. Ethical and legal considerations of group counseling are also explored. Students are required to participate in small groups for educational and self-assessment purposes.
This is an introductory course in Adventure Therapy primarily for graduate students in the Counseling programs. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to adventure therapy programs that deal with people with psychological disorders. Students will learn the characteristics of selected disorders and will examine therapeutic adventure strategies that have been designed to work with specific identified populations including children, adolescents, and adults. A section dealing with professional ethics will also be included. Didactic as well as experiential pedagogy will require comfortable clothing and a limited amount of outside the classroom activities.
This course explores the use of measurement and results in the counseling professions. It offers an understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories, statistics, and approaches to measurement, as well as techniques for gathering data and information. Concepts of validity, reliability, and factors that influence measurement are covered.
This course provides students an understanding of career development and related life factors. Students study career development theory and decision-making models, procedures for planning and conducting effective job searches, assessment instruments and techniques relevant to career planning and decision-making and the use of career information. Emphasis is placed on understanding the inter-relationships between career development and career decision-making, family, socio-economic status, leisure, individual interests, and abilities.
Students will explore the implications of child development for counseling interventions. Participants will review counseling theory and explore developmentally appropriate counseling techniques. The course will also address the physical, emotional and social development of children and adolescents and examine the relationship between development and counseling needs. Emphasis will be given to working with parents and other family members.
Selected topics are offered centering on the needs and interests of the students and the availability of expert faculty. Enhancing student knowledge and building on past learning in a challenging scientific environment is one of the course's objectives. Exploring innovation and the edge of knowledge is another endeavor of this course.
A consideration of the dynamics of marriage and family relationships is given. The emphasis is on understanding the structure and function of marriage, the various aspects of the martial relationship, family systems, and ways the counselor may approach marriage and family counseling as a creative, preventative, and healing interaction.
Provides an introduction to theoretical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide addictions counseling services in both school and mental health settings. Emphasis is on diagnosis and evidence-based treatment for addictions, problem gambling, and co-occurring disorders. The impact of "stigma" as well as the history and contributions of the recovery movement are explored. Consideration is given to current trends, cultural context and primary prevention resources. Ethical and legal considerations in practice are addressed.
An analysis of the anatomical, psychological, and cultural aspects of a wide range of topics in the area of human sexuality is undertaken. Emphasis is on the development of an understanding and appreciation of the role of sexuality throughout the various stages of life.
This course is designed to teach the prospective counselor about the history and development of psychopharmacologic agents, the biochemical nature of the central nervous system and its relationship to psychopharmacology. The legitimate use of medications and their importance for treatment are also examined.
This course provides a general framework for understanding psychopathology in the adult population and the process of diagnosing and designing treatment plans for mental disorders in adults