Counseling

Course Descriptions

EDGCN 513: Research Design for Social Sciences (3)   
Crosslist: EDGCC 513
This course introduces the student to different types of research methodology used in the social sciences. Emphasis is on formulation and testing of hypotheses, research design, sampling procedures, data collection and analysis and ethics in research. Understanding research pertinent to the counseling field is highlighted.

EDGCN 521: Orientation to Counseling, Professional, Legal and Ethical Considerations (3)    
This course explores the professional identity of counselors, as well as all aspects relevant to the ethical and legal practice of counseling. Roles and functions of counselors within various settings and the current trends and legislation regarding counseling certification, licensure and practice will be discussed. A grade of B or better is required for continuation in the program. This course may be repeated once.

EDGCN 522: Lifespan Development (3)    
The course is a survey of theories and research on human development across the lifespan, including characteristics of the physical, cognitive and psychosocial changes and their inter-relationships that occur from birth through adulthood. Historical and social-cultural perspectives on childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging are considered, as well as counseling process and strategies relating to lifespan development issues.

EDGCN 523: Theories and Techniques of Counseling I (3)    
Prerequisite or Corequisite: EDGCN 521 completed with a grade of B or better
This course examines the microskills and relational theories of the counseling process, which are the foundations of effective counseling, will be reviewed and practiced. A grade of B or better is required for continuation in the program.

EDGCN 524: Theories and Techniques of Counseling II (3)    
Prerequisite: EDGCN 521 and 523 completed with a grade of B or better
In this follow-up to EDGCN 521: Theories and Techniques of Counseling I, the cognitive-behavioral, contextual and developmental theories of the counseling practice will be reviewed and practiced. A grade of B or better is required for continuation in the program.

EDGCN 525: Group Counseling (3)    
Prerequisite: EDGCN 523 and 524 completed with a grade of B or better
In this course, students will develop an understanding of group theory and dynamics, including leader and member roles and functions. Attention will also be given to the uses of groups in schools/community agencies serving populations from children and adolescents to adults and the elderly.

EDGCN 526: Standardized Assessment in Counseling (3)    
This course presents methods of standardized assessment and criteria for the selection of appropriate, valid and reliable instruments for conducting such assessment.

EDGCN 527: Life Style and Career Development (3)    
Student's in this course will examine theories of career development and counseling; applications of those theories to men, women, minorities and special populations; lifestyle development and changing social structures; and occupational and education information sources.

EDGCN 528: Multicultural Counseling (3)    
This course examines assessment and therapeutic treatment of predominant American ethnic/racial groups. Emphasis is on specific therapeutic approaches that are culturally sensitive. Student's will gain awareness of their cultural/ethnic biases and the effect these have on the therapeutic relationship. The emphasis will be on developing a theoretical framework for the influence of cultural and other issues of difference in counseling.

EDGCN 530: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)    
This course introduces the concept of the community counseling model. Emphasis is on populations served, preferred treatment modes, strategies of prevention and crisis intervention and the role of the counselor as change agent. Site visits to selected community agencies are required.

EDGCN 531: School Counseling and Organization (3)    
Prerequisite: EDGCN 521, 522 and 523
This course examines the role and function of the school counselor in a comprehensive school counseling program. Emphasis is on developmental counseling and the components of an effective developmental school counseling program. School counseling, historical roots, present and future trends, and the role of counseling in a total education program will be discussed.

EDGCN 532: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3)    
Prerequisite or Corequisite: EDGCN 524
This course is designed to introduce students to the use of the DSM IV in the preparation and consideration of the process of clinical diagnosis and the integrating of diagnoses into the treatment planning process. Special consideration in this course is given to the conditions requiring the application of disorders and personality disorders and underlying/pervasive conditions requiring the application of specific differential diagnosis and treatment planning schemes.

EDGCN 533: Counseling Children and Adolescence in Crisis (3)    
Prerequisite or corequisite: EDGCN 521, 522, 523 and 524
This course examines the complexities of counseling children and adolescents in crisis and emphasizes the nature of crisis, idiosyncratic characteristics of individual responses to crisis and the recovery environment. Crisis intervention and transfer of learning strategies will be addressed.

EDGCN 534: Counseling Adults in Crisis (3)    
Prerequisite or Corequisite: EDGCN 521, 522, 523 and 524
This course examines the complexities of counseling adults in crisis and emphasizes the nature of crisis, idiosyncratic characteristics of individual responses to crisis and the recovery environment. Crisis intervention and transfer of learning strategies will be addressed.

EDGCN 535: Substance Abuse Counseling (3)    
This course examines issues and treatment of individuals with substance abuse problems. Signs and symptoms of substance abuse, categories and effects of substances, DSM diagnostic procedures and counseling methods grounded in professionally recognized psychotherapy models will be presented.

EDGCN 536: Family Counseling (3)    
Prerequisite: EDGCN 523 and 524 completed with a grade of B or better
This is a professional counseling course that surveys the field of family counseling. By completing this course, student's will become acquainted with the history, theories and practice of family dynamics and counseling. Learning in this course will take place through reading of required texts, classroom discussions/presentations, experiential exercises and examining one's own family of origin.

EDGCN 537: Counseling and Consulting in Schools (3)    
Prerequisite: EDGCN 521, 522 and 523
This course examines counseling and consulting strategies used by counselors in the school setting for academic, career and personal/social issues and explores specific problems of children and adolescents.

EDGCN 540: Practicum Seminar in Community Counseling (3)    
Prerequisite: permission of advisor and approval of clinical coordinator for community counseling is required
Student's will attend a weekly practicum group seminar on campus to review and discuss professional counseling issues and current practicum student training experiences. This course is designed to assist students in integrating previously acquired counseling theory and techniques into entry-level clinical work during the practicum placement experience. The clinical format will serve as a context for students' work on the development of a personal counseling style and the initial formation of a professional counselor identity. One hundred hours at an approved placement setting are required.

EDGCN 541: Practicum in School Counseling (3)    
Prerequisite: permission of advisor and approval of school counseling clinical coordinator is required
This course is designed to help students integrate coursework into entry-level clinical work. Practicum requires students to work in a school setting under the direct supervision of a certified school counselor. During the practicum, the student will gain an orientation to the school environment and counseling department, as well as be required to demonstrate basic skills in the helping relationship (individual and group). One hundred hours at an approved field placement are required.

EDGCN 542: Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)    
Prerequisite: successful completion of EDGCN 540; permission of advisor and approval of community clinical coordinator
Student's will attend a weekly internship group seminar on campus to review and discuss professional counseling issues and current intern student training experiences. This course is designed to assist students in integrating previously acquired counseling theory and techniques into entry-level clinical work, established through the successful completion of a graduate practicum placement (EDGCN 540). The clinical format will serve as a context for students to work on the development of a personal counseling style and their continued formulation of a professional counselor self-identity. Six hundred hours at an approved field placement are required.

EDGCN 543: Internship in School Counseling (3)    
Prerequisite: successful completion of EDGCN 541; permission of advisor and approval of school counseling clinical coordinator
This course is designed to help students integrate coursework into entry-level clinical work. Internship builds upon the basic skills learned through coursework and the practicum experience, allowing students to integrate previously acquired counseling theories and techniques. The clinical format will serve as a context for students to work on the development of a personal counseling style, an opportunity to be involved in program development and evaluation, and the initial formation of a professional identity. Six hundred hours at an approved field placement are required.

 

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