2020-21 Academic Year Program Information
Advanced Counseling Certificate Requirements
The specific courses to be taken can be selected from graduate level counseling courses with guidance from the faculty advisor. Prospective students should consult the graduate catalog for a comprehensive list of courses available, after which determination will be made which 12 credits best complement an individual's prior training and professional goals.
Total Hours Required: 12
Course options include:
COUN 618 — Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
A course requiring students to integrate counseling theories, skills, and techniques relevant to counseling children and adolescents in school and community/agency settings. Application of developmental theory, appropriate technique selection and issues relevant to this specific population will be explored in the course.
COUN 635 — Parent and Family Consultation (3)
Built on the principles and skills taught in COUN 620, this course gives students the opportunity to co-lead an Adlerian-based parent education group under the supervision of the course instructor and a read counseling professional. Emphasis is on the synthesis of group counseling theory through direct experience leading a group and on the mastery and application of the parenting skills utilized for work with families in any counseling setting.
COUN 640 — Abnormal Behavior (3)
An examination of the current diagnostic categories listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual TR-IV. Attention is devoted to the organic, environmental, developmental, and psychological origins of these emotional disorders. Additional training focuses on the counseling interventions designed to address these concerns.
COUN 645 — Addiction Counseling (3)
Examines the compelling and emerging questions common to addictive behaviors. Explores the research devoted to the physiology of addictions, societal reinforcers, and the psychological explanations for addictive behaviors as well as the treatment strategies designed to ameliorate the addiction and related concerns.
COUN 661 — Sexuality in Counseling (3)
The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and skills regarding the broad range of issues in the field of counseling when addressing human sexuality issues. Students will gain knowledge and skills that are unique and specific to sexuality counseling and intervention strategies. Students will gain perspective on the developmental, behavioral, emotional, psychological, and cultural aspects related to sexuality. Students will explore empirically supported counseling approaches, interventions and assessment strategies. A systemic framework is used for understanding the role and impact of sexuality on couples, marriages, and families. Students also explore and discuss specific topics including, but not limited to: issues of sexual diversity, gender identity, intimacy, sexual functioning, and infidelity.
COUN 662 — LGBT Considerations in Counseling (3)
This course is designed to provide an in-depth look at counseling issues and dynamics specific to clients who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender. Content will highlight and differentiate the experiences of LGBT people and provide information related to the identity development of individuals within each sub-group of the greater LGBT community. Additional topics will be covered that include but are not limited to empirical research on the experience of LGBT people, “affirmative” counseling and supervision techniques, vocational issues and workplace sexual identity management, perceived conflicts between religious and LGBT identities, and LGBT issues in the context of changing legal and social policy environments.
COUN 669 — Special Topics in Counseling (3)
Intensive study of a problem or topic in counseling. Topic varies according to professor and term offered.
COUN 683 — Dynamics of Play Therapy (3)
Examination of the theoretical, practical, and therapeutic aspects of play in relation to the development of young children. Emphasis is placed on theories and techniques of child-centered play therapy and its use in a variety of settings. The course is appropriate for both counselors and teachers and is available to post-MEd students seeking professional counselor license.
COUN 695 — Independent Study (3)
Provides for pursuit of individual interest and projects not covered in existing courses.
Total Hours Required: 12
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