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Course Descriptions: COUN 830 Research and Statistics I (3 hours)
Candidates will take initial steps toward understanding and analysis of quantitative social science inquiry in this first of three available courses in Research. Candidates will use data sets from a limited number of studies to provide a vehicle for understanding key statistical aspects of research design, and for illustrating the application of widely-used statistical techniques.

COUN 702- Advanced Counseling Theory (3 hours)
Candidates will develop an advanced understanding of counseling theories and methods of intervention, prevention, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. This advanced understanding includes the principles and practice of individual counseling, systems and consultation and their effectiveness in treatment. Candidates will demonstrate this understanding through research, role play, and selection and demonstration of appropriate theories and techniques applicable to counseling in a diverse society.

COUN 703-Advanced Group Counseling and Leadership (3 hours)
Candidates will investigate the impact of counseling theory on group structure and leadership techniques. They will develop advanced therapeutic techniques as they interact with a pre-selected group of Master’s level candidates in the role of group leader. In addition, candidates will be expected to develop two group models: (1) a comprehensive, structured group model and (2) an unstructured, non-themed group model. Both groups will be modeled for the counseling setting in their particular area of practice.

COUN 704-Advanced Career Counseling and Development (3 hours)
Candidates will have the opportunity to integrate career development theory and practice within the context of career counseling. Candidates will develop an understanding of contextual (i.e., intrapsychic, social, and cultural) processes influencing career development from a life span perspective. Candidates will analyze current theories, research, practices, and resource materials in the fields of career development, career counseling, and career information.

COUN 705- Advanced Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling (3 hours)
Candidates will examine contemporary ethical and legal issues in counseling, counselor education and supervision, and school counseling. Candidates will obtain an in depth knowledge of historical incidents which have shaped current ethical and legal practice in the profession. Candidates will articulate the process of ethical of decision making within a variety of contexts, including integration of world views in a diverse society.

COUN 802- Counselor Supervision (3 hours)
Candidates will be provide with a knowledge foundation regarding clinical supervision, including: (a) an overview of supervision theories and models, (b) an orientation to the supervisory relationship, (c) modes and methods of supervision intervention, (d) the evaluation of supervisees and supervisors, (e) legal and ethical considerations in the provision of clinical supervision, and (f) supervision research issues.

COUN 706-Advanced Issues of Diversity and Social Justice (3 hours)
Candidates will gain an understanding that multiculturalism, the fourth force in counseling and psychotherapy, is a direct challenge and alternative, inclusive approach to the dominant, traditional models for providing psychological interventions. Candidates will participate in a seminar that allows advanced to enhance and apply self-awareness, knowledge, and skills of specific multicultural competencies with diverse populations. Candidates will apply theoretical and practical aspects of multiculturalism, including applicable theories, research, needs assessments, effective implementation and evaluation of models of multicultural counseling and social justice.

COUN 710- Advanced Exceptionalities: ASCA applied to counseling exceptional candidates (3 hours)
Candidates will study and critique relevant research pertaining to the physical, mental, emotional, and social traits of all types of individuals who are exceptional. Candidates will acquire enhanced consideration of major current problems and practices in the development of various programs and develop a plan to address the needs of P-12 students with exceptionalities, including the needs of gifted students. Candidates will participate in a required field experience

COUN 711 - Advocacy and Professional Development in School Counseling (3 hours) Candidates will participate in a seminar that focuses on the new role of school counselors as agents of change, leaders, and advocates will be examined. Candidates will develop an understanding of the role of advocacy in breaking down barriers to educational access as well as the role of advocacy in promoting and maintaining the role of the professional school counselor in P-12 schools. Candidates will apply their understanding of advocacy to developing a personal agenda for professional development and systemic change.

COUN 712 – Addiction Prevention and Intervention with Youth and Families (3 hours)
Candidates will develop an understanding related to the impact of addiction on school aged children, their families, and society as a whole. They will examine prevention programs, the levels of prevention, and the ways that school aged children and families may benefit from early education and intervention. Candidates will participate in the design of an addictions prevention and intervention program for a selected group of school-aged children. Candidates will investigate both addictions related to substance abuse and addictive behaviors, such as eating disorders, sexual addictions, and internet and gambling addiction.

COUN 713-Educational Leadership for School Counselors (3 hours)
Candidates will critically examine issues relevant to the development of school counseling programs including organization, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive developmental school counseling program. Candidates will apply knowledge of key elements of implementing a comprehensive and culturally relevant school counseling program. Candidates will examine a selected P-12 school from among the surrounding districts and perform a needs assessment, establish program initiatives, and evaluate the efficacy of services rendered for one school counseling program.

COUN 714- Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling (3 hours)
Candidates will gain insight into principles, practices, and application of educational law and the specialized ethical issues that are inherent to school counseling. Candidates will gain knowledge concerning the laws that govern the operation and conduct of their organizations as they face a highly litigious society. They will engage in critical analysis of the relevant legal principles that affect the operation, organization, and administration of American schools. Candidates will gain knowledge about legal issues that will help them in effectively performing their professional duties within the boundaries of constitutional, statutory, and case law.

COUN 715- Theories of Child & Family Counseling & Consultation (3 hours)
Candidates will engage in critical examination of theories of family and child-centered counseling. Candidates will apply knowledge of family systems theories to case studies and actual case examples. Candidates will gain knowledge and apply techniques inherent in theories of play therapy and filial therapy in both role play and in vivo situations.

COUN 716- Theories of Adolescent and Family Counseling and Consultation (3 hours)
Candidates will critically examine family based treatment models for families with adolescents. Candidates will gain knowledge with an emphasis on the integration of family systems theory and the family life cycle with adolescents. Candidates will apply models of prevention and intervention with adolescents.

COUN 717-Seminar in Current Trends in School Counseling (3 hours)
Candidates will engage in scholarly discussions of the counseling profession and specialty practices as applied in schools with considerations of the nature of schools as well as school counseling programs that are comprehensive, developmental, and collaborative in nature. Candidates will present special topics of interest throughout the semester. Candidates will complete their Capstone Project, including their related field experience, as they progress through this course.