Counseling (CNSL)

CNSL A702 Research and Statistical Methods in Counseling 3 crs.

The course examines research methods commonly used in the social and behavioral sciences, including survey, field, and experimental research designs. The coursework includes the development of a research proposal. Throughout this course students will: learn about research methods, research design and data analysis, find scientific resources for information, develop critical thinking skills, understand the logic that governs the use of statistical methods, interpret statistical findings, and recognize the factors that can bias statistical conclusions.

Course corequisite required CNSL-A704 

CNSL A704 Research Writing Lab 1 cr.

This one hour lab requirement offers development of graduate level research writing skills including APA format and development of a research proposal. The coursework includes identifying scientific research literature in the Research A702 course which is taken simultaneously with this lab. The lab is utilized to hone the skills of developing a research proposal, including a literature review, at the graduate level.

Course corequisite required CNSL-A702 

CNSL A706 Philosophy and Counseling 3 crs.

This course provides an inquiry into the relationship between major philosophies and the professional practice of counseling.

CNSL A725 Lifespan Development 3 crs. This course offers an advanced study of human development from conception to death. Topics include childhood and adolescent subcultures, developmental theory, and socialization.

CNSL A776 Measurement and Assessment 3 crs.

This course is designed to survey the test theories and critical analysis of assessments commonly used in the clinical mental health settings.  Content includes validity/reliability, standardized testing, counselor-made tests, norm/criteria referencing, and item analysis.

CNSL A830 Counseling Theories 3 crs.

This is a study of selected counseling theories, and replaces Principles and Administration of Guidance and Principles of Elementary School Guidance.

CNSL A835 Counseling Practice 3 crs.

This course is a study of counseling principles, practices, and techniques.

Course corequisite required CNSL-A836 

CNSL A836 Individual Counseling Skills Lab 1cr.

This course develops clinical skills by providing a series of weekly 50- minute counseling sessions to trained actors who will serve as clients. The departmental laboratory includes digital video recording equipment and software that makes it possible to code and catalog each  counseling interventions. This technology allows more precise study of individual counseling sessions and accurate charting of progress over time. Making and analyzing these digital recordings will efficiently improve clinical skills and provide preparation for the challenge of working with “real” clients in practicum and internship. This lab requirement is taken simultaneously with CNSL A835 Counseling Practice.

Course corequisite required CNSL-A835 

$100 Lab fee.

CNSL A837 Child Counseling: Play Therapy 3 crs.

On the plan of study in the handbook this course is called Child Counseling: Play Therapy

Child Counseling: Play Therapy explores the range of school and clinic-based approaches used by mental health professionals to help children. This course is an introduction to play therapy theory, and includes an onsite micro-practicum experience. Topics will include theory, developing a therapeutic relationship with a child, fostering involvement with the parent(s), family play therapy, sand-tray skills, and using play therapy with groups.

CNSL A840 Group Counseling 3 crs.

This course offers an experiential investigation of group process theory as it pertains to counseling practice.

Course corequisite required CNSL-A843
Prerequisite course required CNSL-A835

CNSL A841 Vocational Counseling 3 crs.

This course is a study of history, theories, research, and techniques of career counseling.

CNSL A842 Multicultural Counseling 3 crs.

This course addresses the similarities and differences among various culturally diverse groups, and informs counselors of the characteristics and processes necessary to become a culturally skilled counselor.

CNSL A843 Group Counseling Skills Lab 1cr.

This one hour laboratory is required of all students enrolled in CNSL A840 Group Counseling, and develops clinical group skills by providing a series of weekly 45-minute counseling sessions to a group of trained actors who will serve as clients. The departmental laboratory includes digital video recording equipment and software that makes it possible for students to code and catalog each group counseling sessions. This technology allows more precise study of group counseling sessions and accurate charting of progress over time. Making and analyzing these digital recordings will efficiently improve group counseling skills and provides preparation for the challenge of working with “real” groups in practicum and internship. This lab requirement is taken simultaneously with CNSL A840 Group Counseling.

Course corequisite required CNSL-A840
Prerequisite course required CNSL-A835

$150 lab fee.

CNSL A845 A Systemic Perspective of Substance Abuse3 crs.

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the issues associated with counseling clients with issues of substance use and abuse. In this course, we  focus on the systemic interventions of individuals with substance problems, and the importance of treating the whole family. Course content includes historical foundations of substance abuse, psychological and physiological effects of common abused substances, various theoretical etiologies of abuse, and an overview of multiple treatment strategies for individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, families and groups.

CNSL A848 Play Therapy Theories 3 crs.

This course is designed to use both didactic and dynamic components of knowledge acquisition of skill competencies in play therapy as a therapeutic intervention for children, adolescents, and families. Students become capable of articulating: theoretical conceptualizations of child clients; stages of therapy according to a variety of theories as applicable to child clients; ethical issues; diagnostic possibilities; and treatment plans.

Prerequisite CNSL A837

CNSL A849 Activity Group Therapy 3 crs.

This course is designed to assist people who work with children, pre-adolescents, and adolescents  is this in obtaining an understanding of the philosophy and rational for group work with child populations, as well as the use of expressive arts with people of all ages as a therapeutic modality. This course focuses on the goals of group play/ activity therapy, the role of the play therapist, screening and selection of group members, and planning and structuring of sessions with emphasis on principals as well as application methods.

CNSL A850 Introduction to Family Counseling 3 crs.

This course explores the family systems theory and presents research on the family as an open system that functions in relation to its broader sociocultural context and that evolves over the life cycle. Various techniques of family counseling are covered as well as the ethical considerations of such a model.

CNSL A851 School Counseling 3 crs.

This course provides the theoretical and philosophical foundation and structural paradigm that forms the focus of school counseling. Practical information about programs, practices, resources, and research pertinent to the field of school counseling is intertwined with practical experiences. Cognitive learning through reading and research pertains to the history and evolution of school counseling, the role of the school counselor, comprehensive guidance programs, and program evaluation. This course develops the necessary knowledge to work at all levels of school counseling (elementary, middle, and secondary).

CNSL A852 Marriage and Couples Counseling 3crs.

After successful completion of this course students will have: a clinical, theoretical and personal knowledge of basic couples counseling techniques, a personal understanding of the dynamics common to couples, an effective way to assess the overall health of a couple, a set of clinical skills that honor the inherent difficulties of providing counseling services to a couple instead of an individual, experience conducting sample Tandem Couples Counseling therapy, and methods for managing a range of events that can seriously threaten the survival of the relationship.

CNSL A853 Child/Parent Relationship Therapy 3 crs.

In this course, students learn about the dynamic of the parent child relationship and how to work with parents and children in therapy. Students will learn how to navigate parent consults in play therapy, how to introduce, utilize and create filial therapy with parents, individuals and in groups, how to intervene in the parent/child relationship in a positive way, how to assess a problem in the parent child relationship, and incorporating the family into child parent relationship therapy.

CNSL A854 Child Diagnosis & Treatment 3crs.

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive review of the child psychological disorders as contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) By the end of the semester students will: have a working knowledge of the DSM_V-TR, its terminology, its limitations and strengths when applied to a diverse client population; be able to identify disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescents; accurately diagnose childhood mental disorders; correctly prepare a multiaxis diagnosis; formulate appropriate treatment plans; possess a general knowledge of the major psychotropic medications, their uses and implications in the treatment of infant, child, and adolescent mental disorders.

Prerequisite course required CNSL-A702, CNSL-A704,  CNSL-A706, CNSL-A830, CNSL-A835, CNSL-A836 

CNSL A855 Adult Diagnosis and Treatment 3 crs.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the common diagnostic language used by mental health clinicians and researchers for communicating about the disorders for which they have professional responsibility. The course introduces student to the adult psychological disorders as contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) and will also include practice in the writing of treatment plans to accompany the various diagnostic categories.

CNSL 856   Clinical Thanatology: Death and Dying 3crs.

Students will review the latest theoretical and empirical literature related to death and dying, grief and loss, and grief counseling strategies. This didactic-style course will use a holistic perspective to understand how people experience grief, loss, and the dying process. Students will learn about their own grieving process and learn counseling strategies they can use in the respective fields. 

CNSL A862 Family Systems 3 crs.

In this course students immerse themselves in Family Systems theory by learning the basic concepts and then understanding them as they relate to their own family and life experiences. Students will see that their efforts will be rewarded with a richer and more complete understanding of themselves, those with whom they relate, and clinically useful patterns of interaction will flow from their understanding of the concepts that Family Systems Theory is based upon.

NSL A863 Fundamentals of Practicum and Internship 3 crs.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the necessary tools to begin their clinical experience. In other courses students receive knowledge about: Theory, Diagnosis, Practice, Group Counseling and Research. This course will provide students with the knowledge of how to handle day to day activities in their Practicum and Internship setting such as: Documentation, Client Fees, Agency Policies, Supervision, etc.

Prerequisite courses required CNSL-A702, CNSL-A704, CNSL-A706, CNSL-A830, CNSL-A835, CNSL-A836, CNSL-A864

CNSL A864 Ethics in Individual, Marriage, and Family Counseling 3 crs.

This course examines ethical standards of practice as outlined by the American Counseling Association. Student are introduced to the process of ethical decision-making and common ethical dilemmas facing mental health practitioners.

CNSL A865 Counseling Practicum 3 crs.

This course offers a supervised field experience in counseling for 10 hours a week in an off campus service learning site.

Prerequisite course required CNSL-A702, CNSL-A704, CNSL-A706, CNSL-A830, CNSL-A835, CNSL-A836, CNSL A863, CNSL A864

CNSL A866 Internship I - 3 crs.

This course offers a supervised field experience in counseling for 20 hours a week in an off campus service learning site.

Prerequisite course required CNSL-A702, CNSL-A704, CNSL-A706, CNSL-A830, CNSL-A835, CNSL-A836, CNSL A863, CNSL A864

CNSL A866 Internship II - 3 crs.

This course offers a supervised field experience in counseling for 20 hours a week in an off campus service learning site.

Prerequisite course required CNSL-A702, CNSL-A704, CNSL-A706, CNSL-A830, CNSL-A835, CNSL-A836, CNSL A863, CNSL A864

CNSL A866 Internship III - 3 crs.

This course offers a supervised field experience in counseling for 20 hours a week in an off campus service learning site.

Prerequisite course required CNSL-A702, CNSL-A704, CNSL-A706, CNSL-A830, CNSL-A835, CNSL-A836, CNSL A863, CNSL A864

CNSL A894 Experimental Course-3crs.

CNSL A895 Special Project 1 – 3 crs.

CNSL A896 Seminar/Workshop 1 – 3 crs.

CNSL A898 Research Project 1 – 3 crs.