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Classes and Courses in Master of Science in School Counseling

To earn the Master of Science in School Counseling, the student must complete 36 credit hours of coursework.

5310 Individual and Family Lifespan Human Development

Examine the stages of individual development as they occur in the context of the family life cycle. Consideration will be given to how various tasks, transitions, and events impact individuals and families at different stages of life. Students will integrate a linear individual perspective to human development with a systemic family perspective.

5314 Assessment of Individuals and Families

Examination of the major individual, marital, and family assessment strategies and instruments. Students will receive training in the use of both testing and non-testing approaches to assessment and appraisal. Attention will be given to the relationship between assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Fee required.

5320 Research in Counseling

Survey and analysis of existing research and research methodology in clinical counseling. A review of the literature in selected areas is required. Major research reports are evaluated for methodological strengths and weaknesses.

5340 Professional Issues, Ethics and Law

Focus on the development of a professional attitude and identity as a marriage and family therapist and a professional counselor. Areas of consideration will include professional socialization, the role of professional organizations, licensure and certification, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, codes of ethics, the role of the therapist in court proceedings, and inter-professional cooperation.

5353 Psychopathology of Individuals and Families

Detailed overview of psychopathology and analysis of psychopathology in educational and clinical counseling settings. Students will receive training in the use of the DSM-IV and its application. Diagnostic and treatment planning skills will be facilitated through the use of case studies.

5360 Counseling Theory and Practice

Examination of the major theoretical orientations associated with individual approaches to psychotherapy. Consideration will be given to Adlerian, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and systemic approaches to intervention. Students will be expected to develop a coherent theoretical rationale for their therapeutic interventions.

5361 Techniques of Individual and Family Counseling

Introduction to the skills and understandings involved in developing effective helping relationships. The processes, principles, and techniques associated with group leadership and group counseling will be explored in this course. An experiential component of this course will help foster the development of basic interviewing, listening, and group leadership skills. Support group strategies and resources will be reviewed and evaluated.

5362 Career Counseling

Review concepts, issues, and trends in the field of career counseling and career education. This course is designed to consider the role of the counselor in the career decision-making process of individuals across the lifespan. Consideration will be given to the relationships between work, career development, and family functioning. Fee required.

5363 Group Psychotherapy

Overview of the principles, practices, and approaches to group counseling in school and community settings.

5364 Crisis Counseling

Study of crisis with emphasis on appropriate behaviors and responses to crisis. Applied therapeutic counseling in general and crisis intervention are presented along with strategies to alleviate crisis and deal with crisis aftermath.

5383 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families

Intensive overview of therapeutic strategies for working with children, adolescents and their families. Consideration will be given to developmental psychopathology. Techniques and strategies from Adlerian, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and systemic approaches will be presented.

5391 Counseling Practicum

Integration of didactic and clinical material in the supervised practice of individual, group, marital, and family therapy. Weekly group and/or individual supervision sessions are included. Fee required. PRE: Approval of program director.

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