COUNSLED 6250 3 credits Group Counseling
This course presents the theory and applied models of structured and developmental group counseling. The emphasis is placed on learning to facilitate a gradual increase in problem-solving skills leading to wellness.
COUNSLED 6600 3 credits Measurement for Counselors and Educators
This course is designed to study assessment instruments and procedures in areas of interest including; attitude, intelligence, 32 and personality. There is also discussion focusing on the theoretical foundations upon which such procedures and devices are founded.
COUNSLED 6630 3 credits Introduction to Professional Counseling
This course is an exploration of the historical, psychological, sociological, and philosophical foundations of the helping professions. Students explore basic theories, concepts, research, and skills associated with school and community counseling, as well as various roles and responsibilities assumed by the professional counselor. Emphasis is on important legal, professional, and ethical issues.
COUNSLED 6930 1-3 credits Seminar in Educational Issues
An in-depth study of a current issue, idea, or topic of interest to professional educators.
COUNSLED 7010 3 credits Counseling in the Schools
Clinical requirement for Practica in School Counseling. Study of the essential elements in a school counseling program including the early identification of problems, individual and group counseling, classroom activities, preparation for education and work, consultation with parents, use of community and community counseling resources, and research concerning children and adolescent issues. Students will also demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal issues involved when counseling children and adolescents.
COUNSLED 7020 3 credits Individual Counseling Techniques
Focus is on the fundamental communication skills used by counselors. Course work is dominated by practice in the use of techniques that optimize listening and responding to client concerns. Students prepare three audio or video taped interviews with typescripts for review and critique.
COUNSLED 7050 1-3 credits Practicum I
Clinical approval is required. Recommended to be taken concurrently with a corresponding track course. The student must accrue 75 hours in the school track and 150 hours in the community and higher education track of observational experience in the appropriate setting. For the school track, students will only go to school sites with a practicing certified counselor. Approval of the proposed site will be based on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines and limited to available Counselor Education Program resources. Community and Higher Ed. Track students should choose practicum experiences consistent with their occupational goals. No more than 3 credits may be applied toward the master’s degree. Prerequisites: Practicum I applicants must have passed candidacy and clinical, and completed all program core requirements.
COUNSLED 7060 3-12 credits Practicum II
Clinical approval required. The student must accrue at least 555 hours in the school track and 256 hours of counseling related experiences in the Community and Higher Ed. Tracks. Students must apply for Practicum II one semester prior to the semester in which they will be starting their practicum. The student must secure a practicum application form from the Counselor Education program assistant, complete the application with the approval of the appropriate supervisor, and return the form to the program assistant. Students who pursue school certification may propose a school (elementary, middle/junior high, or secondary) in which a practicing certified counselor will act as the on-site supervisor. The approval of the proposed setting will be based on Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines and available Counselor Education Program resources. Students in community counseling must propose an agency or college office that will provide appropriate supervision and experience. Prerequisites: The practicum applicant must have 1) been admitted to candidacy, 2) completed all required courses, 3) obtained departmental approval for clinical, and 4) successfully completed Practicum I.
COUNSLED 7070 3 credits Counseling Theories
An introductory course designed to examine the philosophical bases, processes, and issues surrounding predominant counseling theories and techniques.
COUNSLED 7080 3 credits Career Counseling
This core course is designed to prepare students for counseling in the area of career and life planning. Focus will be on increasing students' knowledge of career development theories, career assessment instruments, career resources, and job search strategies. Career and life planning will be conceptualized from a holistic perspective; thus theories and skills will be integrated into personal counseling process and placed in social, familial, cultural, and developmental contexts.
COUNSLED 7110 1-3 credits Topical Seminar in Counseling
Emphasis is on in-depth study of current issues, ideas, and/or topics of interest to the professional counselor. Students read, study, write, and discuss various aspects of the topic to be covered. The name of the topic is appended to the course designation in the timetable.
COUNSLED 7130 3 credits At Risk Youth
At risk youth present many challenges to society, families, and the educational system. Further, the issues that put youth at risk interfere with the ability to be successful in many areas of their lives. Consequently, in many cases, they find themselves "in trouble" with the law. This course is intended to assist the educator, counselor, and/or police officer in understanding the factors that put a child at risk, as well as presenting a model of intervention and remediation to decrease and/or eliminate the risk. Practical strategies will be discussed.
COUNSLED 7140 3 credits Student Services in Higher Education
Clinical requirement for Practica in Student Services. This course is an orientation to College Student Personnel. Students will become familiar with the higher education system and the counseling needs within it. Focus for this course will be practical application and discussion of topics relevant to the College Student personnel Counselor.
COUNSLED 7150 3 credits Community Counseling
Clinical requirement for Practica in Community Counseling. An orientation to community agencies and their counseling programs; organizations, administration, accountability systems, types of services, and training requirements will be studied. The community counseling track prepares license eligible graduates in professional counseling, and the department is an Approved Program by the Professional Counselor Section of the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board.
COUNSLED 7190 3 credits Multicultural Counseling and Education
(Being developed and approved – plans are to first offer this course summer 2011.) This graduate course is intended to help students further their Multicultural Counseling Competencies as defined by the American Counseling Association in the context of clinically working with clients as well as with students in a variety of settings. The first half of the semester focuses on the influence given to counselors and educators, the development of racial/ethnic identity of all people, microaggressions, and the implementation of culturally appropriate counseling/educating practices. The second half of the semester focuses on different racial/ethnic groups as well as on women's psychological development, LGBTQ issues, and working with the elderly.
COUNSLED 7200 3 credits
Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment of Psychopathology A practitioner-oriented seminar course designed to teach students the efficient use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) in assessing and diagnosis of the more prevalent psychological and substance abuse disorders. The format consists of experiential exercises, case conceptualizations, class and group discussions, library research, and lecture.
COUNSLED 7230 3 credits Family and Couples Counseling
This graduate-level course is designed to help students gain knowledge of the concepts relative to family and couples counseling. Additionally, students will begin to develop counseling techniques necessary to work with families and couples. Therefore, theory and research, as well as practice are emphasized.
COUNSLED 7240 3 credits Adult Developmental Psychology
This course is designed to understand the foundations and principles of human development throughout the lifespan including biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and identity development. Students will be able to identify people in the major states of the different developmental models. They will also incorporate a small sample of the literature in one developmental area into a coherent, thoughtful review.
COUNSLED 7650 3 credits Research Procedures for Professional Counselors
This course is designed to understand the foundations, principles, and purposes or research in counseling and education, including the philosophy of knowledge and the scientific method. This course will familiarize students with the formal processes of research and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate scientific research. Major topics include hypothesis generation, research design, statistical testing, and methodological alternatives.
COUNSLED 7920 2 credits Seminar Paper Research
A graduate faculty member serves as the Seminar Paper advisor and must sign a seminar paper proposal that is submitted at registration for Seminar Paper Research.
COUNSLED 7980 1-3 credits Independent Study in Counselor Education
The total amount of credit allowed for independent studies may not exceed three credits except with the special permission of the Counselor Education Program and the graduate dean. Approval must be secured before independent study courses are begun. Students who register for independent study must submit at or before registration, descriptions of the subjects to be covered. These descriptions must be signed by the instructor overseeing the independent study. Independent study may not be used for collecting information for seminar papers or theses.
COUNSLED 7990 3-4 credits Thesis Research
Three graduate faculty serve on the student's thesis committee and must have signed a thesis proposal in order for the student to register for Thesis Research. Procedures for thesis research can be found at