- 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.
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.
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.
Seminar in Educational Issues
- An in-depth study of a current issue, idea, or topic of interest to professional educators.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- An introductory course designed to examine the philosophical bases, processes, and issues surrounding predominant counseling theories and techniques.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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 www.uwplatt.edu/library/reference/gradstud.html.