- 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; aptitude, achievement,
intelligence, personality, career, and clinical diagnostics. There
is also discussion focusing on the psychometric properties of
assessment with relevant descriptive statistics taught.
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.
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.
Practicum I: School Counseling
- The purpose of this class is to become familiar with the school
counselor role. Throughout the semester students will observe a
variety of counselor styles and settings and have the opportunity to
learn more about their future profession. Practicum 1 is designed
for students to observe counseling related activities that are new to
them. Self-reflection and discussion will be encouraged.
Practicum II: School Counseling
- Practicum II is an applied experience during which the Practicum
Student works as a professional counselor in training in
cooperation with a school district's counseling personnel. The
practicum is the culmination of the counselor education student's
preparation. The emphasis of practicum is on counseling skills,
generalizability to work with actual students, and the development
of insight. The practicum II experience requires 525 hours of
counseling tasks across all levels. The minimum number of hours
at any one level is 100 hours.
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- 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.
Mental Health Counseling
- An orientation to the counseling professions especially with
an emphasis on mental health counseling: organizations,
administration, accountability systems, types of services, and
training requirements will be studied. The mental health counseling
track prepares license eligible graduates in professional counseling,
and the department is an Approved Program by the Licensed
Professional Counselor Section of the Marriage and Family Therapy,
Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board of the
State of Wisconsin. P: core courses in the program.
Advanced Counseling Techniques
- This graduate-level course is designed to advance the
psychotherapy skills of counselors-in-training. Specifically,
intervention techniques will be introduced, observed, and
practiced beyond core relationship skills. The course is
experiential in nature, although strong components of theories
of psychotherapy and research evidence are imbedded within the structure and process of the course. Graduate students in this
course will read about, discuss, observe, practice, and provide
feedback about the implementation of techniques.
Multicultural Counseling and Education
- 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.
Practicum I: Student Services in Higher Education
- This graduate-level practicum is designed for students to gain
exposure to a variety of professional student services settings. A
minimum of 25 'on-site' hours per enrolled credit hour must be
earned by the end of the semester. Students are encouraged to seek
exposure to a variety of institutional settings (at a minimum of
three). A variety of activities may be included: one-on-one work,
group work, classroom presentations, administrative duties, etc.,
etc... Note: you must be admitted to candidacy and clinical before
enrolling in any practicum course. P: Practicum I applicants must
have passed candidacy and clinical, and completed all program
Practicum II: Student Services in Higher Education
- This graduate-level course is designed to help students develop
professional knowledge and skills in a higher education context.
It will provide a forum for helping students understand
developmentally-based student services and how to administer
them. This course is experiential in nature, focusing on skills that
are components of student services programming. It is designed
to provide students with both practice and feedback. P: The
practicum applicant must have 1) been admitted to candidacy, 2)
completed all required courses, 3) obtained departmental approval
for clinical, and 4) succesfully completed Practicum I.
Play Therapy for Counselors
- This course is designed to understand the development of
children. Students will learn the process of working with children,
including specific techniques, assessments and developmental
theory. Discussion focuses on child-client needs within different
counseling environments. Practice of techniques with children will
also be included in this course.
History, Philosophy and Organization in Higher Education
- This graduate course will examine the history, philosophy and
organization of higher education in America with emphases on
how each of these three areas has influenced each other and how
higher education today is a reflection of those influences.
AODA and Psychopharmacology
- The course provides advanced levels of substance abuse counseling
foci with emphasis on a strength-based perspective, including
history and concepts of substance use and addiction, dependence,
case formulation and assessment, developmental factors, diagnosis,
biological interventions, treatment planning, and the complex
interaction of culture and providing treatment for substance abuse.
Practicum I in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- The course aims to address observational and learning needs of
counselors-in-training, promoting students┐ professional identity
and preparation for counseling as a career. Practicum I in Mental
Health Counseling is designed for observation of counseling
related activities that are new to the student. Practicum I is
intended to occur in a variety of counseling settings. Students take
the course for 3 credits and complete 150 hours of observation. P:
core courses in the program.
Practicum II Internship in Mental Health Counseling
- This course provides advanced graduate students with
substantial experiences providing clinical psychotherapy and
counseling techniques, participation in group supervision, case
conceptualization development and presentation, ethical decision
making in mental health counseling and/or relate placements, and
other important aspects of the field. The objective is met through
emergent personal and professional counselor development, ethical
and legal awareness and practice, use of clinical supervision. P: core
courses in the program.
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.