COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 6600 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 7050 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7060 3-12 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7070 3 credits Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
An introductory course designed to examine the philosophical bases, processes, and issues surrounding predominant counseling theories and techniques.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 7150 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7170 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7190 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 7250 3 credits 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 core requirements.
COUNSPSY 7260 3-6 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7270 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7280 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7290 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7350 3 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 7360 3-6 credits 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.
COUNSPSY 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.