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HDC Course Descriptions

6010. Theories of Counseling

A basic overview examines client, counselor, and situational variables. The primary focus is on the prevailing theories of counseling and psychology. Each theory is examined in terms of its psychological assumptions, theoretical tenets, and various techniques

6100. Career Counseling

This course in career counseling provides a foundation in career development theories and decision-making models. Counselors in most settings will assist clients with career development and education planning at some point. In addition, both CACREP and NBCC emphasize career development psychology in their standards and exams.

6110. Appraisal and Assessment

The survey of appraisal, assessment, and standardized instruments used by counselors in the areas of education, psychology, and mental health will be addressed.

6120. Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in School Counseling

This course introduces principles, practices, and application of social, ethical, and legal issues in school counseling. This course addresses requirements for school counseling licensure that candidates understand legal, ethical, and professional issues and standards of the counseling profession.

6120. Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Counseling Practice

This course is designed to provide the prospective counselor with the knowledge of the professions' ethical and legal standards, as well as the social/community aspect of the profession.  The course will explore the evolution of those standards, methods of change and applications to various professional activities.

6130. Developmental Counseling Psychology

A course intended to give students a broad overview of human nature/behavior through knowledge of life-span developmental theory, personality development, modern and post-modern approaches to the study of human nature/behavior, and learning theory. Close attention will be given to human ecology or those social/historical/cultural/environmental forces furthering or impeding development.

6150. Counseling Diverse Populations

This course addresses the influence of culture, race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion, nationality, age, ability, mental and physical characteristics, education, and family influences on the provision of counseling services. It is designed to increase our cultural humility and evaluate social trends, human roles, subgroups, norms, diversity lifestyle, and communication patterns.

6160. Group Counseling

This course provides understanding of the dynamics of small groups through a survey of the research literature and experience in small group interaction and observation.

6200. Foundations of Professional School Counseling and Guidance

This course is required for all school counseling majors and looks at conceptual models for school counseling programs—how they are organized and how they are administered.

6220. Counseling for College Access and Admission

Various aspects of career development and using data from psychology, sociology, and economics will be explored. The meaning of work, theories of career development, ability, interests, values, personality factors, and occupation, manpower and occupational trends, vocational counseling, and toward a science of human effectiveness will be addressed.

6310. Developmental Approach to Personal Loss and Grief

This course educates students in the recognition of client issues of personal loss and equips them with knowledge necessary to promote healthy resolution of change. Areas of discussion include the identification of a general grieving paradigm, the exploration of the relationship between loss and human development, and the stimulation of development through the promotion of healthy adaptation to change. The course will use didactic presentations, group discussion, experiential exercises, and videotaped materials. The course is designed for both advanced undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and courses of study.

6320. Theories and Techniques of Counseling with Children and Adolescents

It is the purpose of this course to introduce students to various counseling theories and techniques as applied to children and adolescents. Students will explore counseling issues related to this population as well as practice techniques and strategies for dealing with child/adolescent issues.

6330. Pre-Practicum

The course teaches fundamental counseling skills such as relationship building, basic assessment, goal setting, selecting interventions, and evaluation of client outcomes required for entering Practicum. It is designed to be workshop-centered, practice-oriented, and a safe place to explore new skills.

6400. Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This seminar explores the unique role of the human development counselor in the use of preventive, community-based methods for working with counselees. Attention is paid to the development of programs that use both experiential and environmental approaches for working with normal populations.

6410. Marriage and Family Counseling

This introductory course focuses on relationships and systems. Theoretical assessment and intervention techniques will be presented in accordance with Adlerian psychology, transactional analysis, and Satir's identified patient. This course is didactic and experiential, emphasizing a self-directed approach to the counselor.

6420. Trauma: Impact and Intervention

The purpose of this course is to learn how to bear witness to trauma. We will examine the various ways that trauma impacts a person; including psychological, biological, developmental, cultural and social impacts. Throughout the course, we will pay significant attention to vicarious traumatization resulting from both the study of trauma and from working with trauma survivors. This will include a focus on self-care for the student/counselor and the importance of doing one’s own work.

6430. Diagnosis and Treatment Using the DSM-V

This course will present an overview of the major types of mental disorders as described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), contrast with the previous iteration (DSM-IV-TR), and illustrate how diagnosis serves treatment planning via the application of a range of evidence-based treatment strategies to specific mental disorders.

6440. Advanced Developmental Counseling

This course is designed to expand the knowledge base of lifespan human development theory beyond an elementary level using research, methodological, and intervention modes of developmental counseling. The course will address depth of knowledge and is aimed toward integration of theoretical knowledge. This course provides a link between developmental theory and counseling practice.

7500. Special Topics in Human Development Counseling

Exploration of special issues on topics related to Human Development Counseling. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.

7810. Research in Counseling

A survey of research conducted on the process of counseling, with attention to research design and interpretation of counseling outcomes and methods.

7950. Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The course teaches fundamental counseling skills such as relationship building, basic assessment, goal setting, selecting interventions, and evaluation of client outcomes required for entering Practicum. It is designed to be workshop-centered, practice-oriented, and a safe place to explore new skills. This course is for entry-level graduate students in clinical mental health and school counseling tracks who want to gain fundamental counseling approaches and skills and who have taken, or are currently taking, coursework in counseling theories.

7951. Practicum in School Counseling

The course teaches fundamental counseling skills such as relationship building, basic assessment, goal setting, selecting interventions, and evaluation of client outcomes required for entering Practicum. It is designed to be workshop-centered, practice-oriented, and a safe place to explore new skills. This course is for entry-level graduate students in clinical mental health and school counseling tracks who want to gain fundamental counseling approaches and skills and who have taken, or are currently taking, coursework in counseling theories.

7980. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship

The Clinical Mental Health (CMH) internship is designed to give the HDC student practical counseling experience in appropriate human development settings. Students will have the opportunity to work on their individual and/or group counseling skills in a community, organizational, or school setting. Students will be expected to build on competencies acquired and practiced in pre-practicum, practicum, and group counseling course experiences.

7981. School Counseling Internship

The course provides students with an on-site experience in counseling.  The course will advance training in counseling and guidance techniques within a school setting and help students analyze and apply appropriate counseling and guidance techniques relative to sound theory and school counseling practices.

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