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  • COUNSL 601  Research and Evaluation in Psychology

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    This course examines several research models and strategies with respect to their various rationales and methodologies. Relevant statistical topics are introduced conceptually, especially as they are applied in research about specific academic settings.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 602  Medical, Psychological & Educational Aspects of Disabilities

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    The course is designed to offer students with little or no exposure to advanced life sciences the opportunity to examine the physiological and anatomical basis for many chronic diseases they will encounter in a rehabilitation counseling setting. Students examine the etiology, progress, and potential resolution of a wide range of disorders, as well as the potential implications consequent on these disabilities.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 603  Foundations of Rehabilitation

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    This course seeks to provide students with basic information about the process of rehabilitation and its history and philosophy. Discussions also focus on the organizational structure of the rehabilitation system, the professional identity of the rehabilitation counselor, and legal and ethical issues in the practice of rehabilitation counseling.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 604  Foundations of Mental Health Counseling

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    The intent of this course is to provide students with basic information on the principles and practices of mental health counseling. Topics include the history and philosophy of mental health counseling, professional identity, the roles of the mental health counselor, professional ethics, managed care, various contexts of practice and organizational structures, mandated clients, crisis intervention services, prevention, consultation, and an understanding of how diversity influences the practice of mental health counseling. Particular attention is given to the practice of mental health counseling in a range of such urban settings as homeless shelters and outpatient centers.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 605  Principles of Vocational, Educational, and Psychological Assessment

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    The course provides a survey of standardized tests used in assessing aptitudes, interests, and personality traits. The course covers technical and methodological principles and social, ethical, and legal implications of psychological testing and assessment.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 606  Ethical Standards and Professional Issues in Counseling

    Description:
    The purpose of this course is to create awareness among counselors-in-training of their contribution in the therapeutic process and helping relationship. Topics include foundations for an ethical perspective; models for ethical decision making; ethical codes of professional organizations; client rights and counselor responsibilities; ethical concerns in multicultural counseling and with special client populations; ethical issues in specific modalities (i.e., group, marriage, and family counseling).   More Info

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  • COUNSL 608  Abnormal Psychology

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    This course provides students with information relevant to the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental illness. Psychopharmacological interventions are addressed. The epistemological assumptions that ground traditional theories of psychopathology and diagnostic systems such as the DSM are discussed, and avoiding bias in psychiatric diagnosis is a major focus of the course. The following DSM categories are covered: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders including schizophrenias, disorders usually first evident in childhood, and personality disorders.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 610  Case Management and Planning in Rehabilitation

    Description:
    This course acquaints students with case management in rehabilitation counseling and with the range of community resources available to the counselor whose goal is the effective and comprehensive rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Topics include case finding and case planning, service coordination, and client advocacy activities.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 612  Vocational Rehabilitation and Placement

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    This course seeks to provide students with information about the total vocational rehabilitation process, including follow-up services. Topics include the referral process; eligibility criteria; comprehensive (medical, psychological, vocational) assessment; vocational training; and placement.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 613  Vocational Development and Career Information

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    The vocational development component of the course concentrates on the theories of Roe, Holland, Ginzberg, Super, and Tiedeman. The career information component, a major emphasis, directs the student to locate and use sources of educational-vocational information. These sources will include but not be limited to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Guide to Occupational Exploration, information on local labor markets and on military careers, occupation-education information, college and vocational school guides and catalogues.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 614  Counseling Theory and Practice I

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    The purpose of this course is to provide grounding in the commonalities of counseling techniques and practice in the use of various techniques. The course covers the essentials of interviewing, note taking, and report writing, as well as the role of diagnosis. Tapes and role playing are required.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 615  Counseling Theory and Practice II

    Description:
    This course is an extension of Counseling Theory and Practice I. Major theoretical approaches (dynamic, humanistic, behavioral) are considered. The course also involves the exploration of some non-traditional approaches and the use of tape recordings, films, written records of interviews, and role playing.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 616  Group Counseling and Group Dynamics

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    This course provides an introduction to group dynamics that uses the group process of the class to provide experience of group membership and data for interpretation. Participation as a group member is required. Readings and lectures build a cognitive base for evaluating experiential learning.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 617  Child and Adolescent Counseling

    Description:
    This course focuses on facilitating the unique development and emotional growth of children through the counseling process. The course is designed to enhance students' theoretical and practical understanding of the major schools of child psychotherapy. Emphasis is given to a multidimensional view of intervention, with attention to developmental, cognitive, behavioral, educational, multicultural, and environmental issues. Through lectures, videotapes, and structured exercises, students learn a distinct group of interventions, including play and communication skills, as integral components of the therapeutic process.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 620  Human Development: Research, Theory and Practice

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    This course provides students with a comprehensive view of lifespan development from childhood through adulthood from several perspectives: 1) the interaction of age with such factors as gender, cultural background, disabilities, and other significant issues encountered at particular stages of life; 2) how individuals at specific stages of cognitive development process information and experience; and 3) a structural approach to ego development.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 621  Introduction to Family Therapy

    Description:
    This introductory course investigates the concepts of family therapy and systems theory. Besides attending a potentially different client population, family therapy contributes a variety of new lenses with which to approach human problems. The course introduces the paradigmatic shift that has developed from communicational, systemic, and cybernetic theories. The course distinguishes and studies similarities and differences between family therapy ideas and other psychotherapeutic paradigms and related techniques, including individual interviewing practices; and addresses the challenges family therapists face in the changing delivery of human services care systems. Students use family systems ideas to analyze and develop innovative approaches in their work with individuals, families, and communities.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 622  Theories of Family Therapy

    Description:
    This course is focused on general concepts of systems theory and on theoretical frameworks that inform family therapy. Family therapy theories and interventions and the feasibility of family therapy will be discussed within a historical context. Students will be given the opportunity to integrate family therapy theories with their experiences and perceptions of their families-of-origin. The influence of culture, race, social class, and gender on families and family therapy theories will be highlighted. Experiential exercises and videotapes of therapy sessions will be used to demonstrate the impact of family therapy theories on client-family interactions and family therapy sessions.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 624  Sexuality and Intimacy in Families and Family Therapy

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    Sexuality and intimacy are major issues for couples and families in therapy. This course explores various approaches to understanding sexual functioning and intimacy and family therapy clinical interventions. Participants analyze and critique historical approaches to sex and marital therapy. The course examines an array of family therapy models, including object relations, intergenerational, purposive, solution, narrative, and larger systems approaches. Within a multicultural framework, it focuses on specific topics related to issues of sexual diversity, gender identity, sexual offending, and victimization. The course includes literature review, lectures, and discussions, experiential exercises (sexual genogram construction), and role plays.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 625  Family Therapy Assessment and Intervention

    Description:
    This course focuses on the practice of systemic and ecosystemic family therapy techniques. Major family therapy models will provide the frameworks for assessment and ethical intervention procedures. Their effectiveness will be critiqued by using criteria set forth by research articles and from clinical practices. In class discussions and role plays, various factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, and the personal profile of the therapist will be shown to have a direct impact on therapeutic interventions. In-class exercises will give students an opportunity to be witnesses and observers of the therapeutic process and to experience therapy as a team effort.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 626  Collaborative Consultation with Larger Systems

    Description:
    How do individuals and families interface with larger systems, and how do therapists intervene collaboratively? How do larger systems structure the lives of individuals and families? Relationally-trained practitioners are attempting to answer these questions through collaborative and interdisciplinary, team-focused projects in mental health, education, the law, and business, among other fields. Similarly, scholars and researchers are developing specific culturally responsive models: outreach family therapy, collaborative health care, multi-systemic school interventions, social-justice-oriented and spiritual approaches, organizational coaching, and consulting, among others. This course explores these developments and aims at developing a clinical and consulting knowledge that contributes to families, organizations, and communities within a collaborative and social-justice-oriented vision.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 627  Couples Therapy

    Description:
    This course will focus on principles, theory, and methods effective in therapy with couples. Family therapy theories from a variety of perspectives, from modernism to postmodernism, will provide the basis for understanding and implementing couples therapy. Topical issues such as domestic violence and biracial and same-sex couples will be interwoven into classroom discussions and role-plays. The influence and impact of socioeconomic and sociocultural factors (including issues of gender and power) on couple relationships will also be examined. Students will gain knowledge of the content and methods of couples therapy through selected readings, classroom discussions, videotapes, and role-play exercises.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 628  Contemporary Family Therapies

    Description:
    This course is an advanced seminar that reviews current trends in family therapy and examines postmodern psychotherapies as they are applied in clinical, school, and larger systems contexts. Theoretical concepts and clinical applications will be drawn from feminist, constructionist, and poststructuralist theories. Special attention will be given to the relationship between larger social contexts and contemporary family configurations. Topics for discussion will include: gay and lesbian families, family violence, and postmodern ideas in work with children, outreach family therapy, and factors affecting the therapist's role.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 630  Orientation to Professional School Counseling

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    The basic philosophy, scope, and techniques of guidance counseling in schools are reviewed and analyzed. Discussion covers practical issues relevant to school counseling: the school as an institution; relations among counselor, administrators, teachers, and parents; developmental education; sex education; counseling standards and legislation; roles of the school counselor; professional development.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 632  Collaborative Consultation in Schools

    Description:
    This course provides a theoretical foundation and practical skills in consultation designed to prepare students to apply their professional preparation in education and psychology to solve problems in school settings. Consultation is viewed as a process of collaboration, intervention, and evaluation. An eco-behavioral model of consultation is emphasized. Case studies are used to develop analytical and problem-solving skills. Issues involved in serving diverse student populations are examined. The course is intended to foster an identity as a caring, dedicated, principled, and respectful consultant committed to social justice.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 633  Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in School Counseling

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    The purpose of this course is to create awareness among school counselors-in-training of their contribution in the counseling process and helping relationships. Topics include foundations for an ethical perspective and legal issues; models for ethical decision-making; ethical codes of professional organizations, including American counseling Association and American School counselor Association; client/student rights and counselor responsibilities; ethical concerns in multicultural counseling and with special client/student populations; professional and ethical issues in specific modalities (e.g., group counseling, consultation).   More Info

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  • COUNSL 635  Behavioral Counseling

    Description:
    This course provides a rigorous examination of social learning theory as a basis for practice of therapeutic behavioral counseling. Through lectures, readings, demonstrations, and discussions, students become familiar with fundamental techniques of behavioral counseling, including operant, classical, modeling, and cognitive methods.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 650  Group Counseling for Children and Adolescents

    Description:
    This course studies group counseling and group process with children, adolescents, and their families. Participants acquire knowledge and skills through critical and reflective readings, lecture, discussion, role-plays, interviews, and films. Emphasis is given to theoretical and experiential perspectives, as well as multicultural counseling in competence, to enhance participants' growth and training as thoughtful and responsive practitioners in diverse urban settings. Discussions address such themes as group dynamics, group composition and management, stages of group empowerment, and leadership styles.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 653  Cultural Diversity in Counseling

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    This course addresses the role of culture in counseling and psychology by looking both at history and at current issues. Discussions use an interdisciplinary framework to approach the question of counseling in a multicultural society. The course seeks to contribute to both the personal and the professional development of its participants.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 664  Child Abuse, Neglect & Trauma

    Description:
    This course addresses the growing problem of child abuse and neglect in American society, exploring the psychodynamic and sociocultural factors that contribute to child abuse. Emphasis is given to prevention, intervention, treatment, and the legal aspects of abuse and neglect.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 670  Substance Abuse in Modern Society

    Description:
    This course surveys the broader problems caused by substance abuse in modern society, both presenting and analyzing data. Part of the course is devoted to a study of the physiological consequences of substance abuse. Consideration is also given to the family of the substance abuser, to various treatment modalities, and to the relationship between the criminal justice system and substance abuse rehabilitation.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 672  Substance Abuse and the Family

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    This course focuses on families with members who are substance abusers and the ways in which these families function. The course explores the methods and resources available for helping such families.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 674  Psychopharmacology

    Description:
    This course considers the nature of alcohol and narcotics and the ways they affect addicts in mind and body before, during, and after treatment.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 680  Family Therapy Supervision and Consultation

    Description:
    This course reviews the state of the art in consultation with and supervision of family therapists. Students explore the context, philosophy, relationships, and pragmatics of supervision. They also analyze such major systemic supervision models as inter-generational, integrative, Post-Milan, and constructionist. A central focus of the course is the emphasis given to a "hands-on" experience. In addition to studying the models, students experience an ongoing relationship as both supervisee and supervisor. The course frames the supervisory process as a conversation embedded in the interplay of race, class, gender, and institutional politics. As a result, discussions focus on issues of sexual orientation, cultural sensitivity, the mandate to educate urban practitioners, and changing clinical and economic realities. The course involves face-to-face supervision, genograms, videotapes, and other family therapy supervisory techniques. Consideration is given to the life experiences of course participants, as well as to ethical and legal issues. Other topics include the differences between supervisor and consultant stances and the potential use of family therapy techniques in organizational settings.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 688  Practicum

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    The purpose of the practicum is to expose the student to his/her particular field in counseling through actual placement in a facility where appropriate supervision is provided. Class discussions include a review onsite observations and experiences and discussions of current issues in the field.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 690  Internship Extension

    Description:
    This course will be taught in the summer for students who have completed two semesters of internship but still need supervision over the summer. With the supervision, students will be asked to keep a journal, present their final capstone, do advanced readings, and discuss advanced topics related to the profession.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 696  Independent Study in Counseling

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    This course allows for the comprehensive study of a particular topic or a field work experience under the direction of a faculty member. A detailed proposal must be submitted to the faculty member prior to registration.   More Info

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  • COUNSL 697  Special Topics in Counseling

    Description:
    This advanced course offers intensive study of a selected topic in counseling psychology. Course content varies according to the topic and will be announced prior to registration.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • COUNSL 698  Internship

    Description:
    Students are placed as apprentice counselors in schools or agencies under the direct supervision of qualified professionals. Students meet weekly for a three-hour seminar.   More Info

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