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Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development
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Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development

MEd - Counseling and Human Development - CHD 

All graduate courses are 5000-6000 level.  Undergraduates may enroll in these courses only under exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the instructor.

5003 - Life Cycle Development in Individuals & Families - 3 credit hours
Designed to aid in the understanding of the nature and needs of individuals in the family system at all moral, cognitive, psychological, social, and spiritual development levels.  Intervention strategies in the complex development relationships among individuals in the family system are presented. Counseling in the life cycle of the individual will be the primary focus.

5013 - Multicultural Issues, Human Diversity & Preventive Community Education - 3 credit hours
Provides an understanding of cultural and diversity related attitudes, beliefs, trends, and social justice issues including individual, relationship, and community intervention strategies as well as ethical and legal considerations.

5023 - Counseling Theories & Techniques: Affective/Humanistic - 3 credit hours
Introduces students to theories that conceptualize counseling issues, processes and interventions with an emphasis on affective and humanistic orientations.  Additionally, students will become familiar with essential interviewing and counseling skills as well as ethical and legal considerations. Students will become knowledgeable about techniques associated with affective and humanistic counseling approaches through didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and session evaluations.

5033 - Counseling Theories & Techniques: Cognitive/Behavioral - 3 credit hours
Introduces students to theories that conceptualize counseling issues, processes and interventions with an emphasis on cognitive and behavioral orientations.  Additionally, students will become familiar with essential interviewing and counseling skills as well as ethical and legal considerations. Students will become knowledgeable about techniques associated with cognitive and behavioral counseling approaches through didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and session evaluations.

5043 - Group Counseling Techniques - 3 credit hours
Intended to provide the student with both a theoretical and experiential understanding of group work including discussion of the principles of group dynamics, group leadership styles, group counseling theories, group. counseling methods, types of group work, and professional preparation standards for group leaders. Ethical and legal issues associated with group work and leadership will also be discussed.

5053 - Career Education Counseling - 3 credit hours
Promotes an understanding of the world of work and theories of career development including ability, interest, values, personality factors, and choice of occupation. Also discussed are occupational/vocational trends, interrelationships between work, family, and other life roles, assessment instruments and techniques relevant to instruction in the area of career guidance, as well as, various career counseling resources available to the counselor.                                                                                                              

5063 - Individual and Group Assessment - 3 credit hours
Provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in counseling. History of assessment, statistical assessment concepts, reliability and validity, norm-referenced and criterion-reference interpretation, and ethical and legal concerns are addressed.  Additional areas of focus include strategies for test selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation as well as communication of test results. A variety of assessment methods is presented and their applicability to various diverse cultures is discussed.

5073 - Psychopathology - 3 credit hours
This course provides an exploration of mental and emotional disorders that develop during childhood and adolescence and continue to adulthood as well as sexual and gender identity disorders; eating disorders; personality disorders; impulse-control disorders; delirium, dementia, and amnesic and other cognitive disorders; and substance-related disorders. Classification of these disorders will be considered vis-à-vis the DSM-IV-R and ICD codes. Students will be introduced to methods used in the treatment and management of mental and emotional disorders including treatment planning, record keeping, intake and referral procedures, and the use of psychopharmacological medications.

5083 - Research Methods and Statistics - 3 credit hours
Provides students with an understanding of research methods, statistical analyses, needs assessments, and program evaluation. Will focus on understanding research methodologies (i.e., quantitative and qualitative) and how these methodologies can be used for improving counseling effectiveness. Basic statistical procedures involved in descriptive and experimental research are presented. Students will use statistical software packages to calculate descriptive and inferential statistics. Ethical and professional issues associated with research and program evaluation will also be presented.

5093 - Ethics and Professional Issues - 3 credit hours
Students explore professional identity in the context of the history of mental health counseling, as well as current issues in the profession. Students also explore professional roles, functions, and professional affiliations. Professional preparation standards, professional credentialing, licensure, and public policy issues relating to the professional counselor are examined. Students explore core areas of ACA Code of Ethics, as well as application of the code through the use of ethical decision-making models. Professionalism including professional involvement, advocacy, and ethical behavior, is emphasized.

5503 - Foundations of Counseling & Education Technology - 3 credit hours
Students are oriented to graduate studies in the School of Professional counseling, including its history, program policies, requirements, and technologies. Students are introduced to the history, philosophy, and trends in clinical mental health counseling. They will become familiar with the roles and functions of mental health counselors in different settings as well as learning the importance of working as an interdisciplinary team. Students explore and practice skills in APA style writing, online library research, professional writing, and effective academic studies. This course prepares students to meet the Association of Counseling Education and Supervision (ACES) Technical Competencies for Counselor Education Students. Particular emphasis is placed on the use technology to enhance graduate research and writing skills, including an understanding of the APA writing style and cyber-plagiarism.

6003 - Practicum - 3 credit hours
Provides clinical instruction through supervised placement within the student's program of study while completing one 150 on-site clock hours. Particular attention is given to the development of individual counseling and group skills under supervision through an on-site placement in a professional clinical setting. Requires 60 hours of direct, face-to-face contact. Students receive one hour per week of individual supervision in the clinical setting and one-and-a-half hours per week of group supervision provided by program faculty.

6011 - Internship - 1 credit hour
A minimum of 200 clock hours in a supervised clinical setting that allows for a transition from an educational, student-oriented environment to a professional, clinically oriented setting. During this experience, the student will receive on-site supervision from a qualified mental health professional while continuing to receive tutorial instruction on campus. Requires 80 hours of direct, face-to-face contact. This internship experience, i.e., 6011 - Internship, will have to be taken three (3) times to satisfy both the program and CACREP's requirement.

6023 - Diagnosis of Mental & Emotional Disorders - 3 credit hours
This course provides an exploration of mental and emotional disorders including adjustment disorders; sleep disorders; schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; mood disorders; anxiety disorders; somatoform disorders; factitious disorders; dissociative disorders; and other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention. Classification of these disorders will be considered vis-à-vis the DSM-IV-R and ICD codes. Students will be introduced to methods used in the treatment and management of mental and disorders including treatment planning, record keeping, intake and referral procedures, and the use of psychopharmacological medications.

6033 - Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Status - 3 credit hours
A continuation of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in counseling. A range of assessment methods is presented and their applicability to various diverse cultures is discussed. A particular focus is on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of a variety of instruments used frequently by counselors as well as assessment report writing. High-risk assessment, involuntary commitment evaluation, and referral are also addressed. 

6163 - Substance Abuse Treatment - 3 credit hours
Provides an understanding of the dynamics of drug and alcohol use and the principles of evidenced-based treatment practices associated with substance abuse disorders.

6253 - Play Therapy - 3 credit hours
Provides basic knowledge in the history and major theories of play therapy and basic knowledge and application of child-centered play therapy skills and advanced play therapy techniques. Assists students in understanding children's behavior and communicating more effectively with them through play. Presents ways to work with parents whose children are in play therapy.

6283 - Adolescent Intervention - 3 credit hours
Presents an in-depth survey of various problematic issues and behaviors associated with adolescence and diverse individual and family counseling models for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of these problems. Theoretical foundations, ethical concerns, and adolescent development are also addressed.

6513 - Mental Health Administration, Supervision, & Consultation - 3 credit hours
Investigates various theoretical models and applied methodology of administrative organization, leadership style, public advocacy, consultation, and clinical supervision of mental health professionals in a range of treatment settings.

6613 - Systemic Family Therapy - 3 credit hours
Introduction to the historical proponents of systemic and feminist thought. Focuses on the basic systemic models and theories including communication (MRI) and (Satir), intergenerational (Bowen), strategic (Haley), and structural (Minuchin). An overview of contemporary theories will also be presented. New developments and research in the field will be highlighted.

6xx1 - Special Topics - 1 credit hours
Special topics will include areas of knowledge and skills related to counseling but not covered in the core curriculum. Credit hours for special topics will not substitute for any part of the 60 hours required for the Counseling and Human Development masters degree.

6xx2 - Special Topics - 2 credit hours
Special topics will include areas of knowledge and skills not covered in the core curriculum. Credit hours for special topics will not substitute for any part of the 60 hours required for the Counseling and Human Development masters degree.

6xx3 - Special Topics - 3 credit hours
Special topics will include areas of knowledge and skills not covered in the core curriculum. Credit hours for special topics will not substitute for any part of the 60 hours required for the Counseling and Human Development masters degree.

 

 

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