Counseling Graduate - Course Descriptions

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise specified.  Sample syllabi for core courses are provided under the course name.

5600 (406) Introduction to School Counseling

Prerequisite:Completion of program prerequisites or concurrent enrollment and admission into the counseling master’s degree program.
Introduction to the roles and functions of the school counselor within a developmental (e.g., ASCA Model) and other school counseling programs. Examines all aspects of professional functioning including history, organizational structure, ethics, standards, and credentialing Exposes student to the developmental counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, consultation theory, needs assessment, and program and system support with traditional, urban, and special populations.

5610 (411) Introduction to Community Counseling

Prerequisite: Completion of program prerequisites or concurrent enrollment and admission into the counseling master’s degree program.
Principles of counseling in a counseling mental health agency setting. History and philosophy of psychological counseling, role and training of the counselor, modes of intervention, consultation theory, and ethics of counseling.

5611 Principles of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Prerequisite:Admission to Counseling Graduate Program or permission of the department.
Addresses the roles, functions, settings, and management of clinical mental health counseling. Introduces relevant models and theories, ethical and legal issues, professional organizations, preparation standards and credentialing, and management of mental health services.

5640 (416) Counseling Theories and Ethics

Prerequisite: COUN 5600 or 5610 or concurrent enrollment. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Major theories, principles, ethical concerns, and techniques of counseling. Introduction to Afro-centric and other models and exploration of techniques for children, adolescents, and special populations.

5650 (414) Microcounseling

Prerequisite: COUN 5600 or 5610 or concurrent enrollment. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Practical and experiential laboratory designed to build basic counseling and interviewing skills, including counselor self-awareness. Focus on development of understanding of the counseling process through readings, lectures, analogue exercises, and video demonstrations.

5660 Advanced Lifespan Development and Counseling Applications

Prerequisites: COUN 5600 or 5610 or concurrent enrollment.
Examines development across the life span and addresses issues that impact counseling and development such as ethnicity, economics, disabilities, and abuse/neglect.  Addresses all the major developmental theories including family development and basic learning theory.

5670 (423) Principles and Techniques of Group Counseling

COUN 5650, 5640. Admission to the master’s degree program.Group methods for identifying, understanding, and solving common problems. Explores counseling and therapy in a group setting.

5710 (412) Multicultural Issues in Counseling

Prerequisite: COUN 5600 or 5610 or concurrent enrollment. Admission into the master’s degree program.
This course is designed to build expertise in counseling individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds including but not limited to individuals of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and American heritage. It includes a study of change, ethnicity, changing roles of women and sexism, urban and rural societies, changing population patterns, cultural mores, and differing life patterns.

5720 (413) Lifestyle and Career Development

Prerequisite: COUN 5600 or 5610 or concurrent enrollment. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Theories and principles of vocational choice, relationship between career choice and life style, sources of occupational and educational information, computerized guidance services, financial aid, college admissions, approaches to career decision making processes and career development exploration techniques.

5730 Techniques of Assessment and Diagnosis

Prerequisites: COUN 5600 or 5610 or concurrent enrollment; COUN 4190 or equivalent basic statistics course. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Selection, administration, interpretation, and evaluative use of intelligence, aptitude, personality, interest, and achievement test. Use and/or construction of questionnaires, sociograms, anecdotal records, and other appraisal devices. Practice of differential diagnosis and clinical interviewing. Additional course fee.

5735 (422) Personality Appraisal

Prerequisite: COUN 5640, 573, or 5730. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Techniques and methods for appraising personality characteristics.

5740 Treatment Interventions in Urban Youth and Families

COUN 5600 or 5610 and COUN 5660. Admission to the master’s degree program. Seminar on issues (e.g.) gangs, violence, abuse, drugs, poverty, etc.) facing youth and families in urban inner-city environments. Exposes students to theories of adolescent development, how development, how development is comprised in such youth, and using research to guide effective treatment strategies for this population. Introduces family system theory and application with youth and families.

5746 Counseling Across the Lifespan

Addresses theory and evidence-based practice for children, adolescents, adults, and gerontological populations.  Introduces play therapy and expressive media in the playroom with children as well as age-appropriate group and individual strategies for all ages and levels of development.

5760 (424) Organization and Management of Developmental Counseling Programs

Prerequisite: COUN 5600/406. Admission to the master’s degree program.Organization and management of the developmental model of counseling, programs within the school setting. Exposes student to the counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, consultation theory, needs assessment, and program and system support. Applications to urban setting and special populations. Course no longer available

5750 (430) Introduction to Family Systems Counseling

Prerequisite: COUN 5650, 5640. Admission to the master’s degree program. An introduction to general systems theory and survey of the major systems of family therapy, emphasizing theory and treatment strategies.

5755 Treatment Planning and Advanced Counseling Applications

Covers integration of diagnostic assessment, biopsychosocial model, history, treatment format and planning, and evaluation of treatment effectiveness.  Introduces students to psychopharmacology, crisis intervention, trauma counseling (for individuals, groups, organizations, and communities), and emergency preparedness.

5780 Advanced School Counseling Applications

Focuses on the skills and techniques needed to assist students during school years and the transition to work/college (e.g., transcript review and college applications). Addresses social and emotional learning standards, special education law, effective case management and the development of Individual Educational Plans through multidisciplinary staffing involving parents, students, and school professionals. Provides experience with computer programs and other tools used by school counselors as well. Students will also be required to write a comprehensive Developmental Counseling Program.

5790 (431) Pre-Practicum Counseling Laboratory

Prerequisite:COUN 5600 or 5610; 410 or 5660, 5650, 5640, and accepted as candidate for clinical courses. Completion of all pre-candidacy courses in the program and written application submitted by appropriate deadline. Clinical laboratory experience with actual clients and live and videotaped supervision in techniques of counseling/psychotherapy.

5800 (429) Research, Statistics and Program Evaluations

COUN 2080 or 4190, or equivalent basic statistics course. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Study of research methods, both qualitative and quantitative computer programs for data management and testing; application of program evaluation principles; legal and ethical considerations in research and programs.

5810 (436) Theories and Practices of Substance Abuse Counseling

COUN 5611 or 5610
The assessment, etiology, description, understanding, and treatment of addictions. Addresses prevention, education, dual diagnosis, risk assessment, crisis intervention, and issues related to diagnosis and treatment in multicultural populations. Evidence-based individual and group interventions will be studied.

5815 (428) Counseling Special Populations

COUN 5650 and 5640. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Seminar course focusing on issues encountered by school and counseling mental health counselors. Issues include, but are not limited to, substance abuse, sexuality, single parent and blended families, bilingual children, and clients with physical or mental disabilities.

.5820 (442) Case Management in School Counseling

COUN 5600 or 5610, or concurrent enrollment in the same.
Basic concepts of special educational law, assessment, classification, and the development of Individual Educational Plans through multidisciplinary staffing involving parents, students, and school professionals. Emphasis on the practice of effective case management which maximizes learning through appropriate special education procedures, counseling, school programs, and communication with parents of exceptional children.

5830 (445) Advanced Educational Psychology

Prerequisite:COUN 217 and 2020; or either 217 or 2040, and 2020.
A seminar in the critical analysis of educational theories, instructional techniques and implementation in learning experiences, including measurement, evaluation and applications in the educational setting.

5840 (455) Advanced Psychopathology and Treatment Planning

Prerequisite: COUN 5600 or 5610, or concurrent enrollment in the same.
The assessment, etiology, description, understanding, and treatment of Psychological disorders. Included in the study are schizophrenia, affective and anxiety disorders, substance abuse/dependency, personality disorders, disorders of childhood and adolescence as well as other disorders in the DSM-IV and issues related to diagnosis and evidence-based treatment in multicultural populations
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5850 (459) Special Topics in Counseling

Seminar focusing on a specific topic in counseling. The exact topic will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated with a different topic. (Maximum of six hours.)

5860 (465) Counseling Children and Adolescents

COUN 5650, 5640, or consent of the department.
Overview of theories and techniques in child/adolescent counseling in experiential and didactic format. Utilizes play media to facilitate expression, self-understanding, personal growth and development. Includes observation and supervised experiences. Additional course fee.

5890 (479) Independent Study in Counseling

Prerequisite: Admission to the master’s degree program and consent of the department.
Independent and/or group studies, relating to student’s special interests or programs. Hours are to be arranged.

5910 (430) Advanced Clinical Training - Substance Abuse (Practicum I)

Prerequisite:Master’s degree in counseling (equivalent) and/or consent of the department. Admission to the master’s degree program. Supervised advanced clinical/skill techniques and applications of substance abuse therapy. Forty clock hours in field.

5920 (438) Advanced Field Training – Substance Abuse (Practicum II)

Prerequisite: Master’s degree and/or consent of the department. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Supervised advanced field experience in selected substance abuse centers. Six to eight clock hours per week.

5930 (427) Practicum in Group Counseling

Prerequisite: COUN 5670. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Supervised training in advanced techniques of group facilitation and group counseling in school and counseling mental health agencies

5950 Practicum in Counseling II

Prerequisite: Completion of COUN 4310, accepted as a candidate for clinical courses and written application during semester prior to enrollment. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Supervised field placement in counseling/psychotherapy. Minimum of 100 hours of supervised experience required in field placement.

5990 (490) Internship in School Counseling (6 credit hours)

Prerequisite: Completion of all required 5000-level courses, passing the Illinois Type 73 Certification Examination in School Counseling, and written application submitted by appropriate deadline. Admission to the master’s degree program OR the Type 73 Endorsement in School Counseling Certificate Program.
Supervised field placement in a school setting (K-12). May be taken for three credit hours indicating 600 hours of experience or six credit hours indicating 600 hours of experience. May be taken twice for three credit hours or once for six credit hours to fulfill the required six credit hours of internship.

5991 (491) Internship in Community Counseling (9 credit hours)

Prerequisite: Completion of all required 5000-level courses and written application submitted by appropriate deadline. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Supervised field placement in a counseling mental health setting. May be taken for three credit hours requiring 300 hours of experience or six credit hours requiring 600 hours of experience. May be taken twice for three credit hours or once for six credit hours to fulfill the required six credit hours of internship.

5992 (460) Thesis in Guidance and Counseling

Prerequisite:Completion of all required graduate courses and consent of the department. Admission to the master’s degree program.
Supervised research and thesis in guidance and counseling as approved by the department. (May be taken in two semesters, with three hours per semester for up to six hours.)