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Counseling Graduate - Course Descriptions

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise specified.  Sample syllabi for required courses are available by clicking on the name of the course.

5800  Research, Statistics and Program Evaluations

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5600  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 population.

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  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  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  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  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  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  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.

5750  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 ASCA model Counseling Program.

5790  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  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  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.

5840  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 5 and issues related to diagnosis and evidence-based treatment in multicultural populatio

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  Internship in School Counseling (6 credit hours)

Prerequisite: Completion of all required 5000-level courses, passing the Illinois Content Examination in School Counseling, and written application submitted by appropriate deadline. Admission to the master’s degree program OR the  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  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, 4.5 credit hours for 450 hours of experience, or six credit hours requiring 600 hours of experience. May be taken up to three times to fulfill the required nine credit hours of internship.