COUN 200 Seminar in Counseling Techniques
- Help students acquire the theoretical framework and skills to function appropriately as an entry-level counselor in a variety of settings.
- Provide materials and resources to learn about basic counseling skills and demonstrate core conditions of counseling.
- Facilitate lab activities, peer observations, small and large group discussions, case studies, role-plays, and class exercises.
COUN 208 Practicum in Counseling
- Offer supervised counseling experiences for students to develop skills in building counseling relationships by applying theories of counseling in sessions with volunteer clients.
- Facilitate students to identify counselor and consultant characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes including age, gender, and ethnic differences, verbal and nonverbal behaviors and personal characteristics, orientations, and skills.
- Help students develop an understanding of essential interviewing and counseling skills so that the student is able to develop a therapeutic relationship, practice ethical/legal counseling, establish appropriate counseling goals, design intervention strategies, evaluate client outcome, and successfully terminate the counselor-client relationship.
- Curate lab activities including conducting individual counseling sessions, observing peers, and reviewing videotaped sessions and case consultation.
COUN 6976 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling
- Promote an understanding of theories and techniques related to social and economic change, ethnic groups, subculture, issues of sexuality and gender, urban and rural societies.
- Assist students in becoming aware of their own attitudes, values, beliefs, biases, and potentials for developing into an effective counselor.
- Provide opportunities to identify and reflect on his/her own strengths, limitations, and obstacles in the counseling process through traditional teaching and experiential learning methods (root presentation, cultural immersion experience, ("I am a poem").
- Coordinate guest speakers from various cultural backgrounds (rural, veteran, Jewish, Native American, Asian American, Hispanic, and West-Indies, Muslim culture, issues of poverty and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).
COUN 6962 Counseling Theory
- Promote an understanding of the development, function and criteria of sound theory in general.
- Facilitate an understanding of the theory underlying major counseling approaches.
- Help student enhance the integration of theoretical assumptions, values, experience, and knowledge into coherent models of ethical and culturally relevant practice.
COUN 6973 Group Counseling
- Promote an understanding of theories pertaining to group dynamics, process components, developmental stage theories, group members' roles and behaviors, and therapeutic factors of group work.
- Facilitate an understanding of group leadership or facilitation styles and approaches, including characteristics of various types of group leaders and leadership styles.
COUN 7026 Orientation and Functions of Student Affairs
- Provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the functional areas of student affairs.
- Introduce the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) standards and various student affairs professional organizations.
- Coordinate guest speakers from student affairs professionals from a wide-range of student affairs functional areas (academic advising, career counseling, housing and residential life, student conduct, registrar, multicultural services, international student services, LGBT program, disability services, campus activities).
- Incorporate various hands-on assignments (campus mapping, shadowing and interviewing a student affairs professional).
- Emphasize the application of counseling-based knowledge and skills for student affairs practitioners.
COUN 7023 Life Span and College Student Development
- Provide an introduction to the field of college student and human development across the life span.
- Facilitate an understanding of a range of human development theories and student characteristics that offer insight into the processes of student learning, growth, and development.
- Emphasize an understanding patterns of growth and change during the college years for different student subgroups and the implications of these changes for the practices of student affairs and college counseling.
COUN 7004/7005 Internship - Student Affairs
- Provide a seminar and supervised field experience for student affairs interns.
- Promote the integration of theory and practitioner experiences for students in the Student Affairs emphasis.
- Review taped interactions with college students and provide constructive feedback.
- Use The Chronicle of Higher Education as a teaching tool to be informed with current news and events in Higher Education.
- Help students prepare for the transition to a professional student affairs position following completion of the degree.