The following are descriptions for graduate courses in the Department of Counselor Education. Instructors will follow the program syllabus for a given course, but are free to supplement and enrich the course according to the principles of academic freedom and one's personal uniqueness.

COUN 401-Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices, 3 cr. This course offers an orientation to the counseling profession with opportunities to explore the field of counseling, professional identity issues and the professional career options related to it. Students will study the history of the profession, ethical and legal standards and practices, preparation standards, credentialing, professional organizations, functions, and related journals. Students will also be oriented to skills required for multicultural counseling competency. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-402 Developmental Counseling, 3 cr. Course focuses on the concept of developmentally oriented counseling. It is based upon lifespan theory which makes the assumption that there is developmental logic to behavior. Counselors learn to assess and understand the client's developmental processes and provide appropriate helping strategies for clients working through developmental blocks. Students study developmental theory, concepts, and principles, including psychosocial, cognitive, moral, emotional, family, career, self, and cultural development. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-403 Theories of Counseling, 3 cr. Focuses on various theories of counseling and their associated techniques. Students study a range of theories and their application in various professional settings and are required to synthesize their own approach. This course contributes to the theoretical foundations of the helping relationships component of the program and is required of all students. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-404 Assessment & Evaluation in Counseling, 3 cr. Principles of test construction, basic statistical concepts, study of commonly used standardized tests, and other evaluative procedures. Interpretations of test data are an integral part of this course. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-405 Individual Counseling Skills, 3 cr. A laboratory course providing competency-building experiences to prepare counselors for helping relationships. Supervised counseling of fellow students and outside clients is required. Both a knowledge base and a skill base are developed. In all aspects of this course, confidentiality and ethical-behavior are stressed. The course contributes to the helping relationships component of the program and is required of all students. Prereq: COUN 403 and 401 or COUN 433

COUN-406 Group Counseling, 3 cr. Course focuses on groups and group leadership. Knowledge base includes theory, group processes, group dynamics, interventions, roles of members and leaders, facilitative and debilitative behaviors, characteristics of developmental stages, ethics, and therapeutic ingredients of group work. Experiential group activities develop self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and leadership ability. Confidentiality and ethical behavior are stressed. Course contributes to the helping relationships and group work components of the program and is required of all students. Prereq: COUN 405

COUN-407 Advanced Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 3 cr. This advanced clinical mental health counseling course will address the contextual complexity of the constructs of "mental health" and "mental illness." Students will review service delivery strategies and evaluate the effectiveness of clinical mental health counseling approaches through the lenses of strengths-based and wellness-informed practices. Students will work to foster resilience in their clients and practice self-care strategies to prevent against burnout in themselves. Students will apply these skills within a theoretical framework, consistent with best practices, in a laboratory setting with community clients under live supervision of the faculty supervisor. Prereq: COUN 405

COUN-408 Research Seminar, 3 cr. Introduces students to the nature of scientific research, with particular reference to the research methods and statistical treatments that are appropriate to the study of problems and issues related to professional counseling. Students demonstrate their critical understanding by designing a research proposal. Course contributes to the research and evaluation component of the program and is required of all students. Prereq: COUN 404

COUN-409 Career Development, 3 cr. This introductory course provides an overview of the field of career development with applications appropriate to the student's sequence. The focus is on career development theories; occupational and educational information; career and leisure counseling: lifestyle and career decision making; and program planning and evaluation. A whole life perspective facilitates the personal, social, and career development of children, adolescents, and adults. This course contributes to the lifestyle and career development component of the program. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-410 Seminar in School Counseling, 3 cr. This course provides an overview of the field of school counseling in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Emphasis is on the role of the school counselor as well as an examination of the history and current trends in school counseling programs and services. The developmental school counseling model offers a foundation for understanding various interventions, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, appraisal, and coordination of counseling services. Required of all students in the School Counseling program. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-411 Post Secondary College & Career Counseling, 3 cr. This course is intended to provide students, who have an interest in working at the high school level, with specialized information about college search, admissions, and financial aid processes. This course will provide an overview of the field of college counseling and the basics of the college admission and selection process. It will emphasize the role of the school counselor in providing information, assistance, and support in the students' and families' decision-making. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-412 Topics in School Counseling, 3 cr. This course examines important topics for professional school counselors: collaboration and consultation in schools; crisis management in schools; and academic development of students. It also addresses current Illinois Learning Standards for counselors: reading methods, social/emotional learning, and bilingual/bicultural education. Critical analysis of best practice is considered as well as strategies to maximize learning and development of Pre K-Age 21 students. Prereq: COUN 410

COUN-414 Advanced Career Counseling, 3 cr. Advanced Career Counseling provides students with an in-depth laboratory experience in career counseling which will require them to integrate their knowledge of career and counseling theories, individual counseling skills, evaluation techniques, and skills related to the job search process. Students will be required to formulate, present, and write an in-depth client case study. This course is required of all students in the career development sequence. Prereq: COUN 409 or consent of instructor.

COUN-415 Children & Youth in School & Family Systems, 3 cr. A study of children and youth and their systems. Assessment and Counseling techniques will be addressed. A comparison between the medically modeled view and the systemic view will be presented. Students will interview a child and his/her family as well as an older youth and their family. Prereq: COUN 402

COUN-420 Introduction to Family Counseling, 3 cr. Course focuses on major theories and techniques of family counseling. Lectures, student research, and role-playing are utilized as presentation forms. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-421 Advanced Couple & Family Counseling, 3 cr. This advanced clinical class and lab experience in couple and family counseling will increase the student's knowledge and skills in the practice of relational therapy within a culturally-responsive framework. Students will study couple and family therapy treatment models which focus on promoting relational wellness and strengths. Students will apply these skills in a laboratory setting with community clients under the live supervision of the faculty instructor. Skills in clinical assessment and record-keeping will be taught and practiced.  Introductory self-supervision strategies will be explored. Prereq: COUN 420 with a minimum grade of C is required, or consent of the instructor

COUN-422 Grief Counseling, 3 cr. An overview of contemporary attitudes regarding loss and death and their implications for the counselor's personal reaction to death related events. Students fain expertise with the grieving process and the physical and emotional consequences associated with maladaptive grief. Specific issues raised by different types of loss will also be discussed. Crisis intervention skills, counseling techniques, and community mutual aid efforts to facilitate a healthy grieving process are presented. Prereq: graduate standing, COUN 401 or 433 and 403

COUN-423 Counseling for Business and Industry, 3 cr. This course is designed for students in the Career Development Sequence. Focuses on the counseling needs in business and industry. This course builds on the work done in COUN 414 Advanced Career Counseling, with the emphasis on the career counseling needs of the adult worker. Course is of value to students seeking careers in the business world, community colleges, and vocational agencies. Prereq: COUN 409

COUN-424 Stress Management, 3 cr. Course is for counselors serving clients in a variety of settings. Its holistic focus is on stress and burnout from proactive and reactive perspectives. Student learning activities are didactic and experiential. Each student will design, implement, and evaluate a personal stress management program appropriate to his/her own needs and resources. Students participate in research, laboratory and support groups activities dealing with aspects of stress management. Prereq: graduate standing and COUN 401 or 433 or consent of instructor

COUN-425 Diagnosis & Treatment of Addictive Disorders, 3 cr. The knowledge base required for certification in alcohol and/or drug counseling in Illinois is covered. The approach to addictions is through the alcoholism model and includes such areas as medical complications, symptoms, assessment, definitions, denial, relapse, special populations, treatment, education, and counseling attitudes and skills unique to addiction counseling. Major drug categories are reviewed from the standpoint of physiological effects and treatment. Prereq: graduate standing, COUN 403 and 401 or 433

COUN-426 Advanced Treatment of Addictive Disorders, 3 cr. This course focuses on the examination and evaluation of evidence-based treatment practices for addictive disorders, including process addictions. The course also examines core functions of the alcohol and other drug therapist. Clinical concepts, terminology, and treatment modalities including group, individual, couple, and family counseling techniques are reviewed. The importance of the clinical continuum of care is discussed with additional emphasis on prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare. Other topics relevant to the ATOD counselor from the treatment perspective, ethical practices, and legal aspects are presented. Prereq: graduate standing, COUN 425

COUN-427 Diagnostic Systems for Counseling, 3 cr. This course acquaints counselors with descriptive, research-based, and clinical knowledge that contributes to the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, including disorders of behavior and impulse control, mood, and anxiety as well as the various personality disorders and disorders involving loss of contact with reality. Students study the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association and the ways the manual is used in clinical practice. Prereq: COUN 403

COUN-428 Counseling Strategies & Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders, 3 cr.  This advanced course builds on foundation knowledge from Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (COUN 425) and Trauma and Crisis Counseling  (COUN 438). This course will explore selected theories and methods for engaging and retaining clients in substance abuse and trauma treatment. In addition, the course will review and discuss advanced issues resulting from comorbid substance abuse and mental health problems and identify system interventions and support strategies for this population. The course will specifically focus on the intersection of traumatic experiences, substance misuse, and mental illness. The behavioral health model and dual-diagnosis will also be covered. This course meets curricular requirements for CACREP standards.

 

COUN-429 Psychopharmacology, 3 cr. This is an introductory course to psychopharmacology for non-medical, helping professionals. Students will be informed about the pharmacological aspects of addiction, psychotherapeutic medications and drugs of abuse. Emphasis is placed on the basic principles of pharmacology, the effects of drugs on the human central and peripheral nervous systems, and psychoactive drug effects and side effects. It is also designed to provide an overview of pharmacological classification systems and pharmacological interventions for psychiatric disorders. It will address benefits and side effects, trends and physiological principles as well as medical and pharmacological lexicon. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-430 Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling, 3 cr. Students will be introduced to the training model for multicultural competency, which includes awareness of cultural assumptions, knowledge of cultural diversity and racial/ethnic issues, and skills for social and cultural diversity counseling. Students will gain understanding of the impact of their own cultural identity on behavior, functioning, and the therapeutic relationship. Skills for successful social and cultural diversity counseling will be taught, including assessment of cultural identity and worldview, acculturation, spirituality, gender, socioeconomic status, and oppression. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-431 Couple & Family Systems Study, 3 cr. An in-depth look at family systems, including a family's developmental and life cycles. Attention will be given to various contemporary family structure with a focus on family assessment of contemporary problems such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and sexual dysfunction. Comparison of a systemic view and the traditional medically modeled psychological and psychiatric view will be addressed. Students will also study the assessment of families though the use of standardized instruments. Prereq: COUN 405 and 420

COUN-432 Couples Counseling & Human Sexuality, 3 cr. This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of principal theoretical frameworks and the existing clinical approaches to human sexuality and counseling couples. The course exposes students to a variety of clinical topics a counselor is most likely to encounter in clinical work with couples and when addressing issues of human sexuality. Prereq: COUN 420

COUN-433  Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling, 3 cr. This course will provide students with the foundations of rehabilitation and the rehabilitation counseling profession. The course will introduce students to relevant aspects of rehabilitation history, philosophy, values, and practice, with an emphasis on the operational aspects of the rehabilitation service delivery system. The course will examine current issues, community resources, services, and the vocational rehabilitation process. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-434 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability, 3 cr. Involves study of medical information on a wide range of disabilities from systems perspective. The psychological, social, and vocational implications of the experience of the various disorders will be integrated into the course. Medical terminology, medical specialty practices and health care systems providing diagnosis, treatment, restorative services, or therapy to individuals with disabilities will be discussed. The course, nature, etiology, effects and prognosis of physical, sensory, mental, neurological, developmental, and other disability/disease processes will be covered. Case studies of system-related disabilities will be presented with emphasis on understanding the psychosocial, functional and vocational implications of disease, congenital and adventitious disability. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-435 Work & Disability, 3 cr. This course involves both didactic and experiential modes of instruction enabling students to build competencies in the career development and job placement of persons with disabilities. Students will learn the procedures in developing effective job development and placement strategies and obtain knowledge of labor market trends, employment law, and vocational issues surrounding the acquisition and maintenance of competitive employment in today's society. Specific emphasis will be placed on the unique challenges faced by people from non-majority and traditionally underserved groups. Prereq: COUN 433

COUN-436 Case Management in Rehabilitation Counseling, 3 cr. The course is intended to be a capstone experience whereby the rehabilitation counselor-in-training applies principles, skills, and knowledge to simulated case examples. Topics include:the goals and models of case management in rehabilitation; client/consumer interviewing and assessment; planning for appropriate and effective intervention strategies, services, and benefits included in a rehabilitation plan; plan monitoring and evaluation; and job placement, closure, and follow-up. Various models of case management will be presented with a primary focus on the State-Federal Vocational Rehabilitation model. Prereq: COUN 433, 434, 435

COUN-437 Introduction to Integrative Expressive Techniques, 3 cr. The purpose of this course is to introduce expressive therapies into a counseling practice. The course covers ten commonly used counseling frameworks with expressive art interventions. Adlerian therapy, Narrative therapy, Person-Centered therapy, and other forms of therapy will be discussed in relation to expressive arts techniques. The course will be primarily experiential in which students will experience different expressive arts. Prereq: graduate standing

COUN-438 Crisis & Trauma Counseling, 3 cr. This course provides the counseling student with an introduction to research, theory, and practices within the field of trauma and crisis diagnosis, assessment and intervention. The course will cover the historical evolution of the field; biopsychosocial underpinnings of trauma and trauma spectrum disorders; issues in diagnosis, assessment, and intervention from a culturally diverse and systemic framework; and a synthesis of best practices as they are currently evolving. Prereq: COUN 405, 427

COUN-439 Case Conceptualization & Treatment Plan, 3 cr. This course will focus on using integrative conceptualization and counseling models and a basis for on-going assessment (clinical understanding of the client), diagnosis (identification and labeling of a problem), and treatment planning (interventions and strategies) to help clients make changes and improve their coping and resiliency. The course builds on the knowledge of theories of counseling (COUN 403) and diagnosis of mental disorders with the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (COUN 427). Prereq: COUN 403 and 427

COUN-442 Practicum I: Group Supervision in School Counseling, 3 cr. Course focuses on the integration of counseling skills and conceptual frameworks to create strategies to assist children in the areas of personal, social, education and career development. Clinical Experiences in School Counseling, in which strategies are applied in supervised counseling sessions with individuals and groups. This course contributes to the counseling proficiency component of the program. Prereq: Required of all students enrolled in the school counseling program, COUN 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 409, 410, 412, 430, (COUN 411 and 415 highly recommended. Passage of #181 Content Test, passage of of basic skills test requirement. In addition, students without a PEL must also complete approved PEL courses.  

COUN-444 Practicum: Group Supervision in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 3 cr. This course focuses on group supervision of clinical experiences. Students receive weekly supervision from university supervisor and site supervisor, while practicing their skills in conducting intake, mental health assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, treatment planning, and mental health counseling. This course contributes to the counseling proficiency component of the program and is required of all students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Prereq: COUN 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 409, 420, 427, 430, and 439 (highly recommended)

COUN-445 Practicum I: Group Supervision in Couple & Family Counseling, 3 cr. Practicum I focuses on group supervision of the clinical experiences as well as on assessment and planning procedures for counselors within the context of legal and ethical guidelines. A review of major theories and Couple/Marriage & Family techniques are applied to case material generated from the field experience of Practicum I. This course contributes to the counseling proficiency component of the program and is required of all students in the family counseling program. Prereq: COUN 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 409, 415, 420, 421, 427, 430, 432

COUN-446 Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling, 3 cr. Students will apply rehabilitation counseling knowledge and skills introduced in previous courses. The purpose of the course is to enhance basic rehabilitation counseling skills including interviewing, listening skills, assessment, documentation and case recording, referral, and follow-up services. There will be periodic and direct communications throughout the semester between the site supervisor and the faculty through site visits, conference calls, electronic communications and either video-taping or audio-recording of individual counseling sessions between the student and client. Prereq: COUN 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 409, 433, 434, 435, 436

COUN-462 Internship I: School Counseling, 3 cr. First of two supervised internship courses required for the school counseling program. Focus is on the implementation of the role of the school counselor in school settings. Interns work under the supervision of a site supervisor and a university faculty person. The course will require the intern to complete 300 hours of field related activities and participate in an on-campus seminar every other week. Prereq: completion of COUN 442 with a grade of A or B

COUN-463 Internship I: Rehabilitation Counseling, 3 cr. Students will apply rehabilitation counseling knowledge and skills introduced in previous courses through classroom-based activities and supervision provided by university-based certified rehabilitation counselor. The purpose of the course is to enhance basic rehabilitation counseling skills through Socratic, individualized, and group supervision including interviewing, listening skills, ethical/professional issues, case studies, community resource reports, assessment, documentation and case recording, referral, and follow-up services in actual community-bases settings serving persons with disability. Prereq: completion of COUN 446 with a grade of A or B

COUN-464 Internship I: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 3 cr. The course focuses on group supervision of students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program during their internship experience. Students receive supervision from faculty supervisor and site supervisor while they master skills learned throughout their program by demonstrating effective counseling skills with actual clients in individual and group counseling sessions. Students are required to complete a minimum of 300-hours of supervised field-related experience such as intake, mental health assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, treatment planning, and mental health counseling. Prereq: completion of COUN 444 with a grade of A or B

COUN-465 Internship I: Group Supervision in Couple and Family Counseling, 3 cr. This is the first of the supervised internship courses required for the family counseling program. The focus of this course is on the implementation of the role of the family counselor in a community agency, family guidance clinic, community mental health center, hospital, substance abuse treatment program, aging center or court services setting. Interns will be working under the supervision of a site supervisor and a counselor education faculty person. The course will require the intern to complete 300 hours of field-related activities, including participation in an on-campus seminar every other week. Prereq: completion of COUN 445 with a grade of A or B

COUN-468 Seminar in Counseling, 3 cr. See the subtitles in electives listing. As these subtitles indicate, these courses provide opportunities for detailed analysis of various topics focusing on current trends and/or issues. The varied interests of the students are considered in relation to the activities and assignments. Prereq: consent of instructor

COUN-469 Independent Study in Guidance and Personnel Work, 1 cr. Intensive guided study in selected areas of guidance and personnel work. Consultation with instructor prior to registration is mandatory. Prereq: graduate standing and consent of instructor

COUN-470 Independent Study in Guidance and Personnel Work, 2 cr. Intensive guided study in selected areas of guidance and personnel work. Consultation with instructor prior to registration is mandatory. Prereq: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

COUN-472 Internship II: School Counseling, 3 cr. Second of two supervised internship courses required for the school counseling program. A continuation of COUN-462 focusing on the implementation of the role of the school counselor in school settings. Interns work under the supervision of a site supervisor and a counselor education staff person. The course requires the interns to complete 300 hours of field-related activities and participate in an on-campus seminar every other week. Prereq: completion of COUN 462 with a grade of A or B

COUN-473 Internship II: Rehabilitation Counseling, 3 cr.  Students will apply rehabilitation counseling knowledge and skills introduced in previous courses in a community-based, field experience. The purpose of the course is to further develop rehabilitation counseling skills including counseling interventions, intake interviewing and eligibility determination, assessment, rehabilitation plan development and construction, documentation and case recording, case management, and follow-up services. There will be periodic and direct communications throughout the semester between the site supervisor and the faculty through site visits, conference calls, electronic communications and either videotaping or audio recording of individual counseling sessions between the student and client. Prereq: completion of COUN 463 with a grade of A or B

COUN-474 Internship II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 3 cr. A continuation of COUN 464 which further involves the intern in the implementation of the role of the counselor in a mental health counseling program, family guidance clinic, mental health center, hospital, substance abuse treatment program, aging center of course services center. Supervision provided by a site supervisor and a counselor education staff person. Requires 300 hours of field related activities, including participation in an on-campus seminar every other week. Prereq: completion of COUN 464 with a grade of A or B

COUN-475 Internship II: Family Counseling, 3 cr. This course is a continuation of COUN 465 and further involves the intern in the implementation of a role of the family counselor in an approved internship placement. Interns will be working under the supervision of a site supervisor and a counselor education staff person. The course will require the intern to complete 300 hours of field related activities, including participation in an on-campus seminar every other week. Prereq: completion of COUN 465 with a grade of A or B

COUN-478 Advanced Counseling, 3 cr. The purpose of this course is to provide the counselor education student with advanced practice in individual counseling. Students will serve as graduate mentors to those students who are taking COUN 405 Individual Counseling Skills. The students in this course will assist the instructor in demonstrations of proper counseling skills, in supervision of counseling sessions held in the counselor education laboratory, and in giving feedback to students in COUN 405. Prereq: Graduate standing, COUN 405 and departmental approval

COUN-479 Supervision: Marriage and Family Therapy, 3 cr.

COUN-490 Thesis Research, 3 cr. This course includes the preparation and submission of a master of arts thesis under the supervision of a faculty committee. Thesis topics will reflect students' interest in a variety of counseling areas. Thesis may be based on quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies. Prereq: COUN 408 and departmental approval

COUN-499 Clinical Supervision, 3 cr. This course will examine clinical supervision theory and techniques currently used in counseling and psychotherapy and introduce students to supervision as a specialty. Focusing on developmental issues of both supervisors and clinicians, this course will study methods that can be used to enhance counselor competency and issues related to supervising multiple counseling models. Students are expected to be supervising already, as group and individual supervision-of-supervision will be a component of the class. Prereq: graduate degree, or clinical experience as a supervisor with permission of the instructor. Students must have at least two supervisees they are currently supervising.

COUN-5901 Thesis Research, 1 cr. This course includes the preparation and submission of a Master of Arts thesis under the supervision of a faculty committee. Thesis topics will reflect students' interest in a variety of counseling areas. Theses may be based on quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies. Students will enroll in a total of 3 credits of thesis hours over one or more semesters while working on the thesis. Prereq: COUN 403, 404, 408 and consent of department or instructor

COUN-5902 Thesis Research, 2 cr. This course includes the preparation and submission of a Master of Arts thesis under the supervision of a faculty committee. Thesis topics will reflect students' interest in a variety of counseling areas. Theses may be based on quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies. Students will enroll in a total of 3 credits of thesis hours over one or more semesters while working on the thesis. Prereq: COUN 403, 404, 408 and consent of department or instructor

COUN-5903 Thesis Research, 3 cr. This course includes the preparation and submission of a Master of Arts thesis under the supervision of a faculty committee. Thesis topics will reflect students' interest in a variety of counseling areas. Theses may be based on quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies. Students will enroll in a total of 3 credits of thesis hours over one or more semesters while working on the thesis. Prereq: COUN 403, 404, 408 and consent of department or instructor