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Graduate Course Descriptions

COUN 5310   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Professional Counseling

A study of professional standards, ethical guidelines, legal aspects of practice, standards of preparation for the profession, objectives of professional organizations, and the professional identity of persons providing direct counseling services. The ethical discussions include input from the profession, one's internal values, and Judeo-Christian influence.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, alternating Long Winter, Online periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 5311   (3-3-0)   Ethics in Professional Counseling

A study of the ethical guidelines, principles, and laws that govern the practice of counseling in a professional setting, including the examination of moral philosophy underlying ethical decision making, records management, business/family law, and the application of professional codes.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 5312   (3-3-0)   Counseling Theories and Techniques

A study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of the helping process, focusing on selected theories and techniques of counseling as applied to normal and abnormal human behavior. An integration of the Christian worldview with counseling theory and techniques is emphasized.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online periodically.
  • Prerequisite: PSYC 1301.

COUN 5313   (3-3-0)   Group Counseling Methods

An experiential study of group counseling theories and techniques. Leadership roles, stages of group development, and member responsibilities are explored. Ethical and legal issues related to group interventions are discussed. Open only to students in the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Master of Education in School Counseling, and the accelerated B.A./B.S. in Psychology/M.A. in Professional Counseling Programs.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 5314   (3-3-0)   Lifespan Human Development

An advanced study in developmental psychology with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual, personality, and spiritual development from conception to death within the context of basic theories of development, as they relate to counseling processes and strategies.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 5315   (3-3-0)   Psychological Testing

An introduction to psychometrics and psychological testing including the study of test reliability and validity as well as administration and interpretation of results.  

  • Offered: Fall, alternating Summers.
  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics.

COUN 5316   (3-3-0)   Research Methods

A study of the scientific method of social and psychological research in order to aid the student in understanding the theoretical bases of scientific research. The student will develop a working knowledge of the research methods and problems associated with doing human research. The student will gain the ability to recognize both excellent and poor quality research and research methods.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics.

COUN 5317   (3-3-0)   Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients

A study of selected cultural groups, with emphasis on developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes for more effective counseling with persons from diverse backgrounds. Substantial attention is given to developing awareness of one’s own values, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to counseling in a diverse society, with a focus on the commonalities of individuals as created in the image of God.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 5318   (3-3-0)   Basic Counseling Skills

This course will provide the experiential foundation for all practicum and internship experiences. Students learn communication and interpersonal skills and counseling techniques of counseling under faculty supervision. Students will also examine their intrapersonal issues and relational styles. Open only to students in the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6000   (0-0-0)   Comprehensive Counseling Review

Students must achieve the specified score in order to receive credit (CR) for the course, and the exam may be retaken until the appropriate score is achieved. The score will be submitted to the M.A. Counseling program director. Graduation requires a satisfactory score on the comprehensive exam.  

  • Offered:
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6101   (1-1-0)   Counseling Internship Continuation

This course is designed for students who do not finish the 600 hours required for internship at the end of COUN 6319 Internship II. Students may enroll in COUN 6101 continuously until the 600 hours are completed. A grade for COUN 6319 Internship II will be issued upon completion of the 600 hours.   

  • Offered: Periodically.
  • Prerequisite: COUN 6318.

COUN 6310   (3-3-0)   Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development

A study of theories of vocational choice, the process of career and lifestyle decision making and sources of occupational information including use of the Internet.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6311   (3-3-0)   Addictive and Compulsive Disorders

An introduction to the nature of current drugs of choice and how they are being abused. A survey of the addictive and compulsive behavior patterns associated with alcohol/drug abuse, eating disorders, compulsive sexual behaviors, and compulsive gambling practices. An in-depth study of treatment for addictive disorders will be included.  

  • Offered: Spring, alternating Summers.
  • Prerequisite: COUN 5312.

COUN 6312   (3-3-0)   Psychopathology I

This course involves a study of psychopathology to aid the student in understanding problems of definition and classification of abnormal human behavior; development of skill in making diagnoses; a working knowledge of the diagnostic categories in the DSM-5; an understanding of the varying philosophies relative to diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior, and a review of psychopaharmacology related to specific disorders. The student will gain an appreciation of the interaction of Christian belief systems with a view of normal and abnormal behavior.   

  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: COUN 5310, 5312.

COUN 6313   (3-3-0)   Psychopathology II

This course is a continuation of Psychopathology I, which involves a study of psychopathology to aid the student in understanding problems of definition and classification of abnormal human behavior; development of skill in making diagnoses; a working knowledge of the diagnostic categories in the DSM-5; an understanding of the varying philosophies relative to diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior, and a review of psychopharmacology related to specified disorders. The student will gain an appreciation of the interaction of Christian belief systems with a view of normal and abnormal behavior.   

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: COUN 5310, 5312

COUN 6314   (3-3-0)   Marriage and Family Counseling

This course provides an overview of the field of family therapy. The concepts of marriage and family therapy are examined. Students will view films of family therapy sessions, explore their own family dynamics, and participate in learning experiences that will help them develop a theory of doing marriage and family.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, alternating Long Winters, Online periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6315   (3-3-0)   Theological Perspectives in Christian Counseling

A survey of the theological foundations of Christian counseling. An investigation of the integration of counseling and theology will include discussion of spiritual health, prayer, Scripture, sin, confession, forgiveness, and redemption, particularly as related to the counseling process  

  • Offered: Spring, Fall
  • Prerequisite: COUN 5312

COUN 6316   (3-3-0)   Advanced Counseling Methods and Crisis Intervention

An introduction to screening, identification, and resolution of situations with the potential for crisis. A study of more elaborate methods and techniques designed to differentiate and target problem areas. Includes practice counseling of simulated crises, intakes, and treatment planning.  

  • Offered: Spring, alternating Long Winters.
  • Prerequisite: COUN 5310 and 5312.

COUN 6317   (3-3-0)   Counseling Practicum

This course involves supervised delivery of direct counseling services in an approved practicum setting. Students are evaluated on a wide range of personal and professional criteria which includes analysis of taped counseling sessions and seminar discussions of counseling theories, methods and techniques. During the practicum experience, 40 of the 100 clock hours required must be direct client counseling hours which includes leading or co-leading a psychoeducation or therapeutic group. A minimum grade of B must be earned in order to progress to the internship course.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: Must be taken at the end of the MAPC program.

COUN 6318   (3-3-0)   Counseling Internship I (S-L)

This course involves supervised delivery of direct counseling services at an approved agency or practice. Students are evaluated on a wide range of personal and professional criteria which includes analysis of taped counseling sessions and seminar discussions of counseling theories, methods, and techniques. During the Counseling Internship experience, 120 of the 300 clock hours required must be direct client counseling hours which includes leading or co-leading a psychoeducation or therapeutic group. A minimum grade of B must be earned in order to progress to the internship course.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: Must be taken at the end of the MAPC program.

COUN 6319   (3-3-0)   Counseling Internship II (S-L)

This course involves supervised delivery of direct counseling services at an approved agency or practice. Students are evaluated on a wide range of personal and professional criteria which includes analysis of taped counseling sessions and seminar discussions of counseling theories, methods, and techniques. During the Counseling Internship experience, 120 of the 300 clock hours required must be direct client counseling hours which includes leading or co-leading a psychoeducation or therapeutic group. A minimum grade of B must be earned in order to progress to the internship course.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: Must be taken at the end of the MAPC program, after COUN 6318 Counseling Internship I.

COUN 6320   (3-3-0)   Counseling Victims of Trauma

This course is designed for equipping students with both practical and empirical information about how trauma impacts the whole person, how to make assessments on trauma victims, and how to treat trauma related disorders. Special focus will be on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6321   (3-3-0)   Advanced Trauma Counseling

This course is designed as a continuation of COUN 6320, which is the introductory course in the treatment of abuse victims. COUN 6321 is designed to go beyond the basic understanding, the assessment of trauma, and its impact on people. This course focuses on the treatment process of trauma related disorders. Major theoretical and practical aspects of the treatment of trauma related disorders will be explored and practiced with focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Disorders. Students who want to take this class need to have taken COUN 6320 or have a working knowledge or experience in the treatment of trauma related disorders.  

  • Offered: Spring, alternating Winters.
  • Prerequisite: COUN 6320.

COUN 6322   (3-3-0)   Play Therapy

This course is designed to assist those who work with children in understanding the relationship of toys and play to language and therapy, explore the major theories of play therapy, develop an awareness for the therapist of what a child sees and experiences from his/her perspective, gain expertise in responding to children "where they are" and on a "feeling level," enhance the participants' self awareness and self understanding, develop understanding of selection of specific toys and room set-up for play therapy, and explore other populations where "play" principles and concepts facilitate healing and growth.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6323   (3-3-0)   Advanced Techniques of Play Therapy

This course is designed to assist students in drawing from several theories of play therapy in meeting individual client needs. Emphasis will be on verbal and non-verbal responses to the child that facilitate exploration of a child's feelings and thoughts. Students will learn how to use toys, verbal and non-verbal responses in a variety of therapeutic relationships.  

  • Offered: Spring.
  • Prerequisite: COUN 6322.

COUN 6324   (3-3-0)   A Christian Approach to Human Sexuality

An introductory course to counseling for sexual issues. Students are introduced to a Christ-centered theology of sexuality, which addresses biology and psychology, sexual development and dysfunction, client sexual issues in counseling, along with appropriate intervention techniques for sexual problems. Students are also challenged in their growth and development of their own sexuality.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6325   (3-3-0)   Assessment and Intervention in Marriage and Family Therapy

This course is designed to introduce Master of Arts in Professional Counseling graduate students to various assessment tools which may be deemed appropriate for utilization in marriage and family counseling. Students will also become acquainted with guidelines for selecting specific marriage and family models based on assessment data.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: COUN 6314.

COUN 6326   (3-3-0)   Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy (S-L)

This course includes supervised delivery of direct counseling services in an approved agency or institution. Practicum focus will be on counseling couples and families. During the practicum experience the student must complete a total of 50 direct client hours, the majority of which must be with couples or families. The practicum includes a total of 150 clock hours. Students will be evaluated by analysis of taped counseling sessions, agency supervisor evaluation, and clear discussions of marriage and family theories, models, methods, and technique. To obtain credit, a grade of B or above must be earned.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
  • Prerequisite: COUN 6314, COUN 6317 (S-L), COUN 6318 (S-L).

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