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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.  Fall, Spring, alternating Long Winter, Online.
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.  Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
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.  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.   Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
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.  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.  Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics.

COUN 5317   (3-3-0)   Multicultural Perspectives
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.   Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COUN 5318   (3-3-0)   Pre-Practicum in Counseling
This course will provide the experiential foundation for all practicum and internship experiences. Students learn communication and interpersonal skills and practice techniques of counseling under faculty supervision. Demonstration of these skills is a prerequisite for enrollment in Counseling Practicum I. Students will also examine their intrapersonal issues and interpersonal styles. Open only to students in the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program.  Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: COUN 5310, COUN 5312, plus 12 additional hours.

COUN 6100   (1-1-0)   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.  
Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6102   (3-3-0)   Advanced Counseling Practicum Continuation
Supervised delivery of direct counseling services in an approved agency or institution. Students are evaluated on a wide range of personal and professional criteria.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

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.  Fall, Spring, Online.
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.  Spring, alternating Summers, Online.
Prerequisite: COUN 5312.

COUN 6312   (3-3-0)   Psychopathology
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-IV; and an understanding of the varying philosophies relative to diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior. The student will gain an appreciation of the interaction of Christian belief systems with a view of normal and abnormal behavior.  Spring, Fall, Online.
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.  Fall, Spring, alternating Long Winters, Online.
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  Spring, Fall, Online.
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.  Spring, alternating Long Winters, Online.
Prerequisite: COUN 5310 and 5312.

COUN 6317   (3-3-0)   Counseling Practicum I* (S-L)
(150 clock hours) *Refer to the Practicum section for specific details. Open only to M.A. in Professional Counseling students.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6318   (3-3-0)   Counseling Practicum II* (S-L)
(150 clock hours) *Refer to the Practicum section for specific details. May be taken concurrently only with COUN 5387 Research Methods. Open only to M.A. in Counseling students.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.

COUN 6319   (3-3-0)   Counseling Adolescents
This course surveys major therapeutic approaches with adolescents. Psychological and spiritual development will be examined with a focus on how developmental levels influence counseling. Treatment of psychological disorders common to adolescents will also be addressed.   Every other Summer.
Prerequisite: None.

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.  Fall, Spring, Online.
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.  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.  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.  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.  Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
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.  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, student must earn an "A" or a "B".  This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: COUN 6314, COUN 6317 (S-L), COUN 6318 (S-L).

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