Courses & Curriculum

Courses & Curriculum

Core Courses Required for School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Note: Prerequisite means course must be already completed.
Co-requisite means course must be taken at the same time.
Concurrent requisite means the course must either be completed or taken at the same time.

EDC 570 Intro to Professional Counseling & Ethics    3 credits
Introduction to philosophy, issues, theories, processes, professional organizations and professional ethics related to the counseling field. Co-requisite: EDC 560

EDC 560 Child Abuse Prevention         0 credits
Must co-register with 570. This is a “lab” done inside of 570 to meet state requirement. Co-requisite: EDC 570

EDC 571 Psychological and Educational Assessment in Counseling    3 credits
Selection, use, interpretation, and critical evaluation of standardized psychological tests of intelligence, achievement, interest, and personality.  Practical uses in counseling. 
Concurrent requisite: EDC 570

EDC 572 Career Counseling    3 credits
Current theories and processes pertinent to vocational development and decision-making.  Application of theory and informational media to career counseling. 
Concurrent requisite: EDC 570

EDC 573 Counseling Theory    3 credits
Historical and current theories of counseling and psychotherapy.  Application of those theories to realistic case situations and development of the individual student's approach to the helping relationship. Concurrent requisite: EDC 570

EDC 574 Group Counseling        3 credits
Theoretical and experiential basis for dealing with groups in both information-oriented and therapy- oriented situations.  Concurrent requisite: EDC 570

EDC 575 Pre-Practicum Helping Skills      3 credits
Intensive practical skill development based on theory and background courses. Emphasis on helping skills, consultation and working within organizational systems. Prerequisite: EDC 570 & EDC 573

EDC 579 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling       3 credits
Understanding attitudes and behavior of self and others based on age, race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, spirituality and issues of social justice in counseling.

EDC589 Family and Couples Counseling       3 credits
Characteristics of normal and troubled families.  Emphasis on theories and techniques of marriage and family counseling, including Minuchin, Satir, Bowen, and Haley, Gottman and solution-focused approaches. Concurrent requisite: EDC 570

EDC 593 Lifespan Development       3 credits
Understanding of the theories and research pertaining to individual and family development transitions across life-span focusing on strategies (individual, group, and family) conducive to healthy development of diverse individuals.

EDC 597 Psychopathology       3 credits
In-depth investigation of human abnormality.  The DSM IV categories of disorders, depression, and considerations for dealing with crisis situations.

EDC 615 Research Techniques       3 credits
Qualitative and quantitative aspects of carrying out research.  Realistic experiences in carrying out research and evaluation experiments, including inferential statistical methods.

Specialization Courses Required for School Counseling

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EDC 567 Principles of School Counseling    3 credits
The various roles, functions, responsibilities, and identity of the school counselor is the focus of this course.  Social, political, and current professional issues are presented.

EDC 576 School Clinical Practicum      3 credits
School-centered placement of student counselors for experiential purposes.  Development of clinical counseling skills, guidance planning and delivery, academic support. Prerequisites: EDC 570, 573, 575, Co-requisite: EDC 566

EDC 566 School Violence Preventions    3 credits
Must co-register with 576. This is a “lab” done inside of 576 to meet state requirements. Co-requisite: EDC 576

EDC 603 School Counseling Internship     6 credits
Intensive development of counseling skills in a school setting. Emphasis is on the delivery of the full range of school counseling services within a Comprehensive School Counseling Model. Internship can be done on a full-time basis over one semester or a part time basis over two semesters (Part-time: EDC 604 and EDC605). Prerequisites: EDC 576

Specialization Courses for Mental Health Counseling 

EDC 568 Principles of Mental Health Counseling    3 credits
Introduction to historical and organizational perspectives, current roles of mental health counselors and professional issues facing mental health counselors. Concurrent requisite: EDC 570

EDC 585 Chemical Dependency and Rehabilitation
OR EDC 586 Physical and Psychological Aspects of Substance Abuse   3
Understanding alcohol and other drugs in mental health. Patterns of use, physical and psychological consequences, personal, family and social implications. Treatment approaches.

EDC 598 Case Formulation, Treatment Planning and Psychopharmacology   3 credits
Application of diagnostic systems, the development of clear case conceptualization skills, treatment planning and medications used in treatment. Prerequisites: EDC 570, 573, 597

EDC 577 Mental Health Clinical Practicum       3 credits
Agency-centered placement of student counselors for experiential purposes.  Development of clinical counseling skills, case conceptualization and treatment. Prerequisites: EDC 570, 573, 575 Recommended: EDC 598

EDC 600 Mental Health Counseling Internship     6 credits
Practical experience in a mental health setting. Internship can be done on a full-time basis over one semester or a part time basis over two semesters (Part-time: EDC 604 and EDC605). Prerequisites: EDC 577

Elective Courses (Include, but not limited to the following)

Note: Any graduate course whether listed as required or elective
can be used as an elective if not required by the program.

EDC 558 Sexuality Issues in Counseling      3 credit
Historical, ethical and social concerns surrounding human sexual behavior.  Sex education and exchange of information. Sexuality issues with clients across the lifespan.

EDC 559     Behavioral Health Counseling 3 credits
Behavioral Health Counseling introduces a relatively new idea: imbedding mental health counselors within the offices of primary care physicians. Counselors now work directly with the offices of family, pediatrician and women-services to assist doctors and work with a multidisciplinary team. This course introduces skills necessary to work with patients: triage, basic knowledge of certain disease models specific to patient populations, i.e. Diabetes, COPD, Cardiovascular Disease, pain management, broader pharmacology knowledge, and the use of EMR/HER for communication & documentation.

EDC 569 Introduction to Equine Therapy    3 Credits
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an emerging, innovative approach to counseling using horses to help clients address and resolve behavioral, relational, psychological, emotional and spiritual issues. Immersed in experiential learning, students will apply theoretical orientations to the field of Equine-Assisted psychotherapy and therapeutic riding. This course is a combination of lecture and lab activities held off-campus

EDC 581 Grief Counseling        3 credits
The grief response in individuals and families when faced with disappointment, and loss, especially when the loss entails death.

EDC 582B Solution Focused Therapy      1 credit
Concentrated application of Solution Focused Therapy. Theory and clinical uses. Meets for five weeks only.

EDC 582C Integrating Spirituality into Counseling    1 credit
Spiritual and religious issues can be successfully incorporated into counseling in a manner consistent with client beliefs and practices.

EDC 582D Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan 1 credit
Autism is a life-long disorder, althought much attention focuses primarily on children.

EDC 583 Principles of Rehabilitation      3 credits
Procedures and theory used by rehabilitation counselors.

EDC 585 Chemical Dependency and Rehabilitation    3 credits
History of drug abuse, characteristics of drug dependence, and chemical abuse treatment modalities, including strategies for prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation.

EDC 586 Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Chemical Dependency 3 credits
Etiology of chemical dependency.  Diagnosis, screening, counseling issues, and ethical issues in recovery and growth.

EDC 587 School Based Prevention & Intervention Programs   3 credits
For school counselors, teachers, and administrators.  Factors involved in at-risk youth.  Developing skills to design, monitor, and evaluate S.A.P. programs. Includes prevention programming and intervention models.

EDC 590 - Managing School Counseling Programs   3 credits
Designed for practicing school counselors or students in the later stages of their degree. Focus on change processes in schools, leadership skills for school counselors and the evolving role of the school counselor. A distance learning course on the web. Prerequisites: EDC 603 or PT Internships 604 and 605. 

EDC 596B High School and College Admissions Counseling     1 credit
Understanding the unique aspects of high school counseling including the counselor’s activities related to college admission. Meets for five weeks only.

EDC 596C Self-Destructive Behavior       1 credit
Theoretical and practical considerations specific to presentations of self-destructive behaviors in counseling including eating disorders and cutting.  Meets for 5 weeks only.

EDC 596D Gender & Sexuality Issues in Counseling 1 credit.

EDC 599 Independent Study       1-3 credits
Specialized reading, conferences with the instructor, and detailed research. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor