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INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING (6630)

3 credits. This course is an exploration of the historical, psychological, sociological, and philosophical foundations of the helping professions. Students explore basic theories, concepts, research, and skills associated with school and community counseling, as well as various roles and responsibilities assumed by the professional counselor. Emphasis is on important legal, professional, and ethical issues.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING TECHNIQUES (7020)

3 credits. Focuses on the fundamental conversational skills used by counselors. Course work is dominated by practice in the use of techniques that optimize listening and responding to client concerns. Students prepare audio-taped interviews with typescripts for review and critique.

GROUP COUNSELING (6250)

3 credits. This course presents the theory and applied models of structured and developmental group counseling. The emphasis is placed on facilitating a gradual increase in problem-solving skills leading to wellness.

MEASUREMENT FOR COUNSELING AND EDUCATORS (6600)

3 credits. This course is designed to study assessment instruments and procedures in areas of interest including; attitude, intelligence, and personality. There is also discussion focusing on the theoretical foundations upon which such procedures and devices are founded.

COUNSELING THEORIES (7070)

3 credits. An introductory course designed to examine the philosophical bases, processes, and issues surrounding predominant counseling theories and techniques.

CAREER COUNSELING (7080)

3 credits. This core course is designed to prepare students for counseling in the area of career and life planning. Focus will be on increasing students’ knowledge of career development theories, career assessment instruments, career resources, and job search strategies. Career and life planning will be conceptualized from a holistic perspective; thus theories and skills will be integrated into personal counseling process and placed in social, familial, cultural, and developmental contexts.

RESEARCH PROCEDURES FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS (7650)

3 credits. This course is designed to understand the foundations, principles, and purposes of research in counseling and education, including the philosophy of knowledge and the scientific method. This course will familiarize students with the formal processes of research and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate scientific research. Major topics include hypothesis generation, research design, statistical testing, and methodological alternatives.

MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING AND EDUCATION (7190)

3 credits. This graduate course is intended to help students further their Multicultural Counseling Competencies as defined by the American Counseling Association in the context of clinically working with clients as well as with students in a variety of settings. The first half of the semester focuses on the influence given to counselors and educators, the development of racial/ethnic identity of all people, microaggressions, and the implementation of culturally appropriate counseling/educating practices. The second half of the semester focuses on different racial/ethnic groups as well as on women's psychological development, LGBTQ issues, and working with the elderly.

FAMILY AND COUPLES COUNSELING (7230)

3 credits. This graduate-level course is designed to help students gain knowledge of the concepts relative to family and couples counseling. Additionally, students will begin to develop counseling techniques necessary to work with families and couples. Therefore, theory and research, as well as practice are emphasized.

ADVANCED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (7240)

3 credits. This course is designed to understand the foundations and principles of human development throughout the lifespan including biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and identity development. Students will be able to identify people in the major stages of the different developmental models. They will also incorporate a small sample of the literature in one developmental area into a coherent, thoughtful review.

COUNSELING IN THE SCHOOL (7010)

3 credits. Clinical requirement for Practica in School Counseling. Study of the essential elements in a school counseling program including the early identification of problems, individual and group counseling, classroom activities, preparation for education and work, consultation with parents, use of community and community counseling resources, and research concerning children and adolescent issues. Students will also demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal issues involved when counseling children and adolescents.

ADVANCED TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING (7110)

3 credits. This course is designed to give students experience working with diverse populations. In this course, students will travel to different locations, both within the United States and internationally, to engage in service learning opportunities. This course is offered once each year.

INTRODUCTION TO NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (7110)

3 credits. This is an introductory course designed for students to learn about the relationship between the brain and behavior. Examples of topics this course will cover include developmental learning diagnosis, neuroanatomy, cognitive domains, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, neurological disorders, and neuropsychological assessment.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING (7150)

3 credits. Clinical requirement for Practica in Community Counseling. An orientation to community agencies and their counseling programs; organization, administration, accountability systems, types of services, and training requirements will be studied. The community counseling track prepares license eligible graduates in professional counseling, and the department is an Approved Program by the Professional Counselor Section of the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board.

STUDENT SERVICES IN HIGHER EDUCATION (7140)

3 credits. Clinical requirement for Practica in Student Services. This course is an orientation to College Student Personnel. Students will become familiar with the higher education system and the counseling needs within it. Focus for this course will be practical application and discussion of topics relevant to the College Student Personnel Counselor.

ADVANCED COUNSELING TECHNIQUES (7170)

3 credits. An elective course appropriate for all counseling students. This course is designed to include reading, discussion, and role-play. Focus will be on the practice of several counseling techniques.

DX, ASSESSMENT, AND TX OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (DSM) (7200)

3 credits. A practitioner-oriented seminar course designed to teach students the efficient use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) in assessing and diagnosis of the more prevalent psychological and substance abuse disorders. The format consists of experiential exercises, case conceptualizations, class and group discussions, library research, and lectures.

PLAY THERAPY (7270)

3 credits. This course is designed to understand the development of children. Students will learn the process of working with children, including specific techniques, assessments and developmental theory. Discussion focuses on child-client needs within different counseling environments. Practice of techniques with children will also be included in this course.

PRACTICUM I (7050)

3 credits. Clinical approval is required. Recommended to be taken concurrently with a corresponding track course. The student must accrue 75 hours in the school track and 150 hours in the community and higher education track of observational experience in the appropriate setting. For the school track, students will only go to school sites with a practicing certified counselor. Approval of the proposed site will be based on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines and limited to available Counseling Psychology Program resources. Community and Higher Ed. track students should choose practicum experiences consistent with their occupational goals. No more than 3 credits may be applied toward the master’s degree. Prerequisites: Practicum I applicants must have passed candidacy and clinical, and completed all program core requirements.

PRACTICUM II (7060)

6-12 credits. Clinical approval required. The student must accrue at least 550 hours in the School track and 256 hours of counseling-related experiences in the Community and Higher Ed. tracks. Students must apply for Practicum II one semester prior to the semester in which they will be starting their practicum. The student must secure a practicum application form from the Counseling Psychology program assistant, complete the application with the approval of the appropriate practicum supervisor, and return the form to the program assistant. Students who pursue school certification may propose a school (elementary, middle/junior high, or secondary) in which a practicing certified counselor will act as the on-site supervisor. The approval of the proposed school setting will be based on Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines and available Counseling Psychology Program resources. Students in community counseling must propose an agency or college office that will provide appropriate supervision and experience. Prerequisites: The practicum applicant must have 1) been admitted to candidacy, 2) completed all required courses, 3) obtained departmental approval for clinical, and 4) successfully completed Practicum I.

SEMINAR IN EDUCATIONAL ISSUES (6930)

1-3 credits. An in-depth study of a current issue, idea, or topic of interest to professional educators.

SEMINAR PAPER RESEARCH (7920)

2 credits. A graduate faculty member serves as the seminar paper advisor and must sign a seminar paper proposal that is submitted at registration for Seminar Paper Research.

THESIS RESEARCH (7990)

3-4 credits. Three graduate faculty serve on the student's thesis committee and must have signed a thesis proposal in order to register for Thesis Research.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY (7980)

1-3 credits. The total amount of credit allowed for independent studies may not exceed three credits except with the special permission of the Counseling Psychology Program and the graduate dean. Approval must be secured before independent study courses are begun. Students who register for independent study must submit at or before registration, descriptions of the subjects to be covered. These descriptions must be signed by the instructor overseeing the independent study. Independent study may not be used for collecting information for seminar papers or theses. See the appropriate form to be filled out in Appendix H: Independent Study Proposal.

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