|Counseling Theory |
Studies of basic theories, principles and techniques of counseling and their application to professional counseling clinical settings.
Human Growth & Lifespan Development
Studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, from birth to old age.
Social & Cultural Foundations
Studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a diverse society. Includes such factors as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, family values, education, religious and spiritual values, socio-economics status, etc.
Studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultant characteristics that influence the helping process (age, gender, ethnic factors, etc.); essential interview and counseling skills to develop a therapeutic relationship, set goals, maintain boundaries, evaluate client outcome, and terminate.
Studies of theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories and methods.
Lifestyle & Career Development
Studies of the career counseling process, techniques and resources as well as career development.
Diagnosis & Appraisal of Individuals
Studies that provide an understanding of individual & group approaches to diagnosis using DSM, assessment and evaluation (standardized and non-standardized testing, performance assessment, individual and group test and inventory methods). Diagnosis training is mandatory.
Research & Evaluation
Studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation.
Studies of the following aspects of professional functioning: history and philosophy of the counseling profession; professional roles and relationships with other human service providers, credentialing, advocacy processes, ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.
Practicum/internship. Direct client contact hours, supervision, staff meetings, community relations, record keeping, supervised in-house practica and off-campus site placement.
Supporting Coursework - Specialty Areas
Supporting coursework. 16 semester or 24 quarter credits.