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CED-Counselor Education

CED700 - Foundations of School Counseling

The role of school counselors is explored in relation to counseling history, philosophy, theory, technology and trends. Counseling within the elementary and secondary school settings, consultation, and coordination are core components. Professional development, documentation, and ethical and legal standards are addressed. This course also focuses on the development of instructional programs as part of a comprehensive K-12 school counseling curriculum, including teaching methods, lesson planning and participation in multidisciplinary teams. Computer technology is explored and used as a resource for school counselors. (3 crs.)

CED702 - Counseling Theory

This course reviews theories, objectives, principles and practices of counseling individuals, including children and the family. These theories are applicable in schools and other human service institutions. (3 crs.)

CED703 - Consulting Theory

This course is an advanced-level course and has theoretical and practical components. In the theoretical component, process consultation is highlighted as an applied behavioral science. Emphasis is placed on levels of environmental quality within an organization. Specific human processes of inclusion, membership, leadership, control, communication and problem-solving are stressed. The practical component deals with initial contact, organizational diagnosis, process intervention, evaluating progress and closure. Prerequisites: CED 700 or CED 789, CED 702, CED 710 and CED 724. (3 crs.)

CED705 - Developmental Group Counseling

This course includes the meaning, function, types and principles of the group approach to counseling; the dynamics of group interaction; leadership; role playing; personal development in groups; and the influence of the group processes on individual development. (3 crs.)

CED708 - Substance Abuse and Addiction

The focus of this course is prevention and rehabilitation in drug and alcohol abuse. Since substance abuse and addiction are present in all sectors of society, it is important for human service professionals to understand the process of addiction and the special problems experienced by affected individuals and their significant others. (3 crs.)

CED710 - Counseling Skills and Techniques

Graduate students develop counseling skills by learning and practicing therapeutic techniques that facilitate the counseling process. In a laboratory setting, students practice basic counseling skills such as attending to nonverbal behavior, focusing, reflection of feeling, etc. Students will audiotape and videotape practice sessions. Prerequisites: CED 702 and CED 724 or concurrent. (3 crs.)

CED711 - Practicum in Counselor Education

The student implements effective helping skills and techniques using one or more recognized counseling theories. Students must see individual clients, and group experiences are required. Students spend 150 hours on site under the supervision of an experienced counselor, receive individual and/or triadic supervision from the site supervisor and faculty supervisor, and attend a regularly scheduled group supervision seminar. Students must be able to audiotape or videotape counseling sessions. Prerequisites: CED 700 or CED 789, CED 702, CED 724, CED 710, candidacy and departmental approval. (3 crs.)

CED712 - Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education

The purpose of this course is threefold: to help students practice the skills they have learned and apply them in a real-world setting; for students to learn to present cases to peers and offer constructive criticism and ideas in a "treatment team" or "case conference" format; and for students to actively participate in the supervision group experience in order to develop as counselors, supervisees and members of a “team” dedicated to their own and their peers' growth as professionals. Prerequisites: CED 700 or CED 789, CED 702, CED 710, CED 724, candidacy, practicum and departmental approval. (3 crs.)

CED717 - Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health

Students will learn to make accurate child and adult diagnosis according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-TR). Basic psychopathology and treatment strategies will be explored. Limitations inherent in the use of DSM and other diagnostic classifications are discussed. (3 crs.)

CED720 - Cross-Cultural Counseling

Students will explore the cognitive, affective and behavioral considerations of culturally diverse client groups. Accordingly, counseling theories and programmatic approaches relevant to the mental health needs and concerns of these groups will be introduced. This will include an examination of how cultural attributes, strategies and coping skills can be effectively synthesized into the counseling process. (3 crs.)

CED721 - Diagnosis and Counseling Children and Adolescents

This is a master's-level course in the diagnosis and counseling of children and adolescents in the school setting. Students will be able to interpret diagnostic criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) specifically related to children and adolescents in the school setting. Treatment and counseling considerations for psychopathologies most likely encountered by school counselors will be introduced in depth and students will be able to apply this knowledge. (3 crs.)

CED722 - Assessment Procedures for Professional Counselors

This course is designed to assist school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, career counselors, addictions counselors, and other specialized professional counselors in becoming better consumers of the diverse methods and procedures used in the process of assessment. The premise of this course is that assessment involves collecting and integrating information about an individual or group from multiple methods and multiple sources. This course introduces studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society. This course also provides an understanding of assessment in counseling through an overview of basic counseling assessment concepts, an understanding of test construction, familiarity with instruments, and an overview of test interpretation. The course provides an overview of assessment of intelligence and general ability, achievement, aptitude, career and employment and personality as well as assessment in school and mental health settings. The course will also cover ethical and legal issues in the use of counseling assessment instruments, communicating assessment results and computer-based assessment. These methods will be studied in relation to a variety of institutions and facilities, including schools, mental health clinics, career counseling centers, substance abuse treatment centers, private practices, psychiatric hospitals and vocational rehabilitation centers. This course has clearly described implications specific for the field of professional counseling, including school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, and other counseling specialties (http://www.counseling.org/aca-community/learn-about-counseling/what-iscounseling/ overview).

CED724 - Experiential Group Process

This course requires that students participate in a personal growth group with other graduate counseling students. The purpose of the group is to have students develop an increased understanding of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The department feels that openness to understanding oneself is very important for counselors. In order to maintain confidentiality, an adjunct faculty member teaches this course. Grading is pass/fail. Prerequisite: Admission to the counselor education program. (3 crs.)

CED735 - Introduction to Family Therapy

This course provides an introduction to family counseling. A systems perspective is emphasized. This course covers the history of the field and provides an introduction to the theories, processes and techniques of family therapy. Professional issues, such as ethical, legal and multicultural issues, will be addressed. (3 crs.)

CED755 - Counseling Across the Life Span: Prevention and Treatment in Schools and the Community

The practice of counseling involves working effectively with unique and diverse individuals representing a wide range of abilities, ages and life circumstances. This course examines the lifelong process of human growth and development as experienced by counseling clients, viewed through the eyes of a practicing counselor. The developmental tasks of children, teens and adults as represented by Eric Erickson, Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, and others will serve as the framework for a deeper understanding of the role counselors’ play as they assist their clients throughout their lives. (3 crs.)

CED770 - Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling

This is an advanced level course, the purpose of which is to increase students’ understanding of contemporary topics, practices and problems relevant to counselors who work in school and agency settings. Students in this class can expect to be proactive in researching, and sharing information as well as evaluating practices and policies for their efficacy in various settings. They will demonstrate their integration of this new knowledge into their prior learning as it relates to the counseling field through writing, discussion and presentations.

CED771 - Applied Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling Theory

This course is designed to introduce students to the theories, techniques, and treatment modalities needed by spiritual counseling professionals to best meet the needs of clients in hospitals, pastoral care & counseling, and religious settings. This class will focus on the diverse theoretical applications available in the field of spiritual counseling.

CED772 - Grief and Loss Counseling

This course is designed to introduce students to the theories, techniques, and treatment modalities needed by school and community counseling professionals to best meet the needs of bereaved clients and others affected by grief, loss, and death anxiety. This class will focus on the diverse interventions used by counselors applied therapeutically to the psychological, cultural, spiritual, and somatic aspects of grief.

CED774 - Advanced Issues and Techniques in Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling

This course is twofold. One, the course is designed to prepare students for the roles as professionals in the field of spiritual and religious counseling. Areas of study include professional ethics and legal issues, record keeping, and working as part of an interdisciplinary team or as a consultant with individuals, families, groups and organizations who want to integrate spiritual and religious values in counseling. Additionally, this course is designed for students to improve their counseling awareness, knowledge and skills as well as career development techniques individuals, families, groups and organizations who want to integrate spiritual and religious values in counseling. Participants have an opportunity to develop and practice strategies to enhance their effectiveness in spiritual and religious counseling. This course includes field experiences with individuals, families, groups and organizations of their choice.

CED777 - Student Affairs Services in Higher Education

This course is a survey of theoretical and applied information for counselors working in student affairs settings. Course content includes an introduction to the philosophical, legal and ethical foundations of the field of student affairs work; an overview of the functional areas within student affairs divisions; and current issues in the field. The basics of program planning and evaluation are also introduced. (3 crs.)

CED778 - The College Student and Higher Education Environment

This course examines the characteristics, learning and developmental needs of college students and the impact of the higher education environment on both traditional and nontraditional students. Issues that might affect the development and functioning of college students are explored in depth. (3 crs.)

CED779 - Administration of Student Services in Higher Education

This course is intended to introduce students to the administration of student affairs programs in higher education. This course will focus primarily on the purpose of student affairs, its functions and how they can be effectively managed, coordinated and integrated as part of the broad educational purposes of the institution. It also examines institutional strategies for organizing, staffing and funding student affairs programs and services. (3 crs.)

CED780 - Issues and Techniques in Counseling Athletes

This course examines current counseling strategies used with members of sport teams at the youth, high school, college and professional levels. Participants will explore current research in three main areas: motivation and life skill development, psychosocial development, and career maturity. (3 crs.)

CED781 - Sports Counseling Programming

This course offers students an overview of various life skills, including career development, study skills, goal setting, time management, health and wellness, values clarification, problem-solving, and decision-making, to name a few. Students will develop a teaching philosophy that includes methods for teaching life skills to the athlete population. They will be given opportunities to make presentations on topics of their interest so that they may teach or offer workshops on life skills to the athlete population. (3 crs.)

CED782 - Advanced Issues and Techniques in Counseling Athletes

This course is twofold. One, the course is designed to prepare students for the roles as professionals in the field. Areas of study include professional ethics and legal issues, record keeping, NCAA guidelines, and working as part of an interdisciplinary team or as a consultant with individual athletes, teams and athletic organizations. Additionally, this course is designed for students to improve their career development, counseling, and skill building techniques with youth, adolescents, young adult and the adult athlete population. Participants have an opportunity to develop and practice strategies to enhance their effectiveness in counseling this unique cultural group. This course includes supervised fieldwork related to sports counseling, consultation, and/or sports counseling programming with the athlete population of your choice. Students will be on site for a minimum of 25 hours (if registered for 3 credits) or 50 hours (if registered for 6 credits). Students will receive a minimum of one-hour supervision per week by the on-site supervisor. In addition, students will be required to attend group supervision, via the use of technology, once a week where students will present cases.

CED783 - Counseling and Advising Athletes with Death, Loss and Grief

This is an advanced level course, the purpose of which is to increase students’ understanding of contemporary topics, practices and problems relevant to counselors who work in school and agency settings. Students in this class can expect to be proactive in researching, and sharing information as well as evaluating practices and policies for their efficacy in various settings. They will demonstrate their integration of this new knowledge into their prior learning as it relates to the counseling field through writing, discussion and presentations. More specifically, the purpose of this course is to prepare you for dealing with death, loss and grief situations you may encounter working with the athlete population. We will spend time reflecting on how people deal with death, loss and grief and start to develop your skills in grief counseling and intervention. You will also examine some of the relevant research on grief counseling and intervention as well as the relevant research on death, loss and grief in sports. However, your major focus throughout the course will be on learning the practical skills of helping people who are dealing with death, grief and loss issues and learning assessment and treatment strategies used by counselors, educators, and other helping professionals who work with the athlete population to assist individuals, groups, and/or organizations (e.g., athletes, teams, athletic programs, schools, etc.).

CED785 - Research Methods in Counseling

The purpose of this course is to give the graduate student a comprehensive review of the research and current literature in counselor education. Critical study and evaluation of research findings are emphasized. (3 crs.)

CED786 - Career Counseling

This course reviews the theory and process of giving career information and of counseling in school and agency settings. Topics include sources of career information, appraisal, classification of careers, career resources, career and vocational education, systems of career guidance, and theories of career development. (3 crs.)

CED787 - Integration, Collaboration and Consultation

This course is intended for students who are near the end of their programs. The purpose is to integrate the materials learned and to discuss the professional topics and practices of agency and school counselors. This is done by focusing on the counselor as an ethical practitioner. Prerequisite: Concurrently with practicum or Clinical Field Experience. (3 crs.)

CED788 - Special Topics

This is an advanced-level course, the purpose of which is to increase students’ understanding of contemporary topics, practices and problems relevant to counselors who work in school and agency settings. Students can expect to be proactive in researching and sharing information, as well as evaluating practices and policies for their efficacy in various settings. They will demonstrate their integration of this new knowledge into their prior learning as it relates to the counseling field through writing, discussion and presentations. (1-3 crs.)

CED789 - Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This course is a survey of theoretical and applied information for counselors working in mental health settings. Course content includes an examination of mental health counseling as a helping profession, an overview of the history of mental health counseling, the practice of mental health counseling, and the roles and tasks expected of mental health counselors. Mental health counseling settings, relationships with other human service professionals, and characteristics of individuals and communities are discussed. The topics of policy, consultation and advocacy, as well as current issues in mental health counseling, are covered. (3 crs.)

CED790 - Counseling Internship

This course provides advanced graduate students in counseling with a supervised, on-the-job experience in an agency or school setting as a counselor trainee. Students will be on the site for a minimum of 300 hours (if registered for 3 credits) or 600 hours (if registered for 6 credits). Students who anticipate obtaining the Licensed Professional Counselor credential from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be required to complete 6 credits of internship in addition to the requirements of practicum (CED 711). Of the 600 hours, a minimum of 240 hours must be direct service work with clients. Students will receive a minimum of one-hour supervision per week by the on-site supervisor. In addition, students will be required to attend a group supervision class once a week where students will present cases. Ethical and legal issues will be discussed, and information shared. Prerequisites: CED 700 or CED 789, CED 702, CED 710, CED 724, candidacy, practicum and department permission. (3 or 6 crs.)

CED791 - Crisis Counseling and Disaster Preparedness

This course is a survey of theoretical and applied information for counselors working in crisis and disaster situations. Course content includes an examination of the dynamics, types and characteristics of crises and disasters, the reactions and risk factors of those impacted, as well as the nature and types of responses made in crises and disasters. Intervention techniques and strategies normally employed by counselors handling crises and disasters and with specific vulnerable populations will be explored. Multicultural, ethical, legal, moral and contemporary issues will also be discussed. (3 crs.)