Faulkner University

Master of Science in Counseling Graduate Courses

Course Requirements

COU 6345 Counseling in the Community 3
COU 6310 Introduction to Counseling Theories 3
COU 6360 Measurement and Assessment 3
COU 6315 Marriage and Family Theory 3
COU 6350 Group Counseling 3
COU 6375 Legal and Ethical Issues 3
COU 6320 Life Span Development 3
COU 6380 Diagnosis and Treatment 3
COU 6340 Analysis of the Helping Relationship 3
COU 6370 Integrations of Theology and Counseling 3
COU 6325 Career and Guidance Counseling 3
COU 6330 Counseling Diverse Populations 3
COU 6365 Research Methods 3
COU 6390 Counseling Practicum 3
COU 6995 Internship in Counseling 9
COU 6596 Clinical Training 1 5
COU 6597 Clinical Training 2 5
Total Hours   61

 

Counseling Theories


COU 6310 Introduction to Counseling Theories

This course of graduate-level study provides a broad understanding of professional theories and application to the counseling process, including roles and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; ethical and legal standards; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing.


COU 6315 Marriage and Family Theory
This is a graduate-level course designed to increase the students knowledge of working with couples and families. Introduction to systems, social learning, and psycho-dynamic marital theory will also be addressed. Attention will be given to dysfunctional manifestations within family systems and factors related to family strengths. Further emphasis is placed on the counseling approaches of Marriage and Family Therapy.


Developmental Courses


Human Growth and Development


COU 6320 Life Span Development
An introduction to the basic principles of human development with a focus on development across the life span. The course addresses the theoretical foundations and the pragmatic implications found in the developmental psychology. Emphasis placed on the application to professional counseling.


Career and Lifestyle Development


COU 6325 Career and Guidance Counseling
This course includes a graduate-level study of career development theories and models, the processes involved in career-decision making, the diverse life-roles and their interaction with work and other roles. Students will participate in career interest inventories and discussion of contemporary career choices in the profession of counseling.


Social and Cultural Foundations


COU 6330 Counseling Diverse Populations
This course will introduce the history and development of counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. A graduate-level discussion of professional issues such as ethics, research, and theories of counseling will also be included.


Helping Relationships


COU 6340 Analysis of the Helping Relationship
This course will explore the techniques of counseling whilefocusing on analytical, interpretive and rapport building skills at the graduate level. The content will include a study and analysis of the counselor/client relationship while helping the student develop the necessary skills in working with a diverse client population. Ethical guidelines and consideration will also be discussed.

COU 6345 Counseling in the Community
An overview of the field of counseling which emphasizes theories and philosophies underlying current practices in the field of counseling. Designed for those interested in entering the counseling field at the graduate level, as well as elders, ministers, teachers, supervisors, and church and social workers.

 

Group Work

COU 6350 Group Counseling
This course provides a broad graduate-level understanding of group development, dynamics and counseling theories; leadership styles; basic and advanced methods of conducting groups in a counseling setting. Ethical and multicultural issues in the group context are also discussed.


Assessment and Research

Assessment

COU 6360 Measurement and Assessment
Introduction to the history and theory of measurement and assessment as it applies to counselors. This section of the course will be tailored to professionals who may interact with other professionals across a wide range of settings to include schools, universities, hospitals, and community mental health centers.


Research and Program Evaluation


COU 6365 Research Methods
This course covers the different methodologies that apply in conducting research in the counseling profession. It provides a graduate-level study of historical research approaches and moves into standard and unique research methods. Topics of emphasis include research protocol, basic approaches, survey techniques, educational investigations, and applied studies.


Professional Counseling


Professional Orientation to Counseling


COU 6370 Integrations of Theology and Counseling

An in-depth examination of the principles and practices for integration of values in counseling. The course will address the historical influence of theology on the development of counseling theories and practices. The course will also address the issues, concerns, and criticisms of the integration of theology and counseling.


COU 6375 Legal and Ethical Issues

An in-depth graduate-level study of the theories and principles of ethics and moral development and the impact of these upon individuals, families, communities, professional, and public decisions/policies. The study will also exam the relevant dilemmas faced in the delivery of professional behavioral, family, and social services to individuals, families, and groups in today’s health-care systems.


COU 6380 Diagnosis and Treatment

This course of study provides an introduction to the process of diagnosing and treating individuals with mental disorders. Emphasis is placed on using the DSM-IV-TR as well as recent relevant literature to inform the diagnostic and treatment process.


Counseling Field Experience


COU 6390 Counseling Practicum

This course is designed to provide part-time practical experience while completing hours in a clinical setting. Counselors-in-training will be placed in mental health settings (such as community agencies and substance abuse treatment programs). Historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations of community counseling will also be discussed. Course enrollment requires consent of advisor and Graduate Counseling Program Director.


COU 6995 Internship in Counseling

This course is a pre-professional course, designed to culminate the studies in the profession of counseling and to prepare you for future employment or further graduate study through clinical experience. Counselors-in-training will be placed in mental health settings on a full-time basis. Course enrollment requires consent of advisor and Graduate Counseling Program Director.


COU 6596 Clinical Training I
Clinical Training I is a four (4) day intensive experience for the purpose of face-to-face interaction, further orientation to the counseling professions and preparation for field work in the students practicum and internship courses. The training will specifically focus on skills development, multicultural issues, legal and ethical issues in counseling practice, and group work. Academic Advising will also be available during this time. Clinical Training I must be completed before the student can participate in Practicum (COU 6390) or Internship (COU 6995)


COU 6597 Clinical Training II

Clinical Training II is a four (4) day intensive experience for the purpose of face-to-face interaction that is designed to address more advanced issue in counseling; such as supervision and consultation, the licensing process, professional identity development, and career exploration. Clinical Training II is designed to be concurrent with enrollment in either Practicum (COU 6390) or Internship (COU 6995).

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