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EDC 501 Self in Society: School Counselor (B). Examines the development of self-understanding and the influences of interpersonal relations in school counseling. Investigates the social, psychological and philosophical foundations of counseling. Introduces students to professional, ethical, theoretical and practical aspects of school counseling. Examines aspects of various academic disciplines pertinent to the development of the counselor, providing a broad base for individual speculations regarding issues in school counseling. 6 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 502 Self in Society: College Counselor (B). Examines the development of self-understanding and influences of interpersonal relations in college personnel services, and investigates the social, psychological and philosophical foundations of counseling. Introduces students to professional, ethical, theoretical and practical aspects of college counseling. Examines various academic disciplines pertinent to the development of the college personnel worker, providing a broad base for individual speculations regarding issues in college personnel work. 6 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 503 Self in Society: Mental Health Counselor (B). Examines the development of self-understanding and influences of interpersonal relations in counseling. Investigates the social, psychological and philosophical foundations of counseling. Introduces students to professional, ethical, theoretical and practical aspects of community counseling. Examines various academic disciplines Counselor Education 95 pertinent to the development of the community counselor, to provide a broad functional base. 6 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 523 Sexuality in Counseling (B). Assist counselors and other helping professionals to understand the role that sex, sexuality and gender can and do play in a client’s life. Sexual health, development and health related issues, sexual dysfunctions and paraphilias, the role of gender, sexual abuse and trauma, and other related topics will be addressed through collaboration, discussion forums, experiential activities, readings, journaling, and other learning modalities. 3 Cr.

EDC 602 Counseling Concepts (B). Prerequisite: EDC 501 or 502 or 503 Studies the general categories and specific examples of counseling theories. Theories discussed in terms of background, development, concepts, and research. Theories evaluated in terms of appropriateness to societal groups. Students explore the dynamics and techniques of counseling, examine counseling theories in terms of their own philosophical thinking and personal orientation, and formulate a personal counseling theory. 3 Cr. Every semester. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 603 Group Counseling Concepts (B). Prerequisites: EDC 501, EDC 502 or EDC 503. Studies the evolution, rationale, goals and basic dynamics of the individual in group interactions; facilitative and non-facilitative forces in groups; observation of and participation in the group process; initiation, maintenance and termination of groups; and supervision and analysis of small groups. Integrates self-understanding and the understanding of others into an effective style of group leadership. 3 Cr.

EDC 604 Career Development Concepts (B). Explores career development theories and decision-making models. Undertakes philosophical issues related to career development as they apply to life roles and factors including the role of diversity and gender in career development. Helps students to develop their own theory of career development and career counseling techniques. Exposes students to assessments, including internet-based applications. Covers program planning, organization, implementation, administration, and evaluation. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 606 Research and Program Evaluation (B). Readings and experiences provide students with an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical analysis, including descriptive and inferential statistics and their uses, needs assessment, and program evaluation. An action research project and a literature review are required. Cultural, ethical and legal aspects of research are addressed. Students conduct electronic statistical analysis of data. Studies on the effectiveness of counseling are reviewed. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Fall.

EDC 612 The Human Experience (B). Provides a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all development levels, including: major theories of personality, physiological development, psychological adjustment, and sociological influences. Incorporates all significant aspects of growth that make up the human experience. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 613 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling (B). Provides students with theoretical understanding and practical applications of diagnosis and treatment planning in mental health. Theoretical considerations include: concept of mental health, etiology of psychopathology, and cultural understandings of mental health and illness. Practical applications include conducting assessments, case conceptualization, diagnosis, treatment planning, and caseload management. Also covered are working with managed care, using medical and biopsychosocial assessment models, psychopharmacology, and treatment outcomes. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

EDC 614 Contemporary Issues (B). Focuses on developing competencies in ethical decision making and working with clients representing diverse and multicultural contexts. Content knowledge integrates contemporary sociocultural contextual issues, current counseling ethical and professional practices, and student self-knowledge and awareness. Students demonstrate increased familiarity and competence when applying course principles with dynamic social issues. 3 Cr. Fall and Summer semesters 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 615 Counseling in Mental Health Settings (B). Examines mental health counseling issues and trends such as managed care, licensure, HIPAA, cultural competence, and the funding and administration of mental health service delivery systems. Explores the evolution of the profession and its current and future role in a multidisciplinary field. Introduces skills such as assessment and diagnosis, case conceptualization, proper documentation, professional and client advocacy, and program development, implementation, and evaluation. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 616 Diagnostic Skills for Counselors (A). This survey course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the development of the diagnosis and treatment of clients with mental disorders and the socio-historical rise of the psychological interest in the field. The course will focus on the diagnostic skills and practical applications that counselors in school, college and mental health settings utilize in the daily practice of their work. 3 Cr.

EDC 617 Leadership and Advocacy (B). Prepares counseling leaders and advocates. Prepares counselors to serve as supervisors, managers, administrators, and leaders. Students will learn about forms of leadership, including: managerial, administrative, organizational, scholarship, and political. Students will learn about ethics, policies and regulations, staff development and evaluation, service delivery, resources, and vision-making. Forms of power (i.e. referent, legitimate, expert, information, coercive, reward, connection) will be explored. Social justice and advocacy will also be addressed. Advocacy content will be client and profession centered. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 619 Counseling in School Settings (B). Introduces the role of the school counselor and comprehensive, developmental school counseling programs. Emphasizes planning, delivering, managing, and evaluating counseling services with the goal of promoting academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. Prepares students to serve as change agents to reduce barriers that impede student development. Provides students to work as effective school counselor based on current research and practical experiences. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 626 Counseling in College Settings (B). Examines the organization and administration of higher education, including the history, growth, and functions of colleges and universities. Discusses the law as it relates to student affairs professionals and the breadth and depth of counseling services on college campuses. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

EDC 640 Neurology in Counseling (A). Enables students to gain an understanding of the physiology of the brain function and how different regions of the brain influence emotional states. Students are exposed to the latest research in neurosciences relating to the formation of neural pathways and how healthy pathways are distorted in predictable ways related to specific mental disorders. The role of motivation, attachment, trauma, and more are addressed. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 685 Measurement and Evaluation (B). Covers elementary statistics and the concepts of validity, reliability, norms, and scores. Intelligence, achievement, aptitude, interest, and personality tests and their purpose, administration, selection, evaluation, and interpretation of individual tests and testing programs along with cultural, ethical, and legal aspects of testing and evaluation are studied. Case conceptualization, functional behavioral assessment, overview of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the mental status exam, and lethality assessment are examined. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 690 Couples and Family Counseling (B). Enhances the student's knowledge and skills in couples and family counseling. Provides an opportunity for exposure to summary theories in couples and marriage counseling. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Spring.

EDC 691 Use of Expressive Arts in Counseling (B). Uses art, music, poetry, movement and drama to help clients identify and express thoughts and feelings, and gain new insight into the client's concerns. A research-based practice, it is used in many settings, such as schools, hospitals and agencies. An experiential class which teaches the skills of facilitating the arts in counseling individuals and groups of all ages. 3 Cr.

EDC 692 Spirituality in the Couseling Process (B). Assists counselors and other helping professionals to understand one's own spirituality so as to recognize and intervene in issues of spirituality requested by the client. Wellness, meaning, hope, faith, forgiveness, and other dimensions of spirituality will be addressed through discussion, experiential activities, reading, guest speakers, and other learning modalities. 3 Cr. By Arrangement.

EDC 693 Counseling in Secondary Schools (B). Provides knowledge and skills to perform secondary school counseling responsibilities with confidence. Includes ways to creatively resolve student issues through practical applications of the presented material. 3 Cr. Summer.

EDC 695 Child-centered Play Therapy in School and Agency Settings (A). Covers the history and theoretical background of play therapy, and focuses on the use of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) as an effective method for helping children overcome a wide range of behavioral and emotional problems. Employs lecture, discussion, videotapes, and participant role-plays of mock play sessions to help students gain skills necessary to build therapeutic relationships with children. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

EDC 720 Intergration and Application of Basic Concepts (B). Prerequisites: EDC 602, 603; EDC 604, 606, 612, 614, 698 may be taken concurrently. This practicum experience emphasizes integrating the concepts learned in preceding courses. Examines the extent to which students can assimilate and internalize individual counseling, measurement and evaluation, group counseling and career development and apply them to counseling situations. Expects students to demonstrate competence in integrating both cognitive and affective processes that have been acquired and developed thus far. Requires a minimum of 10 hours/week at the practicum site. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 721 Integration: Supervision Experience and Theory (B). Co requisite: EDC 720; Taken concurrently with EDC 720: Integration and Application of Counseling Concepts. Students will gain both knowledge and experience with clinical supervision. Supervision theory, methods and processes are introduced to students via readings and discussion. Students experience with supervision will occur in individual clinical supervision of the counseling services the student provides during practicum. Supervision emphasizes the practice and evaluation of a student’s personal counseling style and your integration of concepts learned regarding the dynamics of the individual counseling process, self-evaluation techniques and the knowledge and skills gained thus far in the program. 3 Cr. Spring.

EDC 722 Implementation I: School Counselor (B). Prerequisites: EDC 619, 685, 720, 721; Co requisite: EDC 735. Requires a minimum of a 20 hour per week approved school counseling internship. Students implement fundamental counseling tasks and other counseling duties under the supervision of a field supervisor and a faculty member. Focus is on consultation, internship experience, and the development of a thesis proposal and literature review. Also requires an on-campus seminar in which group supervision of internship experience occurs. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 723 Implementation I: College Counselor (B). Prerequisites: EDC 626, 685, 720, 721; Co requisite: EDC 735. Requires a minimum of a 20 hour per week approved college counseling internship. Students implement fundamental counseling tasks and other counseling duties under the supervision of a field supervisor and a faculty member. Focus is on consultation, internship experience, and the development of a thesis proposal and literature review. Also requires an on-campus seminar in which group supervision of internship experience occurs. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 724 Implementation I: Mental Health Counselor (B). Prerequisites: EDC 613, 615, 685, 720, 721; Co requisite: EDC 735. Requires a minimum of a 20 hour per week approved mental health counseling internship. Students implement fundamental counseling tasks and other counseling duties under the supervision of a field supervisor and a faculty member. Focus is on consultation, internship experience, and the development of a thesis proposal and literature review. Also requires an on-campus seminar in which group supervision of internship experience occurs. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 728 Implementation II: School Counselor (B). Prerequisites: EDC 722, 735. Constitutes the second of the supervised school counselor internship (a minimum of 20 hours per week) and is a continuation of EDC 722. Students work under the supervision of a field supervisor. Focuses on enhancement of skills and knowledge, role and functions related to mental health counseling and completion of the thesis requirement. Also requires an on-campus seminar in which group supervision of internship experience occurs. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 729 Implementation II: College Counselor (B). Prerequisites: EDC 723, 735. Constitutes the second of the supervised college counselor internship (a minimum of 20 hours per week) and is a continuation of EDC 723. Students work under the supervision of a field supervisor. Focuses on enhancement of skills and knowledge, role and functions related to mental health counseling and completion of the thesis requirement. Also requires an on-campus seminar in which group supervision of internship experience occurs. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 730 Implementation II: Mental Health Counselor (B). Prerequisites: EDC 724, 735 Constitutes the second of the supervised mental health counselor internship (a minimum of 20 hours per week) and is a continuation of EDC 724. Students work under the supervision of a field supervisor. Focuses on enhancement of skills and knowledge, role and functions related to mental health counseling and completion of the thesis requirement. Also requires an on-campus seminar in which group supervision of internship experience occurs. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 731 Implementation III: Mental Health Counselor (B). Prerequisites: EDC 730. Constitutes the third of the supervised mental health counselor internships (minimum of 20 hours per week) and is a continuation of EDC 730. Focuses on refining knowledge and skills regarding diagnostic and treatment planning, developing proficiency with case conceptualization and presentation, enhancing individual, group, family and couples counseling skills. Also requires an on-campus seminar in which group supervision of internship experience occurs. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 735 Clinical Experience for Implementation I (A). Co requisite: EDC 722 or 723 or 724.This supervision course is taken in conjunction with EDC 722 Implementation I – School Counselor or EDC 723 Implementation I – College Counselor or EDC 724 Implementation I – Mental Health Counselor. Students will gain both knowledge and experience with clinical supervision. Supervision theory, methods and processes with be introduced to students via readings and discussion. Students’ experience with supervision will occur in individual clinical supervision of your work with clients at your internship site. Supervision emphasizes the practice and evaluation of your personal counseling style and your integration of concepts learned regarding the dynamics of individual counseling process, self-evaluation techniques and the knowledge and skills gained thus far in the program. Further it focuses on your ability to case conceptualize, develop client goals and help focus your client work in a therapeutic manner. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

EDC 883 Counselor as Systems Consultant (B). Prerequisite: EDC 501 or 502 or 503; EDC 728; and permission of instructor. Focuses on developing student's awareness of their role as consultants in school settings. Exposes students to consultation theory and models of consulting with teachers, students, and parents/families utilizing both individual and group methods. Case examples are examined. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Summer.

EDC 884 Group Theories and Supervised Practice (B). Prerequisites: EDC 501 or 502 or 503; EDC 728 or 729 or 730; and permission of instructor. Explores selected theories of personal and institutional change via small-group interactions, and simultaneous discussion of practical problems arising in groups. Expects students to form and lead their own groups, and to participate in intensive individual and group supervision. Provides for further development and explication of one's personal style of group leadership. 3 Cr. 3 Cr. Fall.

EDC 885 Supervision of Counseling (B). Prerequisites: EDC 501 or 502 or 503; EDC 728 or 729 or 730; and permission of instructor. Focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and the practice of counseling supervision. Examines various models of supervision within a multicultural context. Students supervise students enrolled in EDC 720. Requires a final paper that demonstrates an understanding of the theory and practice of counseling supervision. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

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