Counseling Courses

CO 5010 Professional Orientation, Ethics and Advocacy - 3 graduate credits
This course examines the foundations of the counseling profession including ethics, advocacy, professional identity, and cultural competence. It emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and its relationship to effective counseling.


CO 5020 Counseling Skills - 3 graduate credits
The course is designed to help students develop basic counseling skills. Through role play, practice interviews, and tape transcriptions, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice basic counseling skills. The relationships among theory, case conceptualizations, and counseling interventions will be examined. Ethical and culturally responsive practices will be emphasized. Prerequisites: CO 5010 or SY 6010.


CO 5030 Foundations of School Counseling - 3 graduate credits
Provides opportunities for students to understand school counselors' roles and responsibilities. Students will understand the development, organization and administration of comprehensive guidance and counseling programs. Also focuses upon decision-making within a legal and ethical context, cultural diversity and contemporary issues facing school counselors. Prerequisite: CO 5010. There is a 20-hour pre-practicum field experience as part of this course.


CO 5040 Social Behavior and Diversity - 3 graduate credits
Recognizing that social behavior occurs within an intercultural context, Counselor Education and School Psychology students will develop the basic knowledge foundations necessary to understand and influence social behavior in a diverse society. Texts, readings and learning modules have been chosen and/or designed to facilitate the student's ability to understand the nature of social behavior cross culturally.


CO 5050 Advanced Human Development - 3 graduate credits
Focuses on a life-span approach to human development and looks at the constancy and change in behavior throughout life, from conception to death. Students will study human development in the context of a multidisciplinary approach and the larger ecological context of developmental events in human behavior. This course will have four major concerns: to identify and describe the changes that occur across the life span; to explain these changes in the context of maturation, early learning, and societal factors impacting development; to review research and theoretical frameworks that have affected our way of thinking and, to study the interdependence and interrelatedness of all aspects of development. There is a 16-hour service learning/pre-practicum field experience as part of this course.


CO 5070 Research Design in the Helping Professions - 3 graduate credits
This course is designed to familiarize students with a variety of research principles, ethical and legal considerations, research design, methodologies of research, data analyses, and principles of program evaluation. In addition, students will be able to critically evaluate research literature, understand basics of writing a literature review, and principles outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. As a result, students will be prepared to understand available research, act on that knowledge in being discriminate evaluators of research and in being able to design research projects.


CO 5080 The Counselor in the Classroom - 3 graduate credits
This course is focused on providing school counseling students in the elementary, middle or secondary school setting with the prerequisite skills necessary for successful classroom work. Students will demonstrate competence in: knowledge of curriculum, lesson and interdisciplinary unit planning, organizing and delivering instruction, adjusting instruction for diverse learning styles, individual needs and cultures, evaluating outcomes of instruction and use of a variety of classroom management strategies. Seminars will address issues related to teaching and emphasize student reflection and evaluation of their teaching. All students will be required to complete direct observation, participation and teaching in a field placement. Discussions of ethical practice and professionalism will permeate the course.


CO 5100 Practicum - 3 graduate credits
This course is a 100-hour field-based experience that focuses on developing competency in basic counseling skills through work with individuals and groups. Students will complete field experiences in approved community sites appropriate for their concentration and participate in group seminar as well as in required on-site and university supervision. Successful completion of at least 100 hours of field work, including 40 hours of direct service to clients and successful completion of the practicum course is required to be eligible for internship. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses in program contract and submission of Intent to Enroll form by departmental deadline. Selected courses may be allowed as co-requisites with prior approval of course instructor.


CO 5130 Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health - 3 graduate credits
Psychopharmacology and the Biological Basis of Mental Health course will explore the biological influences on mental illness. This will include an examination of the physiological basis of behavior, perception, emotion and self-regulation; the current theory and research on the relationship between biological events in the central nervous system and behavior; and psychopharmacological interventions.


CO 5140 Emotional Intelligence Skill Development - 1 graduate credits
This course focuses on the development of skills needed in dealing effectively with interpersonal conflict. Topics include Goleman's emotional intelligence, resolving conflict peacefully, expressing empathy and demonstrating social skills. Problem solving techniques will be used to teach assertiveness, self-advocacy and communication skills essential to the resolution of conflict and the maintenance of egalitarian relationships.


CO 5150 Eating Disorders Clinical - 1-3 graduate credits
This clinical experience is a capstone course for those enrolled in the eating disorders certificate program. Students will be able to choose a focus on awareness and prevention, and education experience or a clinical experience working in an eating disorders treatment facility for 120 hours. Prerequisite: 12 credits of eating disorders certificate program. Also presented as HL 5150.


CO 5160 Eating Disorders: Awareness and Prevention - 3 graduate credits
The focus of the course will be on increasing the student's knowledge of awareness, education, prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Discussion will include diagnostic classifications; causes of eating disorders; history, prevalence and treatment approaches to eating disorders; a discussion of a wellness/holistic approach to medical, nutritional and psychological therapies; special populations, i.e., women, children, males, athletes; prevention programs; resources; the latest research and information on becoming a coordinator of Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention Week. Also presented as HL 5160.


CO 5170 Treatment Modalities for Eating Disorders - 3 graduate credits
This course will be an in-depth study of the dynamics of eating disorders followed by an overview of the dominant counseling approaches used in eating disorders treatment and management. The focus will include diagnosis, psychological assessments, psychotherapeutic and other interventions, as well as clinical issues encountered in treatment. Prerequisite: CO/HL 5160. Also presented as HL 5170.


CO 5180 Nutrition Fundamentals and Counseling in the Recovery of Eating Disorders - 3 graduate credits
This course will focus on nutritional education issues relevant to those interested in health and wellness for the general population, as well as those working with eating disorders clients. Discussion will include: basic concepts of nutrition science and nutritional needs, evaluation of weight management methods, investigation of food facts and fallacies, different diet plans, i.e. vegetarian, sports nutrition. Information will be presented on how the nutritionist, counselor or health educator applies nutritional information to their clients or students. The course will also include how to present information in nutritional counseling and education for the eating disorder client. Prerequisite: CO/HL 5160 or permission of instructor. Also presented as HL 5180.


CO 5190 Medical and Physiological Aspects of Eating Disorders - 3 graduate credits
The focus of the course will be to increase the student's knowledge of the effects eating disorders have on the body's medical systems and the physiologic function. Discussion will include diagnostic criteria and a multidisciplinary, integrative approach to assessment and management of each disorder. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of each body system, as well as prevention and treatment of medical complications. Prerequisite: CO/HL 5160. Also presented as HL 5190.


CO 5230 Career Counseling and Development - 3 graduate credits
An introduction to career development theories and their application to the counseling process. Students will understand and utilize career information and assessments as they pertain to counseling and career development. Students will apply theory and practice to current or potential work settings. There is a 20-hour pre-practicum field experience as part of this course.


CO 5260 Cnslng Theories & Personality - 3 graduate credits
Major counseling theories and their relationship to the counseling process are explored. Individual, familial, and systemic models are presented along with dynamics and issues that reflect and cross theoretical perspectives. Students will be required to compare and contrast counseling theories and strategies, consider appropriate application of these strategies in diverse populations, and develop a personal model for providing help and facilitating behavioral change.


CO 5300 Foundations and Multicultural Aspects of Parenting - 3 graduate credits
Focuses on developing competency in a variety of areas surrounding parenting education, including the following: understanding of parental issues and concerns within diverse family systems; understanding the dimensions of parenting children from birth to adolescence; and knowledge of multicultural perspectives in parenting.


CO 5310 Strategies for Parenting Education - 3 graduate credits
This course involves the planning of a parenting education program. Students will develop a parenting education proposal that will include the curriculum, delivery approaches, site, population and outcomes assessment. The curriculum will be based on research on a variety of parenting education models, incorporating features of these models into their own particular situations (e.g., schools, agencies or hospitals) and their respective populations (e.g., expectant parents or parents of preschoolers, school age children, adolescents or children with learning challenges). This course will be taught as an individual enrollment except when there is sufficient enrollment to offer it as a regular course.


CO 5360 Interpersonal and Group Process - 3 graduate credits
Development and awareness of behavioral skills that facilitate positive socioemotional-educational growth within interpersonal and group contexts and the development of an understanding of interpersonal and group processes.


CO 5430 Assessment and Consultation - 3 graduate credits
This course will help the student understand and interpret the principles of assessing students with and without disabilities. It includes valid evaluations and their use in eligibility determination, development of individualized education plans and monitoring student progress. Standardized and non-standardized assessment techniques will be discussed in detail, including some state and national assessments. The range of assessments include: intellectual functioning, interest inventories, achievement tests, aptitude tests, objective and projective personality assessments and non-test techniques such as observations and self-reporting. There will be a special emphasis placed upon the role of the counselor as a consultant to staff and colleagues in schools and other agency settings. Discussion of federal and state rules and regulations as they apply to the rights and ethical responsibilities of the professional and the population served by the professional. Special consideration will be given to the treatment of minority populations and children with disabilities in the assessment and consultation process and in the inclusive educational environment. Every spring. Summer of even years. Prerequisite: CO 5010.


CO 5460 Group Counseling - 3 graduate credits
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of theory, practice, and ethics in group counseling across the lifespan within clinical, school and other professional settings. This course provides students an opportunity to develop group counseling skills through classroom facilitation and supervision. In addition to the didactic portion of this class students will also participate as group members in an in-class 10-hour facilitated experiential group process. Prerequisite or corequiste: CO 5010 or SY 6010, and CO 5260.


CO 5535 Foundations of Conflict Resolution - 3 graduate credits
This course is designed to provide students with the essential foundations to create workable conflict resolution programs in their respective fields of interest. Conflict happens, therefore there needs to be a process that will allow individuals to engage in interpersonal relationships, in any circumstances, productively and peaceably. The emphasis on the course will be how the process is used in the classroom, but it is not specific to this environment. Students will review many theories and concepts that can be used to create a peaceable environment within the classroom or workplace.


CO 5560 Special Topics in Counseling - 1-3 graduate credits
This course offers an in-depth study of a particular topic, contemporary issue or concern. The course will be taught by a specialist within the field being studied. A faculty member can also coordinate a series of guest speakers who will meaningfully address the topic. Since topics vary, the course may be repeated with permission of the instructor.


CO 5570 Mindfulness Meditation: Theory and Practice - 3 graduate credits
Designed to review the theory and practice relative to mindfulness meditation. Focus on the practice of the body scan, sitting meditation, healing meditation, eating meditation and walking meditation. Extended periods of meditation practice each day are interspersed with group discussions, presentations and small group work. Provides students with the theories surrounding the use of meditation as a healing tool while at the same time providing an opportunity for students to learn and practice meditation techniques. Focus will be on: learning the theories of mindfulness meditation; learning and practicing mindfulness techniques; incorporating mindfulness practice into our personal and professional lives; the authentic use of mindfulness practice as a teaching tool. Also Winterim and summer. Students are required to pay additional fees to participate in this course.


CO 5590 Transpersonal Psychology - 3 graduate credits
Transpersonal Psychology addresses aspects of mind and behavior that transcend individual ego and personal identity. This course considers the dimensions of consciousness, the implications of transpersonal experiences and the connection between psychology and spirituality. Class members gain an understanding of the fundamental assumptions underlying transpersonal theory and skills in applying theory to facilitate growth, health and well being.


CO 5600 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling - 3 graduate credits
Introduction to the mental health counseling field. Exploring issues of developing a professional identity, understanding the larger mental health service delivery system, being sensitive to issues of diversity, and integrating theory and ethics into ideas about professional mental health counseling. There is a 20-hour prepracticum field experience as part of this course. Spring. Prerequisite: CO 5010.


CO 5610 Circle of Life: Living and Dying Well - 3 graduate credits
The course is designed to facilitate the learning of individuals who intend to work in professions related to wellness. The topic of death and dying will be addressed in a comprehensive way with an emphasis on the development of compassion for individuals and their life experiences. The course will also address the topic of living well and making choices that may increase happiness and decrease suffering. The course will offer students time to examine their own beliefs and understanding of death as well as learn how the medical profession and caring communities can assist those experiencing the dying process. The course will also offer readings and discussions that will help students to identify ways they would like to be living their own life with an emphasis on increasing their sense of wellbeing regarding their mind, body and spirit.


CO 5620 Spiritual Health - 3 graduate credits
Spiritual Health provides an opportunity to explore the role of the spiritual dimensions of wellness. A process of inquiry will help you better understand the spiritual dimension of self and the relationship of spirit to the health and healing process.


CO 5650 Critical Issues in Schools - 3 graduate credits
This course focuses on the role of the school counselor in special education and crisis prevention and intervention. Topics include special education processes, roles, laws, ethics, disability categories, the Individual Educational Plan (IEP), cultural factors, school learning, divorce, bullying, child abuse, death, illness, parents with disabilities, moving, school violence and disasters, suicide, substance abuse, homosexuality, adolescent parenthood, parent-adolescent crises, rape and sexual assault and eating disorders. Prerequisite or corequisite: CO 5010.


CO 5670 Working with Children and Families - 3 graduate credits
An introduction to systemic counseling skill development that focuses on intervening successfully with children, adolescents, families, and social systems. Students will practice methods of child/adolescent therapy, couples counseling, and family and systems therapy. Prerequisites: CO 5010 or SY 6010.


CO 5700 Critical Issues: Mental Health Counseling - 3 graduate credits
This course examines models of crisis intervention, trauma and substance abuse treatment. Students will learn current intervention models, how to evaluate risk factors, and how to determine and utilize resources. Prerequisite: CO 5010.


CO 5720 Addictions & Related Disorders - 3 graduate credits
This course will examine models of addictions treatment. Students will learn how to evaluate risk factors, diagnose clients, determine and utilize resources, and apply treatment interventions.


CO 5730 Addictions Treatment Modalities - 3 graduate credits
This course will examine the study of current therapeutic modalities essential in the treatment of substance use disorders. Current treatment modalities such as Contingency Management, Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will be explored and provide students with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity to practice in the area of addictions. Prerequisite: CO 5720.


CO 5740 Seminar and Internship in Addictions Treatment - 3 graduate credits
This course provides students with clinical counseling experiences, specializing in the treatment of addictions, under the supervision of a Masters Lisensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC) and conducted in a setting which provides substance use treatment and/or counseling for persons with dual diagnosis of addictions and mental health disorders. In addition to the 300 hour field requirement, students will meet regularly with fellow interns and their university supervisor for group supervision. This course is designed to be the culminating experience in the Addictions Treatment Certificate. Prerequisites: CO 5720 and CO 5730.


CO 5770 Psychopathology: Disorders of Childhood, Adolescence and Adulthood - 3 graduate credits
Course provides a clear, balanced presentation of the psychology of abnormal behavior including current theoretical models, research, clinical experiences, therapies and controversies. Enables student to understand psychological/psychiatric disorders as discrete clinical conditions and to be able to apply differential diagnoses. Fall. Prerequisite: CO5010 or SY6010 or permission of instructor.


CO 5780 Counseling Youth - 3 graduate credits
Multicultural counseling skill development to intervene successfully with children and adolescents. The application of brief counseling, play therapy, and small group work with children and adolescents. Designed to provide counselors with the skills needed to effectively consult with teachers, administrators, parents, and others. Prerequisite: CO 5010 or SY 6010, CO 5260, CO 5050, CO 5020 or permission of the instructor.


CO 5790 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning - 3 graduate credits
This course is designed to develop competencies in clinical interviewing, diagnostic assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning. Diversity considerations and current models of evidence-based practice will be emphasized. Prerequisites: CO 5010, CO 5020, CO 5260, CO 5770, or permission of the instructor.


CO 5800 Counseling Internship - 1-6 graduate credits
An internship for students in the Self-Designed concentration of the Counselor Education program. Students are expected to gain experience in the area of specialization chosen for the degree concentration. The internship is designed to be the culminating experience of the program. Prerequisite: Completion of all major required courses and permission of the instructor.


CO 5810 Human Relations Practicum - 3 graduate credits
This course is a 100-hour field-based experience that focuses on developing competency in human relations. Students will complete field experiences in approved community sites based on their interest area. In addition to the field experience, students will also participate in a weekly group seminar to discuss the application of their knowledge and skills. Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses as listed in the Human Relations program contract.


CO 5850 Seminar and Internship in School Counseling - 1-6 graduate credits
Personal, educational and career guidance and counseling experiences performed under supervision of a certified counselor and conducted in a public school setting. In addition to the required field experiences totaling 600 hours, students must attend seminar meetings on campus with fellow student interns and the Plymouth supervisor to exchange viewpoints and feedback. Designed to be the culminating experience in the Counselor Education program. Prerequisite: Completion of all required courses, school counseling and consent of instructor.


CO 5880 Seminar and Internship in Mental Health Counseling - 1-12 graduate credits
A 600-hour clinical counseling experience under supervision and conducted in a mental health counseling setting. Students must attend an on-campus seminar with fellow student interns that provides an opportunity for case presentation and professional development. Designed to be the culminating experience in the Mental Health Counseling concentration. Students must provide evidence of liability insurance. Prerequisites: completion of all required courses in the Mental Health Counseling concentration and consent of the Plymouth internship supervisor. Variable and repeatable.


CO 5910 Independent Study in Counselor Education - 1-3 graduate credits
Enrichment of the background of students in education through the pursuit of a special topic pertinent to their interests and abilities. An opportunity for an in-depth study of a problem in the field of education. Consent of a faculty supervisor, the department chair and the Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies is required.


CO 7010 Dynamic Play Therapies - 1 graduate credits
This course provides a broad overview of the major theories of play therapy. It covers the history of play therapy, therapeutic properties of play, developmental perspectives, beliefs, and techniques. Discussion and case histories will demonstrate the application of these theories to the playroom. Class format includes lectures, discussions, experimental practice and self-reflection.


CO 7020 Child Centered Play Therapy - 1 graduate credits
Students are prepared with therapeutic skills and experience in implementing Child Centered theory in the play therapy process. Class format includes lectures, discussions, personal reflection, skill development and videotape of a session demonstrating skills for group supervision.


CO 7030 Expressive Play Therapies - 1 graduate credits
Course participants will gain skills in the use of metaphoric play therapies. A broad overview of expressive methods including sand tray therapy, bibliotherapy, and puppet play will be explored and related to current play theraphy theoretical models. Class format includes lectures, discussions, sand tray exploration and skill development.


CO 7040 Special Populations in Play Therapy - 1 graduate credits
This course offers an in depth study of special client populations including spectrum disorders, sensory deficits, ADHD, and children with dysregulation and anger issues. Efficacy-based play therapy methods and assessments will be discussed. Class format includes lectures, discussions, reflections, case histories and skill development.


CO 7120 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling - 3 graduate credits
The study of professional, legal and ethical issues facing clinical mental health counselors. Focus will be on developing professional identity, learning about ethical principles and standards underlying the profession, and being able to apply the law as it relates to the practice of counseling. Summers of even years.


CO 7210 Practicum in Play Therapy - 3 graduate credits
This post-graduate course is designed as an intensive experience in advanced training in play therapy counseling skills in the work with children. Classes will be a combination of discussion, video presentation, case presentation, personal reflection, tape reviews and group supervision. Students will have the opportunity to conduct parent interviews, creating treatment plans and provide observations of each child in this learning experience. Prerequisites: CO 7010 and CO 7020.


CO 7300 Counseling Supervision - 3 graduate credits
This course addresses theoretical, ethical, legal, relational and practical issues in counseling supervision. In addition to reviewing the fundamentals of counseling supervision, the course will provide an experientially based opportunity to develop and practice relevant supervision strategies.


CO 7560 Counselor Education: Special Topics - 1-4 graduate credits
This course offers an in-depth study of a particular topic, contemporary issue or concern. The course will be taught by a specialist within the field being studied. A faculty member can also coordinate a series of guest speakers who will meaningfully address the topic. Since topics vary, the course may be repeated with permission of the instructor.

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