Counseling Professions (COUN)

481/681 Seminars in Counselor Education (.5-3) Selected topics and problems in counselor education. May be taken in several units provided a different topic or problem is studied each time.

490 Senior Seminar in Counseling (3) Individually designed selection of 700-level courses in Counseling for senior undergraduates. Requires approval of advisor and course instructor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Senior academic standing and demonstrated potential for graduate work.

499/699 Independent Study (1-3) Independent study approach to topics are designed in counseling to allow the student to explore particular areas of interest beyond the stated curriculum. Examples of topics: Counseling and Spirituality, Geriatric Counseling, or Counseling in the Prisons.

702 Counseling Theories (3) Analysis of counseling theories and practices. Examines several of the major theories -- historic and current -- of counseling. Serves as an introduction to the field of counseling and to illustrate the diversity of theoretical approaches which exist. Students develop a preliminary theoretical philosophy of counseling. One of three courses -- COUN 702, 704, 706 -- that serve as a foundation to the profession and the program.

704 Introduction to Counseling (3) Overview of the counseling profession and its areas of specialization, training, and concern. Examines program development and administration, relevant laws and applications, as well as one's professional identity as a counseling professional. One of three courses -- COUN 702, 704, 706 -- that serve as a foundation to the profession and program.

706 Pre-practicum (3) Introduces counseling skill development, emphasizing the skills essential in the interview and rapport-building process. Students develop a thorough understanding of the counseling process as well as the role and function of the counselor. Students also develop a self-awareness so the counselor-client relationship is therapeutic and so the counselor sets and maintains appropriate professional boundaries. Examines ethical and legal considerations inherent in the counseling process. One of three courses -- COUN 702, 704, 706 -- that serve as a foundation to the profession and program.

708 Organization and Administration of School Guidance and Other Pupil Services (3) Overview of essential school counseling services and the role and function of the school counselor with emphasis on developing, and managing, and evaluating a comprehensive counseling program within the realms of an entire school. Covers the seven pupil services content standards and additional information pertaining to the other members of the pupil service team with whom the counselor works. Integrates special education, technology, legal and ethical issues.

710 Neurocognition (3) A fundamental understanding of the functioning of the human brain is essential for any practitioner in the social sciences. This course provides a survey of current research in cognitive neuroscience on language, memory, learning, perception and other higher cognitive functions. Neurocognition involves learning about the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, along with some coverage of the endocrine system. Presentation of course material is based on typical and atypical development and functioning. Illustrative pathological development and atypical conditions are reviewed as well, such as developmental dyslexia, autistic disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Although desirable, no previous knowledge of this subject matter is assumed.

712 Family Counseling (3) Introduction to family systems theory and family therapy techniques. Students develop an understanding of the current epistemological base of family system's theory, major contributors, and specifically review structural, strategic, behavioral and communications approaches to family counseling. Students review the organization and dynamics of their own families, coming to understand how their families impact their world perceptions and everyday behavior.

714 Family Group Systems (3) Integrates, at the next level of professional competence, the family theory and family counseling techniques presented in COUN 712 Family Counseling. Assumes students are seeking skill development that will assist in meeting "family counselor" professional certification standards, (state and/or national certifications). Further assumes students have explored their own family issues and will continue to do so through this course, as the course is in part experiential. Students closely review the isomorphic processes reflected within their own familial systems that are reflected in their counseling approach and theory preferences. Students assume the professional functions of a family counselor through current literature, development of professional vita, and exploration of certification. At the successful conclusion of this course, students are assumed to be ready to provide supervised family counseling service.

716 Couple and Marital Counseling (3) While the concept of family seems to be defined and redefined through generational context, the need of the individual to be "affiliated" continues to highlight the dyadic relationship's importance to the emotional and social survival of the individual. This course explores intimate dyadic relationships and their importance to the concept of family, family development, and society. Reviews select couple and family dynamics such as basic assumptions of human intimacy (variations), marriage (dissolution and remarriage), mate selection, communications, human sexuality, family crisis, parenting, and aging. Through lectures, experiential exercises, reading, and class discussion, family theory and techniques are integrated and provide conceptualizations toward therapeutic intervention.

718 Family Mediation/Crisis Intervention (3) Designed to continue the student's counseling skill development in family systems counseling by focusing on the problem areas of "family crisis" and "pre- and post-divorce dispute." Students are provided with a theoretical base to model crisis and dispute resolution techniques and to therapeutically intervene. COUN 712 suggested as a prerequisite.

720 Counseling Children (3) Focuses on how the counselor can facilitate self-expression in the counseling context with clients, primarily children, who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. Developmental theories and issues that shape children's adjustment to school and to their community form the foundations of the course. Basic solution-oriented brief counseling and consultative techniques are integrated for work with parents and teachers.

721 Play (3) The primary tool in the early childhood professions is play. This course focuses exclusively on working with families and children between the ages of birth through eight years. Provides an overview of the essential elements and principles of play, including history, theories, modalities, techniques, therapies, applications and skills. An experiential component focuses on basic intervention skill development within the context of ethical and diversity-sensitive practice.

722 Counseling Adolescents (3) Adolescents represent a clientele in transition. This course examines key aspects in their development (biological, cognitive, emotional, and social) and their relationships in the various contexts that influence behaviors and attitudes. Common issues of adolescence as well as various interventions are covered from a developmental context. Students learn how to facilitate client self-expression primarily through brief therapeutic techniques and how to consult with supervising adults. While the focus is on normal development, course also touches on at-risk/problematic behavior and thoughts.

724 Behavior Modification (3) Principles of learning theory and behavior management techniques. Students learn how to apply these principles and techniques to aid individuals in the change process. Students plan, implement, and evaluate a self-change project which will demonstrate their understanding of the theory and techniques of behavioral self-management. Prerequisite: COUN 702

726 Developmental Guidance and Counseling (3) Developing the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to teach developmental lessons in the classroom that are appropriate to all ages. Covers classroom management. Students, using the ASCA and Wisconsin Developmental Models, develop a set of lessons (perhaps based on monthly themes) specific to the ages of the children they intend to counsel. Emerging problems in the schools, such as bullying, sexual harassment, and abuse are covered. Class covers the 10 WDPI Teacher and Pupil Services Standards.

728 Career Counseling (3) Provides an understanding of theories of vocational choice and vocational development. Students learn methods of evaluating, promoting, and enhancing, vocational development in individuals from a diversity of backgrounds. They examine ethical and legal considerations inherent in the career counseling process. Also emphasizes student application of traditional and technology based career assessment techniques. Students participate in experiential activities that focus on the career development of themselves and others.

730 Human Growth and Development (3) Surveys the key physical, cognitive, and social-emotional milestones across the life-span, how these interact with an individual's adaptation ability, and the implications for mental health professionals. Focuses on 1) the key concepts of the major theories of development; 2) examination of normal developmental stages across the life-span and the influence of social forces differences in development based on sex/gender, age, class, race, ability, and cultural background; psychosocial adaptation in the school/work, family, and peer systems; and implications for mental health and school counseling professionals. Includes legal and ethical issues and strategies for interventions to enhance development.

732 Addictive Behaviors (3) In-depth survey of addictive behaviors currently being treated by human service professionals. Reviews intervention and treatment models for such addictions as alcohol, gambling, food, relationships and sex. Commonalities of behavior between addictions will be reviewed toward development of a general theory of addictions.

734 Chemical Dependency and the Family (3) Assessment and intervention techniques with individuals and families in which one or more other family members is chemically dependent. Specific techniques to intervene with spouses of alcoholics, children of alcoholics (minor children and/or adults) and extended family members are included. Also reviews the impact of other addictive behaviors on the family.

736 Counseling Specific Populations (3) Allows students to conduct a major research paper in their specific area of interest. The common theme is stress/stressors, what they are, how they affect us, ways to prevent, to respond, and to treat in general and then specific to each group.

738 Multi-Cultural Counseling (3) Students conduct an in-depth self-analysis regarding the manner in which counselor and client values, perceptions, attitudes, acculturative experiences, and communication styles impact the counseling process. Students are encouraged to conduct an in-depth cultural self-analysis regarding the issues they have inherited from their own culture as it relates to helping multicultural clients. Furthermore, students learn theories, skills, and cross cultural counseling strategies necessary in working with ethnically and culturally diverse clients. The cross-cultural counseling strategies include both group and individual techniques. Students examine any ethical and legal considerations inherent in the counseling process in regards to clients from a diversity of backgrounds. Designed for counselors already working in the field, and current graduate counseling students. Also helpful for any professional who regularly deals with multicultural individuals. 

740 Counseling and Human Sexuality (3) Provides counselors with a contemporary understanding of human sexuality and gender issues, myths, and problems (physical/biological, emotional, social, cultural) for people (married and not) considering, engaging in, and/or "recovering" from sexual relationships. Includes interventions and treatment approaches. While the course is a requirement for Marriage and the Family Therapist Licensure, it is open to all interested counseling students. Prerequisite: COUN 702 suggested.

742 Psychopathology (3) Study of abnormal behavior, including classification of various disorders, descriptions of causal factors, methods of assessment, prevention and treatment. Includes examining the current diagnostic system, DSM-IV TR. Students develop an awareness of the limitations of the current diagnostic system along with multicultural and ethical considerations. Also teaches students how to integrate results from psychological assessment into the diagnostic process.

744 Cognitive Behavioral Counseling (3) Provides students with an in-depth knowledge base of cognitive-behavioral theories, past and present. Addresses theoretical concepts from an historical perspective, applied intervention strategies associated with theoretical underpinnings, and a review of past and current outcome research relevant to theoretical conceptualizations of the seminal work of Bandura, Beck, Ellis, Festinger, Glass, Meichenbaum, among others.

746 Ethics in Professional Counseling (3) Serves the professional needs of Human Service professionals within the area of practice generally referred to as ethics. Assists students in exploring personal values, social expectations/sanctions and professional standards of behavior. Course is in part self-directed and seeks to meet the specific certification and practice needs of the student enrolled. This is a course for students in the last stages of their graduate degree in counseling and/or students who have graduated and are practicing human service professionals.

750 Practicum (3) Assists students in making the transition from theoretical understanding of counseling principles and processes to therapeutic process. Students demonstrate knowledge and skills and refine their knowledge and skills in the following areas: integration of his or her theoretical approach to counseling competence in the basic counseling skills with a focus on individual and group counseling as learned in prior coursework; the ability to identify and assess presenting concerns of clients, diagnose problems, and develop treatment plans; and an ability to present case studies, dialogue, and consult with other professionals regarding his or her effectiveness as a counselor.

752 Group Counseling (3) Introduction to group counseling including an understanding of group processes, techniques, role of group members and leaders, ethics, and culture, selected group phenomena, processing of group dynamics and therapeutic movement, application of theory and theoretical techniques. The student is required to form and lead a group using a theoretical orientation, and to process the experience through tapes and class discussions.

756 Internship-School (pre K-12) (2-4) Field-based course providing on-the-job practice in counseling with individuals and groups and in the classroom under the guidance of an on-site supervisor and a university faculty supervisor. Weekly group discussions of cases and sharing of work experiences is at the heart of the campus classes. Particular content areas that enhance professional preparation (such as legal and ethical issues, standards, technology) are covered. Students are expected to share their counseling work weekly for supervision and peer review. Counseling Portfolios are completed and readied for submission. Instructor consent required.

758 Internship-Community Counseling (2-4) Experiential course that integrates counseling theory into practical application under supervision. Off-campus professional work sites provide students practical experience while weekly class sessions provide support/supervision for work-site activities. Students' skill integration will be monitored and modified through class discussion, written assignments, class exercises and one-to-one supervision with instructor. This advanced course seeks to finalize professional readiness. Successful completion is dependent on the assumption of the professional functions and obligations of a human service provider. Each internship is an individual placement that is developed related to the professional needs of the student, the needs of the internship site and the coordination by the internship instructor. Instructor consent required.

759 Internship-Human Relations (2-4) Field-based course providing on-the-job training, under supervision of on-site supervisors and the internship instructor, in the area of the student's concentration. Students share their work experiences weekly for supervision and peer review. Can be repeated for up to six credits. Instructor consent required.

760 Introduction to Assessment (3) Addresses the study of measurement theory and basic statistics needed for understanding assessment. Also focuses on general test construction, appropriate instrument selection with awareness of limitations, multicultural and ethical considerations. Instruments covered focus on psychological and intellectual functioning, and can generally be administered to clients individually or in groups.  Students experience the administration, interpretation and reporting of a select sample of assessment tools. Students will be introduced to professional report writing and consequential treatment implications. Lab fee.

778 Master's Thesis (1-3) Individual research completed in the field of counseling under supervision of a member of a graduate faculty.