PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING AND SUPERVISION

PCS751 - Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice (Helping Relations) (3)

This course includes studies of major theories, approaches and procedures in counseling and psychotherapy, their historical-cultural developmental contexts, and their applications and practice. Students will be exposed to an overview of current and emerging approaches to psychological counseling, including psychodynamic, existentialhumanistic, transpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and systems approaches. Emphasis is on both theory and practical applications of the various approaches.

PCS752 - Advanced Group Work: Theory and Methodology (3)

This course includes advanced studies of theoretical approaches to and key concepts of group counseling and their practical applications. It focuses on the elements of group dynamics and process; group counseling methods; strategies and skills; historical and cultural contexts in which models were developed; leadership styles and practicalities of creating and leading groups.

PCS753 - Clinical Supervision (3)

This course is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of clinical supervision models, methods and issues. The course will explore supervisory roles, evaluation methods, research, and socio-cultural issues in supervision.

PCS754 - Advanced Appraisal (Tests & Measurements for Individ & Grp) (3)

This course focuses on the study of theory and practice of appraisal, including issues of reliability and validity; evaluation procedures and test administration, as well as clinical and practical aspects of individual and educational testing and clinical diagnosis; integration and interpretation of data from a variety of appraisal procedures; report writing; and the professional communication of appraisal results. It includes legal, ethical and social/cultural issues related to the appropriate use of major instruments for evaluating intelligence, aptitude, achievement, personality and neurological conditions; and computer-managed and computer-assisted methods.

PCS755 - Advanced Professional Orientation and Ethics (3)

This course includes the study of ethical issues in a variety of counseling settings and includes the moral and legal bases for ethical codes and guidelines for human service professionals. The counseling relationship and ethical and professional conduct, standards, and practices are considered. Issues related to client/counselor conflict and societal, legal and cultural values are included. The course will include a focus on methods and strategies for recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas.

PCS851 - Abnormal Psychology (3)

This course focuses on psychopathology and includes studies of the etiology and categorization of psychopathology; historical, sociopolitical, cultural, behavioral and epidemiological approaches to the systematic description of psychological disorders; use of the DSM-IV-TR in differential diagnosis; potential alternatives to the existing system; and the roles of assessment, treatment planning and intervention for psychological disorders.

PCS852 - Advanced Theory and Practice of Career and Lifestyle Dvlpmnt (3)

This course includes studies of career development theory and research and the application of these in a counseling. Theoretical and operational foundations of career counseling, career decision-making, and career development, including assessment and intervention, as well as various career decision-making processes, are included. The relationship between career development and a range of life factors is considered. Practical skills for helping individuals consider career choice and lifestyle options are included.

PCS853 - Biological Bases of Behavior (3)

This course includes studies of the gross anatomy of the nervous system and the basic relationships between the brain, chemical neurotransmitters and behavior; right and left hemisphere specialization; learning disorders and learning style differences; relationships between neurotransmitters and psychiatric disorders; biological bases of memory systems and retrieval processes including long-term, short-term, episodic and semantic memory.

PCS854 - Family Therapy (3)

This course focuses on the history, theory and practice of family therapy, with analysis and comparison of beliefs, therapeutic strategies, and techniques of the most prominent approaches. It includes the study of differences between individual and systems approaches to helping families and the use of the genogram in family therapy, as well as the role and functions of a family therapist.

PCS855 - Human Sexuality for Counselors (3)

This course includes studies of the diverse nature and constructs of human sexuality, sexual identity and sexual dysfunction. Perspectives of human sexuality including biological, behavioral, cultural, social, psychological, as well as clinical factors will be studied. The role of the professional counselor and counseling strategies are considered.

PCS856 - Internship (1, 2 & 3) (3)

These courses will serve to meet requirements for licensure for counselors seeking state licensure and NBCC certification. They will include a practicum course and up to two internships based on the licensing and certification requirements. All aspects of psychological practice - appraisal, therapeutic intervention, and consultation -are addressed in the internship experience. Both a site-based and a college supervisor closely monitor the activity of the learner throughout the internship process to ensure that all internship activities are appropriate to this field of psychology. The college and field (site-based) supervisors formally evaluate the progress of individual learners.

PCS857 - Personality Theory and Development (3)

This course includes exploration of the theories, dynamics and processes of personality; the nature and causes of the personality proposed by major personality theorists; various modes of practice derived from psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, psychophysiological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and existential theoretical paradigms; and the symptomologies of major psychiatric disorders.

PCS858 - Positive Psychology (3)

This course includes an exploration of the theories, concepts and practice of positive psychology including applications in clinical, coaching, and other settings; promoting psychological health in ones life and practice; the study of positive emotion and life satisfaction; intervention/coaching strategies that address specific life challenges for counselors and their clients.

PCS859 - Psychology of Learning (3)

This course includes studies of the principles and theories of learning and behavior including functionalist, associative and cognitive approaches; and current research and practical applications of learning theories in clinical, educational and other applied settings.

PCS860 - Psychopharmacology (3)

This course includes a focus on psychopharmacology for the counselor. Attention to the ways in which drugs interact with the brain to affect cognitive processes and behavioral states is noted. Study of the specific classes of drugs and their applications to the treatment of psychological disorders including psychosis, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders is included.

PCS861 - Spirituality in Counseling (3)

This course focuses on the need of counselors to understand the wide range of religious and spiritual experiences of clients and how these impact mental health and well-being. Included is a study of clients' sense of meaning and purpose in life, as well as their values and beliefs. Consideration is given to the utilization of the client's belief system in furthering counseling goals. The course introduces, as well, transpersonal psychology theory and practice as a framework for professional counseling.

PCS862 - Substance Abuse & Addictive Disorders (3)

This course includes studies of historical and societal aspects of drug use and abuse. It covers core concepts of substance use, abuse and dependence and the etiology of drug abuse. The neurophysiology of addiction and effectiveness of treatment methods and preventive strategies for addictions are covered.

PCS863 - Ethics in Supervision (3)

This course will focus on the ethics and professional orientation for the counseling supervisor, including a focus on dual relationships, legal issues, complex situations in supervision, and a moral and ethical base for the work of supervision.

PCS864 - Supervision (3)

The course focuses on methods and theories of group supervision, with an emphasis on how the group process facilitates learning of supervisees, as well as building the field of inquiry and knowledge acquisition.

PCS865 - Honoring Clinician's Values in Supervision (3)

This course focuses on being aware of and respecting the spiritual orientation, as well as personal and professional values of the clinician being supervised. Included are considerations of different value/spiritual traditions and an inquiry into the nature of how values affect the counseling relationship.

PCS866 - Challenges in Supervision (3)

This course includes focus on a variety of challenging issues in supervision, including verbal and nonverbal resistance by supervisees, issues of transference, breaches of ethics, cultural difference and supervision anxiety. Included is the study of ways to counteract resistance, support supervisee openness and turn the process of challenging experiences into a positive growth experience for supervisees and supervisor.

PCS867 - Positive Approaches to Supervision (3)

This course draws from the theories and themes of positive psychology as an approach to supervision. Considerations of supervisor feedback based in principles of thriving, positivity, and wholeness will be included.

PCS868 - Supervision in Family Therapy (3)

This course focuses on the specific skills needed to supervise family therapists and people working with couples and family groups. The unique role of the family therapist and considerations of how this translates to supervision will be included.

PCS869 - Supervision Authenticity (3)

This course focuses on strategies for helping supervisees identify their own coherent counseling philosophy, personal strengths and weaknesses, and their abiding sense of meaning in the work they do. The course includes strategies for the supervisor in eliciting deep conversation with supervisees and in inspiring supervisees towards their own best practices.

PCS870 - Supporting Beginning Therapists in Supervision (3)

This course focuses on the delicate role of supervising beginning practitioners with an emphasis on supporting the new therapist in a developmental move into a full professional identity.

PCS871 - Theory Orientation: Supervision with Specific Theoretical Or (3)

This course will allow the student to focus on the specifics of supervision within varying theoretical orientations and populations. Noting the theory under consideration directs the learner towards understanding how supervision fits within that theory and methodology.