Counseling (COUN)

Courses

COUN 501. Research Tools and Methodology: Quantitative. 3 Units.

Current social research methods; practice in the use of techniques. Considers the philosophy of the scientific method, and familiarizes with counseling test instruments.
Prerequisite: An introductory course in statistics as an undergraduate research methods course.

COUN 502. Research Tools and Methodology: Qualitative. 3 Units.

Qualitative methodology. Prepares students to undertake research projects using the intensive interview method of qualitative research. Explores practical and epistemological issues and problems in qualitative research explored in a workshop format.

COUN 515. Crisis Intervention and Client Advocacy. 3 Units.

Examines theory, techniques, and practice of crisis intervention and client-centered advocacy, with emphasis on development of basic counseling skills and recovery-oriented methods of service delivery. Addresses professional development, socialization, and collaboration among mental health providers. Utilizes multiple presenters from community agencies and recordings of crisis counseling work. Explores crises such as substance abuse, domestic violence, incest, spousal abuse, rape, treating the severely mentally ill, trauma, and disaster. Includes small-group laboratory experiences for practice of crisis counseling skills. Cross-listing: MFAM 515.

COUN 524. Psychopharmacology and Medical Issues. 3 Units.

Introduces common physical and medical issues related to the practice of counseling. Students learn a biopsychosocial-spiritual model to assess and intervene—emphasizing psychopharmacology, neuroanatomy, the mind-body relationship, and research relative to the field of counseling.

COUN 528. Culture, Socioeconomic Status and Therapy. 3 Units.

Addresses current information and historical narratives related to cultural diversity that impact belief systems, communication patterns, roles, and expectations within human relationships and systems. Examines SES and a wide range of social, racial, and ethnic factors that create meanings for individuals, couples, families, and mental health counselors. Emphasizes populations that become professional partners or clients served within this geographic region. Cross-listing MFAM 528.

COUN 540. Foundations of Counseling and Psychotherapy. 3 Units.

Examines history and scope of counseling specialties, principles of collaboration among diverse mental health professionals, factors influencing counseling process, and basic counseling skills. Addresses social ecology impacting consumers and providers within health care. Opens ongoing process of nurturing personal qualities related to counseling practice through deconstruction of personal biases; articulation of personal epistemologies; and development of autobiography, including spiritual formation. Course includes laboratory experience for practice of fundamental counseling skills, with live demonstrations and in-class role play.

COUN 545. Gender Perspectives. 2 Units.

Explores the identities, roles, and relationships of women and men in light of social, cultural, and historical perspectives. Implications for family therapists, educators, and other professionals explored.

COUN 547. Social Ecology of Individual and Family Development. 3 Units.

Studies human individual development and its relationship to the family life cycle from birth through aging and death of family members. Discusses biological, psychological, educational, social, and spiritual development in the context of family, education, and career dynamics involving traditional two-parent families, alternative partnerships, single parents, blended families, and intergenerational communities.

COUN 556. Psychopathology and Diagnostic Procedures. 3 Units.

Explores the history and development of psychopathology and how it relates to current clinical practice in general and marriage and family therapy in particular. Addresses classifications such as ADD/ADHD that affect school achievement and educational placement. Utilizes the multiaxial classifications of the DSM-IV as a practical basis for diagnostics.
Prerequisite: A course in abnormal psychology.

COUN 568. Groups: Process and Practice. 3 Units.

Surveys major theoretical approaches, including individual theories, marital groups, network, and family therapy groups. Group laboratory experience provided in which students apply theory to practice and develop group-leadership skills.

COUN 574. Educational Psychology. 3 Units.

Explores educational psychology through application of development and learning theories to instruction, achievement motivation, self-esteem, classroom management, supportive and disruptive processes on school sites, campus standards, disciplinary practices, legal/ethical issues. Requires research of effective educational practices and related foundations.
Prerequisite: General psychology.

COUN 575. Counseling Theory and Applications. 3 Units.

Counseling theories and applications necessary for work as counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals. Historical overview of all theories from psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, Gestalt, behavior, cognitive behavior, reality, feminist, postmodern (solution-focused and narrative), family systems, and integrative perspectives. Meaningful integration of ethics, theory, and experience on personal and case-study levels.

COUN 576. Exceptional and Medically Challenged Children. 3 Units.

Studies the determinants, characteristics, problems, and adjustments of individuals who deviate markedly from the norm in their mental, physical, emotional, or social aptitudes, traits, and tendencies. Emphasizes education and career planning.

COUN 577. Assessment in Counseling. 3 Units.

Develops competencies and understandings for selecting, administering, and interpreting the major types of standardized tests and inventories used in psychology and education. Theoretical principles and issues presented with hands-on applications. Practicum required.

COUN 578. College and Career Counseling. 3 Units.

Examines vocational and career-choice theories, trends, and related educational programming, including introduction to interest, attitude, and ability evaluation used for career counseling. Includes administration, scoring, and interpretation as part of hands-on application in schools and clinic settings.

COUN 579. Career Theories and Applications. 4 Units.

Study of career theories such as Holland, Ginzberg, Super; as well as multiple approaches, including family and systemic influences on career choice. Application made to values, ethics, meaning, decision making, and individual differences in twenty-first century work places. Includes laboratory experience in the field.

COUN 584. Advanced Child and Adolescent Development. 2,3 Units.

Advanced study of child and adolescent development using topical instructional format. Explores relationship of development to family attachments, self-esteem, school achievement, and social competence. Explores counseling interventions related to development of support for relational and educational success.

COUN 604. Social Context in Clinical Practice: Gender, Class, and Race. 3 Units.

Addresses social inequalities that result in unfairness, health disparities, assaults to personal dignity, and family stress. Examines effects of social hierarchies such as gender, socioeconomic status, race, and sexual orientation on psychological and relational health. Integrates social contextual factors with recovery-based approach to clinical counseling. Cross-listing: MFAM 604.

COUN 614. Law and Ethics. 3 Units.

Examines laws, ethical standards, and current trends for mental health professionals as delineated by organizations such as ACA, ASCA, BBS, and CTC. Reviews legal and ethical guidelines for mental health counseling with individuals and families, including topics related to child welfare, separation, divorce, and financial aspects of family maintenance. Emphasizes ethical counselor-client relationships and collaboration with mental health colleagues. Explores counselor's sense of self, human values, professional behavior, scope of practice, and ethics. Assists in understanding impact of culture, poverty, social stress, and biology on the recovery process. Cross-listing: MFAM 614.

COUN 624. Individual and Systems Assessment. 3 Units.

Applies psychological testing methods in the diagnostic assessment of individual, family, and group behavioral dynamics as encountered in marriage and family counseling and related experience. Observations and/or laboratory experience.

COUN 638. Family Therapy and Chemical Abuse. 3 Units.

Current theories and treatment of chemical dependencies. Emphasizes family therapy, assessment techniques, understanding of how chemicals affect the mental and biological systems, issues of dual diagnosis.

COUN 644. Child Abuse and Family Violence. 3 Units.

Identifies and defines psychological and emotional abuse, neglect, sexual molestation, dynamics of family violence, and characteristics of offenders and nonoffenders. Examines modalities and treatment considerations related to individual and group work with children, adolescents, adults abused as children, families, and unrelated group members. Addresses ethical and legal issues, confidentiality, community resources, and multidisciplinary approaches to child abuse assessment and interview techniques. Explores impact of culture, SES, poverty, and social stressors on family mental health. Minimum of 30 contact hours. Cross-listing: MFAM 644.

COUN 674. Human Sexual Behavior. 3 Units.

Sexuality in contemporary society from the sociopsychological viewpoint. Anatomy and physiology of human sexuality: reproduction, normal and abnormal sexual response, psychosexual development, human fertility, human sexual dysfunction. Integration of systems theory. A minimum of thirty contact hours.

COUN 675. Dynamics of Aging. 1,2 Unit.

Studies aging and related processes of personal and systemic change, such as developmental and self-actualization challenges, retirement, chronic illness, long term care, losses, and other end-of-life issues. Additional unit of study involves laboratory field experience.

COUN 678. Consultation and Program Evaluation. 3 Units.

Examines principles and practices of consultation and program evaluation within educational and clinical counseling environments. Emphasizes systemic concepts, leadership development, counselor advocacy, relational competence, team building, and professional accountability of personnel and programs.

COUN 679. Professional School Counseling. 3 Units.

Integrates knowledge and skills essential for development, implementation, coordination, and supervision of counseling programs within educational institutions—with emphasis on the role and function of school counselors in preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary grades. Applications made to state graduation requirements, case management, school law, community, consultation, and professional ethics.

COUN 680. Field Experience in Counseling. 3-9 Units.

Student demonstrates knowledge and skills within supervised field experience in schools and other agencies. Competencies include areas of educational assessment, personal and social counseling, academic and career counseling, program development, program coordination and supervision, consultation, legal aspects, and professional ethics. State pupil personnel services (PPS) requires a minimum of 600 clock hours—which must include two educational levels, public school activity, and involvement with students from diverse cultural-ethnic-language backgrounds.
Prerequisite: Department approval at least six weeks prior to placement; and state clearances for health, character, and competence in basic skills.

COUN 681. School Counseling Practicum and Seminar. 1 Unit.

Focuses on California standards for the pupil personnel services (PPS) credential in school counseling and K-12 public school counseling programs. Addresses professional development and practice of school counseling through readings, case presentation, University mentoring, and group process. Enrollment restricted to students in the M.S. degree in Counseling Program and in the School Counseling Certificate Program. Requires minimum of two quarters of COUN 681 School Counseling and practicum.

COUN 682. Clinical Counseling Practicum and Seminar. 1 Unit.

Focuses on California standards for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Addresses professional development and practice of clinical counseling through readings, case presentations, University mentoring, and group process. Enrollment restricted to students in M.S. degree in Counseling Program. Registration in COUN 682 required during every quarter of field experience in clinical counseling.

COUN 691. Process Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy. 2 Units.

Explores advanced process approaches to theory and experiential work that are fundamental to understandings of self-awareness, relationship skills, behavioral observations, self-regulatory processes, emotion-focused therapy, and counselor-client contact with individuals and groups. Involves live demonstrations of professional counseling, in-class role play, and laboratory experiences that utilize recording and evaluation of student practice sessions. Enrollment restricted to candidates in clinical degree programs.

COUN 692. Cognitive Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy. 2 Units.

Integrates advanced cognitive approaches with experiential work, including current practice of cognitive behavioral therapies such as DBT and TF-CBT. Includes live demonstrations of professional counseling, in-class role play, and laboratory experiences that utilize recording and evaluation of student practice sessions. Enrollment restricted to candidates in clinical degree programs.

COUN 693. Systemic Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy. 2 Units.

Integrates theory and advanced approaches to counseling individuals and groups within various systems. Demonstrates evidenced-based psychoeducation programs, therapy structures, and mental health delivery methods, with emphasis on recovery care and trauma response models. Enrollment restricted to candidates in clinical degree programs.

COUN 694. Directed Study: Counseling. 1-4 Units.

Directed study in counseling.

COUN 781. School Counseling Field Experience (PPS). 4 Units.

Requires successful completion and evaluation of 200 hours of counseling activities supervised by a PPS-credentialed school counselor at a public school site. Students may continue an on-going field experience registration over a period of five quarters, with an In Progress (IP) notation until the fifth quarter, which must be graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

COUN 782. School Counseling Field Experience (PPS). 4 Units.

Requires successful completion and evaluation of 200 hours of counseling activities supervised by a PPS-credentialed school counselor at a public school site. Students may continue an on-going field experience registration over a period of five quarters, with an In Progress (IP) notation until the fifth quarter, which must be graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

COUN 783. School Counseling Field Experience (PPS). 4 Units.

Requires successful completion and evaluation of 200 hours of counseling activities supervised by a PPS-credentialed school counselor at a public school site. Students may continue an on-going field experience registration over a period of five quarters, with an In Progress (IP) notation until the fifth quarter, which must be graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

COUN 784. School Counseling Field Experience. 3 Units.

Fourth course in a series of 3-unit registrations (COUN 781-786) for University-arranged field experience in school counseling. Requires that student document 100 hours of counseling practicum; obtain a certificate of clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; and subsequently complete 100 hours of supervised counseling in a public school, with on-site supervision by a PPS-credentialed school counselor. Enrollment restricted to students in the M.S. degree in Counseling Program and/or the School Counseling Certificate Program who are working toward the pupil personnel services credential (PPS) in school counseling.

COUN 791. Clinical Counseling Field Experience (LPCC). 3 Units.

Requires successful completion and evaluation of 150 hours—at least 100 of which must be supervised, face-to-face clinical counseling supported by a minimum of 50 hours involving supervision, reporting, documentation, and other counseling-related activities. Students may continue an on-going field experience registration over a period of five quarters, with an In Progress notation (IP) until the fifth quarter, which must be graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

COUN 792. Clinical Counseling Field Experience (LPCC). 3 Units.

Requires successful completion and evaluation of 150 hours—at least 100 of which must be supervised, face-to-face clinical counseling supported by a minimum of 50 hours involving supervision, reporting, documentation, and other counseling-related activities. Students may continue an ongoing field experience registration over a period of five quarters, with an In Progress notation (IP) until the fifth quarter, which must be graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

COUN 793. Clinical Counseling Field Experience (LPCC). 3 Units.

Requires successful completion and evaluation of 150 hours—at least 100 of which must be supervised, face-to-face clinical counseling supported by a minimum of 50 hours involving supervision, reporting, documentation, or other counseling-related activities. Students may continue an on-going field experience registration over a period of five quarters, with an In Progress (IP) notation until the fifth quarter, which must be graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).