Mental Health Counseling (COUN)

COUN 501  — Theories of Counseling  

This course introduces students to the major counseling theories and related therapeutic practices that have had significant influence on the counseling profession. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of each theory as well as the theory’s historical development. To assist students in understanding how theories are applied in practice, the course will integrate lectures, videos, and case-based discussions. This course was designed to meet the NBCC content requirements for Helping Relationships in Counseling.

3 credits  

Hybrid

COUN 502  — Behavioral Change in Mental Health Counseling  

This course involves learning motivational interviewing (MI) to promote behavioral change in health-related areas. The emphasis is on how MI can be used in healthcare settings, to decrease maladaptive health-related behaviors, and to build patients' importance and confidence in change.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 503  — Psychodiagnosis & Psychopharmacology  

This course consists of an advanced study of abnormal human behavior. It covers the etiology, symptomatology, incidence, assessment, treatment, and prognosis of the major psychological disorders. Current theoretical approaches and research findings relevant to the etiology and treatment of these disorders including an introduction to psychopharmacology are presented.

3 credits  

Hybrid

COUN 504  — Group Therapy  

Through didactic and experiential learning activities, this course enables students to explore the principles of group dynamics; historical and theoretical foundations of group work in community mental health; ethical, legal, and professional issues; techniques and methods of group leadership and development; multicultural issues relevant to group work; and students’ own interpersonal styles of behavior. The course also focuses on the identification of the implicit and explicit role functions of the group members and the group leader. The recognition and awareness of one's own behavior with multiple feedback sources is of primary concern. Prerequisites: COUN 501, COUN 503, COUN 505, COUN 506, COUN 507, COUN 508, COUN 509, COUN 510, COUN 552

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 505  — Counseling Skills  

This course introduces and provides foundational education in clinical interviewing, assessment, and counseling skills. It includes an introduction to the development of clinical hypotheses and treatment conceptualizations based on available data as well as how to use counseling skills effectively with culturally diverse clients. You will be required to explore and demonstrate counseling skills that are necessary throughout the entire process of counseling from initiating, maintaining, and terminating therapeutic relationships.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 506  — Fundamentals of CBT and Suicidology  

Theoretical considerations, principles, and interventions in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and other empirically validated counseling procedures are covered in this course. This course is designed to provide a general introduction to basic counseling skills, suicide assessment, case conceptualization, and CBT based interventions.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 507  — Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling  

This course presents an overview of health and social problems at individual, group, institutional and societal levels. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the concepts and paradigms used in counseling diverse populations, create a space for critical introspection, and the development of multicultural competencies. Through personal reflection, students have the opportunity to grow personally and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work with culturally diverse clients. Completion of this course will provide a foundational understanding of current theories, trends, and issues in counseling special populations; relevant skills to work with diverse populations; and strategies for practicing from a social justice orientation. Students will be expected to examine their own cultural attitudes, experiences, influences, and biases in a safe learning environment.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 508  — Lifespan Development  

This course consists of a comprehensive survey of the theory and research concerning the physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social aspects of development. Across the lifespan, this course focuses on personal development, family development, and systemic issues from a counseling perspective. It covers the study of the psychology of the growing person from conception through the elder years

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 509  — Tests and Measurements  

This course covers the tests and measurement tools used in contemporary counseling, with special emphasis on intellectual and personality variables. Critical concepts and strategies in testing including standardization, reliability, validity and test selection are discussed.

3 credits  

Hybrid

COUN 510  — Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Counseling  

The professional and ethical issues confronting the counseling profession in mental health are the focus of this course. It emphasizes appropriate management of common legal and ethical dilemmas encountered in clinical practice. Additionally, this course introduces a space for counselors-in-training to begin a foundation for professional development through self-awareness, advocacy, and involvement in professional organizations.

3 credits  

Hybrid

COUN 512  — Intro to Marriage & Family Counseling  

This course familiarizes students with various theories of marriage and family therapy, including the historical context of each. Approaches include narrative, psychoeducation, structural, strategic, intergenerational, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic models. Case studies, critical discussions, role plays and video tapes of master counselors are used to deepen students’ understanding of the different counselors’ models.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 515  — Crisis & Trauma Counseling  

Studies estimate that between 51 and 98% of clients accessing community mental health treatment have trauma histories. More than just PTSD, trauma is a complex disorder requiring assessment of clients’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as their ability to regulate their own physiologic, emotional, and social environments. This class explores how trauma impacts not only one’s cognitive and emotional processing, but also dysregulates one’s neurophysiology, and discusses evidence- based assessments and interventions that counselors can use to help alleviate the negative impact of trauma with their clients.

3 credits  

OnLine

COUN 517  — Dialectical Behavior Therapy  

Through engaging didactic and experiential learning activities, this course enables students to master the clinical application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the four DBT Skills modules of Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Skills and Distress Tolerance to treat suicidal and difficult to treat clients. Students will watch and engage in role plays, review case examples, and actively practice skills learned in class. Lastly, Students will collaborate with their peers and get feedback on how to approach the unique challenges of implementing DBT skills with difficult-to-treat clients.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 519  — ACT in Behavior Medicine  

This course introduces the student to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (and related practices such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and Relational Frame Theory (RFT)), and its application to behavioral medicine. Applications within behavioral medicine include disease prevention, health promotion, symptom management, and disease management, particularly where medical methods provide incomplete solutions, such as with chronic health conditions.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 520  — Assessing and Treating Addiction  

The course presents a broad discussion of both traditional empirically validated methods for assessing substance use disorders and effectively treating those disorders. Particular emphasis is placed on behavioral and cognitive behavioral counseling approaches.

3 credits  

OnLine

COUN 521  — Biopsychosocial Basis of Addiction  

This course presents an overview of the biopsychosocial theories of addiction, with a specific emphasis on integrating these theories into the counseling process. Neurobiological, cognitive- behavior, psychodynamic and traditional 12- step processes will be covered.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 522  — Counseling in Correctional Settings  

This course is an introductory overview of counseling psychology theories of offending and offender change. Emphasis is placed on empirically validated counseling approaches to initiating change in offenders.

3 credits  

Hybrid

COUN 523  — Advanced Interventions in Addiction Counseling  

This course presents both theory and practice of motivational interviewing and mindfulness therapy as well as other empirically validated treatments for addicted clients. Throughout the use of lecture, demonstration and role-plays, students learn how to effectively utilize these counseling techniques in their addiction practice.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 524  — Addiction and Correctional Counseling Intervention Seminar  

This advanced seminar is used as a forum for practicum students to integrate information from coursework into their practicum work. The emphasis is on effective use of research and clinical literature in designing and implementing counseling intervention programs for persons with substance use disorders who may also be offenders.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 525  — Introduction to Addictions and the Family  

This course reviews empirically validated counseling approaches to working with children, adolescents and families to reduce the negative consequences of substance misuse. Particular emphasis is placed on family involvement in the motivation and support of treatments for substance-misusing clients.

3 credits  

Hybrid

COUN 526  — Psychotherapeutic Aspects of Human Sexuality  

This course provides information, attitudinal training, and counseling experience for graduate students in the area of human sexuality. It will be a counseling course dealing with basic concepts of human sexual and affectional development as well as the bio-psycho-sexual dynamics influencing sexual behavior throughout the life cycle for diverse groups of people. There is a focus on sex related issues, disorders, and problem behaviors along with appropriate therapeutic treatment. Issues related to sexuality and relationships in counseling are also covered. This course is a balance of examining one’s own personal sexual values and how they affect the counseling relationship, along with didactic information about human sexuality.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 527  — Community Based Interventions  

This course focuses on the application of the major theories and concepts of mental health counseling as they relate to community based treatment with a variety of specific issues and populations. Emphasis is placed on model application, techniques, professional issues, and the development of advanced conceptualization and treatment planning skills. Exploration of systems issues, levels of care, historical treatment approaches, collaborative concerns, and interdisciplinary treatment, as well as administration, finance, and accountability are explored. Consideration is given to legal, ethical, and cultural implications. (Required for Mental Health Counseling Track)

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 528  — Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling  

This course covers advanced skills in marriage, couple, and family counseling. Students apply marriage and family theory and skills acquired throughout the program and allows them to gain a deeper understanding of working with diverse families.

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 531  — Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling  

This course presents a broad overview of the field of clinical mental health and provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully put theory into practice in real-world settings. This course will introduce students to emerging paradigms in the counseling field such as mindfulness, behavioral medicine, neuroscience, recovery-oriented care, provider care, person-centered treatment planning, and holistic wellness, while emphasizing the importance of selecting evidence-based practices appropriate for specific clients, issues, and settings. This course is designed for students in the biomedical sciences degree program.

3 credits  

OnLine

COUN 552  — Research Methods, Statistics, & Program Evaluation  

Statistical analysis and research design in counseling are covered, including sampling, measurement, hypothesis development and testing, and interpretation of results. This course is designed to teach program evaluation and research methods in counseling while providing the student with a hands- on approach to collecting and analyzing data.

3 credits  

Hybrid

COUN 561  — Practicum Seminar  

This course is designed to develop students' counseling skills through a 100 hour field experience that includes at least 40 client contact hours. This course involves supervised application of counseling and therapy processes with clients. Students participate in weekly small group and individual supervision experiences. Prerequisites: COUN 503, COUN 505, COUN 506, COUN 510

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 562  — Internship I  

A year-long sequence of applied clinical work will promote the development of counseling skills and the integration of theory with real-world experience. In addition, there is intensive supervision, skill development exercises, and literature reviews tailored to the student’s experiences provided in a weekly seminar. This course sequence is required for students’ who major in: Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addiction and Offenders. Prerequisites: COUN 503, COUN 504, COUN 505, COUN 506, COUN 510, COUN 561

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 563  — Internship Seminar II  

A year-long sequence of applied clinical work will promote the development of counseling skills and the integration of theory with real-world experience. In addition, there is intensive supervision, skill development exercises, and literature reviews tailored to the student’s experiences provided in a weekly seminar. This course sequence is required for students’ who major in: Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addiction and Offenders. Prerequisites: COUN 503, COUN 504, COUN 505, COUN 506, COUN 510, COUN 561, COUN 562

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 565  — Capstone Advocacy Project  

An integral part of being a counselor is advocating for clients, populations, and/or the profession. Therefore, PCOM has established an advocacy project requirement for all students. This advocacy project is concentration specific and requires students to actively engage in a project aimed at advocating for clients, populations, or the profession. Students begin working on their advocacy project idea during their first term in the COUN 510, Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues course. Students then work with their advisor on their advocacy project and present their advocacy project during the Spring term prior to them graduating. Please see appropriate rubric for details.

0 credits  

In-Person

COUN 571  — Career and Vocational Counseling  

This online course provides an understanding of career development, theories, decision- making models and related life factors. Students are also introduced to career counseling processes, techniques, and resources.

3 credits  

OnLine

COUN 575A  — Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy  

This course focuses on the theoretical, historical, philosophical and technical bases of cognitive behavior therapy. Specific treatments for various psychological disorders will be reviewed, and clinical skills will be developed through the discussion of case presentations. This course is a year- long course that is registered in the Fall.

2 credits  

In-Person

COUN 575B  — Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy II  

This course focuses on the theoretical, historical, philosophical and technical bases of cognitive behavior therapy. Specific treatments for various psychological disorders will be reviewed, and clinical skills will be developed through the discussion of case presentations. This course is a year- long course that is registered in the Fall.

2 credits  

In-Person

COUN 575C  — Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy III  

This course focuses on the theoretical, historical, philosophical and technical bases of cognitive behavior therapy. Specific treatments for various psychological disorders will be reviewed, and clinical skills will be developed through the discussion of case presentations. This course is a year- long course that is registered in the Fall.

2 credits  

In-Person

COUN 585  — Internship III  

A year-long sequence of applied clinical work will promote the development of counseling skills and the integration of theory with real-world experience. In addition, there is intensive supervision, skill development exercises, and literature reviews tailored to the student’s experiences provided in a weekly seminar. This course sequence is required for students’ who major in: Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Addiction and Offenders. Prerequisites: COUN 503, COUN 504, COUN 505, COUN 506, COUN 510, COUN 561, COUN 562, COUN 563

3 credits  

In-Person

COUN 590  — Objective Comprehensive Exam  

There are three parts to the comprehensive exam in the program. Students register for the objective comprehensive exam in the term in which they take the exam.

0 credits  
COUN 591  — Case Conceptualization Comprehensive Exam  

There are three parts to the comprehensive exam in the program. Students register for the case conceptualization comprehensive exam in the term in which they take the exam.

0 credits  
COUN 593  — Comprehensive Exam (Standardized Patient Video)  

There are three parts to the comprehensive exam in the program. Students register for the STEPPS VI comprehensive exam in the term in which they take the exam.

0 credits  
COUN 599  — Adv Standing