2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin

School Counseling (COUN)

COUN 4001 School Counseling Immersion (0 Credits)

This on-campus experience is for students in the SchoolCounseling@Denver online program.

COUN 4600 Orientation to Professional Counseling & Ethical Practice (4 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to the counseling profession, including an overview of legal, ethical, and structural issues. Restricted to 2U online students only.

COUN 4610 Basic Counseling Techniques (4 Credits)

Basic counseling and interviewing skills; emphasis on building counseling relationships and facilitating client's self-exploration; skills of empathy, advanced empathy, self- disclosure, confrontation, and immediacy. Restricted to 2U online students only.

COUN 4620 Counseling Theory (4 Credits)

Basic counseling theories and philosophical principles as a foundation for professional training including history, concepts, techniques, and trends.

COUN 4630 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (4 Credits)

This course is designed to provide an introduction and overview of comprehensive program development and evaluation, and research methods. The course will provide direction on the following topics: causation, research hypotheses, independent and dependent variables, sampling, internal and external validity, experimental, quasi-experimental, single-subject, causal-comparative, and correlational designs, measurement and data collection procedures, types of instrumentation and methods for determining reliability.

COUN 4700 Diversity: Multicultural Counseling Psychosocial Issues (4 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of multicultural and social justice issues in the United States. While this is not a skills training course, implications for multicultural counseling skills will also be discussed. Issues and concepts related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and social class will be examined within a framework of privilege and oppression. This course is designed to present a general introduction to multicultural and social justice issues as well as culturally responsive counseling. Due to the extensive amount of material in this area, only some selected issues and topics will be presented. Students interested in gaining more specific, or in-depth knowledge of topics covered in this class may pursue the one-credit Counseling Psychology diversity seminars offered in the Counseling Psychology program. Significant emphasis will also be placed on experiential learning and the application of students’ awareness and knowledge accrued throughout the quarter.

COUN 4710 Group Counseling Theory (4 Credits)

This course is designed to introduce graduate counseling students to group counseling theory, research, and practice. This course will focus on group theory and research but will also provide instruction and experiences in a variety of group techniques. The course is designed for students in counseling psychology, school psychology, and other related fields who work with persons in a group context. This course focuses on the entire age range from children, adolescents, and adults. This course aims to define therapeutic groups broadly. Students will learn about group theory, research, and techniques through class lectures and discussion, group demonstrations, videotapes on group topics, reading assignments, a group presentation, an experiential task group, a required paper related to the task group presentation, and other required assignments. Prerequisites: COUN 4600; COUN 4610; and COUN 4620.

COUN 4720 Introduction to Assessment (4 Credits)

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the essentials of psychological testing, assessment, and report utilization. This course will provide students with exposure to basic objective tests, projective tests, personality tests, and other diagnostic techniques. Prerequisites: COUN 4600 AND COUN 4630.

COUN 4730 Lifespan Development (4 Credits)

Survey of the principles of development from conception to adulthood, emphasizing biological, environmental, and cultural factors affecting development.

COUN 4740 Roles & Responsibilities of the School Counselor (4 Credits)

This course will provide an in-depth study into the roles and responsibilities of a school counselor including counselor, consultant, coordinator, and educational leader. Strategies for increasing collaboration among stakeholders and increasing parent involvement will be included. Students will understand the role of the school counselor as an educational leader and advocate for social justice in the school setting. Prerequisites: COUN 4600.

COUN 4800 Career Counseling (4 Credits)

This course is designed to facilitate student development of knowledge, skills and competencies to engage in counseling clients with career issues; utilize occupational/career resources including technology-based resources and assessments; examine theories of career development and decision-making; develop the ability to evaluate and implement appropriate assessments; collaborate with clients in identifying personal and career goals; and organize and implement program planning and techniques and do so in a diversity of work settings. Lab fee required.

COUN 4810 Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (4 Credits)

This course will provide students with a framework for developing a comprehensive school counseling program in order to meet the development needs of students in the domains of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development. Students will become familiar with the American School Counselor Association’s National Model and the use of data to inform programmatic decision making. The course is designed to provide students with practical experience in needs assessment, program development and implementation, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: COUN 4730.

COUN 4820 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and the Family (4 Credits)

Introduction to counseling children and adolescents, with considerations related to counseling within the family system. Includes survey of major theories, research, and techniques. Prerequisites: COUN 4600; COUN 4610; AND COUN 4730.

COUN 4830 Mental Health & Substance Use (4 Credits)

This course covers the identification and treatment of psychological disorders and substance abuse across the lifespan. Special emphasis will be placed on the signs and symptoms in children who are at risk of developing or living in an environment impacted by these disorders. Information will be provided on the effect of common medications on learning, behavior, and mood. Prerequisites: COUN 4720.

COUN 4840 Educational Strategies and Policies for School Counselors (4 Credits)

This course will provide an overview of the history and current issues in legislation and government policy relevant to school counseling. In addition, it will provide training in learning theories, applied behavioral principles, curriculum and instructional strategies, and classroom management to prepare the school counselor for working with a diverse student population. Prerequisites: COUN 4600; AND COUN 4730.

COUN 4850 School Counselor Interventions and Strategies (4 Credits)

This course focuses on developmentally appropriate evidence-based interventions and strategies used in a school setting for prevention and intervention in order to support and promote academic achievement and post-secondary success. Intervention strategies for common behavioral and social issues that occur in school will be presented, as well as culturally competent strategies for working with students and their families. Prerequisites: COUN 4600; AND COUN 4730.

COUN 4900 School Counseling Practicum (4 Credits)

A minimum of 100 hours supervised practice in School Counseling for Master's students in the School Counseling MA program. Students must be supervised by a licensed school counselor. Prerequisites: COUN 4600; COUN 4610; COUN 4700; COUN 4710; COUN 4720; COUN 4730; AND COUN 4740.

COUN 4901 School Counseling Field Supervision (1 Credit)

This course provides group supervision for students completing supervised field experience in roles and settings with clients relevant to their specialty area. Prerequisite: COUN 4900. This prerequisite may be taken concurrently with COUN 4901.

COUN 4910 School Counseling Internship I (4 Credits)

A minimum of 300-hour supervised field practice in a school setting for Master's students in the School Counseling MA program, with weekly seminar. Students must be supervised by a licensed school counselor. Prerequisites: COUN 4900.

COUN 4920 School Counseling Internship II (4 Credits)

A minimum of 300-hour supervised field practice in a school setting for Master's students in the School Counseling MA program, with weekly seminar. Students must be supervised by a licensed school counselor. Prerequisites: COUN 4910.

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