Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development
MEd - Counseling and Human
Development - CHD
5003 - Life Cycle Development in Individuals &
Families - 3 credit hours
Designed to aid in the understanding of the nature and needs of
individuals in the family system at all moral, cognitive,
psychological, social, and spiritual development levels.
Intervention strategies in the complex development relationships
among individuals in the family system are presented. Counseling in
the life cycle of the individual will be the primary focus.
5013 - Multicultural Issues, Human Diversity &
Preventive Community Education - 3 credit hours
Provides an understanding of cultural and diversity related
attitudes, beliefs, trends, and social justice issues including
individual, relationship, and community intervention strategies as
well as ethical and legal considerations.
5023 - Counseling Theories & Techniques:
Affective/Humanistic - 3 credit hours
Introduces students to theories that conceptualize
counseling issues, processes and interventions with an emphasis on
affective and humanistic orientations. Additionally, students
will become familiar with essential interviewing and counseling
skills as well as ethical and legal considerations. Students will
become knowledgeable about techniques associated with affective and
humanistic counseling approaches through didactic instruction,
experiential exercises, and session evaluations.
5033 - Counseling Theories &
Techniques: Cognitive/Behavioral - 3 credit
Introduces students to theories that conceptualize counseling
issues, processes, and interventions with an emphasis on cognitive
and behavioral orientations. Additionally, students will
become familiar with essential interviewing and counseling skills
as well as ethical and legal considerations. Students will become
knowledgeable about techniques associated with cognitive and
behavioral counseling approaches through didactic instruction,
experiential exercises, and session evaluations.
5043 - Group Counseling Techniques - 3 credit
Intended to provide the student with both a theoretical and
experiential understanding of group work including discussion of
the principles of group dynamics, group leadership styles, group
counseling theories, group counseling methods, types of group work,
and professional preparation standards for group leaders. Ethical
and legal issues associated with group work and leadership will
also be discussed.
5053 - Career Education Counseling - 3 credit
Promotes an understanding of the world of work and
theories of career development including ability, interest, values,
personality factors, and choice of occupation. Also discussed are
occupational/vocational trends, interrelationships between work,
family, and other life roles, assessment instruments and techniques
relevant to instruction in the area of career guidance, as well as,
various career counseling resources available to the counselor.
5063 - Individual and Group Assessment - 3 credit
Provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to
assessment and evaluation in counseling. History of assessment,
statistical assessment concepts, reliability and validity,
norm-referenced and criterion-referenced interpretation, and
ethical and legal concerns are addressed. Additional areas of
focus include strategies for test selection, administration,
scoring, and interpretation as well as communication of test
results. A variety of assessment methods is presented and their
applicability to various diverse cultures is discussed.
5073 - Psychopathology - 3 credit
Provides an exploration of mental and emotional disorders that
develop during childhood and adolescence and continue to adulthood,
as well as sexual and gender identity disorders; eating disorders;
personality disorders; impulse-control disorders; delirium,
dementia, and amnesic and other cognitive disorders; and
substance-related disorders. Classification of these disorders will
be considered vis-à-vis the DSM-IV-R and ICD codes. Students will
be introduced to methods used in the treatment and management of
mental and emotional disorders including treatment planning, record
keeping, intake and referral procedures, and the use of
5083 - Research Methods - 3 credit hours
Provides students with an understanding of research methods,
statistical analyses, needs assessments, and program evaluation.
Will focus on understanding research methodologies (i.e.,
quantitative and qualitative) and how these methodologies can be
used for improving counseling effectiveness. Basic statistical
procedures involved in descriptive and experimental research are
presented. Students will use statistical software packages to
calculate descriptive and inferential statistics. Ethical and
professional issues associated with research and program evaluation
will also be presented.
5093 - Ethics and Professional Issues - 3 credit
Students explore professional identity in the context of the
history of mental health counseling, as well as current issues in
the profession. Students also explore professional roles,
functions, and professional affiliations. Professional preparation
standards, professional credentialing, licensure, and public policy
issues relating to the professional counselor are examined.
Students explore core areas of ACA Code of Ethics, as well as
application of the code through the use of ethical decision-making
models. Professionalism including professional involvement,
advocacy, and ethical behavior is emphasized.
5503 - Foundations of Counseling & Education
Technology - 3 credit hours
Students are oriented to graduate studies in the School of
Professional counseling, including its history, program policies,
requirements, and technologies. Students are introduced to the
history, philosophy, and trends in clinical mental health
counseling. They will become familiar with the roles and functions
of mental health counselors in different settings as well as
learning the importance of working as an interdisciplinary team.
Students explore and practice skills in APA style writing, online
library research, professional writing, and effective academic
studies. This course prepares students to meet the Association of
Counseling Education and Supervision (ACES) Technical Competencies
for Counselor Education Students. Particular emphasis is placed on
the use technology to enhance graduate research and writing skills,
including an understanding of the APA writing style and
6003 - Practicum - 3 credit hours
Provides clinical instruction through supervised placement within
the student's program of study while completing one 150 on-site
clock hours. Particular attention is given to the development of
individual counseling and group skills under supervision through an
on-site placement in a professional clinical setting. Requires 60
hours of direct, face-to-face contact. Students receive one hour
per week of individual supervision in the clinical setting and
one-and-a-half hours per week of group supervision provided by
6011 - Internship - 1 credit hour
A minimum of 200 clock hours in a supervised clinical setting that
allows for a transition from an educational, student-oriented
environment to a professional, clinically oriented setting. During
this experience, the student will receive on-site supervision from
a qualified mental health professional while continuing to receive
tutorial instruction on campus. Requires 80 hours of direct,
face-to-face contact. This internship experience, i.e., 6011 -
Internship, will have to be taken three (3) times to satisfy both
the program and CACREP's requirement.
6023 - Diagnosis of Mental & Emotional Disorders - 3
Provides an exploration of mental and emotional disorders
including adjustment disorders; sleep disorders, schizophrenia and
other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders,
somatoform disorders, factitious disorders, dissociative disorders,
and other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention.
Classification of these disorders will be considered vis-à-vis the
DSM-IV-R and ICD codes. Students will be introduced to methods used
in the treatment and management of mental disorders including
treatment planning, record keeping, intake and referral procedures,
and the use of psychopharmacological medications.
6033 - Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Status - 3
A continuation of individual and group approaches to
assessment and evaluation in counseling. A range of assessment
methods is presented and their applicability to various diverse
cultures is discussed. A particular focus is on the administration,
scoring, and interpretation of a variety of instruments used
frequently by counselors as well as assessment report writing.
High-risk assessment, involuntary commitment evaluation, and
referral are also addressed.
6163 - Substance Abuse Treatment - 3 credit hours
Provides an understanding of the dynamics of drug and
alcohol use and the principles of evidenced-based treatment
practices associated with substance abuse disorders.
6203 - Treatment of Mental and Emotional
Disorders - 3 credit hours
Presents detailed coverage of utilizing and completing the
primary documentation components in clinical practice including
intake interview reports, session notes, developing and
implementing treatment plans, formulating timelines for treatment,
assessing and reporting on treatment progress, procedures for
making and documenting appropriate treatment recommendations and
referrals, and termination summaries in the treatment of mental and
emotional disorders. The clinical application of theoretical
orientations throughout these processes will also be
6253 - Play Therapy - 3 credit hours
Provides basic knowledge in the history and major theories
of play therapy and basic knowledge and application of
child-centered play therapy skills and advanced play therapy
techniques. Assists students in understanding children's behavior
and communicating more effectively with them through play. Presents
ways to work with parents whose children are in play therapy.
6283 - Adolescent Intervention - 3 credit
Presents an in-depth survey of various problematic issues and
behaviors associated with adolescence and diverse individual and
family counseling models for the prevention, assessment, and
treatment of these problems. Theoretical foundations, ethical
concerns, and adolescent development are also addressed.
6513 - Mental Health Administration, Supervision, &
Consultation - 3 credit hours
Investigates various theoretical models and applied
methodology of administrative organization, leadership style,
public advocacy, consultation, and clinical supervision of mental
health professionals in a range of treatment settings.
6613 - Systemic Family Therapy - 3 credit
Introduction to the historical proponents of systemic and feminist
thought. Focuses on the basic systemic models and theories
including communication (MRI and Satir), intergenerational (Bowen),
strategic (Haley), and structural (Minuchin). An overview of
contemporary theories will also be presented. New developments and
research in the field will be highlighted.
6801 - Special Topics - 1 credit
Includes areas of knowledge and skills related to counseling but
not covered in the core curriculum. Credit hours for special topics
will not substitute for any part of the 60 hours required for the
Counseling and Human Development masters degree.
6802 - Special Topics - 2 credit
Includes areas of knowledge and skills not covered in the core
curriculum. Credit hours for special topics will not substitute for
any part of the 60 hours required for the Counseling and Human
Development masters degree.
6803 - Special Topics - 3 credit hours
Includes areas of knowledge and skills not covered in the
core curriculum. Credit hours for special topics will not
substitute for any part of the 60 hours required for the Counseling
and Human Development masters degree