Master of Education - Counseling & Human Development


Course Descriptions

CHD 5000 – Personal Growth & Development Group – 0 credit hours

This non-credit course is an authentic small group experience that focuses on personal growth and wellness. Students will participate for a minimum of 10 clock hours over the course of a semester. Participation in this group experience satisfies a CACREP standard.

 

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.

 

CHD 5013 – Multicultural Counseling – 3 credit hours

Designed to provide insight into the diverse components that the multiculturally competent counselor may experience when providing counseling services to individuals, families, and groups. Specific course topic areas include the exploration and application of age; disability; gender; oppression, power, and privilege; race; sexual orientation; social class; spirituality and religion; social justice and advocacy; and the multicultural counseling competencies.

 

CHD 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.

 

CHD 5033 – Counseling Theories & Techniques: Cognitive/Behavioral – 3 credit hours

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.

 

CHD 5043 – Group Counseling Techniques – 3 credit hours

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.

 

CHD 5053 – Career Education Counseling – 3 credit hours

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.

 

CHD 5063 – Individual & Group Assessment – 3 credit hours

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.

 

CHD 5073 – Psychopathology – 3 credit hours

Provides an exploration of mental and emotional disorders that develop during childhood and adolescence and continue into adulthood, accompanied by current treatment strategies for these conditions. Course content will include age-appropriate diagnostic information related to: neurodevelopmental disorders; feeding and eating disorders; elimination disorders; bipolar and related disorders; depressive disorders; anxiety disorders; gender dysphoria; disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders; trauma- and stressor-related disorders; and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Classification of these disorders will be considered vis-à-vis the current edition of the DSM and related ICD-10 codes.

 

CHD 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.

 

CHD 5093 – Professional Issues & Ethics – 3 credit hours

Students explore professional identity in the context of the history and philosophy 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. Students will be introduced to online library research.

 

CHD 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 program faculty.

 

CHD 6013 – Internship – 3 credit hours

A minimum of 300 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 120 hours of direct, face-to-face contact. This internship experience, i.e., 6013 – Internship, will have to be taken two (2) times to satisfy both the program and CACREP’s requirement.

 

CHD 6023 – Diagnosis of Mental & Emotional Disorders – 3 credit hours

Provides an exploration of mental and emotional disorders including: schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders; bipolar and related disorders; depressive disorders; anxiety disorders; obsessive-compulsive and related disorders; trauma- and stressor-related disorders; dissociative disorders; somatic symptom and related disorders; substance-related and addictive disorders; neurocognitive disorders; and personality disorders. Classification of these disorders will be considered vis-à-vis the current edition of the DSM and related ICD-10 codes. Students will be introduced to methods used in the treatment and management of mental disorders including treatment planning and the use of psychopharmacological medications.

 

CHD 6033 – Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Status – 3 credit hours

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.

 

CHD 6173 – Theories of Addiction & Pharmacology – 3 credit hours

This course will introduce students to models and theories used to describe addiction, both contemporary and historical, and to provide an understanding of the effects of addiction on individuals, including the biological, psychological (cognitive, behavioral, and affective), social, and spiritual dimensions of life and functioning. In addition, we will explore the impact pharmacology has on the treatment process. The interaction of the social and cultural contexts with addictive processes as well as differentiation of addiction from other medical and psychological conditions will be explored.

 

CHD 6174 – Counseling Procedures & Strategies, Legal Issues, & Prevention Strategies with Addicted Populations – 4 credit hours

This course will explore techniques and procedures utilized in the treatment of psychoactive substance abuse and dependence, as well as models of programs utilized in the treatment of psychoactive substance addiction, both contemporary and historical. Students will also learn about the legal and ethical factors associated with working with individuals experiencing addiction. Relapse prevention strategies and techniques will be examined.

 

CHD 6183 – Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment of Addiction – 3 credit hours

Students will learn assessment procedures, interviewing techniques, and various assessment inventories related to the diagnosis and treatment of psychoactive substance abuse and dependency. Criteria for diagnosing substance use disorders and the appropriate modality and level of treatment will be explored. Use of collateral data in the assessment process, including professional and nonprofessional material and the presence of dual diagnosis, will be examined.

 

CHD 6193 – Relationship Counseling, Group Process, & Techniques with Addicted Populations – 3 credit hours

Students will learn about techniques for assessing relationship dysfunction and about the impact psychoactive substance abuse and dependency have on relationships. The course will examine appropriate and effective group techniques and strategies implemented with individuals and families whose lives have been negatively affected by addiction. The impact substance abuse and dependency have on medical, physical, spiritual, and psychological conditions of human development will be explored.

 

CHD 6203 – Treatment of Mental & 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 emphasized.

 

CHD 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.

 

CHD 6283 – Adolescent Intervention – 3 credit hours

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.

CHD 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.

 

CHD 6613 – Systemic Family Therapy – 3 credit hours

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.

 

CHD 6801 – Special Topics – 1 credit hour

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 & human development master’s degree.

 

CHD 6802 – Special Topics – 2 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 & human development master’s degree.

 

CHD 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 & human development master’s degree.