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5158 Group Counseling Pre-Practicum

(1-0) This course is an experiential study of group dynamics, processes, and applications. Group stages, tasks and skills of group members and leaders, and the importance of developing an understanding of the therapeutic value of group, are covered. This course involves role-played participation in a group designed to closely resemble a real-life group experience. Students will participate as co-leader as well during the semester. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis. Co-requisite: COUN 5358.

5178 Independent Study

(1-0) Individual problems or research topics designed to place emphasis on selected areas of study. May be repeated twice for additional credit at the discretion of the department chair.

5301 Community-based Counseling

(3-0) Community-based Counseling is presented as a basis for counselors who intend on working in community counseling agencies. This course includes theoretical and applied information based on a variety of settings, as well as a variety of intervention strategies, presented via didactic and experiential coursework.

5305 Assessment in Counseling

(3-0) Problems and principles of administration, scoring and interpreting group and individually administered tests; utilization of test data for diagnostic, placement, predictive, and evaluative purposes; elementary statistical procedures; laboratory activities in test administration, scoring, and interpretation.

5307 Theories of Counseling and Personality

(3-0) This course surveys systematically derived theories of counseling and personality from their origins in social discourse, philosophy, and psychology to the present time. Each theorist is presented biographically and the theory considered with regard to its clinical, cultural, and ethical relevance and application to diverse populations. Prerequisite: COUN 5350 preferred.

5316 Counseling Diverse Populations

(3-0) This seminar is designed to sensitize students to the roles societal power disparities, therapist’s racial identity and awareness, and client racial/cultural identity play in counseling persons of diverse backgrounds. The dynamics of counseling clients who are African-American, Asian-American, female, gay/lesbian, Latino/a, Native-American, and persons with disabilities, will be examined.

5328 Introduction to School Counseling: Leadership, Advocacy & Accountability

(3-0) Orientation to identity and role of professional school counselors and the study of comprehensive developmental guidance programs including the Texas & the ASCA National Model. Included topics: program planning, implementation and evaluation; use of data and accountability; leadership role; and ethical and legal practices in the context of the school.

5338 Advanced Issues in School Counseling: Counseling, Consultation, and Coordination of Services

(3-0) Course Description: Course covers advanced topics in counseling children and adolescents in schools. Emphasis placed on developmentally appropriate preventative and responsive counseling services using collaborative and consultative theories in working with families and community. Contextual issues related to counseling in schools will be covered. Prerequisites: COUN 5328, 5316, 5368 (Catalog Description)

5340 Loss and Grief Recovery Counseling

(3-0) An in-depth study of loss and its aftermath, grief. Emphasis is given to the counseling literature, loss and grief in the arts, personal loss experience, and particular counseling interventions.

5344 Substance Abuse and Counseling: An Introduction

(3-0) This course focuses on chemical dependency across counseling settings, including school, agency, and private practice. This course includes theoretical and applied information on causative factors, assessment, and treatment strategies across a variety of settings and populations via didactic and experimental coursework.

5345 Psychodrama

(3-0) The course is both didactic and experimental. It provides a history of therapeutic drama beginning with the Greek theater of Dionysus. The work of J.L. Moreno is presented and the basic tenets of the theory studied. Students then engage in creating, producing, and acting out actual psychodramatic productions.

5346 Filial Therapy

(3-0) Theoretical and practical application of the filial model will be addressed as well as techniques in training parents in the overall principles and methodology of child-centered play therapy.

5350 Professional Orientation and Ethics

(3-0) An introduction to the counseling profession as practiced in a variety of clinical and human service settings. Emphasis is placed on the philosophical and psychological foundations of mental health counseling, personal/professional traits and skills of effective counselors, professional ethics, licensure, credentialing and professional regulation, and contemporary professional issues.

5351 Current Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy

(3-0) This course provides students with information regarding special issues in marriage and family therapy, including: grief and loss, domestic violence, substance abuse in the family, GLBT issues, divorce, and re-parenting.
Corequisite: COUN 5360, COUN 5366, COUN 5689 or COUN 5389.

5354 Basic Techniques in Counseling

(3-0) This course is designed to introduce the student to basic counseling skills via role-play and videotape. The course also provides a general model of effective counseling, including basic communication skills and theory techniques.
Prerequisite: COUN 5350 or COUN 5328

5355 Career Counseling

(3-0) Career choice and development are considered as critical aspects of persons in material cultures where occupation is a major component of one’s identity. Career concerns often addressed in counseling are presented and discussed along with the area of vocational guidance, occupational information, and preference inventories.

5358 Dynamics & Processes in Group Counseling

(3-0) An intensive laboratory experience requiring highly active student participation in the form of honest, direct, and open communication combined with authentic self-exploration within the group setting. Through participation and required reading, students will gain first-hand familiarity with the basic principles of the dynamics that are characteristic of therapeutic groups.
Prerequisites: COUN 5354 and COUN 5307. Corequisite: COUN 5158

5359 Abnormal Human Behavior

(3-0) The principles of understanding dysfunction in human behavior and systemic organization. This course includes diagnostic, preventive, and remedial methods and interventions.
Prerequisite: COUN 5307

5360 Intermediate Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy

(3-0) Included in this course is the diagnosis and assessment of family functioning and the practice of techniques used by systems theorists in marriage and family therapy. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.
Prerequisites: COUN 5367 and COUN 5354.

5362 Practicum in Professional Supervision: Theories and Applications

(3-0) Provides experience in supervising practicum or intern students and integrating the theoretical foundations and current issues of professional supervision. Emphasis includes ethical, multicultural, gender, age, and lifestyle concerns in supervisory relationships, and academic requirements for supervisory status for Texas Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology credentials. Course can be repeated once for credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis. 

5366 Intermediate Methods in Individual and Group Counseling

(3-0) This advanced methods course applies counseling theories and techniques through formal lecture, didactic exchange, and supervised practice. Students practice skills in the helping relationship process, diagnosis, goal formulation, treatment planning, termination, referral, and record keeping. Students also refine their personal theoretical orientations to counseling. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.
Prerequisite: COUN 5354 and COUN 5359.

5367 Marriage and Family Counseling: Current Theories

(3-0) This course is designed to examine the principles of communication and the goals of marriage and family counseling. Selected approaches and techniques used in marriage and family therapies will be examined.

5368 Developmental Issues in Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Adults

(3-0) Emphasis will be on understanding the interactions between the developmental needs of each of these age groups and counseling techniques and procedures used to deliver mental health services to each of these groups.

5369 Child and Adolescent Counseling Methods

(3-0) Course focus is an overview of counseling interventions with children and adolescents in agency, school, and private practice. Group, individual, and systems techniques will be covered. Assessment of child psychopathology and techniques for consulting with parents will be included.
Prerequisites: COUN 5354 and COUN 5368.

5370 Intermediate Methods in Counseling Adolescents

(3-0) This course will provide an overview of the physical, social, psychological, and behavioral characteristics of the adolescent in the context of the family. Emphasis will be placed on counseling interventions utilizing current research.
Prerequisite: COUN 5369

5372 Assessment and Treatment in Marriage and Family Counseling

(3-0) This course addresses the assessment of individual and family functioning and the planning and implementation of marriage and family treatment methods.
Prerequisites: COUN 5367.

5373 Intermediate Methods in Play Therapy

(3-0) This course provides the philosophical basis for play therapy, including a review of play therapy’s history, various theoretical applications, play therapy techniques, therapeutic stages, ethical issues, and application to a variety of populations and diagnostic categories. As an intermediate methods class, students must demonstrate a minimum skill level. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.
Prerequisite: COUN 5369

5378 Problems in Counseling

(3-0) Individual problems not related to thesis. Designed to place emphasis on selected areas of study. May be repeated once for additional credit at the discretion of the department chair.

5381 Sandtray Therapy Methods

(3-0) This course provides students with the philosophical basis for sandtray therapy as a therapeutic intervention for children and families, including a review of its history, applications, techniques, stages, and ethical issues. Didactic and experiential methods are used.
Prerequisite: COUN 5369 or permission of instructor.

5389 Site-Based Internship

(3-0) An on-site practicum-internship occurring in a school or agency setting with supervision by on-site and university supervisors. May be repeated based on the recommendation of the counseling faculty. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.
Prerequisites: COUN 5689, recommendation of COUN 5689 supervisor, and consent of COUN 5389 supervisors.

5391 Research Seminar

(3-0) Research, measurement, and design procedures for addressing issues in school psychology, counseling, and education. A research project is required of each student.

5399A Thesis

(3-0) This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in COUN 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.

5399B Thesis

(3-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.

5689 Clinical Practicum

(3-3) Practicum includes counseling clients in university-affiliated counseling clinics, and a staffing seminar. May be repeated up to three times (18 credit hours) based on the recommendation of the counseling faculty. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.
Prerequisites: All required course work completed or departmental permission required.