Clinical Counseling Courses

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Appraisal

PY520 Introduction to Psychological Measurement. 3 hours. The purpose of this course is to help the counseling student develop an understanding of the assessment process and an overview of the different areas of counseling and psychological evaluation and the different tests used in those areas. The course does not teach test administration and scoring. Core (CSR, G, 3)

PY530 Individual Intelligence Assessment. 3 hours. The focus of this course will be the administration, scoring, and interpretation of individual intelligence tests. The student will study the nature of intelligence, theories of intelligence, behavioral observation skills, and the importance of the clinical interview. There will be labs in which the student will learn to administer specific intelligence tests. The course will focus on the Wechsler scales.  Core (CSR, G, 3)

Career Development

PY505 Career Development. 3 hours. This course provides an in-depth look at the theoretical and conceptual approaches, and the assessment techniques used in career counseling. This will include the assessment of career interests, work skills, career decision making, career beliefs, work values, and career decision making. (CSR, F, 3)

Counselor Practicum/Internship

PY563 Counselor Practicum I. 3 hours. Prereq: PY501; PY510; PY535; graduate status; application and interview; completion of 9 credits at Central Methodist University; and designated curriculum check sheet requirements. For each 3 credit hours of practicum credit, the student must log a minimum of 60 indirect and 40 direct contact hours in his or her placement, for a total of at least 100 clock hours. Students in the MS Clinical Counseling program must complete at least 100 hours in the practicum before moving on into their internship phase. Core (CSR, K, 4)

PY564 Counselor Practicum II. 3 hours. Prereq: PY501; PY510; PY535; graduate status; application and interview; completion of 9 credits at Central Methodist University; and designated curriculum check sheet requirements. Student in the MS Clinical Counseling program are required to complete a learning practica of 100 hours before moving on into their internship phase. Counseling Practicum II offers an additional opportunity to fulfill practica hours. This is an elective section of practica (permission must be approved or student recommended). (CSR, K, 4)

PY573 Counseling Internship I. 2-3 hours. This course is an intensive Counseling experience that provides the student with the opportunity to perform a variety of counseling activities expected of a professional mental health Counselor (e.g., application of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, documentation, information and referral techniques, intake, staff meetings, and weekly supervision). Prerequisite courses for Internship include: PY500, PY501, PY510, PY525, PY535, PY552, and PY563.  The internship must be in an approved setting under the supervision of an appropriately licensed on-site supervisor. A formal Internship Agreement must be completed by the student and the internship on-site supervisor and submitted to the Internship instructor prior to the initial class meeting. Students are expected to obtain 600 total training hours including 240 direct and 360 indirect contact hours over 2 semesters. Students are required to abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) in their internship experience. Students are required to provide evidence of professional liability insurance prior to seeing clients. Core (CSR, K, 4)

PY574 Counseling Internship II. 2-3 hours. This course is an intensive Counseling experience that provides the student with the opportunity to perform a variety of counseling activities expected of a professional mental health Counselor (e.g., application of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, documentation, information and referral techniques, intake, staff meetings, and weekly supervision). Prerequisite courses for Internship include: PY500, PY501, PY510, PY525, PY535, PY552, and PY563.   The internship must be in an approved setting under the supervision of an appropriately licensed on-site supervisor. A formal Internship Agreement must be completed by the student and the internship on-site supervisor and submitted to the Internship instructor prior to the initial class meeting. Students are expected to obtain 600 total training hours including 240 direct and 360 indirect contact hours over 2 semesters. Students are required to abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) in their internship experience. Students are required to provide evidence of professional liability insurance prior to seeing clients. Core (CSR, K, 4)

PY575 Counseling Internship III. 2-3 hours. This course is an intensive Counseling experience that provides the student with the opportunity to perform a variety of counseling activities expected of a professional mental health Counselor (e.g., application of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, documentation, information and referral techniques, intake, staff meetings, and weekly supervision). Prerequisite courses for Internship include: PY500, PY501, PY510, PY525, PY535, PY552, and PY563.   The internship must be in an approved setting under the supervision of an appropriately licensed on-site supervisor. A formal Internship Agreement must be completed by the student and the internship on-site supervisor and submitted to the Internship instructor prior to the initial class meeting. Students are expected to obtain 600 total training hours including 240 direct and 360 indirect contact hours over 2 semesters. Students are required to abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) in their internship experience. Students are required to provide evidence of professional liability insurance prior to seeing clients. Core (CSR, K, 4)

Counseling Theory

PY510 Counseling Theory. 3 hours. This course will explore various theories in the field of professional counseling. It will look at personality dynamics, treatment factors, and specific treatment techniques of each theory. Core (CSR, A, 3)

Diagnosis

PY501 Diagnosis & Psychopathology. 3 hours.This course will provide an in-depth review of the multiaxial assessment process that is used in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The course will provide a historical perspective on abnormal behavior and its definition as well as a review of the diagnostic and assessment phase of psychological disorders and various theories that look for the causes of abnormal behavior. This course will further develop the ability of the student to identify diagnostic criteria of the various disorders that a professional counselor may be asked to treat. Core (CSR, J, 4)

Group Counseling

PY552 Group Counseling Techniques. 3 hours. This course will provide an overview of group theories and the basic elements of the group process. This course will be didactic and experiential in nature and will provide the student with the opportunity to practice interventions in a small group setting. (CSR, E, 3)

Helping Relationships

PY527 Foundations of Addictions Counseling. 3 hours. This course will focus on historical and cultural patterns of addictions and addictive behaviors, knowledge and attitude toward chemical abuse, theories of chemical dependency, and recognition and identification of addictions. Elective (CSR, I, 4)

PY535 Techniques of Interviewing. 3 hours. This course is designed to help the student develop the interview and communication skills necessary for a counselor to establish a helping relationship with a client. The counselor must be able to gather information, identify problems, complete a psychosocial history, and formulate a treatment plan. Core (CSR, D, 3)

Human Growth and Development

PY524 Counseling Across the Lifespan. 3 hours. This course examines the nature of the developmental process, from birth to death, This course will look at biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of development. The course will review developmental theories in each area and the educational needs of individuals at different points of their lives. Core (CSR, B, 3

Professional Orientation

PY500 Introduction to Clinical Counseling. 3 hours.This course is an introduction into the field of clinical counseling.  Students enter graduate-level counselor-education programs from a variety of educational and experiential backgrounds.  A graduate with a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling can be employed in a multitude of settings.  The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to some of the knowledge and skills a counselor needs to know, to some of the areas in which the counselor can apply these skills, and to some of the theories and ethical issues important to the professional counselor.  Core (CSR, I, 4)

PY525 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling. 3 hours. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the prospective counselor with the code of ethics, legal standards, licensing, role identity of counselors versus other helping professionals, fee structures, and the impact of fees on the counseling profession. No information in this course is a legal opinion. The instructor is not a lawyer. The information given in this course is intended solely to increase the counseling student's awareness of some of the issues in the field. Core (CSR, I, 4)

PY557 Current Issues and Supervision in Clinical Counseling. 2 hours. This course will provide a synopsis of the Clinical Counseling program as well as offering a lead into the practicum experience.  An examination of current issues in counseling, licensure, legislation, affiliation, supervision, and an understanding of the public and private practice domain will be investigated. Elective (CSR, I, 4)

Research Methods

PY550 Research Methodology. 3 hours. This course is designed to familiarize the student with a variety of research methodologies that may be used in conducting research in the counseling field. Core (CSR, H, 4)

PY555 Statistical Methodology. 3 hours. Students will be instructed in the procedures used to manipulate, display, describe, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data. Prerequisite: Research Methodology. Prerequisite: PY550 and 3 hours college level math and 3 hours of stats or above. Core (CSR, H, 4)

PY595 Thesis Research. 1 hour. This course will provide an opportunity for students to establish and turn in a proposal for topic approval, acquire approval and begin the research process for master thesis as well as provide regular supervision during the process. Elective (CSR, H, 4)

PY597 Master Thesis. 3 hours. The completing of a master's thesis gives the counseling student the opportunity to extend and expand their knowledge of the counseling field and pursue proficiency on the journey to their PhD The individual will integrate their knowledge of counseling, report writing, and research methodology, along with quantitative and qualitative analysis methodologies. Elective (CSR, H, 4).

PY598 Thesis Continuation. 1 hour. This course provides students with continuing support in completing their research thesis.  Elective (CSR, H, 4)

Social and Cultural Diversity

PY542 Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling. 3 hours. This course is designed to provide the counselor with a knowledge base that will allow them to provide services to individuals with diverse needs. Sue and Sue (2008) provides "... broad theoretical, conceptual, research and practice issues related to multicultural counseling/therapy, cultural competence and sociopolitical influences that cut across specific populations" (xix), and a picture of culture specific issues within selected special populations. Atkinson (2004) also provides a picture of selected populations and counseling implications for these populations.  Core (CSR, C, 3)

PY590 Professional Clinical Development Seminars.

CMU Graduate Credit

Students who wish to receive graduate credit for professional clinical development seminars must complete and submit an application/registration from the CMU Graduate Office and pay the designated course fee.

Continuing Education Credit

Students who wish to receive a continuing education certificate upon completion of the course must complete a registration from the CMU Graduate Office, and pay the designated CEU fee.

Fees

3 Continuing Education Units-$150

1 Graduate Credit-$360

 
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