Department Courses

Courses

COU 695 - Special Topics (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only.

COU 701 - Seminar on Loss: Death, Dying, and Living (3)

This course is intended to better understand LIFE, particularly as it is affected by serious loss -- that is, loss related to life-threatening illness, loss related to disability, and the ultimate loss caused by death. It is the intent of the professor that the course provide a solid theoretical and practical knowledge base about the topic of serious loss. Second, and more importantly, this course will provide an opportunity for hearing and deaf people to discuss issues of loss as they are related to our professional responsibilities. Topics of loss and thanatology are multidisciplinary; therefore, the course will be designed for professionals from a variety of fields, including education, counseling, social work, psychology, audiology, and administration.

COU 702 - Play Therapy (3)

This course is designed to give the candidate exposure to the various play therapies: play room, sand tray, art, movement and psychodrama. Through reading, lecture, class discussion, case presentations, and role play simulations, candidates will become familiar with various techniques used with children in therapy and counseling. Candidates will discuss the applicability of these theories in working with deaf and hard of hearing children and youth; as well as in working with children and youth with differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Prerequisites: Graduate level standing.

COU 703 - Substance Prevention For Children and Youth (3)

This course will review current practice in the area of substance abuse prevention for children and youth, as well as focusing on current research in this area. Through readings, lectures, class discussions, class projects and presentations and role play simulations, candidates will become familiar with different methods and programs to use with children and youth of different ages.

COU 708 - Counseling for Wellness and Human Development (3)

Wellness can be defined as a way of life oriented toward optimal health and well-being, in which the individual integrates mind, body, and spirit to experience life more fully. It is both an outcome and a process. Wellness will be considered in the context of human development and transitions across the life span. This course looks at wellness from a counseling perspective and is designed to explore the theories, research, techniques, and activities that enhance well-being in the client and counselor throughout life. The course is grounded in wellness models that integrate a holistic perspective to the overall mental health of individuals, families, and organizations. Attention will be given to addressing client strengths, optimism, happiness, hope, and resiliency, particularly through practices drawn from various cultural traditions. The format of this course is didactic, experiential, and interactive.

Co-requisite: COU 721; or permission of instructor

COU 709 - Culture, Identity & the American Deaf Community (3)

This course is designed to focus on the culture and identity of deaf/hard of hearing individuals and their related cultural communities in the context of American society. It will promote in-depth exploration and understanding of personal, socio-political, and cultural relationships of these individuals and communities and the effects on the counseling process and relationship between counselor and client, including group and systems level change dynamics. The course will utilize and build upon the theoretical frameworks and practices introduced in COU 730: Social and Cultural Diversity Foundations & Multicultural Counseling, including continuation of the "Sharing Views" cross cultural dialogue groups. There will be 5 units in this course: Deaf people within a Multicultural Framework, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Deaf populations, Intersectionality and Deaf Identities, Culturally Responsive Practice (Counselor to Client and Client Systems), and Working with Deaf Children in context of their Family, School, and Community.

Prerequisite: COU 730

COU 710 - Orientation to the Profession of Mental Health Counseling (3)

The course provides an orientation to basic mental health counseling principles, processes, counselor roles and functions, professional ethics, issues, organizations, and publications. Specific emphasis will be placed on mental health counseling with deaf individuals and deaf people with multiple disabilities, networking with other agencies, advocacy, and professional responsibilities.

COU 712 - Orientation to the Profession of School Counseling (3)

The course provides an orientation to counseling services within K – 12 educational settings. Includes an introduction to the profession of school counseling, counselor roles and functions, principles and models, professional ethics, organizations, and publications related to the field. Emphasis will be the beginning development of a framework in which to apply issues of educational equity, social justice, and multicultural practices for all students.

COU 714 - Emotional & Behavioral Disorders Across the Lifespan (4)

This course is designed to provide a foundation in the conceptualization, identification and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders across the lifespan. Attention will be given to the specific symptoms associated with common psychological disorders such as those addressed in the DSM-5 and medical diagnoses that may have emotional, behavioral or learning implications for children, adolescents and adults. In addition, the course will take into account cultural aspects, age considerations, associated complications, and predisposing factors. This important foundation is reinforced through case studies with emphasis on case formulation, conceptualization and potential interventions. Intervention and treatment planning using a strength- and wellness-based model will be considered. Additionally, attention is given to the appropriate preventive measures. Students will begin to utilize the DSM system of classification while not being completely bound by this system and thus begin to develop their own working models of how maladaptive patterns of adjustment develop, persist and can evolve into newer, more adaptive patterns of functioning.

Prerequisites: Completion of COU 710 or 712, and COU721 and COU732

COU 715 - Family Therapy (3)

This course is designed to examine the major contemporary theories and approaches in couples, marital and family therapy. From this framework, candidates will also consider the applicability of these theories in working with deaf children, adolescents, adults and families with deaf members. Examined will be major concepts of family dynamics and the family life cycle, with additional emphasis on families with deaf members. Candidates will be introduced to key concepts involving 1) the understanding of functional and dysfunctional relationships which often occur within couples and families and which also may occur between the client/family and therapist or other professionals involved with deaf persons, 2) the formulation and implementation of clinical intervention techniques to modify dysfunctional individuals, couples or families and larger than family dynamics. Activities will include lecture, class discussion, case presentations, and role playing simulation sessions with post-session discussions. A major emphasis is placed on the development and becoming of the couples, marital and family therapist.

Prerequisites: COU 732.

COU 716 - Psychopharmacology for Counselors (1)

This is an introduction to current psychoactive medications used most often in schools and counseling/psychiatric settings today. The course will explore the conditions which respond best to psychoactive drugs, the specific drugs used to treat specific conditions, and the typical dosages used. In addition, it will explore when it is appropriate to suggest medication and also alternative medication, side effects to be aware of, and the benefits gained from the use of psychoactive drugs.

Prerequisites: Graduate level standing.

COU 717 - Lifespan Development (3)

This course is designed to review theories and principles of human development across the lifespan, and to familiarize students with current knowledge and research in the field. This course also covers areas of childhood disabilities, as well as current issues regarding deafness and human development. Developmental issues across the life span related to culture, gender, heredity and environment will also be included.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in child/adolescent development and an undergraduate course in abnormal psychology.

COU 720 - Introduction to Research for Counselors (3)

The purpose of this course is to assist students in understanding the language, principles, reasoning, and methodologies of research and to help them critically evaluate counseling research literature. Students will recognize ethical issues relevant to conducting culturally appropriate research, and how research can improve counseling effectiveness. Instruction is approached from a multicultural perspective, including through the selection of instructional materials and student assessments.

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.

COU 721 - Foundations in Helping Skills I (4)

This introductory course provides students with an understanding of essential interviewing and counseling skills necessary to develop a therapeutic relationship with clients from diverse backgrounds, establish appropriate counseling goals, design intervention strategies, evaluate client outcome, and successfully terminate the counselor-client relationship. Counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes including age, gender, and ethnic differences, verbal and nonverbal behaviors and personal characteristics, orientations, and skills are covered. This course facilitates student self-awareness and sensitivity toward Deaf culture and other multicultural issues that facilitate relationships among people. Ethical issues in working with clients are reviewed. The instructional format including lectures, discussions, small group activities, and student engagement in role playing and simulated counseling sessions.

COU 723 - Counseling Deaf Students with Special Needs (3)

This course is designed to expose school counseling majors to the deaf child with special needs and low incidence disabilities in the school program. During the semester, school counseling graduate students will study the various medical and psychosocial issues of deaf students who have multiple disabilities. Additionally, the graduate student will discuss various approaches to providing both preventative and remedial mental health services to deaf students with special needs, and consultation services to parents, families, teachers, and staff members when appropriate. Specific instruction in developing the social/emotional component of the IEP, developing behavior plans, and providing consultation in behavior management, social skills development, independent living skills training, and transition planning will also be discussed.

Prerequisites: COU 717, COU 721, and COU 732.

COU 728 - The Cycle of Substance Abuse (3)

The goal of this course is to help professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing people understand the impact of drug and alcohol abuse throughout the individual's life span as well as within family and social systems. The course will examine current trends in alcohol and drug abuse; legal implications; street names and drug symptom identifiers for counselors; the medical implications for prescription and non-prescription drug abuse; substance abuse terminology; the historical context of substance abuse in American society; community responses to substance abuse; essentials of substance abuse prevention; deafness, family dynamics, and substance abuse; and substance abuse treatment strategies and service accessibility.

Prerequisites: Graduate level standing.

COU 730 - Social and Cultural Diversity Foundations & Multicultural Counseling (3)

This course is designed for students' personal and professional development in the area of social and cultural diversity awareness development and multicultural counseling. Effective and meaningful multicultural work with culturally diverse clients/groups/communities requires helping professionals to develop a continuing awareness of self; increased knowledge and practical understanding of others' world-views; and an ever changing and evolving skill set for effective engagement with diverse individuals/populations. Throughout the course students will begin to develop their own "cultural portfolios" through the activities and experiences in and outside of the classroom setting that have been designed to draw out personal thought, reflection, evaluation-re-evaluation, and interpersonal dialogue on related issues of cultural relevance and social justice work as a helping professional. This course will facilitate deeper awareness, broader knowledge and understanding, and provide a framework to developing multicultural competence as a counselor all the while addressing the impact of culture and power on an individual, his/her family, community, organizational structures and systems of power that reflect culture. The course takes a meta model approach to identity, and views people as being multifaceted and members of multiple cultural/language groups including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religious diversity, disability, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, education, and much more. Throughout the course, there is considerable use of experiential learning exercises including individual, pair, small and large group dialogue and activity in and outside of class, regular reading, didactic teaching of theoretical concepts, frameworks, and practices, gust presentation and use of media reflect the teaching approaches.

Co-requisites: Simultaneously taken with COU 710, or 712, 717, 721, 732

COU 731 - SIMSOC: Simulated Society (1)

SIMSOC is an experiential learning simulation activity developed in the 1960's by William Gamson that explores system / organizational dynamics, processes of large scale conflict, protest, social control, and social change. The simulation is played over two full consecutive days, and then is followed by an extensive debriefing, and an additional follow up and application session. During the simulation, participants are assigned membership into one of four "regions" of the SIMSOC "society". Each individual is given specific roles, responsibilities, and resources. During the SIMSOC experience, participants deepen their own understanding of themselves and others as they address complex intra- and inter- group communication, team-building, trust building, negotiation skills and other aspects of fact to face multicultural interactions. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the challenge of creating a Utopian society. They experience the dynamics between individualism and collectivism as they seek to satisfy specific individual "goals" while simultaneously working to ensure the survival and developing culture of the society as a whole. This course is required for all Department of Counseling students (both Mental and School Counseling majors). The course is an elective course for non-counseling graduate students with Instructors permission.

Prerequisites: This course is for graduate level students and/or instructor permission

COU 732 - Theories and Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)

This course provides graduate counselor trainees with a foundation in the counseling treatment approaches commonly used in school, community, mental health counseling settings. This course is fundamental in developing skills in assessment of client needs and application of effective preventive and therapeutic counseling interventions. This course emphasizes the appropriate application of counseling and psychotherapy theories to culturally diverse populations of children and adults.

Prerequisites: Department of Counseling degree students and special graduate students with permission.

COU 734 - Lifestyles and Career Development (3)

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of theories, materials, programs, and practices in the career development area. It specifically seeks to identify practices used with or potentially useful with deaf people. A central theme is the recognition of the role of career and work with the integration of personality. The course will discuss multicultural issues. Emphasis will be placed on discussing the career needs of deaf and hard of hearing people.

Prerequisites: COU 710.

COU 736 - Organization and Administration of Human Service Programs (3)

This course focuses on the principles and procedures for establishing and maintaining guidance and counseling services in a variety of educational settings. Special emphasis is given to the systems approach, and to the process of needs assessment, program development, and program evaluation.

COU 737 - Organization and Administration of School Programs (3)

This course is designed to provide students with organizational and administrative theoretical frameworks of comprehensive school counseling programs (CSCP), and a basic understanding of the processes involved with the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program from a multicultural organizational development (MCOD) context. In addition, the course will address knowledge and basic skills in multicultural organizational development, school-based consultation, advocacy, leadership, and coordination. The American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) national model for comprehensive school counseling programs will serve as the foundational framework students will utilize to explore, understand, and apply within a multicultural organizational developmental context. (Sue & Sue, 2004; Jackson & Holvino, 1994; Jackson & Hardiman, 1984; Pope, 1992; Colbert & Colbert, 2003). Course concepts and processes will be learned and reinforced primarily through the experiential class project throughout the semester. The project will focus on a comprehensive and multicultural organizational development analysis of an actual educational community.

Prerequisites: COU 712, COU 720, COU 721, COU 730, COU 751 and COU 740 (740 may be taken simultaneously and may be waived by instructor depending on student’s experience level).

COU 740 - Practicum in School Counseling (4)

This course is the beginning level of fieldwork experience in the school counseling program. The intent of this course is to introduce students to the basic roles and duties of a professional school counselor in a local (Washington DC-MD-VA Metropolitan Area) educational setting for deaf/hard of hearing students, K-12. This first semester of fieldwork is two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), 8 hours/day, for the duration of at least one semester. The total numbers of clock hours for the Practicum is a minimum of 150 hours, 40-60 of which are direct client contact hours. (Note: the actual total clock hours for one semester is 240 based on the calculation of 16 hrs/week for 15 weeks). The focus of this first fieldwork experience is for the student to develop competency in building rapport with their clients, site supervisor, and other significant school personnel. Students develop a basic understanding of their educational setting and its organizational structure, management and administration; and specifically the administration and operation of a comprehensive, developmental counseling program in a school that serves deaf and hard of hearing students. Students engage in basic school counseling duties including but not limited to: classroom observation, individual counseling, teacher/parent consultation, case conferences, staff meetings, individual student planning, counseling documentation (e.g. progress notes); IEP/ITP planning and implementation; intake interviews and basic behavioral assessments, conducting psycho-educational groups and guidance activities, etc. Students also experience and learn about the purpose of individual and peer group supervision. These experiences help facilitate the students' personal growth and professional identity development as they promote students to explore and apply different theories of counseling; deepen their self-awareness and ability for individual and collective refection; and share both successes and challenges with supervisors and other practicum students during group supervision. Site supervisors are encouraged to provide clients from diverse racial-ethnic (at least 40% to 50% of total number of clients) and cultural backgrounds, age levels, gender, as well as those with a wide range of counseling issues and needs.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses with a "B" or better in: COU 712, COU 717, COU 721, COU 730, COU 732; successful completion of first semester transition points; permission of program director

COU 741 - Internship I in School Counseling (4)

This course is the intermediate level of fieldwork experience in the school counseling program and typically takes place in the 4th semester of the student's program. It is also often a continuation in the same educational setting that the student begins for Practicum. The focus of this second fieldwork experience is for the student to expand upon his/her personal and professional counseling competencies in working effectively with diverse deaf/hard of hearing students (K-12), site supervisor, and other significant school personnel; engaging in both prevention and intervention counseling strategies and techniques with individuals and possibly group counseling opportunities; and begin to engage in effective practices as a professional school counselor with regard to client/family advocacy, leadership, consultation, collaboration and teaming, and affecting change on a systemic level. The student is expected to deepen his/her knowledge and understanding of his/her educational setting and its organizational structure, management and administration; and specifically the administration and operation of its counseling services. Furthermore, there will be emphasis placed on linking counseling theory and practice with the added incorporation of case conceptualization into this semester of students' case presentations. Students will also be exposed to consultation and collaboration models and will be encouraged to explore and develop their own style of consultation and collaboration. Students may engage in school counseling duties including but not limited to: classroom observation, individual counseling, teacher/parent consultation, case conferences, staff meetings, individual student planning, counseling documentation (e.g. progress notes); IEP/ITP planning and implementation; intake interviews, behavioral assessments, group counseling and guidance activities; leadership, advocacy, and collaboration activities, etc. See "School Counseling Fieldwork Manual" for additional information regarding requirements for: instructors, students, faculty supervisors, site supervisors, clinical instruction environment.

Prerequisites: COU 740 Practicum in School Counseling; Advancement to Candidacy; Passed 2nd and 3rd (summer) semester program transition points; permission of Program Director

COU 742 - Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (4)

This course is the first in a sequence of practica and is one of major experiential components of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. By the end of this course, students will have developed entry-level counseling skills, which include the ability to provide counseling, prepare reports and treatment plans, and to work directly with and be supervised by experienced professionals in mental health settings. Counseling skills will be reviewed by faculty and site supervisors using student self-report, recorded sessions, and/or live observation. A focus will be on students developing reflectively through the use of supervision.

Prerequisites: successful completion of COU 710, COU 721 and COU 732

COU 743 - Practicum II in School Counseling (3)

This course is the beginning level of fieldwork experience in the Summers & Online School Counseling program. The intent of this course is to introduce students to the basic roles and duties of a professional school counselor in a K – 12 educational setting for deaf and hard of hearing students. This first fieldwork experience is a minimum of 100 hours for the duration of at least one semester. Students engage in basic school counseling duties including guidance activities, psycho-educational groups, individual counseling, teacher/parent consultation, case conferences, staff meetings, individual student planning, counseling documentation (e.g. progress notes), IEP/ITP planning and implementation, intake interviews and basic behavioral assessments. Students also participate in individual and peer group supervision with the goal of developing reflectively.

Prerequisites: COU 712, 717, 721, 730, 732, and 751

COU 748 - Principles of Assessment in Counseling (3)

Using a multicultural emphasis, this course provides an introduction to the purposes, concepts, and techniques of assessment, including how assessment information is used in counseling and how it is communicated to others. Includes a review of foundational statistical concepts, an overview of assessment procedures, ethics, and legal implications. Includes tools and procedures for assessment of intelligence and ability, aptitude, development, personality, educational, and clinical issues. Note this course does not cover vocational and career assessment.

Prerequisites: Counseling Major Only

COU 751 - School Based Group Counseling (4)

This course is for graduate school counseling majors and offers an introduction to basic group counseling theory and practice, with particular emphasis on counseling children and adolescents K-12 within the context of culturally diverse school settings. This course is largely experiential in nature as students will be exposed to a variety of group counseling approaches that may be utilized in a school setting as well as the opportunity to design a psychoeducational group counseling curriculum which will be directly applied in practicum/internship field placements. Students will also participate in a 10-week group process experience.

Prerequisites: COU 712, COU 721, COU 730, COU 732

COU 752 - Counseling Individuals with Multiple Disabilities (3)

This course addresses the counseling needs of deaf/hoh individuals with chronic illness and disabilities. These include Deaf-Blind persons, developmental disabilities, ADD, AIDS, chronic pain, cancer and other life-threatening illness, neurological problems, and orthopedic problems. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the counseling needs and available resources for these individuals and their families. Issues of advocacy, self-help, and accessibility will also be addressed.

Prerequisites: 9 credits of undergraduate psychology.

COU 753 - Group Psychotherapy (4)

This is an introduction to the theory and practice of group counseling and psychotherapy, with application to group work with deaf individuals. There are didactic and experiential components in this course which provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling theories; group leadership styles; group counseling methods and skills; and other group approaches. To obtain real-life group experience, students are required to participate in a 15-hour process group experience led by another instructor.

Prerequisites: COU 710 and COU 732

COU 758 - Counseling Students with Additional Special Needs (3)

This course is designed to expose school counseling majors to children with special needs, psychiatric disorders, and low incidence disabilities in the school program. Students will study the various medical and psychosocial issues of students with disabilities, including students who have multiple disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on both preventative and remedial mental health services as well as collaborative and consultation services. Specific instruction in developing the social/emotional component of the IEP, developing behavior plans, and providing consultation in behavior management, social skills development, independent living skills training, and transition planning will also be discussed.

Prerequisites: COU 717, COU 721, and COU 732.

COU 765 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling (2)

This course addresses the impact of crises, disasters, sexual assault and other trauma-causing events on individuals, schools, and communities. Students will be provided with opportunities for examining trauma and crisis counseling in school and community settings, including trauma and crisis theories; cognitive, affective, behavioral, and neurological effects associated with trauma; assessment strategies for clients/communities in crisis; and brief, intermediate and long-term culturally appropriate approaches to crisis and trauma intervention.

Prerequisites: Completion of COU721 and COU732

COU 768 - Techniques and Skills in Psychotherapy (3)

This is an advanced course in techniques and skills in psychotherapy, designed expressly for second year or advanced students in mental health counseling and related disciplines. Emphasis will be on the application of selected theoretical constructs in working with clients in general and with deaf and hard of hearing clients in particular. An important aspect of the course is on therapist attitude, techniques, and skills essential in effective treatment of clients with specific psychological problems and disorders. Psychotherapy approaches with difficult clients or those resistant to treatment will be an integral aspect of the course. It is a student therapist-centered course, attentive to his or her development and growth as a therapist. The method of instruction is primarily hands-on experiential activities and will include supervised simulated therapy sessions, role play, student-therapist videotape replay and feedback, videotapes of actual therapy sessions featuring real clients and master therapists, psychotherapy case presentations, demonstrations, and live observations. The didactic aspect will include reviewing and analyzing psychotherapy research.

COU 770 - Diversity Foundations 1 (3)

Effective multicultural work requires practitioners to develop continuing awareness of self, increased knowledge and practical understanding of others' worldviews and consequent behaviors, and ever changing skills for engaging increasingly diverse clients, colleagues and agencies. This class offers the opportunity to study cultural identity and its implications from theoretical, experiential and personal perspectives. It addresses impacts and interactions of multiple cultures on individuals and groups. It examines power in relation to cultures. It takes a meta-model approach to identity, and views people as being multifaceted, potentially members of multiple cultural/language groups, including racial, ethnic, regional, deaf, gay, transgender and more.

Prerequisites: Department of Counseling degree students and special graduate students with permission.

COU 771 - Diversity Foundations 2 (3)

Effective multicultural work requires practitioners to develop continuing awareness of self, increased knowledge and practical understanding of others' worldviews and consequent behaviors, and ever changing skills for engaging increasingly diverse clients, colleagues, agencies and systems. Successful completion of this course requires that the student have awareness, knowledge, and skills for understanding and addressing the impact of culture and power on organizations and systems. This class builds on the prerequisite course entitled Diversity Foundations 1 by addressing issues of inter-cultural relationships, and the interactions of culture and power structures, and the impact of culture on organizations and systems. In addition to readings and didactic teaching, course methodology incorporates experiential and simulation learning activities including, field trips, guest presentations, and use of media.

Prerequisites: Department of Counseling degree students and special graduate students with permission.

COU 772 - Cultural Diversity Encounter (3)

Over the course of a semester period ( 15 weeks ) in their home communities, students will engage in an interactive cultural diversity experience (through combined observation and actual interactions) with a cultural group/community different from their own. The design and approval for this study will take place during Diversity Foundations 2 in the summer prior to the fall semester in which this practicum experience begins. The objectives of the practicum are to develop deeper awareness, knowledge and appreciation for another cultural group. Students will notice the skills that they have/need to develop in order to work effectively with culturally different groups. They will continue to reflect on themselves as cultural beings and how their own identities and worldviews impact the way in which they perceive, understand and interact with people who are culturally different from themselves.

Prerequisites: COU 770 and COU 771

COU 773 - Multicultural Interviewing and Assessment (3)

This class provides an understanding of the importance, history and ethical/legal issues related to culturally/linguistically competent assessment. Its focus is on ethnic/racial diversity; however, deafness issues are woven into the discussion. The class will provide frameworks, approaches, considerations and strategies for engaging diverse clients, conducting culturally appropriate intakes and clinical interviews, and gathering assessment information through a variety of means. We will explore strategies for helping the client/family understand the purpose of our questions. We will look at establishing allies in the cultural communities who can help interpret culturally and linguistically. We will review the major assessment tools and tests used with standard, culturally diverse and special need populations, focusing on understanding the appropriateness and usefulness of the instruments relative to the backgrounds of the clients, the protocols utilized, potential biases and how validity might be affected. We will examine use of the results, including feedback to the client and family, recommendations and referrals.

Prerequisites: COU 770, COU 771 and COU 772

COU 774 - Multicultural Strategies and Interventions (3)

Utilizing learning from the previous certificate program classes, this fifth and final course explores a range of culturally appropriate intervention strategies at the levels of client, agency and colleagues, community and systems. Some approaches include: non-western and indigenous approaches, and culture-specific strategies. Since no one can know it all, we'll explore how to create culturally relevant resources, and build collateral, collaborative relationships with community cultural agencies and experts.

Prerequisites: COU 770, COU 771, COU 772 and COU 773.

COU 790 - Internship II in School Counseling (12)

This course is the culmination of the experiential training component of the school counseling programs and represents the most advanced level of fieldwork. Counselor trainees engage in full-time, 5 days per week internships in educational settings that primarily serve deaf and hard of hearing students (K-12). The intent of this internship is for trainees to experience as wide a range of supervised school counseling services as possible, including: individual and group counseling; school guidance and prevention oriented activities; career and transitional counseling; parent/family education, referral and advocacy; individual education and transition goal planning and related interventions; and activities of leadership development, advocacy, collaboration, coordination, teaming and systemic change that fully support the academic, career, and personal-social needs of students. The focus of this final fieldwork experience is the trainee's further expansion, refinement, and strengthening of professional counseling competencies in working effectively with diverse deaf/hard of hearing students and their families and communities. Students are expected to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their educational setting, including its organizational structure, management and administration and specifically the administration and operation of its counseling services. Another focus of this internship is to continue to develop through reflective use of supervision.

Prerequisites: Completion of COU 741 or COU 743

COU 792 - Internship I in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (8)

This course is the second in a sequence of practica and is one of the major experiential components of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Students build on the knowledge and skills gained in COU 742 and increase the scope and complexity of their counseling skills repertoire. They advance their counseling skills to include clinical intake interviews, individual therapy, group therapy, couples/family therapy, assessment, case management services to clients, record keeping, and information and referral. Counseling skills will be reviewed by supervisors using student self-report, recorded sessions, and/or live observation. A focus will be on students continuing to develop reflectively through the use of supervision.

Prerequisites: COU 742

COU 793 - Extended Internship in Mental Health Counseling (4)

This course is a continuation in the series of practica that is major experiential components of the Mental Health Counseling Program. As such, the student's experience will reflect increasing complexity and will build on the skills learned in COU 742 and 792. By the end of this course, students will have advanced their entry-level counseling skills to the point where they include the ability to conduct clinical intake interviews, establish appropriate treatment goals, formulate a clinical rationale for work with clients using a sophisticated structure, apply immediacy skills in counseling sessions, and consistently integrate an accepted ethical decision making model into their work. Counseling skills will be reviewed by supervisors using student self-report, videotaped sessions, and/or live observation. A focus will be on trainees continuing to develop reflectively through the use of supervision.

Prerequisites: COU 792

COU 794 - Internship II in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (8)

This course is the final in a sequence of practica and is a major experiential component of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Students build on the knowledge and skills gained in COU 792 and continue to increase the scope and complexity of their counseling skills repertoire. They continue to advance their counseling skills with clinical intake interviews, individual therapy, group therapy, couples/family therapy, assessment, case management services to clients, record keeping, and providing information and referrals. Students will become proficient in using a variety of professional resources to enhance the provision of mental health services, such as screening instruments, technologies, print and non-print media, professional literature, and research information. Counseling skills will be reviewed by supervisors using student self-report, recorded sessions, and/or live observation. A focus will be on students continuing to develop reflectively through the use of supervision.

Prerequisites: COU 792

COU 795 - Special Topics (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only.

Prerequisites: COU 732

COU 799 - Independent Study (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only. Individualized course of study focusing on particular problem not covered in regular courses.

Prerequisites: Appropriate level of matriculation, permission of instructor and Special Independent Study Form.