Descriptions are for courses offered Fall 2013 only. Please see catalog for a complete list.
CPY 510 Foundations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
Foundations provides an overview of the field of clinical mental health counseling and the expectations of the Graduate Studies in Counseling program. Students explore historic, philosophical, and sociocultural trends in mental health counseling. Topics include: professional roles, functions, specialties, employment trends, preparation standards, credentialing, and ethical standards. An experiential portion of this course will introduce students to basic counseling skills. CPY 510 is a prerequisite for all other courses.
CPY 515 Fundamentals of Statistics, Research, and Program Evaluation 
This course teaches students to be informed consumers of professional research. Basic statistics, fundamentals of research design, research‑report development, program evaluation, needs assessment, and ethical and legal aspects of research are explored. The course focuses on interpretation of research data and appropriate application to professional practice.
CPY 520 Group Dynamics and Process 
This course examines group dynamics and group membership skills. Additionally, students examine various types of counseling groups and related issues such as group stages, ethical considerations, leader behavior, and appropriate groups for particular populations. Students are provided an opportunity to participate in a small group to promote self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of group skills and techniques. CPY 520 is a prerequisite to all other courses.
CPY 538 Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling 
This course is designed to address the social and political context of counseling individuals, families, and groups with diverse identities and social locations. Other areas of investigation include the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and the impact of oppression. Intercultural communication patterns and multicultural counseling theory and practice are emphasized, along with the role of the counselor as an advocate, ally, and agent of social change. Prerequisite: CPY 525 or permission.
CPY 550 Dynamics of Marriage, Relationship, and Family Systems 
This course examines theoretical approaches including major systems theories, strategies, and techniques of family and relationship therapy. A survey of the development of family and relationship counseling and proponents of the field are studied. Issues of conflict and ethical considerations are examined. The impact of cultural and societal forces upon the family system are explored. Prerequisite: CPY 530 or permission.
This pre-practicum course introduces graduate counseling students to clinical mental health delivery systems, practice settings, and professional social justice advocacy roles through service learning in community organizations and agencies. Students are expected to participate in 200 hours of field work experience during their first two years in the program as partial fulfillment of the pre-degree experience requirements for Florida licensure. These community engagement activities involve on-site experience in agencies and with community organizations that will culminate prior to beginning practicum. Enrollment in this course will be the summer immediately prior to the semester of enrollment in PSY 680: Practicum and Internship I in a Clinical Mental Health Setting and is a graded as a credit/no-credit course.
PSY 551 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior 
This course focuses on providing knowledge and skills in the effective use of interview examination, systematic observation of client behavior, correct application of psychological constructs, appraisals, and empirically supported treatments, recognition and classification of major syndromes of psychopathology, diagnostic schema, and the prevalence of mental disorder. Students also learn how to diagnose dysfunctional behavior according to the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and accompanying treatment planning. For the purpose of identifying effects and side‑effects of prescribed psychotropic medications, the basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications are surveyed. Prerequisite: CPY 530 or permission.
PSY 680 Practicum and Internship I in a Clinical Mental Health Setting 
Course objectives are to help students develop effective individual and group counseling skills. Students are expected to demonstrate an effective counseling style based upon personal strengths, sound professional principles, and a personally defined philosophy and system of counseling. This course involves on‑site experience, individual supervision by faculty, and weekly seminars. Lab fee will be assessed. Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework.