Course Descriptions

Fall 2014

Descriptions are for courses offered Fall 2014 only.  Please see catalog for a complete list.

CPY 510 Foundations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling [3]
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 [3]
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 [3]
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 [3]
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 [3]
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.

CPY 557 Couples and Marriage Therapy: Theory and Techniques [3]
Theories and associated techniques of couples and marriage counseling will be explored. This course also explores specific developmental issues and social and political factors affecting couples. A range of therapeutic modalities will be surveyed. Prerequisites: CPY 550 and CPY 555.

CPY 662 Counseling Contemporary College Students [1-3]
Overview of historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of student development and college counseling; provision of developmentally appropriate services (e.g., counseling, preventive programming, outreach, coordination of campus services) for contemporary college students; and an exploration of the diverse post-secondary student: academic characteristics, socioeconomic background, finances, self-concept, interests, peer-group influences, personality characteristics, developmental tasks, reasons for attending college, reactions to college, choice of vocation, major field of study, freedom and authority, educational and occupational aspirations, and dropouts.

PSY 551 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior [3]
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 [3]
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.

PSY 695 Internship II in a Clinical Mental Health Setting [1-5]
This course provides students the opportunity to perform under supervision a variety of activities regularly employed professional staff perform in a clinical mental health setting. Internships extend from fall through spring terms and accrue the remaining 1,000 hours of required clinical experience beyond the practicum experience. Participation in on-campus group supervision and seminars and individual supervision by faculty and site are required. Students must apply and be approved to enter this portion of the degree program. Prerequisite: Completion of all coursework.