Counseling (COUN)

COUN 501 TOPICS IN COUNSELING1-3 Credits

To meet the individual needs of students, it may become necessary to offer seminars or special topics that are not within the range of counseling courses described in this publication.

COUN 519 COUNSELING RESIDENCY6 Credits

Counseling Residency is an on-campus requirement of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Students attend an intensive on campus residency in which they participate in hands on activities including practicing and demonstrating competence in foundational counseling skills, engaging in group projects, participating in activities to increase cultural understanding, and learning about the role of advocacy in the counseling profession. This course addresses professional principles and practices of mental health counseling. It includes history, identity, roles, and trends affecting the field and practice of mental health counseling in community and agency settings.

Requirements: Hybrid with both Online and On Campus Attendance

COUN 520 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, SOCIAL AND MEDICAL ISSUES IN ADDICTIONS3 Credits

This course will explore and review issues of medical and psychological aspects of alcohol/drug use, abuse and addiction. This course is designed to meet the requirements to apply for addictions counseling licensure. Special emphasis is placed on psychopharmacology within the context of addiction.

COUN 523 DIAGNOSES AND THE DSM3 Credits

Within the context of normal human growth and development, mental health and behavioral disorders are studied using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

COUN 531 COUNSELING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to develop basic competencies in the processes of communication, interviewing, and counseling. This course is meant to provide an introduction to counseling skills and provide a foundation for utilization of techniques across various theoretical orientations.

Requirements: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Participation

COUN 532 TREATMENT ISSUES IN ADDICTIONS3 Credits

Substance abuse issues are explored in a variety of counseling settings.

COUN 533 COUNSELING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY3 Credits

Surveys the ethical, legal and professional issues in counseling. Topics include professional conduct, decision-making and legal requirements for the counseling professional.

Notes: Online synchronous participation may be required.

COUN 534 FUNDAMENTALS OF ASSESSMENT3 Credits

Introduction to the uses of assessments in counseling and school counseling. Understanding the uses of validity and reliability in assessment instruments will be presented. Exploration offered in types of assessment and what is needed to construct assessments.

COUN 535 MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING3 Credits

Topics include issues of diversity, cultural characteristics, culturally appropriate and sensitive interventions imperative for those entering the counseling profession.

COUN 541 COUNSELING THEORIES3 Credits

Review of the major theoretical constructs in counseling and psychotherapy with incorporation of multicultural relevance in the treatment of each theory.

COUN 545 ESSENTIALS OF ADDICTION COUNSELING AND CASE MANAGEMENT3 Credits

This course is designed to review specific needs and approaches in alcohol/drug assessment, case planning and management.

COUN 600 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH OR STUDY1-3 Credits

Guided independent research or study in the area of counseling. The number of credit hours varies in accordance with the topic and the amount of work required.

Add Consent: Instructor Consent

Requirements: Permission of instructor, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Academic Vice President.

COUN 601 PRACTICUM-CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING3 Credits

Provides Clinical Mental Health counseling students with opportunities to work with clients in on-going counseling situations, under the direct supervision of a qualified faculty member and site-supervisor. Students observe and practice counseling under faculty supervision, site supervision, and interaction with other students. Activities include observation, direct counseling, and self-evaluation. Students see individual clients and/or group clients in counseling clinic settings. Students must participate in synchronous online group supervision.

Prerequisites: COUN 519, 523, 531, 533, 541 and 634

Co-requisites: COUN 634

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Requirements: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Participation; Instructor Permission; Minimum Grade of B.

COUN 602 PRACTICUM-SCHOOL COUNSELING3 Credits

Provides School Counseling students with opportunities to work with clients in on-going counseling situations, under the direct supervision of a qualified faculty member and a site supervisor. Students will see individual clients and/or group clients in a school setting gaining clinical experience within the school systems prior to Internship. These hours are determined by the Nebraska Department of Education regulations at the grade levels for the endorsement. Students must participate in synchronous online group supervision.

Prerequisites: COUN 531, 533, 541, 634, 635

Co-requisites: COUN 634, 635

Add Consent: Instructor Consent

Requirements: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Participation; Instructor Permission; Minimum Grade of B.

COUN 629 COUNSELING CHILDREN3 Credits

This course provides a theoretical overview of the growth and development of children. Emphasis is placed on translating theory into practice in school and community settings.

COUN 630 CRISIS COUNSELING3 Credits

This course provides an overview of crisis and disaster intervention strategies for the professional counselor. Topics will include, but are not limited to, crisis of suicide, homicide, domestic violence, school violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and vicarious trauma. The course will also explore the counselor's role in natural and human disaster intervention.

Notes: Online synchronous participation may be required.

COUN 631 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING3 Credits

This course addresses professional principles and practices of mental health counseling. It includes history, identity, roles, and trends affecting the field and practice of mental health counseling in community and agency settings.

COUN 632 CAREER AND LIFESTYLE DEVELOPMENT3 Credits

This course studies career development throughout the lifespan with an exploration of models and theories of career development that shape career-decision making from pre-school through retirement. Includes sources of career and lifestyle information relevant to educators, human resource specialists, and counselors.

Notes: Synchronous online participation may be required.

COUN 634 GROUP COUNSELING3 Credits

This course will explore the theories, research and application of group counseling dynamics and techniques. Students will participate in a weekly synchronous online group counseling experience.

Requirements: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Participation

COUN 635 SCHOOL COUNSELING3 Credits

This course is designed to prepare school counseling students for effective program development, delivery, and evaluation based on the national ASCA model focusing on the career, academic, personal, and social development aspects of school counseling.

COUN 636 FAMILY COUNSELING3 Credits

Examines the dynamics of family counseling and family systems. Satisfactory completion of this course gives students a fundamental understanding of family systems theory and other leading theories of family counseling and their application in the counseling process.

COUN 637 ADVANCED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3 Credits

Case studies interwoven with empirical findings, theory, research methodology, explanations of technical concepts and practical issues are presented to clarify biological, perceptual, cognitive, social and emotional development.

COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING1-6 Credits

Professional fieldwork experience in counseling to refine and enhance the basic counseling or student developmental skills and integrate professional knowledge and skills appropriate to the student's specialization. This will be done in accordance with the Nebraska state law requirements for licensure and/or certification of the student's specialization.

Prerequisites: COUN 601 or 602

Add Consent: Department Consent

Requirements: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Participation; Instructor Permission; Minimum Grade of B.

COUN 655 SCHOLARLY PROJECT1-3 Credits

For students selecting Plan II, as listed under Program Requirements. The student engages in a major project related to their area of specialization. The design of the paper and the project is in cooperation with the student's graduate committee.

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Requirements: Must complete three (3) credit hours.

COUN 660 THESIS1-6 Credits

For students selecting Plan I, as listed under Program Requirements. The student designs and implements an extensive research project. The research and the paper are designed in cooperation with the student's graduate committee.

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Requirements: Permission of advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies; must complete six (6) credit hours.