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M.S. School Counseling

The CACREP accredited School Counseling program is designed to prepare entry-level school counselors. The 60-hour program is comprised of coursework, a semester-long practicum and a two-semester internship of a at least 600 hours. Participants are prepared to apply for certification as a School Counselor (school guidance counselor). Working closely with faculty, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of current issues and theories in school counseling and the role of the school guidance program across the domains of academic, career, and personal/social development. The student will acquire individual and group counseling and classroom facilitation skills, as well as consultation and collaboration skills. The practicum and internship experiences will allow students to apply their understanding of the theory and research in highly supervised K-12 educational settings.

Program Requirements

CO 700Orientation to the Professions of Counseling and Human Relat3
CO 702Human Growth and Development3
CO 703Research and Program Evaluation3
CO 704Social and Cultural Diversity3
CO 705Theories of Counseling3
CO 710Counseling Techniques3
CO 711Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling3
CO 712Group Process3
CO 721Assessment in Counseling3
CO 722Career Development and Counseling3
CO 723Practices in Counseling Young Children and Adolescents3
CO 805Addictions Counseling: Treatment and Contemporary Issues3
CO 827Crisis Intervention3
CO 890Practicum6
CO 891Counseling Internship I3
CO 892Counseling Internship II3
ED 701Introduction to School Guidance Counseling3
ED 705The Changing Role of the School Counselor3
Elective3
Total Hours60

Note: In order to receive certification as a school counselor in the State of Maine, students must take an approved course for Teaching Exceptional Students in the Classroom at either the graduate or undergraduate level. At Husson, the course is ED 321 Educating Exceptional Students.

Courses

CO 700. Orientation to the Professions of Counseling and Human Relat. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide an orientation to, and overview of, the counseling and human relations professions including a history of the counseling profession, standards, credentialing, professional role and identity development. Prerequisite(s): Major=MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Major=MS Human Relations or Major=MS Pastoral Counseling or Major=MS School Counseling.

CO 702. Human Growth and Development. 3 Hours.

This course includes a survey of the physiological, social and psychological factors that influence the development of personality. Students will learn about what makes people distinctively differnt as they critically evaluate the various theories of personality development.

CO 703. Research and Program Evaluation. 3 Hours.

Students learn to conceptualize research problems and develop hypotheses. Emphasis is on defining and measuring the important variables; design of research strategies; analysis of data; interpretation and inference; and writing and implementing a research proposal.

CO 704. Social and Cultural Diversity. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to promote understanding of social and cultural diversity through study of such issues as ethnicity, gender, race, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, ability/disability, family structure and geographic location. Students will examine how their cultural identity impacts their beliefs, values and actions, and learn the skills for competent ethical practices with diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): CO 700 or PY 700.

CO 705. Theories of Counseling. 3 Hours.

This course provides an intensive look at selected theories of counseling and psychotherapy. The major concepts of each theory are reviewed and critiqued in light of current research and theory. Students are encouraged to begin to define their own theoretical approach.

CO 710. Counseling Techniques. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to help students acquire and develop skills essential to the helping process. Core elements include: the nature of the helping relationship, introduction to basic counseling skills, and an exploration of the attitudes and beliefs involved in developing and maintaining helping relationships and how these fundamental core elements apply to counselors. Emphasis will also be placed on practitioner self-awareness and self-care. Role-playing videotape experiences and other skill development exercises will be included. Prerequisite(s): Major=MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Major=MS Human Relations or Major=MS Pastoral Counseling or Major=MS School Counseling.

CO 711. Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling. 3 Hours.

This course provides a legal and ethical framework for the counseling profession as well as a focus on standards and credentialing and current professional issues relevant to the work of counselors. Prerequisite(s): (CO 700 or PY 700) and (CO 702 or PY 702) and (CO 703 or PY 703) and (CO 704 or PY 704) and (CO 705 or PY 705) and (CO 710 or PY 710).

CO 712. Group Process. 3 Hours.

This course enables students to understand the types of groups, their purpose, development and dynamics, counseling theories, and group counseling methods and skills. Ethical and legal considerations of group counseling are also explored. Students are required to participate in small groups for educational and self-assessment purposes. Prerequisite(s): CO 710.

CO 715. Advanced Counseling Techniques. 3 Hours.

This course provides advanced training in the art and technique of counseling, including, but not limited to, solution-focused techniques, motivational interviewing strategies, transference and counter-transference issues, rewards and “hazards” of the profession, counselor self-awareness, and use of the self as a tool in the counseling process. Prerequisite(s): CO 700 and CO 705 and CO 710.

CO 716. Adventure Therapy in Counseling. 3 Hours.

This is an introductory course in Adventure Therapy primarily for graduate students in the Counseling programs. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to adventure therapy programs that deal with people with psychological disorders. Students will learn the characteristics of selected disorders and will examine therapeutic adventure strategies that have been designed to work with specific identified populations including children, adolescents, and adults. A section dealing with professional ethics will also be included. Didactic as well as experiential pedagogy will require comfortable clothing and a limited amount of outside­ the­ classroom activities.

CO 721. Assessment in Counseling. 3 Hours.

This course explores the use of measurement and results in the counseling professions. It offers an understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories, statistics and approaches to measurement, as well as techniques for gathering data and information. Concepts of validity, reliability and factors that influence measurement are covered.

CO 722. Career Development and Counseling. 3 Hours.

This course provides students an understanding of career development and related life factors. Students study career development theory and decision-making models, procedures for planning and conducting effective job searches, assessment instruments and techniques relevant to career planning and decision-making and the use of career information. Emphasis is placed on understanding the inter-relationships between career development and career decision-making, family, socio-economic status, leisure, individual interests, and abilities.

CO 723. Practices in Counseling Young Children and Adolescents. 3 Hours.

Students will explore the implications of child development for counseling interventions. Participants will review counseling theory and explore developmentally appropriate counseling techniques. The course will also address the physical, emotional and social development of children and adolescents and examine the relationship between development and counseling needs. Emphasis will be given to working with parents and other family members. Prerequisite(s): CO 700 and CO 703 and CO 705 and CO 710.

CO 799. Topic/. 1 Hour.

Selected topics are offered centering on the needs and interests of the students and the availability of expert faculty. Enhancing student knowledge and building on past learning in a challenging scientific environment is one of the course's objectives. Exploring innovation and the edge of knowledge is another endeavor of this course.

CO 801. Marriage and Family Counseling. 3 Hours.

The dynamics of marriage and family relationships are examined. The emphasis is on understanding the structure and function of marriage, the various aspects of the martial relationship, family systems, and ways the counselor may approach marriage and family counseling as a creative, preventative and healing interaction.

CO 805. Addictions Counseling: Treatment and Contemporary Issues. 3 Hours.

Provides an introduction to the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide addictions counseling services in both school and mental health settings. Emphasis is on diagnosis and evidence-based treatment for addictions, problem gambling, and co-occurring disorders. The impact of “stigma” as well as the history and contributions of the recovery movement are explored. Consideration is given to current trends, cultural context and primary prevention resources. Ethical and legal considerations in practice are addressed. Prerequisite(s): CO 700 and CO 710 and CO 705.

CO 810. Human Sexuality. 3 Hours.

An analysis of the anatomical, psychological, and cultural aspects of a wide range of topics in the area of human sexuality is undertaken. Emphasis is on the development of an understanding and appreciation of the role of sexuality throughout the various stages of life. Prerequisite(s): CO 705 and CO 710.

CO 825. Psychopharmacology and Counseling. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to teach the prospective counselor about the history and development of psychopharmacologic agents, the biochemical nature of the central nervous system and its relationship to psychopharmacology. The legitimate use of medications and their importance for treatment are also examined.

CO 826. Cognitive Behavior Therapy. 3 Hours.

This is a survey of the theory and practice of cognitive behavior therapy. Behavioral assessment and treatment of a variety of common clinical problems is studied. Emphasis is placed on more recent cognitive behavior therapy approaches.

CO 827. Crisis Intervention. 3 Hours.

This course provides an understanding of the theory and practice of crisis intervention, short-term crisis, counseling intervention strategies and the social context of therapy in crisis intervention. Prerequisite(s): CO 710.

CO 846. Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning with Adults. 3 Hours.

This course provides a general framework for understanding psychopathology in the adult population and the process of diagnosing and designing treatment plans for mental disorders in adults. Prerequisite(s): CO 700 and CO 702 and CO 703 and CO 704 and CO 705 and CO 710.

CO 867. Clinical Diag and Treatment Plan with Children and Adolescen. 3 Hours.

This course provides a general framework for understanding psychopathology in the child and adolescent population. It also helps students better understad the process of diagnosing and designing treatment plans for mental disorders in children and adolescents. Prerequisite(s): CO 846.

CO 868. Capstone Course. 3 Hours.

Students in the MS in Human Relations program will complete a supervised experience in their area of interest, thesis, or special project that has been pre-approved by the department during the final semester of study.

CO 890. Practicum. 6 Hours.

This course provides practical clinical instruction and experience in counseling for the purpose of developing individual and group counseling skills. These experiences are similar to what a professional counselor would be expected to perform and enhance the internship experience.

CO 891. Counseling Internship I. 3 Hours.

This course allows students to apply their theoretical knowledge and practical counseling skills in an actual practice setting under proffessional supervision. Clinical mental health counseling students will complete required hours in a clinical setting. School counseling students will complete required hours in a school setting. Prerequisite(s): ED 750 or CO 890.

CO 892. Counseling Internship II. 3 Hours.

This course provides for the application of theory and the development of counseling skills through professional practice under supervision in an approved setting. Clinical mental health counseling students will complete required hours in a clinical setting. School counseling students will complete required hours in a school setting. Prerequisite(s): CO 891.

CO 893. Counseling Internship III. 3 Hours.

This course provides for the application of theory and the development of counseling skills through professional practice under supervision in an approved setting. Clinical Mental Health Counseling students will complete required hours in a clinical setting. School Counseling students will complete required hours in a school setting. Prerequisite(s): CO 891 and CO 892.