PYCL 502: Counseling Theories and Practice (3 credits)
This course surveys the fields of psychotherapy and counseling. It reviews the various theories and techniques of counseling that are consistent with current professional research and practice in the fields of mental health and school counseling. Prerequisite: None.
PYCL 507: Research and Evaluation for Counselors (3 credits)
This course seeks to prepare mental health and school counselors to be informed consumers of research and evaluation. It covers basic statistics, research designs, and program evaluation within the counseling and educational fields. It provides experience in developing accountability measures and in reading research and evaluating reports applicable to multicultural populations. Prerequisite: None.
PYCL 512: Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
This course covers how developmental maturation and social learning impacts individuals across the lifespan. Theory and research in social development and learning are covered in topics for mental health and school counselors. Prerequisite: None.
PYCL 570: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues for Counselors (3 credits)
This course covers standards for professional conduct in counseling. It considers ethical and legal decisions that mental health and school counselors must make. Case examples, current federal and state laws/statutes, ethical codes, and standards on assessment, diagnosis, and placement data will be discussed in relation to counseling a variety of culturally diverse populations in multiple settings. Prerequisite: None.
PYCL 584: Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult Psychopathology (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the definition and study of abnormal or maladaptive behavior, including a broad range of psychopathology relevant to the adult and aged populations. Emphasis will be placed on a descriptive review of the major DSM-IV disorders, supplemented with theoretical considerations of etiology and treatment approaches including the use of psychopharmacological interventions. Prerequisite: None.
PYCL 608: Psychological Testing for Individual Evaluation (3 credits)
This course surveys frequently used tests of aptitude, interest, and personality. Test content, purpose, psychometric properties, administration, and scoring procedures are compared and evaluated. Issues of test use with culturally diverse populations are addressed. Prerequisite: PYCL 507.
PYCL 612: Substance Abuse (3 credits)
This course investigates the etiology of alcoholism and drug dependency. Attention is given to assessment and treatment in both individual and family therapy approaches. Prerequisites: PYCL 502 & PYCL 511.
PYCL 631: Career and Lifestyle Assessment (3 credits)
This course surveys the major theories of career choice, planning, and development as well as standardized methods of assessing vocational interests and aptitudes. Social, psychological, and economic factors influencing career choice are examined. Emphasis will be placed on individual and group career counseling skills across diverse populations Prerequisite: None.
PYCL 632: Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling (3 credits)
This course addresses cultural diversity and its implications for counseling. It considers the psychological impact of factors such as gender, race, ethnicity and culture, religious preference, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and physical disability in a variety of counseling and educational settings. Finally, it reviews counseling issues and strategies for diverse clients. Prerequisite: None.
PYCL 635: Group Theory and Practice (3 credits)
This course addresses group theory and practice in multiple settings with a variety of diverse populations and age groups. Major themes include group dynamics, group process, and group states for mental health and school counselors. Prerequisite: PYCL 502 & PYCL 511.
PYCL 645: Couples and Family Counseling Strategies (3 credits)
This skills course surveys current approaches to couples and family counseling with an emphasis on a systemic conceptual model of family functioning and culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions. It is designed to develop specific intervention competencies. Prerequisite: PYCL 502; PYCL 584 or consent of adviser.