PYCL 502 Counseling Theories and Practice
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 504 Counseling Skills
This course focuses on the development of school counseling skills including basic interviewing and assessment with an emphasis on therapeutic listening, empathic response, and interviewing skills. Stress will also be placed upon the acquisition of skills related to the counselor/counselee relationship and the establishment of an alliance appropriate to the school setting and in the context of cultural diversity. Prerequisite: None
PYCL 507 Research and Evaluation for Counselors
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 510 Career Development
This course surveys the major theories of career choice, planning, and development as well as standardized methods of assessing vocational interests and aptitudes in school settings. 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 512 Human Growth and Development
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 515 Principles of School Counseling
This course covers the history, philosophy, functions, management, and operation of comprehensive school counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools with emphasis on the role of the professional school counselor. Prerequisite: None
PYCL 550 Contemporary Clinical Interventions
This course focuses on an understanding of critical psychological, academic, and socioeconomic issues when working with children, adolescents, and adults in school settings. Topics covered include substance abuse, suicide, violence, teen pregnancy, and other issues affecting the wellbeing and academic success of students. Primary and secondary prevention strategies will be examined for suitable school-based interventions. Prerequisite: PYCL 502.
PYCL 560 Appraisal and Evaluation in School Counseling
This course covers basic measurement concepts, test content and purpose, psychometric properties, administration, and scoring procedures. Frequently used tests of aptitude, interest, achievement, and personality are reviewed. Issues involved with standardized and nonstandardized assessment of achievement, educational diagnostic tests, and vocational interest tests are examined from the school counseling perspective. Issues of ethical test use and use with culturally diverse students are also addressed. Prerequisite: PYCL 507
PYCL 570 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues for Counselors
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 585 Psychology of Exceptional and At-Risk Children
This course covers the etiology and characteristics of exceptionalities and children at risk for underachievement and dropping out. Also covered is the role of the school counselor in identifying such problems, drawing on available resources, and making appropriate referrals. Prerequisite: None
PYCL 632 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
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
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 504.
PYCL 665 School Consultation Skills
This course focuses on developing specific techniques in consultation, leadership, and advocacy. It integrates the various aspects of a developmental comprehensive school counseling program with particular reference to problem-solving and the utilization of available data and resources. Prerequisite: None
PYCL 685 School Counseling Practicum
This course provides students with knowledge and exposure to educational K-12 settings and requires an in-school field experience. Prerequisite: None
PYCL 688 School Counseling Internship
Students are required to spend a specified number of hours per week at a selected K-12 public school setting working under the supervision of a professional school counselor. During that time, student are expected to become advocates for and increase competence in providing services to youth and their families in the personal/social, academic, and career domains.
Furthermore, students will be made more aware of the ethical, legal, and professional issues inherent in the counseling process. Prerequisite: PYCL 502; PYCL 512; PYCL 515; PYCL 550; PYCL 570; PYCL 635; PYCL 665; PYCL 685; and consent of adviser. With a grade of B or better.
PYCL 689 Continuing School Counseling Internship
This course is a continuation of School Counseling Internship I. Student will be expected to develop more advanced skills in working with students and families in school settings. Simultaneously, continued emphasis will be placed upon ethical, legal, and professional issues. Prerequisites: PYCL 688 with a B or better.