This course will focus on the integration of counseling theory into practice. Candidates will be introduced to techniques, skills, and interventions of counseling applied to a variety of human problems. Using an intensive seminar format, candidates will learn and practice essential interviewing and counseling skills/techniques necessary to become effective counselors within a multicultural society. Candidates will receive instruction on the development of a therapeutic relationship, establishment of appropriate counseling goals, intervention strategies design, client outcomes evaluation, and appropriate termination of the counselor-client relationship. Particular emphasis will be on understanding and applying empathy. Candidates will practice the skills they are studying in simulated counseling sessions in the Counseling Laboratory where candidates are video recorded, observed and given feedback.

This course provides an overview of the major theories of counseling with a special focus on gender, culture, counselor preparation, and common theoretically-based assessment and case formulation strategies. Because the purpose of counseling is to help individuals make personally meaningful changes in their lives, candidates will examine the means by which counseling theories attempt to produce such changes. Candidates will explore the historical and intellectual foundations of major counseling theories, while at the same time, observing skills and techniques employed by practitioners using those theoretical perspectives. Candidates will apply theories to case studies to practice the application of various models to cases. Overall, candidates are encouraged to explore the major theoretical orientations as well as their personal beliefs and values in an effort to develop and deepen their understanding of counseling process and outcome

Development of knowledge and skills needed for effective client appraisal. Emphasis is on learning how to gather data and make interpretations of individuals, groups, and case studies. Emphasis will be on sensitizing the student to individual differences in gender, culture, ethnicity, and environmental factors that affect test results.

This course will focus on the development of knowledge and skills needed to conduct research and program evaluation. Emphasis will be on reading and understanding research, measurement, research designs and strategies, and descriptive and inferential statistical analysis using computer applications. (Prerequisites: COU 505, COU 506) (Fall).