In this course, candidates begin their field experience by working in an approved mental health setting under the supervision of an LPC in the field and the instructor. The focus of this course is on further development of individual and group counseling skills. Candidates will begin to work directly with clients, and under supervision, gain experience with the activities that a regulatory employed staff member in the setting would be expected to perform. Candidates also will meet in class for group supervision and instruction. Counseling skills will be critiqued through the use of live and/or taped observations. Candidates must complete a minimum of one hundred contact hours of service under clinical supervision. (Prerequisites: COU 604) (Summer)

A key study of human experience is sexuality. As sexual beings, it is critical that we not only understand our own sexuality and how it affects our daily lives and interactions, but it is also essential that we have a clear grasp of how sexuality shapes lived experience in those we serve. Sexuality Counseling presents an investigation of sexuality within the larger context of the human experience. Emphasis is placed on the study of human sexual development, dimensions of sexual behavior, sex education, health issues, sex therapy, and cultural, ethical, spiritual and legal aspects of sexuality. The course emphasizes applications in clinical work with individuals and couples.

This introductory course is designed to meet the specific standards for clinical mental health counselors as suggested by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). With an emphasis on developing Counselor Identity, this course provides an overview of community mental health and agency counseling, addressing such issues as the foundations of community counseling, the role of the counselor in providing clinical mental health counseling and community counseling, prevention, outreach, systemic issues, multicultural issues, professional and client advocacy and social change, and service delivery programs. Effective dimensions of assessment, treatment, and diagnoses will be presented. The importance of ethical issues and consultation in community agencies will also be discussed.