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COUN 501 – Introduction to Counseling
An introduction to the profession of counseling, including an overview of the history of counseling, professional counseling organizations and issues, major counseling specialties, requirements for counselor license and certification, and ethical and legal issues in counseling. The course includes a laboratory component in which students learn the stages of the counseling process, the micro-skills of counseling, strategies for applying for employment and doctoral training in counseling, and conventions for writing professional counseling manuscripts.
COUN 545 – Community Agency Counseling
This course is designed to meet the needs of the counselor working in community agency settings. Focus is placed on the population served, preferred treatment modes, and strategies of preventive intervention. Diagnosis of clients using the DSM and treatment planning will be stressed. The course will use a variety of teaching techniques: independent reading, class lectures and discussion, guest lectures by practicing professionals, written and video case reviews, and assignments.


The domain of PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION AND ETHICAL PRACTICE includes studies that provide an understanding of all of the following aspects of professional functioning:
a. history and philosophy of the counseling profession;
b. professional roles, functions, and relationships with other human service providers, including strategies for interagency/interorganization collaboration and communications;
c. counselors’ roles and responsibilities as members of an interdisciplinary emergency management response team during a local, regional, or national crisis, disaster or other trauma-causing event;
d. self-care strategies appropriate to the counselor role;
e. counseling supervision models, practices, and processes;
f. professional organizations, including membership benefits, activities, services to members, and current issues;
g. professional credentialing, including certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards, and the effects of public policy on these issues;
h. the role and process of the professional counselor advocating on behalf of the profession;
i. advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients; and
j. ethical standards of professional organizations and credentialing bodies, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.

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