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Counseling (CNSL)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

1000. Relationship Skills: Counseling in Action. 3. [(none)<>I, L] Content-based course that focuses on the critical-thinking skills necessary to understand, analyze, and produce knowledge within the framework of educational inquiry; introducing students to the role of counseling in diverse settings. Themes discussed include classroom human relations skills, counseling in a diverse society, legal and ethical issues in human relations fields, and various specialties in the practice of counseling.

2200. Introduction to Student Leadership. 2. [(none)<>CS, L] Acquaints student leaders with skills and competencies necessary for successful service in the university community. (Normally offered each fall semester)

2300. Counseling Skills for the Helping Professions. 3. Presents instruction and practice in basic counseling and communication skills. Emphasizes listening, responding, encouraging and initiating change in interpersonal communication through mediation and conflict resolution. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; permission of Coordinator of Counselor Education program.

2800. Undergraduate Seminar in:__. 1-3 (Max. 9). Reserved for academic course work related to student interest in classes associated with examining the discipline of counseling from many varied perspectives.  Prerequisite:  Declared major in the social sciences, human services, or education.

3010. Student Leadership Strategies. 2. Develops skills and competencies requisite to effective leadership. Provides student leaders with skills they will profit from, both while enrolled at the university and later in their chosen careers. (Normally offered each spring semester)

4040. Interpersonal Relationship Skills. 3. Designed to help students and administrators develop their human relation skills to improve interpersonal effectiveness and communication as related to generic life skills. Dual listed with CNSL 5040. Prerequisites: 12 hours in education/psychology.

4410. Elementary and Middle School Guidance. 2. Primarily for teachers, teachers‑in‑training, administrators, and other educators. Covers individual and group guidance and counseling strategies in the elementary and middle school. Emphasizes the role of teachers and other educators in providing guidance, counseling and experiences for children to promote their social, emotional and psychological growth. Dual listed with CNSL 5410. Prerequisites: junior standing; 6 hours of education and/or behavioral sciences and graduate standing to receive graduate credit.

4520. Fundamentals of Counseling (B) 3. Students learn some of the skills of counseling and develop an understanding of elementary principles of counseling theory, as well as a better understanding of themselves in relation to other people. Dual listed with CNSL 5520. Prerequisites: junior standing; 6 hours of education or psychology and graduate standing to receive graduate credit. (Offered on campus and online all semesters)

4620. Organization and Administration in Student Affairs. 3. An introduction to college student affairs practice, specifically exploring issues related to the organization and administration of student personnel services.  Explores the history, the philosophy, and the skills utilized in student personnel services within the context of various higher education institutions and settings. Dual listed with CNSL 5620. Prerequisite: department consent.

5010. Introduction to Addictions. 2. Introduces students to the many faces of addictions by providing a general overview of the impact alcohol, drugs, and other addictions issues have on individuals seeking counseling. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5020. Workshop. 1-4 (Max. 99). Usually offered only during summer sessions, this course provides an opportunity for special consideration on particular areas of counseling or pupil personnel services. Prerequisite: graduate standing, nine hours of education or behavioral science.

5030. Short Course. 1-2 (Max. 12). Provides opportunities for intensive study of some specific topic or set of topics in personnel work, to meet the special needs of a group of students with common interests. No more than six hours may be applied to any one degree program. Prerequisite: graduate standing and 6 hours in education and/or behavioral sciences.

5040. Relationship Skills. 3. Designed to help students and administrators develop their human relation skills to improve interpersonal effectiveness and communication as related to generic life skills. Dual listed with CNSL 4040. Prerequisite: 12 hours of education and/or psychology.

5060. Counseling Ethics and Professional Issues. 3. Designed to provide students with a philosophical base for making ethical decisions in the professional situations they encounter. In addition, it involves a chance to discuss many specific ethical and professional issues that are commonly encountered in the profession. Prerequisite: program admission or consent of instructor.

5100. Addictions and Diversity. 3. Focuses on increasing students' understanding of diversity issues in the prevention and treatment of alcohol, drug abuse, and other addictions. Prerequisite: six hours in administration of justice, psychology, sociology, or social work at the 4000 or 5000 level.

5110. Group Procedures. 3. Designed as an introduction to group work used in various organizational settings. Basic group techniques and procedures are covered using lecture/discussion methods, video, observation, and participation in practicing group leadership skills. Participation in a group experience during the course is required. Prerequisites: CNSL 4520/5520, six semester hours of education and/or psychology, consent of instructor, and graduate standing.

5120. School Counseling. 3. Provides specialized training for individuals preparing to be school counselors at levels K-12. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5125. School Counseling II. 3. Explores the leadership role of the professional school counselor within the P-12 school setting and focuses on skills and experiences related to equity, advocacy, and social justice for systemic change, as well as program development, implementation and evaluation. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, program admission and CNSL 5120.

5130. Mental Health Counseling. 3. Encompasses specific counseling and professional development issues encountered by licensed counselors working in mental health agencies or private practice.  Understanding the nature of the clientele and the issues, strategies for resolving client difficulties, collaborative practice, ethics, advocacy, knowledge and skills related to diversity and social justice are considered. Prerequisites: enrollment in Counselor Education program, successful completion or enrollment in CNSL 5060, 5650 and 5310.

5140. Counseling & Addictions. 3. Focuses on students acquiring specialized knowledge of assessment and multi-disciplinary treatment of chemical and other addictions. Prerequisite: six hours in administration of justice, psychology, sociology, or social work at the 4000 or 5000 level.

5145. Dual Diagnosis: Counseling Implications. 3. Designed to prepare counselors to assess, diagnose, and treat co-morbid substance abuse/dependence and other Axis 1 mental health problems for persons seeking counseling. Offered satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: graduate standing or mental health practitioner.

5150. Mental Health Counseling II. 3. Explores the leadership role of the professional counselor within a variety of mental health settings. Areas of application include program development, best practices, management, evaluation, consultation, social justice and supporting client advocacy. Prerequisites: graduate standing, program admission and CNSL 5130.

5160. Etiology of Alcohol and Drug Dependency. 3. An introduction to issues pertaining to the etiology of alcohol and drug dependency. Emphasis is on genetic, psychological and sociocultural causes of chemical addiction. Cross listed with PSYC 5160. Prerequisite: PSYC 2210, CNSL 4520/5520 or equivalent.

5170. Career Lifespan. 3. Offers an overview of human lifespan functioning with a primary focus on psychosocial development and counseling and career development across the lifespan.  Additionally, this course presents the opportunity to examine the role of career and its influences on personal development. Prerequisites: none.

5175. Human Growth and Development. 3. Provides an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, across the entire lifespan, and in diverse multicultural contexts through addressing theories of individual and family development, transitions across the life span, theories of learning, personality development, and neurobiological behavior. Prerequisite: Instructor permission and bachelors degree.

5180. Assessment in CNSL. 3. Emphasis is on counselor development for facilitating client self-understanding through the application of various assessment procedures and knowledge about educational information systems and tools. Prerequisite: graduate standing, 15 hours in education and/or behavioral sciences.

5200. Couple and Family Theory. 3. Provides students with a foundation in conceptualizing and working with couple and family systems. Areas to be addressed include the history of couple and family counseling, ethical issues, professional orientation and an introduction to major systems theories. Participants are expected to explore their own family of origin. Prerequisite: admission to program.

5210. Group Experience. 1. Designed to provide a structured growth group experience through both in-class experience and reading. It is designed for students involved in human relationship fields. In-class groups are led by advanced group counseling students under the supervision of the faculty instructor. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

5250. Theories of Student Development. 3. Philosophical views, theories and models for the design, structuring and development of comprehensive programs of college student personnel services are investigated. Roles, functions and contributions are studied as are institutions context and environment in which student personnel services function. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

5300. Couple and Family Ethics. 1. Provides in-depth exploration of ethical issues in working with couples and family systems.  Designed to complement 5060 which provides a foundation in ethics. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5310. Pre-Practicum. 3. The first semester of a one-year sequence focused on learning, developing and practicing the fundamental process of counseling. Students do role-playing and have supervised experience with clients in a laboratory setting. Individual supervision is provided. Individual, live and observation of supervision is extensive. Prerequisite: graduate standing, program approval.

5320. Practicum. 3. Second course in a two semester sequence which includes class work, supervised counseling with clients in laboratory, extensive individual, group, live and observational supervision. Prerequisites: graduate standing, CNSL 5310, program approval.

5330. Counseling Children and Adolescents. 3. Students increase knowledge and skills in the processes of counseling children and adolescents. Prerequisite: six hours in education and/or behavioral sciences.

5340. Play Therapy. 3. Provides students with an overview of the field of play therapy.  The historical roots of play therapy and the importance of play in child development will be explored.  Various play therapy theories and techniques for assessment and intervention and professional issues will be surveyed. Prerequisite: CNSL 5330.

5350. Multicultural Counseling. 3. Increases counselor competency and skills with diverse clients. Prerequisite: admission to the UW counseling program.

5400. Advanced Methods in Couple and Family Therapy. 3. Provides advanced training in couple and family counseling, with an emphasis on the linkage between prominent systemic and non-systemic theories/models and relevant, effective and innovative intervention techniques. Serves as a link between theory (CNSL 5200) and practice (CNSL 5600). Prerequisites: graduate standing and CNSL 5200.

5410. Elementary and Middle School Guidance. 2. An introduction primarily for teachers, teachers-in-training and counselors, covering individual and group guidance and counseling techniques in the elementary and middle school. Emphasis is placed on the role of teachers and counselors in providing guidance, counseling, and experiences for children to promote their social, emotional, and psychological growth. Dual listed with CNSL 4410. Prerequisites: 6 hours of education and/or behavioral sciences and graduate standing.

5490. Individual Problems. 1-6 (Max. 6). Provides flexible credit for students who wish to undertake intensive study of a special problem identified in a regular classroom or area of study not currently covered by a regular class. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department, and graduate standing.

5500. Couples and Marriage Therapy. 3. Provides participants with knowledge and skills specific to working with couples and partners in the areas of relationship and marital therapy. A variety of methods are used to support participants in becoming more effective in working with both "traditional" and "non-traditional" relationships in addressing issues of intimacy. Prerequisite: CNSL 5200.

5510. Trends and Issues. 1-4 (Max. 4). This course is used from time to time as a systematic means for students to explore a developing trend or issue related to personnel services. Students make in-depth studies of one or more issues, trends, practices, and applications, under the supervision of one or more instructors. Prerequisite: graduate standing, and 15 hours in education and/or behavioral sciences.

5520. Fundamentals of Counseling. 3. Beginning course in the basis and process of counseling. Exposes students to some of the skills of counseling and enables them to develop an understanding of the elementary principles of counseling theory as well as a better understanding of themselves in relation to other people. Dual listed with CNSL 4520. Prerequisite: 6 hours of education or psychology and graduate standing.

5580. Supervised Internship. 1-6 (Max. 16). Provides a capstone clinical experience, preparing graduates to enter the practice of counseling PK-12 schools, mental health settings, and student affairs services in higher education. Students engage in professional counseling activities at approved placement sites. Prerequisites: graduate standing, CNSL 5310, 5320 and consent of the designated field setting authority.

5610. Advanced Practice in Group and Family Counseling. 3. Designed to provide a theoretical framework for understanding group dynamics and family systems, as well as offer intervention guidelines, best practices, and supervised experience in group leadership and family counseling. Prerequisites: program admission and consent of instructor.

5620. Organization and Administration in Student Affairs. 3. An introduction to college student affairs practice, specifically exploring issues related to the organization and administration of student personnel services.  Explores the history, the philosophy, and the skills utilized in student personnel services within the context of various higher education institutions and settings. Dual listed with CNSL 4620. Prerequisite: department consent.

5640. Diagnosis, Psychopathology, and Psychopharmacology. 3. Introduction to the etiology, prevention, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.  Includes a focus on the skills of biopsychosocial case conceptualization and treatment planning, and multi-axial differential diagnosis using the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.  Also addresses basic classifications, indications and contraindications of common pharmacological interventions. Prerequisite: department consent.

5650. Counseling Theories. 2-3 (Max. 3). Designed to increase understanding of major counseling theories, with an emphasis on the integration of theoretical and philosophical assumptions with personal viewpoints. Prerequisites: previous or concurrent enrollment in CNSL 4520/5520 or equivalent, admission to counseling program, consent of instructor.

5655. Advanced Counseling Theories. 2. Designed to stimulate in-depth examination and research into existing counseling theories essential to developing a personal theoretical orientation to counseling. Prerequisite: advanced graduate standing.

5740. Field Studies in Counselor Education. 1-12 (Max. 12). Offered only through college extension services. It is flexible and is utilized to meet local needs in the state. Credit in this course is not applicable toward advanced degrees in counseling. Prerequisites: graduate standing, permission of instructor and program director.

5860. Doctoral Practicum in Counselor Education. 1-8 (Max. 8). Enrollment is limited to five graduate students per instructor. In this practicum, advanced graduate students are given an intensive supervised experience in counseling students over an extended period of time. The actual counseling experience is supplemented by input and evaluation seminars for all enrollees and by supervisory conferences designed to improve sensitivity and skill in counseling. Prerequisites: admission to the doctorate program in counseling, mastery of basic interviewing and counseling skills, and consent of instructor.

5865. Supervision Theory. 3. Provides students with the theoretical, knowledge and research base of clinical supervision as it relates to the counseling profession. Prerequisite: CNSL 5860.

5870. Seminar. 1-6 (Max. 12). Advanced students work together intensively on current issues and problems and participate in systematic, critical interpersonal evaluation. Seminars are organized with various patterns of emphasis and provide for a variety of small group experiences related to curricular areas within the department. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and graduate standing.

5871. Doctoral Seminar I: Professional Identity and Ethics. 3. The doctoral seminar course sequence provides a structure for collegial discussion and collaboration among counselor education doctoral students and faculty. Doctoral Seminar I focuses on counselor education identity development and professional ethics for future counselor educators. Prerequisite: Admission as a Counselor Education & Supervision PhD Student.

5872. Doctoral Seminar II: Diversity and Social Change. 3. The doctoral seminar course sequence provides a structure for collegial discussion and collaboration among counselor education doctoral students and faculty. Doctoral Seminar II focuses on the role of diversity and social change in counselor education. Prerequisite: Admission as a Counselor Education & Supervision PhD Student.

5873. Doctoral Seminar III: Research, Assessment & Scholarship. 3. The doctoral seminar course sequence provides a structure for collegial discussion and collaboration among counselor education doctoral students and faculty. Doctoral Seminar III focuses on the role of research, assessment and scholarship in counselor education. Prerequisite: Admission as a Counselor Education & Supervision PhD student.

5874. Doctoral Seminar IV: Leadership, Consulatation and Advocacy. 3. The doctoral seminar course sequence provides a structure for collegial discussion and collaboration among counselor education doctoral students and faculty. Doctoral Seminar IV focuses on the role of leadership, consultation and advocay in counselor education. Prerequisite: Admission as a Counselor Education & Supervision PhD Student.

5875. Doctoral Practicum in Supervision. 1-6 (Max. 6). Designed to provide the prospective counseling educator or supervisor with an understanding of the learning process in counseling and the supervisory behaviors requisite for improving the competencies and professional growth of counselors. Specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the act of supervising are supplemented by various methods and techniques such as videotape, films, film-tape synchronization, simulation material, role-playing, group dynamics, communication games, interpersonal recall, interaction and content analysis, and micro-counseling. Prerequisites: CNSL 5860, graduate standing, and consent of instructor.

5880. Special Problems. 1-9 (Max. 9). Provides a broad perspective through selected reading material. Wherever possible the student collects and uses original information from a practical work situation. All work is done independently under the direction of a faculty member. A minimum of three conferences are held as necessary to assure successful completion of the project. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department head, and graduate standing.

5890. Directed Professional Study. 1-9 (Max. 9). Similar to CNSL 5880. Provides additional opportunity for students to pursue advanced graduate work through independent research. Projects are done under the direction of a graduate faculty member. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department head, and graduate standing.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

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