PCO-PSYCHOLOGY OF COUNSELING
PCO 2202 Introduction to General Counseling
basic skills and techniques needed for a person to be effective in the helping
process and to learn about the qualities and conditions necessary for
PCO 4242 Introduction to Group Counseling 3
research and practice of group processes. Provides an opportunity for
participation or observation of group counseling.
PCO 4310 Intervention in Addictions 3
of addictive behaviors and implications for assessment and treatment of addiction.
Emphasis primarily on alcohol and drug abuse, with information on smoking and
PCO 6204 Pre-Practicum: Techniques of
Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
CLP 5166, PCO 6216.
PCO 6206C, PCO 6246.
with an emphasis on counseling and psychotherapeutic techniques and behavior,
including the identification and acquisition of broad communication and
relationship-building skills, particular counseling techniques, and the
development of a counseling response repertoire. Students also develop an
understanding of the interaction between theory and technique as it applies to
clinical practice, as well as develop their case conceptualization and case
management skills. Simulated supervised counseling experience is provided
through the use of micro-counseling and role-playing. Provides the opportunity
to practice actual counseling skills and techniques prior to the practicum and
internship experiences. The practicum placement process is included.
PCO 6206C Ethical and Professional Issues in
depth review of critical issues in the practice of mental health counseling,
including the professional organizations and ethical standards for
psychologists and counselors, legal and professional requirements for
practicing in the profession, and the rights of clients. Topics include
standards of preparation, certifications and licensing, and the role identity
and professional obligations of mental health counselors. Relevant issues for
school counselors will be addressed.
PCO 6216 Theories of Individual Counseling 3
of major contemporary theoretical approaches to individual counseling and
PCO 6246 Theories of Group Counseling 3
PCO 2202 or PCO 6216.
of major contemporary theoretical approaches to group counseling and
PCO 6251 Marital and Family Therapy 3
PCO 6216, CLP 5166.
of theories and techniques of marital and family interventions. Appropriate for
advanced graduate students in psychology, graduate students from other human
service disciplines (e.g., education, social work) and psychological service
providers in the community.
PCO 6278 Multicultural Counseling 3
the similarities and differences among various culturally diverse groups, and
informs counselors of the characteristics and processes necessary to become a
culturally skilled counselor.
PCO 6312 Substance Abuse Counseling 3
the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, and how they affect biological,
psychological, social and familial spheres of functioning. Designed to convey
to counselors-in-training and community professionals the most essential
information about licit and illicit drugs, provide an overview of the prominent
theoretical models of addiction, and explore various clinical methods for
assessing and treating substance use disorders. Courses in Theories of
Individual, Group, or Family Counseling are recommended.
PCO 6315 Assessment in Counseling 3
training in the process of clinical assessment in mental health counseling.
Includes an introduction to the science of clinical assessment with a focus on
the use of assessment techniques such as interviewing and psychological
testing, in a professionally and ethically responsible manner. Includes an
experiential component in which the student will develop beginning skills in
the use of clinical assessment techniques, under supervision. Permission is
required. Material and supply fee will be assessed.
PCO 6946 Practicum in Counseling 3
CLP 5166, PCO 6206C, PCO 6216.
of the student in a local mental health agency for 8-10 hours each week. The
emphasis of this experience is on development of clinical skills in
interviewing, assessment, and counseling of individuals, groups, and families.
Students will complete a minimum of 150 hours of field placement of which at
least 40 will be in direct client contact. There is a weekly class meeting and
individual supervision with the instructor in addition to the clinical
activities and supervision at the practicum site. Permission is required based
on requirements stated in the Counseling Track Policy Manual.
PCO 6948 Internship in Counseling 1-6
student functions as a staff member and participates in the full range of
clinical and professional activities of the internship site under supervision.
A weekly university based seminar will accompany field placement. Students in
the 60sh M.A. Licensure Option must register for more than one term (total of
6sh required) and will complete a minimum of 850 hours of field placement, of
which at least 240 will be in direct client contact. An internship paper and
portfolio are required. Students in the 45sh M.A. degree program must complete
3sh with at least 300 hours of field placement. Graded on a
satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission is required based on
requirements stated in the Counseling Track Policy Manual.