University of West Florida

School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences

 

Courses: Psychology of Counseling (PCO)

Course: PCO2202 - Introduction to General Counseling Techniques
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
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Develops 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 counseling.
 
 
Course: PCO2905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PCO2990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PCO3990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PCO4242 - Introduction to Group Counseling
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
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Theory, research and practice of group processes. Provides an opportunity for participation or observation of group counseling.
 
 
Course: PCO4310 - Intervention in Addictions
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
Course Description:
Models of addictive behaviors and implications for assessment and treatment of addiction. Emphasis primarily on alcohol and drug abuse, with information on smoking and obesity included.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. appreciate the pervasiveness and complexity of drug use in our culture

2. understand and evaluate research and press reports regarding drugs and addictive behaviors

3. identify harmful patterns of alcohol and other drug use, and be aware of prevention and treatment resources that exist in the community

4. decide whether they wish to pursue a career in substance abuse counseling, education or research

 
Course: PCO4905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PCO4990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PCO5990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PCO6204 - Pre-Practicum: Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: CLP 5166, PCO 6216
Corequisites: PCO 6206C, PCO 6246
Current Semester of Offering: Spring
Course Description:
PCO 6206C, PCO 6246 Experientially-based 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.
 
 
Course: PCO6206C - Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PCO 6216
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
Course Description:
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.

Student Learning Outcomes:

This course is designed to prepare counseling students to operate responsibly in their practica, internships, and employment. Expected student outcomes are:

1. knowledge of ethical and legal issues that impact counselors

2. knowledge of professional issues related to becoming a counselor (e.g. professional organizations)

3. knowledge of state regulations and licensure requirements (including school-based legal requirements)

 
Course: PCO6216 - Theories of Individual Counseling
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
Course Description:
Overview of major contemporary theoretical approaches to individual counseling and psychotherapy.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

1. identify characteristics of both psychological health and distress/disorder

2. identify and differentiate various theories of counseling and their accompanying interventions

2. conceptualize therapy cases from different perspectives

4. identify treatment approaches they feel comfortable with, and formulate how these might be integrated into their    interpersonal style

5. locate information on empirically validated treatments for various disorders

6. locate and assign appropriate self-help readings to clients as homework

 
Course: PCO6246 - Theories of Group Counseling
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PCO 2202 or PCO 6216
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
Course Description:
Overview of major contemporary theoretical approaches to group counseling and psychotherapy.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Understand, describe, and discuss the major theories used to inform the practice of group counseling.

2. Identify and describe major therapeutic factors influencing group therapy process and outcome.

3. Describe the developmental stages of a counseling group.

4. Design and apply group counseling interventions for different populations and problems.

5. Apply ethical and legal principles in the practice of group counseling.

 
Course: PCO6251 - Marital and Family Therapy
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PCO 6216, CLP 5166
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Overview 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.
 
 
Course: PCO6278 - Multicultural Counseling
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Addresses the similarities and differences among various culturally diverse groups, and informs counselors of the characteristics and processes necessary to become a culturally skilled counselor.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Define culture, race, ethnicity, gender, ability status, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, and religion.

2. Describe their own cultural beliefs, values, and biases.

3. Discuss the beliefs, values, behaviors, customs, and traditions of cultures other than their own.

4. Explain multicultural counseling skill and competency requirements.

5. Display multicultural counseling skills and competency.

 
Course: PCO6312 - Substance Abuse Counseling
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: CLP 5166
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
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Examines 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.
 
 
Course: PCO6315 - Assessment in Counseling
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: CLP 5166
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Practical 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.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should:

1. Demonstrate mastery of course content through the recognition and application of the specialized terminology, concepts, and theories that characterize the research and knowledge base for reliable and valid clinical assessment.

2. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking through the effective integration of psychological literature and application of psychological theories to the clinical assessment process.

3. Demonstrate advanced professional communication through the use of clear, professional language in professional-quality documents and presentations of the student’s assessment reports. 

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the standards of academic integrity and professional ethics through adherence to those standards in the student’s submitted work. 

5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and beginning skills in clinical assessment by completing independent professional assessment reports. This includes demonstrating ability to administer, score, interpret, and report the results of the assessment techniques covered in the course.

 
Course: PCO6905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: PCO6946 - Practicum in Counseling
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: CLP 5166, PCO 6206C, PCO 6216
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Current Semester of Offering: Summer
Course Description:
Placement 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 Concentration Policy Manual
 
 
Course: PCO6948 - Internship in Counseling
Hours: 1.0 - 6.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 6.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
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The 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 Concentration Policy Manual.

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the internship, the intern will:

1. Demonstrate competent use of the basic techniques and strategies associated with counseling.

2. Demonstrate competence in interviewing techniques for intakes, suicide evaluation, and for special populations.

3. Demonstrate the ability to formulate and deliver a treatment plan for a clinical case and to provide a rationale supporting the plan from published theoretical and research literature.

4. Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize one’s counseling activities from a theoretical perspective.

5. Demonstrate professional behaviors including adhering to ethical and legal guidelines and on time attendance at all expected activities.

 
Course: PCO6990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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