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PY 61100 PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION AND ETHICS (4)
This course provides an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing. An emphasis is given to providing a solid foundation in professional ethics and ethical decision making.

PY 61500 PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING: THEORY, SKILLS, AND PRACTICE I (4)
This course is designed to review, compare, and contrast prevailing theories of counseling, to practice some of the basic methods of counseling, and to develop skills necessary to enhance the counseling relationship. Emphasis is upon communication, self-awareness of one’s own behavior and its effect upon others, and the development of one’s ability to accurately interpret the behavior of others. Under faculty supervision, beginning opportunities are provided to practice these skills.

PY 62000 ADVANCED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (4)
Exploration of significant issues within developmental psychology as they relate to counseling. Utilizing a life-span developmental perspective is encouraged.

PY 62500 PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING: THEORY, SKILLS, AND PRACTICE II (4)
This course is designed to practice additional methods of counseling and develop more sophisticated skills necessary to enhance the counseling relationship. Emphasis is upon a variety of counseling paradigms including RET, Behavior Therapy, Adlerian techniques, and Gestalt processes. Under faculty supervision, opportunities are provided to practice these skills. Students also begin to identify internship sites during this course.

PY 64000 ADVANCED ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)
Through this course, the student becomes familiar with current psychological perspectives on pathological behavior. The conceptual and structural models of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) are emphasized.

PY 64300 ASSESSMENT IN COUNSELING (4)
Foundation for conducting psychological assessments in the counseling setting. Hands-on experience with testing and assessment procedures common in the field. Administration of tests, such as the TAT, MMPI-2, Wechsler series intelligence tests, etc.

PY 64600 SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF COUNSELING(4)
Exploration of a broad range of topics relevant to the mental health practitioner. Of particular importance are cross-cultural counseling, drug and alcohol issues, gender issues, geriatric issues, domestic violence, and preventive models.

PY 64900 GROUP COUNSELING (4)
Foundations of various methods of group therapy. Exploration of individual, interpersonal, and group processes that occur within the parameters of group counseling.

PY 65300 COUPLES AND FAMILY THERAPY (4)
Introduction to current methods of couples and family therapy, e.g., structural, systems, behavioral, etc. The application and efficacy of these methods are emphasized.

PY 65500 DESIGN AND PRINCIPLES OF RESEARCH (4)
Quantitative and qualitative approaches to conducting research. Foundation of concepts necessary for professional consumption of research literature. Practice in requisite conceptual, speaking, and writing skills for effective professional communication of ideas.

PY 65700 BRIEF THERAPY (4)
Introduction to the cooperative therapeutic model of solution focused counseling and other brief therapy models. Includes various application and intervention approaches used by the brief therapist.

PY 66000 CAREER AND LIFESTYLE COUNSELING (4)
This course provides a theoretical foundation and opportunities for practical application of career and lifestyle counseling strategies. It focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide professional career counseling services to an adult population in a variety of transitional life stages. Students examine major theories of career choice and development, career assessment instruments and their use, and the counseling models associated with these theories and measurements. They also explore lifestyle and career needs of young, middle, and older adults.

PY 68000 DIRECTED STUDY (1-4)
Individual study in a given field or topic area under the guidance of a faculty member.

PY 69000 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR (4)
This seminar is taken in the final semester, affording each student an opportunity to pursue a topic of special interest. The seminar meets biweekly in order to discuss the problems and issues that arise in doing one’s own work. The culminating professional paper may take many forms. A traditional paper might be a quantitative or qualitative research report. A nontraditional paper might be a description and evaluation of an action project carried out during the semester or an interpreted debate representing opposing points of view. Components might include video, performance, or other creative formats. At the end of the semester students present their work to faculty and peers.

PY 69500 COUNSELING INTERNSHIP (8)
Experience as an intern counselor at a professional site in the community. This involves at least 15 hours a week, including the course meeting time, for a total of 600 hours over two semesters. The internship site must be approved by the MSCP Director in advance. Prerequisite: Admission to degree candidacy.