Course Description: Behavioral Studies

Master of Arts in Counseling

COUN 500 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 hours)
This course provides an overview of professional issues within the field of clinical mental health counseling. This course focuses on the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, the professional identity and role of clinical mental health counselors, the public and private practice of mental health counseling, and the general framework of consultation with other helping professionals.

COUN 502 Spiritual Formation and Counseling (3 hours)
The course will address questions related to the interaction of the mind with classical approaches to spiritual formation with attention to specific actions designed to facilitate healthy spiritual development in both counselors and clients. Topics include the impact of trauma, family of origin issues, and neuroscience on spiritual growth.

COUN 510 Counseling Theories and Methods (3 hours)
A survey of contemporary counseling theories and techniques. Topics covered will include the counseling process, comparison of various theoretical approaches, and an introduction to professional ethical issues in counseling.

COUN 512 Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling (3 hours)
A review of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling, which includes an introduction to ethical guidelines and standards of the American Counseling Association and Ohio law. An examination of professional issues, including counselor identity, history, and philosophy of the counseling profession, professional organizations, credentialing, and counselor self-care. An examination of the role and scope of the service programs. Attention is given to the identity, professional standards, and organizations, and employment settings of the community counselor as well as an examination, management, and evaluation of mental health services including community programs, community interventions, and needs assessment in the public, private, and church organizations.

COUN 515 Human & Family Development (3 hours)
The examination of advanced material in human and family development is explored. Attention is given to human life span development, family life span development, and faith development and its application to professional counseling, the church and community.

*COUN 534 Pre-Marital Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of the need for pre-marital counseling and a rationale and several methods to meet the need of helping couples prepare for a successful marriage.

COUN 561 Group Counseling (3 hours)
Provides theoretical and experiential knowledge of group counseling. Course focuses on group purpose, development, dynamics, roles, leadership, theories, methods and skills.

#COUN 570 Career Counseling (3 hours)
An introduction to career development theories, vocational decision making, occupational classification systems, career assessment instruments and techniques, and vocational information with applications to individual and group counseling. (Only Offered Online, with 2 on-site meetings at the Cincinnati campus)

COUN 575 Social & Cultural Foundations for Counseling (3 hours)
This course will provide an introduction to many of the current issues that counselors and ministers face in terms of how culture impacts their work with others. Areas of focus include: theories of multicultural counseling; identity development; advocacy and social justice; characteristics and concerns when working with diverse groups nationally and internationally; attitudes, beliefs, understandings and acculturative experiences designed to foster understanding of self and others; strategies for working competently with diverse populations; and counselors’ roles in promoting optimal wellness and growth of human spirit, mind and body as well as eliminating biases, prejudices, oppression and discrimination. (Offered in Hybrid Format)

#COUN 580 Counseling Assessment (3 hours)
An examination of the use of assessment and testing instruments in counseling. Aspects of assessment discussed include therapeutic collaboration, historical perspectives, standardized and non- standardized testing, test administration, statistical concepts, reliability, validity, social and cultural factors, and ethical issues. (Only Offered Online, with 3 on-site meetings at the Cincinnati campus)

#COUN 582: Counseling Techniques (3 hours)
Practical application of basic helping skills, clinical documentation, and professional behaviors in counseling at the campus counseling center. An experience of initiating, developing, and sustaining a professional relationship. (Offered in Hybrid Format)

#COUN 592: Practicum I (3 hours)
Initial supervised practice of counseling in the campus counseling center. Individual/triadic supervision and seminar discussion are used for the continued development of counseling skills, strategies, techniques, interventions, and professional role. Prerequisites: COUN 510, COUN 512, COUN 580, and COUN 582. (By Permission Only)

#COUN 593: Practicum II (3 hours)
Continued supervised practice of counseling in the campus counseling center. Individual/triadic supervision and seminar discussion are used for the continued development of counseling skills, strategies, techniques, interventions, and professional role. Prerequisite: COUN 592. (Offered in Hybrid Format; By Permission Only)

#COUN 594: Practicum III (3 hours)
Continued supervised practice of counseling in the campus counseling center. Individual/triadic supervision and seminar discussion are used for the continued development of counseling skills, strategies, techniques, interventions, and professional role. Prerequisite: COUN 593. (By Permission Only)

COUN 595 Substance Abuse Counseling (1 hour)
Provides an overview of substance abuse counseling. Topics include: the nature of addiction, diagnosis, and treatment planning, as well as individual and group counseling strategies with diverse populations.1 hour (Only Offered Online)

COUN 597 Psychopharmacology for Counselors (1 hour)
An examination of psychopharmacological medications most frequently used in the treatment of mental health problems, including classifications, indications, contraindications and side effects. The course will also focus on when and how to make an appropriate referral for a medication evaluation. 1 hour (Only Offered Online)

COUN 599 Marriage & Family Counseling (1 hour)
The treatment of individuals, couples, and families from a relational/ systematic perspective. Students will gain an understanding of healthy marital and family systems, the therapeutic process, and the practice of marriage and family counseling.

*COUN 618 Biblical Resources for Counseling (3 hours) (also listed as PMN 618; PPC 618)
A study of major counseling problems confronting the counselor and minister, and appropriate Biblical material to use with them. The course focuses on the study of the integration of psychological theory and practice with theology, spirituality and Christianity.

*COUN 620 Theory and Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling (3 hours)
The treatment of individuals, couples, and families from a relational/systemic perspective. Students will gain an understanding of healthy, marital and family systems, the therapeutic process, and the practice of marriage and family counseling.

*COUN 622 Women’s Issues in Counseling (3 hours)
Women are frequent consumers of mental health treatment and often present issues related to their biological and gender roles. We will explore societal, relational, and internal/biological origins and dynamics of some common problems women present within therapy.

*COUN 624 Crisis and Grief Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of the dynamics of a crisis or disaster, the recommended steps in crisis intervention, disaster mental health, and the role of the church in prevention as well as in a caring response. An examination of the dynamics within the person, family and community when severe or terminal illness has been diagnosed or the bereavement process has been initiated. The course also includes methods and resources for helping.

*COUN 628 Solution Focused/Brief Counseling (3 hours)
An introduction to Solution Focused and Brief Counseling Theories. The focus will be on practical application in a variety of clinical and pastoral settings. Prerequisite: COUN 510.

*COUN 632 Addictions and Compulsive Behavior Counseling (3 hours)
A basic introduction and overview of addictions and their treatment. The pathology of addiction and effects of compulsive behavior are explored while examining the signs, symptoms and stages involved. Students will examine treatment methods, research findings, appropriate referrals to agencies and professional counseling, and liaison work with public service agencies, government offices, human service agencies and local churches. Special attention will be given to the development of support/recovery groups in the local church.

*COUN 633 Advanced Substance Abuse Counseling (3 hours)
An overview of substance abuse and treatment. The impact of medication/drugs/substances on individuals and the pathology of substance abuse are explored while examining the signs, symptoms and stages involved. Students will examine treatment methods, research findings, appropriate referrals to agencies and professional counseling, and liaison work with public service agencies, government offices, human service agencies and local churches. Special attention will be given to the development of support/recovery groups in the local church and appropriate resources for helping individuals. Prerequisite: COUN 595.

*COUN 634 Counseling Children: Play Therapy Techniques (3 hours)
Specific training designed for counselors who work with young children (under age 12) whose ability to communicate feelings verbally is limited. Students practice play therapy techniques with other students and with child clients (when legally and ethically appropriate). Discussion includes research literature which supports the appropriate utility of play therapy techniques with young children affected by circumstances such as divorce, single parenting, ADHD, and sexual abuse.

*COUN 636 Counseling Adolescents (3 hours)
A didactic and experiential seminar focusing on intrapersonal dynamics of adolescents frequently referred to counselors. Counseling procedures, treatment plans and referral for resistant and recalcitrant youth will be covered.

*COUN 640 Human Sexuality (3 hours)
This course is an exploration of human sexuality development and transitions across the lifespan of an individual within the context of cultural diversity and lifestyle differences. Utilizing current research, the assessment and treatment strategies for various sexual disorders, identified in the latest edition of the DSM, will be covered. Concentration is given to the potential impact of sexual abuse on children, adolescents, and adults. Personal self-awareness of values will be emphasized as students examine various topics. Ethical and legal considerations will be presented.

*#COUN 642 Supervision of Counselors (3 hours)
Study of supervisory processes in terms of theoretical perspectives and practices of supervision. Reviews relevant literature related to supervisee development, supervisee evaluation, supervisor roles and functions, risk management issues, and other ethical considerations. Prerequisite: COUN 593. (By Permission Only)

*#COUN 648: Advanced Individual Practicum (3 hours)
Advanced supervised experience in campus counseling center. Students meet for individual supervision and in seminar groups to assess and improve their effectiveness in helping relationships. Prerequisite: completed Practicum and/or Internship experience(s). May not be taken concurrently with COUN 592, COUN 593, COUN 594, COUN 792, COUN 793, or COUN 794. (By Permission Only)

COUN 650 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation. (Offered in Hybrid Format)

#COUN 680 Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Status (3 hours)
An examination and practical use of assessment procedures in diagnosis and treatment planning. This course focuses on the administering, interpreting and report writing of individual and group standardized tests of mental ability, personality, and measurement. Prerequisite: COUN 580.

#COUN 690 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders (3 hours)
An examination of the principles of diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic tools, including the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. This course provides knowledge and practice in diagnostic interviewing, conducting mental status examinations, collaborating with clients about diagnostic issues, and ethical issues related to diagnosis. (Offered Online Only)

#COUN 711 Treatment of Psychopathology (3 hours)
An advanced study of the etiology and treatment of mental disorders. Focus on using biopsychosocial framework and counseling theory to conceptualize client presentation and select appropriate counseling interventions. Course includes a review of empirically supported treatments and discussion about etiology and treatment from a Christian perspective. Prerequisite: COUN 690.

*COUN 750 Special Topics in Counseling (3 hours)
Presentations of special interest in the field of counseling.

#COUN 792 Internship I (3 hours)
On site training under the professional guidance of a Licensed Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation. Students will continue to gain experience with assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients while building additional skills needed to serve in a variety of community mental health agencies. Individual as well as group supervision will be provided as students are given the opportunity to process their growth as a professional. Prerequisite: COUN 593 (or completion of Practicum experience), COUN 690, and the submission of a formal application. Pre/co-requisite: COUN 561. (By Permission Only)

#COUN 793 Internship II (3 hours)
Continued on-site training under the professional guidance of a Licensed Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation. Students will continue to gain experience with assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients while building additional skills needed to serve in a variety of community mental health agencies. Individual as well as group supervision will be provided as students are given the opportunity to process their growth as a professional. Prerequisite: COUN 792. (Offered in Hybrid Format; By Permission Only)

*#COUN 794 Advanced Internship III (3 hours)
Advanced on-site training under the professional guidance of a Licensed Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation. Students will continue to gain experience with assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients while building additional skills needed to serve in a variety of community mental health agencies. Individual as well as group supervision will be provided as students are given the opportunity to process their growth as a professional. Prerequisite: COUN 793. (By Permission Only)

*#COUN 800 Comprehensive Review & Examination (0 hours)
This zero-credit course serves as a comprehensive review of core competencies and culminates in the MAC Comprehensive Exam as a Capstone project. (By Permission Only)

Key:
#Open only to MAC students *Counseling Elective