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All Counseling students must complete the following core classes.
CNS 505-Foundations of Counseling
This course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of counseling. The Historical development and traditions of the field, as well as a variety of counseling and psychotherapeutic activities across settings will be covered. Distinctions between the counseling specializations will be introduced. Students will examine their strengths and motivations for entering the counseling field.
CNS 506-Lifespan Development
The study of human development throughout the lifespan. This course will cover both traditional and contemporary theories of human development and explore how developmental concepts influence clinical practice.
CNS 507-Introduction to Mental Disorders
This course will provide an overview of psychopathology and the socio-cultural factors that influence our conceptions of mental health and mental illness. The causes, symptoms, and treatments of a variety of mental disorders will be presented, focusing on the impact mental illness has on individuals, family, and culture. Understanding the specific criteria for diagnosing psychiatric disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) will be emphasized.
CNS 508-Culture and Identity
The principal goal of this course is to expand cultural awareness and knowledge. The impact of culture, race ethnicity, social status, age, language, gender, and sexual preferences will be covered. Various theories, counseling techniques, and ethical considerations necessary for effective cross-cultural counseling will be discussed.
CNS 511-Counseling Theories and Techniques I
This course will provide an introduction to counseling theory and initiate the development of counseling skills. Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques through videotapes of master clinicians, in-class role plays, taping and transcription of interviews, classroom demonstrations, and exposure to the underlying theories of counseling techniques and counseling processes.
CNS 512-Counseling Theories and Techniques II
This course will build on the concepts and skills presenting in Counseling Theories and Techniques I. Developing a more in-depth understanding of the theories and techniques pertaining to specific counseling traditions will be emphasized. Students will learn how to identify and analyze counseling dynamics and processes.
CNS 516-Theory and Techniques of Career Counseling
An introduction to the theory and practice of career counseling. This course will focus on traditional and contemporary theories of career development, identify sources of occupational information, review assessment tools, and explore the evaluation process associated with career counseling.
CNS 517-Theory and Techniques of Group Counseling
An introduction to group processes and the research, theories, and techniques of group counseling. This course will include both didactic and experiential methods of instruction. Students will increase their knowledge and skills of group leadership; enhance awareness of the dynamic and developmental process of group formation; and explore various counseling and psychotherapeutic approaches used in group counseling.
CNS 518-Research Design and Program Evaluation
The theoretical and methodological principles of psychological research are reviewed, with an emphasis on utilizing conducting and utilizing research in counseling psychology practice. Specific topics covered include research design, data collection, data analysis, and the presentation of findings in both written and oral formats. Research ethics, the utilization of research in the "scientist-practitioner" model, and specific applications to program evaluation and evidence-based practice in counseling psychology are emphasized.
CNS 519-Professional Issues and Ethics
s course will cover ethical and legal issues inherent in the profession of counseling psychology. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the code of ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA), learn about the theory of ethical decision making, and engage in practical decision making activities through discussion case studies.
CNS 525-Testing and Appraisal
An introduction to the theory and practice of testing and evaluation processes relevant to counseling psychology. Traditional evaluation techniques including objective and projective tests used to evaluate personality, intelligence tests, interest inventories, and aptitude/ability tests will be covered. This course will provide an introduction to the interpretation, administration, and writing of psychological evaluations.
CNS 565-Counseling Practicum
This is an initial field placement in which students work directly with clients under the supervision of an experienced counselor. This course is designed to increase counseling skills and confidence. Students will become familiar with the practical aspects of providing services, such as note taking, treatment coordination, and case management. A minimum of 120 hours of onsite service is required, with a minimum of 40 hours spent in direct service with clients. In addition, students must attend a group supervision class at Waynesburg College each week for 16 weeks and participate in College sponsored individual or triadic supervision.
CNS 546-Psychopathology and Diagnosis
This course acts as a continuation of PSY 507 (Introduction to Mental Disorders) with an emphasis on formal diagnosis of mental disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). This will include the identification of symptoms and symptom clusters, with exploration of etiology, co-morbidity, and treatment options for different disorders, as well as, understanding the usefulness and limits of formal diagnosis. Other topics will include intake information gathering, mental status evaluation, clinical case formulation, and assessment of specific clinical challenges including suicidality and dangerousness. Case examples will be emphasized.
CNS 557-Issues in Addiction and Recovery
This course will provide a comprehensive examination of drug and alcohol abuse: etiology; disease concept; diagnosis; treatment; and the impact the abuser has upon the family and the community. The student’s development of assessment skills and the therapeutic process of recovery will be emphasized. Treatment interventions and treatment modalities, including outcome data, will be presented. Students will be offered state of the art information about drugs and alcohol abuse among special populations and will have the opportunity to observe the recovery process. Other addictions, current chemical dependency issues and controversies, and dual diagnosis will also be explored.
CNS 566-Counseling Internship I
The Internship experience is designed to give advanced students in counseling psychology the opportunity to practice and refine their counseling skills. In addition, students will learn from experienced professionals working in their chosen area of specialization. Each internship course will require students to complete a number of hours of onside service at an agency that provides counseling. Students will receive 3 credit hours for completing 300 hours of onside service, of which 120 must be in direct service with clients. Students must attend a 90-minute group supervision class each week for 16 weeks.
CNS 566-Counseling Internship II
Refer to Counseling Internship I.
Elective Classes YEAR TWO
Students complete elective classes based on one of two specialized tracks.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling track
CNS 559-Professional Issues in Mental Health Counseling
This course will provide an orientation to professional issues and practices relevant to clinical mental health counseling. The course will cover the philosophical, social, and political factors that influence and shape social service systems and the roles and functions of clinical mental health counselors in various practice settings. Distinctions will be made between private and public mental health care systems, and the inter-relationships between various social service systems. Practical strategies for counselors working in private practice and in community agencies will be addressed.
CNS 545-Advanced Techniques of Mental Health Counseling
This course will focus on the development of advanced counseling skills with an emphasis on understanding the subjectivity of both the client and therapist. This is an experiential course designed for further growth and development of practicing therapists. The importance of identifying and understanding the impact of trauma on clients will be explored. Interactive assignments and class activities are included.
CNS 548-Family Counseling and Therapy
This is an introduction to family counseling and therapy. This class will address both conceptual and practical skills in working with families. The primary focus will be upon working with families with children and/or adolescent. The course is designed to provide a basic foundation for conceptualizing and beginning to provide family counseling. Proficiency in family counseling and therapy comes only with supervised clinical experience and more in depth study of this way of thinking about and addressing problems in living. The course will not address couples counseling or marital therapy which entails a different, and in many ways more complex, set of conceptual and practice skills.
CNS 556-Counseling Trauma Survivors
This course addresses the origins of violence and how it contributes to the development of an abusive personality. The course will examine how repeated exposure to traumatic events affects development, interpersonal relationships, and neurological functioning and development. Specific counseling techniques for the treatment of trauma treatment will be presented.
Addictions Counseling track and Addictions Counseling Certification
CNS 527-Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances
This Addiction Specialization course covers terminology, drug classification, physiological effects, psychological effects, withdrawal syndrome, drug interactions, and treatment applications. All major categories of drugs are addressed: alcohol, depressants, cocaine and other stimulants, opiates, hallucinogens, cannabinoids, inhalants, and other substances. The course also explores neurological commonalities of addiction and the hypothesized role of neurotransmitters and endogenous chemicals in addictions and compulsive behaviors such as gambling, sexual behavior, and shopping.
CNS 537-Addiction Counseling Techniques
This Addiction Specialization course explores evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of abuse and addiction disorders. Attention is paid to individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and intervention. Crisis intervention approaches are included as well. The course explores ways of adjusting counseling to sensitively address age, sex, and cultural differences, co-occurring disorders, medical illnesses, criminal justice involvement, and disabilities.
This Addiction Specialization course examines laws and regulations, client rights, confidentiality issues, and informed consent in addictions; drug testing; methadone regulations; record keeping; the role of managed care; dealing with controlled substances; and sensitive treatment of medical problems that accompany addictions. Also covered are ethical issues involving discrimination, competence; professional standards; supervision; and research in addictions.
CNS 558-Family Therapy in Addiction
This Addiction Specialization course involves an exploration of family issues in abuse and addiction. Topics include system theory and family dynamics; codependency; abuse issues; the family life-cycle; developmental issues in families; the role of culture in families; co-occurring disorders, including medical and psychological disorders; and models of family therapy.