Courses Offered by Program

Our department offers classes in a course rotation from semester to semester. Plan your schedule carefully to ensure that each course you plan to take is offered during the appropriate semester.

Counseling (COU) courses

  • COU 700 Problems in Counseling

    Individual investigation into a problem or problems of concern to the student and deemed of significance by the instructor. Written report required. May be repeated to 9 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • COU 701 Tests and Measurements for Counselors

    A comprehensive study of instruments for measuring psychological traits, including group devices suitable for use in elementary and secondary schools, as well as individual instruments for use in both school and community agency settings. Basic statistical concepts and common terminology related to measurement are taught as a functional part of the course.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 702 School Counseling Foundations and Ethics

    Philosophy, organization, and practices of a counseling program in the elementary and secondary school. The school counselor's role as counselor, consultant, and coordinator, professional identity, and legal issues are included. Includes a significant focus on ethical standards and issues.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 703 Mental Health Counseling Foundations and Ethics

    An introduction and overview of the history, philosophy, and function of the counselor in mental health and other community agency settings. Includes an examination of service population characteristics and treatment needs, intervention modalities and approaches, professional identity, and related topics. Includes a significant focus on ethical standards and issues.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 705 Orientation to Personal and Professional Development

    This course is an experience in personal and group encountering and sensitivity. Its purpose is to assist students in discovering a more complete awareness, understanding, and acceptance of themselves and others as human beings. Primary emphasis will be upon students exploring self, values, needs, and personal characteristics. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 707 Human Development and Personality

    Study of child, adolescent and adult psychological development theories, normal adjustment processes, personality structure, and abnormal behavior.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 708 Child Counseling Theories and Techniques

    Prerequisite: admission to the Counseling program; and COU 702 or COU 703; and COU 705 and COU 710 and COU 711 or departmental permission.

    A consideration of major theories of counseling as they are related to counseling with elementary school-aged children. Emphasis is placed upon the counseling process as it affects the educational, personal, and social adjustment of children.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 710 The Helping Relationship

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program or Student Affairs in Higher Education program; and concurrent enrollment in COU 711.

    Two training components are integrated to provide an intensive pre-practicum experience. The didactic component introduces basic skills of effective interpersonal communication and counseling. Participation in co-requisite laboratory (COU 711) provides supervised practice in the practical application of those skills in simulated counseling interviews.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 711 The Helping Relationship Lab

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program or Student Affairs in Higher Education program.

    First enrollment must be concurrent with COU 710. Designed to accompany COU 710, this lab provides an opportunity for graduate students in counseling to practice basic counseling skills in role-played sessions with live observation, video-taped review and supervisory feedback. May be repeated to 3 hours. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 714 Diversity and Multicultural Issues in Counseling

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program.

    An introduction to counseling theories, interventions and issues in working with clients from diverse, minority and ethnic cultures. Values, beliefs and norms of various cultures, including the student's, will be examined as they pertain to the counseling process.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 720 Substance Use and Addiction Issues in Counseling

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 708 or COU 751; and COU 710 and COU 711; or permission of the instructor.

    This course provides an overview of the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of substance use and dependency. Addictive behaviors are presented as part of the continuum of mental and emotional behavior, and the course will include co-occurring diagnoses and their associated interventions for counseling professionals. This includes diagnosis, treatment planning and implications for diverse populations. An integrated combination of lecture, case study, and field activities will be used.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 724 Appraisal and Clinical Interviewing

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 710 and COU 711.

    Study of and practice in conducting clinical interviews, appraising and assessing level of functioning and mental status, and developing diagnoses of psychoemotional disorders. Includes assessment of learning and functioning of children. An introduction to counseling theories, interventions and issues in working with clients from diverse, minority and ethnic cultures. Values, beliefs and norms of various cultures, including the student's, will be examined as they pertain to the counseling process.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 733 Couple and Family Counseling

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 710 and COU 711.

    An introduction to the major theories of couple and family counseling and their associated interventions. An integrated combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and role-lay lab sessions will be used.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 751 Theories and Techniques of Counseling

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 705; and either COU 702 or COU 703 or departmental permission.

    Examination of various theoretical approaches to counseling; significance of theories in counseling practice. Overview of interventions and techniques associated with each theory. Students make an intensive investigation of a problem to be selected in counseling theory and methods. Report of the investigation required.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 752 Career Development

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program.

    A consideration of the various theories of career development and their implications in counseling for vocational career development and their implications in counseling for vocational adjustment. A study of the work ethic, the labor force, and the concept of career education. Designed to give students competence in collecting and using occupational and educational information in counseling related to career development and in developing career education programs. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • COU 753 Analysis of Childhood Learning and Adjustment

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and SPE 310 or SPE 340 or SPE 715; and COU 701.

    Acquaints student with various assessment and diagnostic procedures in evaluation of learning and adjustment problems.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 754 Counseling for Post-Secondary and Career Readiness K-12

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program.

    This course is designed to prepare school counselors to engage a diverse K-12 student population in early career awareness, planning, assessment, and making informed post-secondary choices crossing the spectrum of K-12, using the ASCA National Model and Missouri Comprehensive Counseling Program as a framework. Career development theories will be explored to encourage developmentally and culturally relevant application to K-12 student populations and includes a focus on work-life adjustment into advanced adult ages, including ethical implications.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • COU 756 Group Counseling

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program.

    Acquaints counselors with group counseling theories and techniques. Includes an experiential group component.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 757 Elementary Group Counseling Through Play

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program or permission of instructor; and COU 705 and COU 708 and COU 710 and COU 711 and COU 782.

    Introduction to group therapy methods and techniques appropriate to an elementary school setting. Emphasis is placed upon foundational group therapy skills in general, and on play therapy modalities in particular, that are appropriate for elementary-age children. Groups in an elementary setting, utilizing Missouri Comprehensive Guidance and play therapy and applications to diverse populations, will be emphasized.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 765 Research Seminar in Counseling

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and SFR 780 or COU 794.

    The study, analysis, and discussion of special topics culminating in a substantial written report. Preparation of a Professional Portfolio. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 766 Psychopharmacology for Counselors

    Seminar course designed to teach current and future counselors the fundamentals of psychopharmacological agents used in mental health. Students will learn the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and relevant aspects of neurochemistry. Once this foundation is formed, students will learn about the types of psychotropic medications commonly used for major mental health conditions, the nature of their actions, indications and contra-indications for use, common dosing guidelines, and side-effects and other related risks.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 768 Crisis Counseling and Disaster Mental Health Response

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling Program or permission.

    An introduction to Crisis and Disaster, to the major theories and practices of crisis Intervention and Disaster Mental Health and the associated interventions throughout the Response and Recovery phases. An integrated combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and role-play will be used.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • COU 780 Secondary School Counseling Practicum

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 710 and COU 714 and COU 751 each with grade of B or better; and COU 711; and department approval for practicum.

    Supervised counseling with secondary school aged students and their families; observation, discussion, and evaluation of the counseling process. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    6

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • COU 781 Secondary School Counseling Internship

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and either COU 780 or COU 784; and either ELE 302 or SEC 302; and department permission.

    Supervised experience in secondary school counseling at an approved school site. Minimum of 300 hours on-site. Students will receive individual supervision on-site, and small-group supervision from the department. May be repeated up to 9 hours. Graded Pass/Not Pass only. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    10

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • COU 782 Elementary School Counseling Practicum

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 708 and COU 710 and COU 714 each with grade of B or better; and COU 711; and department approval for practicum.

    Supervised counseling with elementary school-aged children and their parents; observation, discussion, and evaluation of counseling sessions. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    6

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • COU 783 Elementary School Counseling Internship

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 782; and either ELE 302 or SEC 302; and department permission.

    Supervised experience in elementary school counseling at an approved school site. Minimum of 300 hours on-site. Students will receive individual onsite supervision, and small-group supervision from the department. May be repeated up to 9 hours. Graded Pass/Not Pass only. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    10

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • COU 784 Mental Health Counseling Practicum

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 710 and COU 714 and COU 751 each with grade of B or better; and COU 711; and department approval for practicum.

    Supervised counseling experience of clients from the community; observation, discussion, and evaluation of counseling sessions. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    6

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 785 Mental Health Counseling Internship

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and either COU 780 or COU 784; and department permission.

    Supervised experiences (individual, family, group) in counseling at an approved community agency site. Minimum of 300 hours on-site. Students will receive individual supervision on-site, and small group supervision from the department. May be repeated to 9 hours. Graded Pass/Not Pass only. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 786 School Psychological Examiner Practicum

    Prerequisite: COU 701 and COU 753 and PSY 720.

    Supervised practicum in the administration and interpretation of individual intelligence tests, formal and informal diagnostic procedures and diagnostic interviewing techniques in an educational or clinical settings. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 787 Advanced Play Therapy Practicum

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 702 or COU 703; and COU 705 and COU 708 and COU 710 and COU 711 and COU 782; or permission of instructor.

    This course is designed to provide an advanced counseling experience with elementary-aged children from the community. It serves as an integrative component to extend and amplify play therapy counseling skills, theory, and techniques learned in previous practica. Emphasis is placed on scheduling clients, completing case notes, advocating for clients, weekly supervisor and evaluation of counseling sessions.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 788 Introduction to Supervision, Consultation and Leadership

    Prerequisite: COU 710 and COU 711; and COU 780 or COU 782 or COU 784; and admission to Counseling EdS program or departmental permission.

    This course is designed to address fundamental theoretical and applied aspects of clinical supervision, consultation, and leadership. Supervision addresses the theory and practice of clinical supervision in counseling and psychotherapy and provides a supervised, practical experience of doing counseling supervision in an applied setting. Consultation focuses on providing consultation services in schools and other systems. Since counselors and psychotherapists are often called upon within schools and agencies to provide leadership, the leadership component of this course surveys the literature on leadership styles, roles, and emerging trends.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 789 Advanced Level: Play Therapy Supervisor

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program; and COU 702 or COU 703; and COU 705 and COU 708 and COU 710 and COU 711 and COU 782; or permission of instructor.

    This is a course with a practicum component on-site at the Center City Counseling Clinic. The purpose of the course is to provide supervisor training in the theory and practice of supervision with master's level play therapy students to include three core knowledge areas: supervision models, theories and techniques of clinical supervision of play therapy; legal and ethical issues related to supervision; and clinical issues related to supervision.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 790 Counseling Workshop

    Improves skills and knowledge of counselors in specific areas. Each workshop considers a single topic in depth. 30 hours of participation equal one semester hour.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • COU 794 Introduction to Research in Counseling

    Prerequisite: admission to Counseling program.

    Introduction to research methods in counseling, including quantitative and qualitative methods, action research, and program evaluation approaches, particularly in service-delivery settings. An emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of foundational research methods that will allow students to be effective critical consumers of research in counseling and prepare them to design and implement sound program evaluations.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 795 Topics in Counseling

    Individual or group class designated to address specialized topics of interest to graduate students in counseling. May be repeated to 9 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • COU 799 Thesis

    Independent research and study connected with preparation of thesis.

    Credit hours:
    1-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings