Course Descriptions

Counseling (COUN)

COUN6000. New Student Orientation (0)
New student orientation is a non-graded course that is required of all incoming students to the Counselor Education Master's program.  This course will give new students information regarding the overall program, requirements for graduation, and information regarding on-campus departments with which they will interact throughout their course of study.  

COUN6511. The Profession of Counseling (2)
Summarizes the profession of counseling, its history, the value of professional organizations, professional referral agencies, and resources; exposes the student to requirements and procedures for certification and licensure. The class is a basic course in professionalism that must be taken during the first year in the program.

COUN6512. Ethical and Legal Issues (3)
Current legal and ethical concerns in professional counseling. Ethical theory and decision-making processes and legal aspects of client-counselor relationships are covered, including ethical issues in working with diverse populations. This class is to be taken during the first year in the program. It is a pre-requisite to COUN7561.

COUN6513. Societal Issues (2) 
The influences of gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors related to diverse populations on the counseling process; explores implications for counseling minority populations, physical and sexual abuse, and support programs for youth.  Students may be allowed to replace this course with a departmental sponsored field experience such as service work to an underserved population or an international experience.

COUN6514. Occupational Education--Principles and Foundations (2) 
An awareness of basic foundations, philosophies, and principles of vocational education including history, organization, legislation, and the future of vocational education. 

COUN6515.  Multicultural Counseling and Societal Issues (3)
An examination of philosophical assumptions of multiculturalism; ethical considerations related to multiculturalism; strategies with diverse populations; and indigenous counseling approaches.  The influence of gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors related to diverse population on the counseling process and on the counselor.

COUN6531. The Learning Process and Lifespan Development (2)
Students will examine theoretical constructs related to the development process and developmentally based behavior patterns across the age spectrum. The course will also examine accepted theories and current research in learning theory and behavior.

COUN6532. Theories of Counseling (3)
Critical analyses of selected classical and contemporary theories, including Multicultural Counseling Theory, with examination of the practical meaning of the theories for the counselor. 

COUN6533. Family Counseling Theories (2)
This course is an introduction to the history and application of family systems counseling and the broad range of family theories that have been used within the tradition of family counseling. The students will be able to identify and understand assessment techniques, intervention strategies, and resources needed in order to support families as they look through the lens of theory. Unique family characteristics, such as ethnic and cultural considerations, will also be reviewed to highlight the diversity that exists within families. 

COUN6534. Career Development (3)
Basic principles, theories, and practices of career counseling; an emphasis on career choices over a life span; exposure to the methods used to deliver career counseling services to individual, school, and organizational populations. Addresses the impact of career choices on family relationships. 

COUN6536. Theories of Occupational Choice (2)
Historical consideration and contemporary evaluation of theories of occupational choice and how these may be useful in making career decisions. 

COUN6541. Pre-Practicum: Basic Counseling Skills (3)
Development of essential listening skills for counseling effectiveness to include principles and procedures of individual counseling. Includes the use of required videotaped counseling interviews, role playing, and counseling process models. Earning a "B" or better in this course is necessary in order for the student to enter Practicum in Counseling. Students are expected to take COUN6541 just prior to COUN7561. If one year has elapsed, video tapes will be required of the student. If two or more years elapse, the student must retake the entire course. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites or concurrent enrollment: COUN6512.

COUN6542. Group Counseling (3)
Techniques of group procedures appropriately applied to decision making, problem solving, and resolution of conflict. Dual emphasis is placed on dynamics of group behavior and practical application of group counseling in schools. 

COUN6542A. Group Counseling (2)
Techniques of group procedures appropriately applied to decision making, problem solving, and resolution of conflict. Dual emphasis is placed on dynamics of group behavior and practical application of group counseling in schools. Course enrollment is by instructor permission or articulation agreement only.

COUN6544. Multicultural Counseling Theories (2) 
An examination of philosophical assumptions of multiculturalism; ethical considerations related to multiculturalism; individual, family, and group strategies with diverse populations; multicultural and pluralistic trends; identity development models; and indigenous counseling approaches.  Students may be allowed to replace this course with a departmental sponsored field experience such as service work to an underserved population or an international experience.

COUN6551. Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology (3)
An introduction to clinical diagnostic criteria and related clinical treatment planning strategies utilized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV in the assessment of mental and emotional disorders. 

COUN6552. Addictions Counseling (2)
A detailed study identifying the history, classification, physiological and psychological effects associated with psychoactive substances. Additionally, assessment, diagnosis, treatment modalities, availability of resources, and obstacles of recovery will be discussed. 

COUN6594. Topics in Counseling (1-4)
Exploration of a current topic or practice in department. May be repeated for credit. 

COUN6598. Seminar (1-3)
Prerequisites determined by nature of specific seminar. Seminar approach to the study of clearly defined problems or issues. May be repeated for credit. 

COUN6599. Independent Study (1-4)
Study of an assigned topic or guided research as directed by a graduate faculty member. Signature of department Director required. 

COUN7510/COUN PD 56201. Play Therapy I: History, Ethics, and Systems of PT (1)
This course will introduce essential people and theorists that shaped the history of the profession of play therapy. It will help to identify developmentally appropriate play therapy toys and materials. The course will deepen the student's understanding of the developmental stages of children and children's play. Students will learn how to evaluate and assess elements of, and stages within the play therapy relationship, from intake to termination. The course will allow the student to appreciate the legal and ethical issues that are unique to play therapy, as well as understand issues of diversity and how they impact on every facet of play therapy.

COUN7511/COUN PD 50101. Advanced Play Therapy I:  Contemporary Theory and Research (1)
Over the past decade, the practice of play therapy has witnessed a number of innovations and refinements of existing procedures. The goal of this class is to present a state-of-the-art overview of the latest advances and developments in the field, including the three main pillars of therapy:  theory, research, and practice.  This course will present the leading theories in play therapy and the current research being done to demonstrate their relevance to the practice of play therapy with children and their families.  The core theories that will be explored are Adlerian, Client Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Ecosystemic, Developmental, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, and Eclectic Prescriptive Play Therapy.

COUN7512/COUN PD 50103. Advanced Play Therapy Techniques and Practice I (1)
Students will learn the basic skills necessary to use the play interventions of therapeutic storytelling, sand play, bibliotherapy, and game play.  This course will teach students how storytelling can be used effectively with both children and young adolescents to help them gain personal understanding and self-acceptance.  Sand play is a unique technique that combines the wonderful use of touch and texture with that of creating a metaphor or narrative of the childís world.  Students will learn the basic steps of using sand play and the sand tray in their work with children.  Bibliotherapy refers to a process designed to help individuals solve problems and better understand themselves through reading literature or watching movies, videotapes, and the like.  Games serve a variety of functions is counseling, and this class will demonstrate how games can be used to teach new behaviors, facilitate verbalization, and address specific concerns of a child or adolescent.

COUN7513/COUN PD 50104. Advanced Play Therapy Techniques and Practice II (1)
Students will learn the basic skills necessary to use the play interventions of expressive/art therapy, puppetry, dramatic role play, and group play/filial therapy.  This course will teach students how to best utilize expressive art techniques to reduce anxiety, develop rapport, capture attention, create and intensify moods, and communicate feelings.  Puppet play allows young clients to displace their feelings about significant others onto the puppets.  This course will teach students how to use dramatic play to gain information from the way in which the clients play their dramatic roles and how to use this to encourage safe expressions of strong feelings, both positive and negative, allowing clients to learn from externalizing an experience. This course will also present the basic skills of doing group play work, while exploring its different uses and its therapeutic value in the clinical applications with a wide variety of specialized populations.  

COUN7514/COUN PD 51301. Clinical Application in Play Therapy I (1)
This clinical application course will develop student knowledge, skills, and self-awareness of play therapy techniques specific to clients across the lifespan.  Play therapy can be therapeutically relevant to the specific developmental needs and issues of the client.  Students will learn how to assess and evaluate the developmental needs of the client and to use the most effective play therapy techniques as they pertain to the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.

COUN7515/COUN PD 51302. Clinical Application in Play Therapy II (1)
This clinical application course will develop student knowledge, skills, and self-awareness of play therapy techniques specific to special populations.  Play therapy can be extremely effective to help counselors address the needs of children with a variety of diversity issues.  Other special populations that present with unique therapeutic challenges are children who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, and children of divorced and blended families.  This course will also demonstrate how play therapy can be used to address the special needs of children with low self-esteem, challenging psychopathology, and disruptive behavioral issues.

COUN7516/COUN PD 56202. Play Therapy II: Childhood Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Parent Consultation (1)
This course will examine the common childhood diagnoses that present at the time of treatment.  It will introduce assessment and diagnosis tools using play therapy techniques.  This course will teach students how to develop appropriate treatment plans for these diagnoses and discuss how certain play themes within the context of the play sessions can be utilized in effective parent consultation practices.

COUN7517/COUN PD 50102. Advanced Play Therapy II: Contemporary Theory and Research (1)
Over the past decade, the practice of play therapy has witnessed a number of innovations and refinements of existing procedures.  The goal of this class is to present a state-of-the-art overview of the latest advances and developments in the field, including the three main pillars of therapy:  theory, research, and practice.  This course will present the leading theories in play therapy and the current research being done to demonstrate their relevance to the practice of play therapy with children and their families.  The core theories that will be explored in this second theories course are Developmental, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, and Eclectic Prescriptive Play Therapy.

COUN7518/COUN PD 57301. Sand Tray and Sand Play (1)
This course reviews the theoretical underpinnings of attachment theory and how it relates to working with clients from throughout the lifecycle.   Special attention will be given to adult attachment and the formation of attachment sequences in family and couple relationships.  The sand tray technique will be contrasted with the differences in utilizing sand play within a play session and how one would differentiate when to use which skill..

COUN7519/COUN PD 72701. Filial and Family Play (1)
This course will explore the use of filial therapy as a technique for families who have an identified client as a child.  Filial theory is an approach, which teaches parents how to use child-centered play session, which can be transferred to the home.  Students will also learn to model for the parents the same attitudes and shills they wish the parents to use with their own children. 

COUN7520/COUN PD 57303.  Supervision Practices in Play Therapy (2)
Providing quality supervision for play therapists is both a responsibility and a challenge for Counselor Education programs and professionals in the field.  The purpose of this course is to present a format of supervision outlining both a model and helpful guidelines to facilitate the supervisory relationship between supervisor and supervisee doing play therapy.  Supervisors have a number of roles and responsibilities, including assuring the welfare of the client; making sure that ethical, legal, and professional standards are being upheld; overseeing the clinical and professional development of the supervisee; and evaluating the supervisee.  For this reason, The roles and responsibilities, as well as effective models of play therapy supervision will be discussed in this course.

COUN7521. School Counseling (2)
The role of the school counselor, including the Idaho Model in elementary, middle, and secondary school counseling. Relationships with school personnel and students will be explored with an emphasis on professionalism in counseling.

COUN7522. Couple Counseling (2) 
Couple issues and their impact on families and society as a whole is explored in this course, as well as multiple theories, strategies, and preventative approaches used in counseling couples. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of family functioning as they relate to specific presenting problems. 

COUN7523. Organization and Administration of Clinical Services (2) 
This course develops in students a broad base of understanding of the contextual dimensions of clinical and marital, couple, and family counseling, including history of clinical counseling, fundamentals of clinical and marriage and family counseling, societal trends and treatment issues important in working with diverse family systems, streams of funding in clinical mental health, models of general principles of clinical intervention with individuals and family, and legal dimensions, and the roles of clinical and marriage and family counselors. 

COUN7524. Organization of Guidance Services (2)
A study of strategies for planning and developing a systematic guidance program. Includes standard instruments used in counseling, computers, records and reports, organization and management, program evaluation, and referral agencies. The Idaho Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Model will be utilized, as well as the ASCA National Standards. 

COUN7525. Family Systems Theory and Research (3)
This course is an advanced study of systems and family counseling theories. Reviews research on marital and family counseling including evidence-based treatments. Includes application of research on couples and family counseling to increase the effectiveness of counseling. 

COUN7526. Methods of Teaching and Presentation (2)
General methods, teaching strategies, and classroom management techniques appropriate for school counselor presentations in school settings. Designed for the non-educator, this course will introduce lesson planning and presentation, group learning, and behavior management. This is a requirement for non-teachers. Certified teachers may elect to replace this course with two credit hours of electives. 

COUN7527. Marriage and Family Counseling Assessment (2)
Students will acquire the knowledge to assess and conceptualize individuals and family problems and functioning as they exist within the context of their system.  Includes strategies for evaluating counseling outcomes.  Emphasizes multicultural considerations on assessment and outcome evaluation. 

COUN7528. Practice of Family Counseling (2)
An application of couple and family counseling theory techniques and concepts.  Focuses on logistics of family counseling and practical skills used in practice.  Provides guidelines and practice in developing and implementing family interventions as part of counseling a family.

COUN7529. Human Sexuality (1)
An overview of the biological, psychological, and relational aspects of human sexuality.  Includes DSM-IV-TR sexuality diagnoses and treatment approaches for counseling clients with sexual problems.  Attention is given to counseling couples with presenting problems of sexual dysfunctions.

COUN7535. Research Methodology (2)
An introduction to research from a consumerís point of view. Includes research literature; design considerations including sampling, surveys, and statistical tests. Students must prepare an action research proposal as part of the course requirements.  

COUN7536. Qualitative Research  (2)
Examines the philosophy and traditions of qualitative research projects.  Students will learn to design qualitative research projects, and to collect, analyze, and report on qualitative data.  Emphasis will be given to establishing trustworthiness and ethics in qualitative inquiry.

COUN7537. Research and Statistics (3)
An introduction to research from a consumerís point of view. Includes research literature; design considerations including sampling, surveys, and statistical tests. Students must prepare an action research proposal as part of the course requirements.  An introductory level course in statistics, designed to develop a basic understanding of descriptive and inferential statistical tools. The focus of the course is application of statistics for understanding research articles and the selection of appropriate statistical tools for field research and program evaluation.

COUN7538. Family Education Experience (2)
This course guides students through the process of assessing the need for family education programs, then designing, implementing, and evaluating family programs that will assist the student in supporting families throughout their life-cycle stages.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in delivering family education material. 

COUN7545. Counseling Students with Exceptionalities (2)
Counseling Students with Exceptionalities provides a descriptive approach to the study of challenges, resources, and experiences of exceptional children and their families in identifying and receiving comprehensive, collaborative, community based mental health services and supports at school, at home, and in their communities.  

COUN7546. Case Management in Addictions (2)
A detailed study identifying the history, classification, physiological, and psychological effects associated with psychoactive substances. Additionally, assessment, diagnosis, treatment modalities, availability of resources, and obstacles of recovery will be discussed.

COUN7547. DSM-IV (3)
This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in DSM-IV.

COUN7548. Advanced Addictions Counseling Strategies (2)
A detailed study of evidence-based clinical techniques promoting increased retention and therapeutic outcomes for individuals and families afflicted by substance use disorders and addictive behaviors. Prerequisite: COUN6552

COUN7549. Assessment of Substance Use Disorders (2)
A detailed study of advanced interviewing techniques and utilization of assessment instruments associated with the identification and diagnosis of substance use disorders. Attention to defense mechanisms, co-occurring disorders, and comprehensive individualized treatment plan development will also be addressed. Prerequisite: COUN6552

COUN7553. Measurement and Assessment (2)
This course encompasses the types, uses, and basic psychometrics involved in educational and personality testing and assessment. Validity, reliability, and program evaluation concepts are covered, and students are introduced to elementary statistical concepts important to test interpretation and understanding test reviews.  Prerequisite: COUN7535

COUN7554. Statistics for Counselors (2)
An introductory level course in statistics, designed to develop a basic understanding of descriptive and inferential statistical tools. The focus of the course is application of statistics for understanding research articles and the selection of appropriate statistical tools for field research and program evaluation. Prerequisite: COUN7535

COUN7560/COUN PD 56203. Post Masters Practicum in Play (1-10)
This course will address the different levels of clinical skill acquisition.  The use of required videotaping of student play therapy sessions, role playing, live demonstrations, and observations will be used in the supervisory process.  (Note:  If the clinical criteria are not met by the conclusion of practicum segment, fees for additional clinical supervision will be charged to the individual student on a per hour basis over and above tuition.)

COUN7561. Practicum in Counseling (3)
A course that combines supervision, class work, and the practical utilization and critique of individual and group counseling techniques learned in COUN6541. These will be demonstrated through field work, case conferences, and student videos. Course taught on a group supervision model. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: COUN6511, COUN6512, COUN6541, COUN6542, COUN6551, and participation in a counseling group approved by the program.

COUN7562. Couple and Family Experience (3)
This course assists students in the integration of self, theory, and the practice of family therapy. Students build a step-wise sequence of marriage and family skills, present individual cases, and demonstrate clinical mastery. 

COUN7563. Clinical Intervention and Prevention  (3)
Course is designed to enhance student knowledge of the most prevalent diagnostic problems for clinical clients. Pharmacological and clinical treatments, including best practice research, will be used to increase studentís clinical effectiveness in the clinical setting. 

COUN7565. Emphasis in Counseling: Advanced Clinical Theory and Practice I (2)
This is an emphasis area course in Advanced Clinical Theory and Practice.  This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in clinical theory and practice.

COUN7566. Emphasis in Counseling: Advanced Clinical Theory and Practice II (2)
This is an emphasis area course in Advanced Clinical Theory and Practice.  This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in clinical theory and practice.

COUN7567. Emphasis in Counseling: Advanced Clinical Theory and Practice III (2)
This is an emphasis area course in Advanced Clinical Theory and Practice.  This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in clinical theory and practice.

COUN7571. Psychopharmacology (1)
This is a required course for Clinical Counseling majors.  This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in Psychopharmacology.

COUN7572. Emphasis in Counseling (1-4)
Examination of a specified issue or problem pertinent to a specific topic in counseling. May be repeated for credit. Advisor/program approval required.

COUN7573. Logotherapy (1)
This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in Logotherapy.

COUN7574. Wellness Models and Spirituality (2)
This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in wellness model and interventions.

COUN7575. Foundations of Behavioral Health (3)
This course will develop student knowledge, skill, and self awareness in the integration of spirituality in counseling.

COUN7576. Crisis Assessment and Models (1)
This course is designed to introduce current theory and practice models related to crisis, grief, and trauma intervention. Because of the short term and immediate risk factors associated with crisis, one key focus of the course is developing an understanding of mental status exams. Course content includes:  (a) involuntary civil commitment; (b) vicarious traumatization, burnout, and compassion fatigue; (c) multicultural considerations; and (d) self-of-the-counselor considerations.

COUN7577. Trauma Theory and Assessment (1)
This course includes assessment of trauma (categories of trauma) and the theoretical concepts/constructs for understanding the internal aspects of trauma and the impact of trauma.  Course content focuses on more specific, practical application and divisions of crisis and trauma, including (1) PTSD; (2) mass disaster; (3) sexual assault; (4) domestic violence; (5) mental illness; (6) suicide prevention/intervention; (7) multicultural considerations; and (8) self-of-the-counselor considerations.

COUN7578. Complicated Bereavement Theory and Assessment (1)
This course centers upon the assessment of clinical bereavement, clinical interviews for complicated bereavement, and the theoretical constructs leading to a greater understanding of complicated bereavement and the symptomology and impairment associated with complicated bereavement.

COUN7579. Clinical Interventions: Crisis Counseling (1)
This course will encompass short term interventions for managing crisis situations. Skill demonstrations, role play, and other experiential activities will be utilized to assist in the development of student intervention skills.

COUN7580. Clinical Interventions: Trauma (1)
This course will encompass interventions for working with clients suffering from the effects of traumatic experiences.  Skill demonstrations, role play, and other experiential activities will be utilized to assist in the development of student intervention skills.

COUN7581. Clinical Interventions: Complicated Bereavement (1)
This course will encompass interventions for working with clients suffering from the effects of complicated bereavement. Skill demonstrations, role play, and other experiential activities will be utilized to assist in the development of student intervention skills.

COUN7589. Internship in Counseling (1-24)
A distinctly defined, post practicum, supervised curricular experience intended to enable students to refine and enhance basic counseling skills, develop more advanced counseling interventions, and integrate professional knowledge and skills appropriate to initial professional placement. Prerequisites: COUN7561 and a minimum of four sessions of individual counseling.

COUN7593. Project (3-6)
An approved independent project designed and implemented by the student to demonstrate proficiency and understanding of a particular aspect of the department. 

COUN7610. Thesis Research  (1-8)
Available by advisor approval to those students wishing to do guided research under the direction of a faculty member as a cooperative project.  Grade of Pass/Fail.

COUN7610E. Thesis Extension (1)
Available by advisor approval to those students wishing to do guided research under the direction of a faculty member as a cooperative project. This is an extension of the COUN7610. Grade of Pass/Fail.

COUN8620. Post-Masters Internship (1-24)
A seminar experience intended to enable post-graduates to integrate new clinical skills and/or develop more advanced counseling interventions. This course may be used to assist practicing counselors to have supervised internship experience for licensure. Note: 60 hours of field work equals one credit hour. Prerequisites: COUN7561 and a minimum of four sessions of individual counseling.