​This Master’s degree allows the students who enter the community counseling concentration, after passing the state licensure exam, to become licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The Concentration prepares Counseling professionals to work in various settings such as community agencies, private practice, and not-for-profit organizations. Such a specialty gives the Counseling Professional skills and processes to provide individual and group counseling and to serve as a leader and advocate for clients, communities, and the profession.

Course Requirements

Counseling Courses: 24 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

CSL 454

CAREER COUNSELING

Ways to assist the individual to choose, prepare for and progress in a career. Vocational testing, sources for occupational information are described. Computer guidance programs designed for career exploration will be studied. Also, the study of vocational behavior in relation to career paterns with special attention to the analysis of empirical data and theories pertaining to vocational choice will be considered.
Prerequisites:
CSL 501 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 466

ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY

This course seeks to develop skills and understandings relevant to the assessment and treatment of chemical dependency. The major alternative assessment approaches and treatment interventions for chemical dependency are surveyed and analyzed.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452, CSL 467, CSL 501, CSL 510 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 489

PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

This course will focus on a continuum of mental health with an emphasis on neurotic and psychotic deviations. Specific models and methods for assessing mental status, identification of abnormal, deviant or psychopathological behavior will be presented. The use of DSMIV-R (2000) ad Zero to Three Diagnostic Classification with its diagnostic categories will be utilized for assessment methodology. Specific attention will be given to diverse cultural perspectives in diagnosis and assessment.
Prerequisites:
CSL 510 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 511

SUPERVISION

This course will be an introduction to the theory and practice of supervision in the counseling profession. There will be a focus on the basic skills necessary for effective supervision of counselors.
Prerequisites:
CSL 458 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 512

CRISIS INTERVENTION

This course will provide students with an understanding of the individual in crisis. Focus will be on the common characteristics and manifestations of crisis and address methods and techniques of crisis intervention.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452, CSL 467, CSL 501 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 513

CONSULTATION FOR COUNSELORS

This course will focus on the theory, techniques, practice and skill development needed to effectively provide consultation in communities and schools. Emphasis will be on the application of consultation and the role of the consultant.
Prerequisites:
CSL 458 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 556

COUPLES AND FAMILY COUNSELING

This course focuses on providing theoretical formulations and practical illustrations applicable to the practice of marriage and family counseling. Students engage in role-playing, case study, and observation of counseling techniques. Skills expected in this course include understanding the process of marriage and family counseling and understanding the role of the counselor in the marriage and family setting Students will learn to develop effective marriage and family strategies, and to conduct complete case analysis.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452, CSL 467, CSL 501, CSL 510 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for that class.