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General Course Information for PSY680A: Counseling Practicum I

Course: PSY680A - Counseling Practicum I
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: First of a two-course field practicum where students work as MFT or LPCC trainees. Students participate in an academic seminar for six months at the university. Students must complete a minimum of 125 hours of face-to-face work with clients at a clinical site. This class will meet outside of regular class hours.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply entry-level counseling techniques with clients in a community setting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept and integrate clinical supervision.
  • Construct a clinical assessment and diagnosis from the DSM, strength-based, and recovery model perspectives.
  • Develop a treatment plan based on the clincial assessment.
  • Integrate the identification of transference and counter-transference issues into the treatment plan for clients.
  • Present a professional clinical case presentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to distinguish human diversity from psychopathology.
  • Apply legal and ethical standards to clinical work.
  • Apply case management skills to identify resources and potential referrals to assist clients to become more autonomous and successful in thier life.
  • Write appropriate intake assessments, treatment plans, and progress notes.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
    • Analyze core psychological concepts that underpin counseling, psychotherapy, and mental health counseling.
    • Apply a working knowledge of a range of topics important to mental health practice including (but not limited to) psychopharmacology, addictive and compulsive disorders, structured psychological assessment, relational violence, gender and sexuality, and trauma/crisis.
    • Apply norms and principles of public mental health work including (but not limited to) case management, collaborative treatment, evidence-based practice, strength-based model, resiliency, and recovery-oriented care to work with clients.
    • Apply related therapeutic interventions with diverse clients using a variety of psychotherapeutic models.
    • Assess and diagnose psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders, and problems in living in diverse individuals and systems within various mental health settings.
    • Critically evaluate the controversies and regions of theoretical uncertainty within the current systems of mental health care.
    • Critically evaluate the relevant methods of research used in the study of behavior and their limitations.
    • Demonstrate cultural competence in addressing the mental health needs of people of diverse backgrounds and circumstances, including an appreciation for the wide cultural diversity among California's multiple diverse communities.
    • Demonstrate mastery of the core competencies required of all helping relationships.
    • Develop culturally appropriate strategies and treatment plans for successful interventions with diverse client groups in various clinical contexts.
    • Establish professional relationships with diverse clients that provide the evidence-based relational conditions for therapeutic change.
    • Integrate professional and personal development through self-reflection and personal psychotherapy, emphasizing personal capacities such as self-awareness, integrity, sensitivity, flexibility, insight, compassion, imagination, and personal presence.
    • Uphold current professional standards of ethics, values, and laws related to the practice of professional psychotherapists.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
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  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures