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General Course Information for PSY 680C: Counseling Prac II for LPCCs

Course: PSY 680C - Counseling Prac II for LPCCs
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Second of a two-course field practicum where students work as LPCC trainees. Students participate in a six-month academic seminar at the university. Students must complete a minimum of 155 hours of face-to-face work with clients in a community agency. This course will meet outside of regular class hours.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate advanced strength-based, recovery model and DSM assessment and diagnostic skills in clinical work with clients.
  • Implement effective treatment plans based on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment and DSM diagnosis of clients.
  • Develop case management plans and recommendations for clients in treatment with the student.
  • Design a provisional prognosis based on the clinical assessment for individual clients in treatment with the student.
  • Present illness prevention plans for individual clients and for development of prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to form, maintain, repair, and end therapeutic relationships.
  • Demonstrate mastery of entry-level clinical skills.
  • Demonstrate progress throughout the program in the required student portfolio.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply related therapeutic interventions with diverse clients using a variety of psychotherapeutic models.
  • Apply therapeutic interventions with diverse clients within the context of professional clinical counseling, including attention to vocational issues when necessary.
  • Assess vocational problems and develop academic plans for diverse clients.
  • Critically evaluate the relevant methods of research used in the study of behavior and their limitations.
  • Demonstrate core psychological concepts and therapeutic skills that underpin counseling, psychotherapy, and mental health counseling.
  • 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.
  • Develop culturally appropriate strategies and treatment plans for successful interventions with individuals and groups.
  • Develop culturally appropriate strategies, treatment plans, and professional relationships for successful interventions with diverse client groups in various clinical contexts.
  • Evaluate psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders, and problems in living in diverse individuals and systems within various mental health settings.
  • Integrate professional development through self-reflection emphasizing personal capacities such as self-awareness, integrity, sensitivity, flexibility, insight, compassion, imagination, and personal presence.
  • Understand and demonstrate current professional standards of ethics, values, and laws related to the practice of professional psychotherapists.
  • Understand 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.

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:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 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