General Course Information for CED610: Adv Coun Theories & Methods

Course: CED610 - Adv Coun Theories & Methods
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

An examination of the major theories of individual counseling and their application for school counselors and school psychologists. The focus is on building the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for expert counseling. Issues of social and cultural diversity in the context of helping relationships are addressed. Practicum Experience is required.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesize current counseling theories in order to articulate one's own counseling theoretical orientation that will inform your practice in order to help all students achieve their potential.
  • Conduct counseling sessions with appropriate counseling techniques and theories to address the multicultural, social, academic and behavioral needs of students preschool through 16th grade.
  • Assess legal and ethical mandates, guidelines, policies and procedures that guide the educational counseling profession.
  • Implement a school and community-based counseling program that is connected to the parents, community, and related community institutions.
Course Requirements:


Students are expected to complete 8 to 12 hours of field experience as a part of this course. The fieldwork experience should be noted on the practicum log of hours and a three to four page reflection on the experience should be written and submitted to the instructor. For this class appropriate field experiences may include observing counseling at a school, or a community or private agency that offer counseling to children, youth and adults. Candidates may visit local mental health agencies, boys and girls clubs, or local churches that offer counseling services by appropriate service providers (this includes Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists). All experiences must be logged and summarized for the instructor and signed by the appropriate representative from the field experience site. The reflection should include the following information:

What theory (is) was used as a strategy to help the client resolve the behavioral issues? Would you have selected the same theory or a different one? Please explain. Your view of the usefulness of the theory versus the presenting behavior. Your reaction, criticisms of the counseling skills demonstrated by the counselor. What did you learn that will inform your practical application of counseling theories in educational setting? Summarize your experience, sharing your positive or negative view of the counseling session. What approach would you have used?

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:

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

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:

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

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.

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.

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