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Course Descriptions

All Counseling courses are reserved for students fully admitted into a Marymount Counseling degree or certificate program. Students in other programs must have permission from the Counseling faculty to register for Counseling courses.

CE 500 Research and Evaluation
Provides an overview of various research approaches, methods, and techniques, with an emphasis on interpretation of published research data. Topics include methods of data analysis, research designs, data collection techniques, and writing research reports. (Also listed as PS 500.) (3)

CE 501 Bases of Psychopathology
Examines various contemporary views of abnormal behavior such as the medical, behavioristic, and humanistic models, and theories of personality. Disorders are examined in terms of individual, biological, and socially causative factors. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. (Also listed as PS 501.) (3)

CE 502 Foundations, Ethics, and Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Examines contemporary views of behavior in a sociocultural and historical perspective, enabling the student to acquire a holistic overview of the counseling field. Addresses professional and ethical issues confronting clinical mental health counselors. Must be completed prior to or concurrent with any clinical and professional skills courses. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. (3)

CE 503 Advanced Human Growth and Development
A survey of research and findings in the field of development across the life span. Topics include philosophical models of development such as the organismic and contextual models; the nature-nurture and continuity-discontinuity controversies; and state theories of development such as those of Kohlberg, Piaget, Freud, and Erikson. (3)

CE 505 Advanced Study of Individuals with Exceptionalities
Examines the relationship between normal psychosocial development and the development of various exceptionalities including sensory handicaps, mental deviations, communication disorders, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, health impairments, and the gifted/talented special education process in the school setting. Emphasis is placed on etiology, diagnosis, and intervention techniques, as well as the counselor’s role in working with client exceptionalities. (3)

CE 508 Crisis Intervention
This class will familiarize students with the different aspects of crisis intervention, including an examination of various crisis situations; crisis assessment; intervention strategies, models, and techniques; and a critical analysis of developmental, situational, and existential crises. (3)

CE 509 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
The goal is to familiarize the student with the various aspects of substance abuse and its treatment. Topics include definitions and conceptualizations of substance abuse; medical, social, and behavioral models of addiction; psychopharmacology of drugs; and intervention strategies and techniques. (3)

CE 510 Survey of Testing and Assessment
An overview of test design, construction, and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on intellectual, cognitive, and educational tests, while personality, vocational, and interest inventories also are introduced. Practical issues of testing, including ethical concerns, are examined. (3)

CE 513 Assessment of Personality and Social Functioning
Further develops knowledge of the administration, scoring, and interpretation of personality tests, interest inventories, and vocational tests. Emphasis on test administration and interpretation. Prerequisite: CE 510. (3)

CE 515 Techniques for Behavioral Diagnosis and Intervention
Develops skills in ascertaining and managing a student’s emotional overlay through individual and group behavior management techniques. Emphasis is placed on the development of competencies relative to individual and group management including self-monitoring skills and the use of classroom peers as behavior change agents. (3)

CE 520 Theories of Counseling
Furnishes an overview of theories of counseling and psychotherapy and examines the philosophical systems underlying those models. The course also provides a background in professional ethics and standards and knowledge of issues related to the application of psychological services to diverse populations. Must be taken prior to or concurrent with any clinical and professional skills courses. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. (3)

CE 522C Counseling for Individuals (Counseling section)
Focuses on skills necessary for effective interaction and communication in a variety of situations, with the emphasis on individual counseling and consultation. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. (3)

CE 522S Counseling for Individuals (School Counseling section)
Addresses the skills necessary to carry out individual counseling and consultation in the school setting. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. (3)

CE 523C Group Counseling Techniques (Clinical Mental Health Counseling section)
By combining discussions of various techniques of group counseling with in-class experiences in group dynamics, this course enables the student to develop skills for working with clients of diverse backgrounds in various settings. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisite: CE 522C. (3)

CE 523P Group Counseling Techniques (Pastoral Counseling section)
By combining discussion of various techniques of group counseling with in-class experiences in group dynamics, this section for Pastoral Counseling students addresses the skills necessary to carry out group counseling in settings appropriate for the practice of pastoral counselors. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisite: CE 522C. (3)

CE 523S Group Counseling Techniques (School Counseling section)
By combining discussions of various techniques of group counseling with in-class experiences in group dynamics, this section for School Counseling students addresses the skills necessary to carry out group counseling in the school setting. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisite: CE 522S. (3)

CE 524 Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling
Provides an eclectic view of family dynamics and counseling strategies while also providing the student with practical skills for working with families of diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite: CE 522C or CE 522S. (3)

CE 529 Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
A systematic study of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents including identification of factors impacting on deviance: genetic, biological, cognitive, familial, and social. (3)

CE 530C Career Development Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling section)
Presents a framework for understanding how career development issues unfold, what the appropriate counseling procedures are at each stage, and use of various assessment procedures. (3)

CE 530S Career Development Counseling (School Counseling section)
Provides an overview of career theories and addresses the skills necessary to carry out career counseling in the school setting. Offered summer semester only. (3)

CE 532 Human Sexuality Issues in Counseling
The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and skills regarding the broad range of issues in the field of counseling when addressing human sexuality issues. Students will develop competence and comfort in addressing sexuality issues in counseling with clients across the developmental spectrum. (3)

CE 534 Counseling Children and Adolescents
Provides an overview of the assessment, treatment, and ethical issues unique to counseling children and adolescents in mental health or educational settings. It provides students with relevant information about child and adolescent development and strategies for dealing with at-risk populations. Also explores the techniques used to understand and evaluate child and adolescent behavior. Offered summer semester only. Prerequisites: CE 522C or CE 522S, and CE 529. (3)

CE 536 Advanced Counseling: Theories and Techniques
This course will emphasize advanced clinical theories and techniques in the counseling process, including issues of alienation, lack of effective coping skills, and interpersonal difficulties. The course will help the student to understand his or her own reactions and attitudes toward the client, as well as the client’s experiences during counseling through the analysis and application of advanced theories and techniques from the counseling field. Corequisite: CE 599C. Prerequisites: CE 520, CE 522C or CE 522S; CE 523C, CE 523P, or CE 523S; and CE 597C, CE 597P, or CE 597S. (3)

CE 540 Contemporary and Historical Religious Perspectives
Offers students an overview of the various religious and spiritual perspectives from the religions of the world. Students will explore beliefs, traditions, rituals, and practices from various religious and spiritual frameworks. Students will also be expected to share and explore personal religious and spiritual belief systems as they relate to their identity as a pastoral counselor. (3)

CE 541 Pastoral Counseling Integration
Prepares students to integrate counseling theory with spiritual and theological principles. This course includes spiritual and religious perspectives in the field of counseling, theoretical counseling applications in spiritual settings, and applied exercise in personal and professional development for any counselor. (3)

CE 542 Grief and Loss
Designed to provide a foundation for practice in the area of grief and loss. The practice of grief counseling is based on an in-depth understanding of the various theories and models associated with grief and loss and the applications of those models. Major and minor types of losses related to grief and loss will be explored as well as differing reactions across developmental stages. Self-exploration of personal experiences, responses, and reactions to grief and loss will be examined. (3)

CE 549 Moral and Spiritual Development and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Offers a foundation into the theories and models of moral and spiritual development and addresses the common ethical issues associated with these theories as they relate to the counseling profession. (3)

CE 551 Multicultural Counseling
A survey of mental health literature concerning the role of cultural, ethnic, and racial influences on behavior, coping, symptoms, assessment, psychopathology, and treatment. Focus is on developing an understanding of the impact of ethnicity on the mental health status of minority individuals. (3)

CE 560 Foundations, Ethics, and Professional Issues in School Counseling
An introductory overview of school counseling programs at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Philosophy and basic principles in school counseling are addressed. This course requires a 20-hour field experience in a school setting. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Offered fall semester only. (3)

CE 561 Practices of School Counseling
This course provides an overview of counseling practices at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Focus is on facilitating the continuing advancement of professional knowledge and skills through the presentation of techniques and strategies for working with elementary, middle, and high school students in all areas of the school setting. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: CE 560 and CE 522S. Corequisite: CE 597S. (3)

CE 597C Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum
The practicum in Counseling provides students with beginning practical experience in a counseling setting. The practicum totals 180 hours on-site over one semester, including 40 hours of direct client contact. Weekly on-site supervision by the on-site supervisor and weekly individual and group supervision by the University supervisor are required. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisites: CE 501, CE 502, CE 520, CE 522C, completion of 24 credits, and permission of the graduate Counseling faculty. Prerequisites or Corequisites: CE 523C or CE 523P, and CE 551. (3)

CE 597P Pastoral Counseling Practicum
Provides the student with beginning practical experience in a pastoral counseling setting. Practicum hours take place over one semester and include a weekly seminar. The practicum in Pastoral Counseling facilitates the continuing advancement of professional knowledge and skills through an on-site field experience that enables students to observe and practice various techniques and strategies utilized in a pastoral and spiritual setting. Students complete 300 hours of supervised field experience in a pastoral counseling setting and attend a weekly seminar on campus. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisites: CE 501, CE 502, CE 520, CE 522C, CE 540, completion of 24 credits, and permission of the graduate Counseling faculty. (3)

CE 597S School Counseling Practicum
The practicum in School Counseling facilitates the continuing advancement of professional knowledge and skills through an on-site field experience that enables students to observe and practice various techniques and strategies utilized by school counselors in the school setting. Students complete 100 hours of supervised field experience in an elementary, middle, or high school setting and attend a weekly group supervision seminar on campus. In addition, students will meet individually with a University supervisor each week. Offered spring semester only. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisites: CE 522S, CE 560, and permission of the graduate Counseling faculty. Corequisite: CE 561. (3)

CE 598 Project
Individually arranged seminar to explore in greater depth an area of interest to the student. May only be taken after 75 percent of the program requirements are fulfilled. Prerequisite: permission of the dean of the School of Education and Human Services. (3)

CE 599C Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Provides the student with practical experience in an applied setting. Internship hours must be done over a minimum of two semesters. Students attend a weekly seminar. Internships must have prior approval of the internship coordinator. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisites: successful completion of CE 597C or CE 597P, 30 credits in the program, and permission of the faculty. (6)

CE 599P Internship: Pastoral Counseling
Provides the student with practical experience in an applied pastoral counseling setting. A total of 600 hours must be completed in the internship over a minimum of two semesters. Students attend a weekly seminar. Internships must have prior approval of the internship coordinator. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisites: successful completion of CE 597P or CE 597C, 30 credits in the program, and permission of the faculty. (6)

CE 599S Internship: School Counseling
Provides a transitional school counseling experience by engaging the student in a practical, day-to-day work schedule under close supervision. In order to be admitted to the internship, the student must have completed the internship application process that includes a review of the student’s progress, submission of appropriate paperwork by January 15, documentation of student professional liability insurance, and permission of the faculty. Offered fall and spring semesters only: 600 hours. A minimum grade of B is required to advance in the program. Prerequisites: CE 522S, CE 523S, CE 560, CE 561, and CE 597S, completion of 30 credits, and permission of the graduate Counseling faculty. (3-6)

CE 620 Cognitive Therapy Techniques
Designed to familiarize students with both the theoretical basis and the practical application of Cognitive Therapy (CT) and to strengthen the student’s competency in CT case conceptualization. There will be an emphasis on the student’s development of the knowledge, self-awareness, and practical skills for the effective use of various cognitive and behavioral interventions. (3)