Clinical Counseling Courses
Note: The counseling domain as required by 20 CSR 2095-2 (Code of State Regulations –which can be found at http://www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/20csr/20c2095-2.pdf) is indicated in parentheses following each class description. Core (required) classes are also designated.
PY520 Introduction to Psychological Measurement. 3 hours. The purpose of this course is to help the counseling student develop an understanding of the assessment process and an overview of the different areas of counseling and psychological evaluation and the different tests used in those areas. The course does not teach test administration and scoring. Core (CSR, G)
PY530 Individual Intelligence Assessment. 3 hours. The focus of this course will be the administration, scoring, and interpretation of individual intelligence tests. The student will study the nature of intelligence, theories of intelligence, behavioral observation skills, and the importance of the clinical interview. There will be labs in which the student will learn to administer specific intelligence tests. The course will focus on the Wechsler scales. Core (CSR, G)
PY505 Career Development. 3 hours. This course provides an in-depth look at the theoretical and conceptual approaches, and the assessment techniques used in career counseling. This will include the assessment of career interests, work skills, career decision making, career beliefs, work values, and career decision making. Core (CSR, F)
PY563 Counselor Practicum I. 3 hours. Prereq: PY501; PY510; PY525; PY535; graduate status; application, and approval of academic advisor. Liability insurance is required of all practicum students; students will submit a copy of their liability insurance before beginning at their practicum site. In this course, students will learn and develop counseling skills, initial diagnostic competencies, client record keeping, and the formation of treatment plans through a combination of lecture, demonstration, experiential activities, and guided practices. Students will receive supervised experience in counseling and interview evaluation, including use of audio and video tapes, and client and supervisor feedback. The student must be supervised at the ratio of at least one (1) hour of one-to-one supervision for every ten (10) hours of experience in the setting. Each student is required to complete three (3) semester credit hours of practicum. For each three (3) credit hours, the student must log a minimum of 40 clock hours of direct service with actual clients and 60 hours of indirect counseling, for a total of at least 100 training clock hours, before moving on into their internship phase. The practicum experience is set in both a classroom and a clinical field setting. Core (CSR, K)
PY564 Counselor Practicum II. 3 hours. Prereq: PY563; graduate status; application, and approval of academic advisor. Students in the MS Clinical Counseling program are required to complete a learning practica of 100 hours before moving on into their internship phase. Counseling Practicum II offers an additional opportunity to fulfill practica hours. See PY563, above, for the course description and requirements. This is an elective section of practica. (CSR, K)
PY573 Counseling Internship I. 2-3 hours. Prereq: PY563 or combination of PY563/PY564; graduate status; application, and approval of academic advisor. Liability insurance is required of all internship students; students will submit a copy of their liability insurance before beginning at their internship site. Internship is an intensive counseling experience that provides the student with the opportunity to perform a variety of counseling activities expected of a professional mental health counselor. Students will learn and develop counseling skills, initial diagnostic competencies, client record keeping, and the formation of treatment plans through a combination of lecture, demonstration, experiential activities, and guided practices. Students will receive supervised experience in counseling and interview evaluation, including use of audio and video tapes, and client and supervisor feedback. In the field placement portion of the internship, the student will work under the direct supervision of a professional who is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed psychologist, a licensed psychiatrist, or a licensed social worker. If a student is employed where they do their internship, the students’ employment hours and responsibilities cannot be counted toward their internship hours and responsibilities. The student must be supervised at the ratio of at least one (1) hour of one-to-one supervision for every ten (10) hours of experience in the field setting. Each student is required to complete six (6) semester credit hours of internship, within which he or she must log a minimum of 240 clock hours of direct service with actual clients and 360 hours of indirect counseling, for a total of at least 600 training clock hours. The internship experience may be broken up into 2-3 graduate credit hours per semester, depending on agreement between advisor and student. Internship is set in both a classroom and a clinical field setting. Core (CSR, K)
PY574 Counseling Internship II. 2-3 hours. Prereq: PY573, graduate status; application, and approval of academic advisor. PY574 is a continuation of PY573; see PY573, above, for the course description and requirements. Core (CSR, K)
PY575 Counseling Internship III. 2-3 hours. Prereq: PY574, graduate status; application, and approval of academic advisor. See PY573 for a description of the course contents and course requirements. This is an elective section of internship. (CSR, K)
PY510 Counseling Theory. 3 hours. This course will explore various theories in the field of professional counseling. It will look at personality dynamics, treatment factors, and specific treatment techniques of each theory. Core (CSR, A)
PY501 Diagnosis & Psychopathology. 3 hours. This course will provide an in-depth review of the assessment process that is used in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The course will provide a historical perspective on abnormal behavior and its definition as well as a review of the diagnostic and assessment phase of psychological disorders and various theories that look for the causes of abnormal behavior. This course will further develop the ability of the student to identify diagnostic criteria of the various disorders that a professional counselor may be asked to treat. Core (CSR, J)
PY552 Group Counseling Techniques. 3 hours. This course will provide an overview of group theories and the basic elements of the group process. This course will be didactic and experiential in nature and will provide the student with the opportunity to practice interventions in a small group setting. Core (CSR, E)
PY527 Foundations of Addictions Counseling. 3 hours. This course will focus on historical and cultural patterns of addictions and addictive behaviors, knowledge and attitude toward chemical abuse, theories of chemical dependency, and recognition and identification of addictions. Elective (CSR, D)
PY535 Techniques of Interviewing. 3 hours. This course is designed to help the student develop the interview and communication skills necessary for a counselor to establish a helping relationship with a client. The counselor must be able to gather information, identify problems, complete a psychosocial history, and formulate a treatment plan. Core (CSR, D)
Human Growth and Development
PY524 Counseling Across the Lifespan. 3 hours. This course examines the nature of the developmental process, from birth to death. The course will look at biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of development. The course will review developmental theories in each area and the educational needs of individuals at different points of their lives. Core (CSR, B)
PY500 Introduction to Clinical Counseling. 3 hours. This course is an introduction into the field of clinical counseling. Students enter graduate-level counselor-education programs from a variety of educational and experiential backgrounds. A graduate with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling can be employed in a multitude of settings. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to some of the knowledge and skills a counselor needs to know, to some of the areas in which the counselor can apply these skills, and to some of the theories and ethical issues important to the professional counselor. Core (CSR, I)
PY525 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling. 3 hours. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the prospective counselor with the code of ethics, legal standards, licensing, role identity of counselors versus other helping professionals, fee structures, and the impact of fees on the counseling profession. No information in this course is a legal opinion. The instructor is not a lawyer. The information given in this course is intended solely to increase the counseling student’s awareness of some of the issues in the field. Core (CSR, I)
PY514 Behavioral Emergencies and Crisis Intervention. 3 hours. This course will address the theories and techniques for the evaluation and management of behavioral emergencies and of other crises that confront counseling clients and individuals in the community. Behavior emergencies explored include suicide, violence, grave risk to defenseless victims, and drug or health-related states of impaired judgment. Other crises explored include grief and loss, sexual assault, terrorism, natural disasters, and provider burnout. Elective (CSR, I & D)
PY557 Current Issues and Supervision in Clinical Counseling. 3 hours. This course will provide a synopsis of the Clinical Counseling program as well as offering a lead into the practicum experience. An examination of current issues in counseling, licensure, legislation, affiliation, supervision, and an understanding of the public and private practice domain will be investigated. Elective (CSR, I)
PY550 Research Methodology. 3 hours. This course is designed to familiarize the student with a variety of research methodologies that may be used in conducting research in the counseling field. Core (CSR, H)
PY595 Thesis Research. 1 hour. This course will provide an opportunity for students to establish and turn in a proposal for topic approval, acquire approval and begin the research process for master thesis as well as provide regular supervision during the process. Elective (CSR, H)
PY597 Master Thesis. 3 hours. The completion of a master’s thesis gives the counseling student the opportunity to extend and expand their knowledge of the counseling field and pursue proficiency on the journey to their Ph.D. The individual will integrate their knowledge of counseling, report writing, and research methodology, along with quantitative and qualitative analysis methodologies. Elective (CSR, H).
PY598 Thesis Continuation. 1 hour. This course provides students with continuing support in completing their research thesis. Elective (CSR, H)
Social and Cultural Diversity
PY542 Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling. 3 hours. This course is designed to provide students with a didactic theoretical and experiential learning environment that will challenge them to (a) critically conceptualize the cultural awareness of self and others; (b) identify sociopolitical influences involved in oppression and privilege; (c) examine specific cultural issues of non-majority populations; (d) explore the research, theoretical models, and techniques to enhance counseling skills and level of multicultural competency; (e) and identify counseling implications when working with diverse populations. Core (CSR, C)
PY512 Foundations of Sexuality in Counseling. 3 hours. This courses addresses the practice theories and techniques for assessment, evaluation, and treatment of sexual concerns (including: sexuality concerns, sexual exploration, physical/emotional intimacy, disability, chronic illness, pain, and sexual difficulties). Variations in human sexual function and expression will be discussed from physiological and socio-cultural viewpoints. Elective (CSR, C)
PY590 Professional Clinical Development Seminars. The seminars cover a wide range of clinical topics including but not limited to state licensure, supervision, and working with a multitude of populations. These courses are designed to assist in the development and enhancement of the professional counselor identity.
CMU Graduate Credit
Students/individuals who wish to receive graduate credit for professional clinical development seminars must complete and submit an application/registration form with the CMU Graduate Office and pay the designated course fee.
Continuing Education Credit
Individuals who wish to receive a continuing education certificate upon completion of a seminar/class must complete a registration form with the CMU Graduate Office, and pay the designated CEU fee.
3 Continuing Education Units--$150
1 Graduate Credit--$360