Counseling

The Department of Counseling is one program on three campuses, we offer a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree includes academic coursework that satisfies the academic course requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas. Students with a teaching certificate and two year's teaching experience are able to exercise an option to take coursework to be eligible to take the TExES school certification test.

Mission Statement

The Department of Counseling seeks to prepare professional counselors who have developed sound counseling skills through a diversity of experiential learning; acquired a comprehensive theoretical knowledge base; and developed a strong professional counselor identity.  The Department’s intent is for graduates to be moral and ethical thinkers, scholars, and leaders who demonstrate civility and integrity, while contributing meaningfully and responsibly to the counseling profession.

Vision Statement

The Department of Counseling seeks local, state, regional, national, and international prominence as a collaborative and transformative community engaged in exemplary research, education, and service that benefit the profession of counseling and the public it serves.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Curriculum Objectives

The CMHC curriculum is based on objectives that provide students with a structured sequence of curricular and clinical experiences reflecting the present and projected needs of a pluralistic society for which specialized counseling and human development activities have been developed.  The objectives are consistent with state licensing/certification and national certification educational requirements. The stated objectives are evidenced in course objectives and assignments embedded in Course Syllabi. These objectives reflect input from the Department faculty, Advisory Board, and former students of the Department.

The CMHC curriculum is organized around the following set of objectives:

1. Professional Identity:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional functioning including history, roles, technological competence, organizations, credentialing, advocacy process, and ethical standards in professional counseling.

2. Social and Cultural Diversity: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society as they relate to factors such as age, ethnicity, nationality, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, education, family values, spiritual values, socioeconomic status, and other unique characteristics.

3. Human Growth and Development:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of individuals at all developmental levels, including theories of development across the life span, theories of learning and personality development, human behavior including environmental factors effecting both normal and abnormal behavior, ethical and legal considerations, and strategies for facilitating development over the life span.

4. Career Development:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of career development and related life factors including  theories and developmental modes, career development program planning, educational and occupation information as well as computer-based career information systems, diversity issues in career development, career planning, placement and evaluation including assessment instruments, ethical and legal considerations, and career counseling techniques.

5. Helping Relationships:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of counseling and consultation processes including basic interviewing and counseling skills as well as knowledge and application of counseling theories. An understanding of family and other systems theories in family assessment and counseling is included.  Other helping considerations include knowledge of self, consultation and ethical and legal considerations.

6. Group Work:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods, and skills and other group work approaches.

7. Assessment:  The program will expect the student to demonstrate an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.

8. Research and Program Evaluation:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of research, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

Course Delivery

The Department of Counseling, one program delivered on three campuses, courses are:

·         Offered in Stephenville, Fort Worth, and Waco during the regular academic year. 

·         Primarily offered in the evenings with a limited number offered on-line/hybrid and/or weekends.

Admissions

New students are accepted to the Professional Counseling Program in the fall semesters. Students are permitted to enroll in only six hours their first semester. 

Admissions Criteria

Admissions decisions are based on a holistic First Semester Review that includes the following indicators:

  1. Academic aptitude for master’s level study. Indicators:
    1. High grade point average in bachelor’s degree work.
    2. High grade point average in post-bachelor’s degree graduate work.
    3. High GRE scores
    4. Successful completion of, or progress in, TSU graduate courses in counseling.
    5. Commitment to and demonstration of graduate level writing proficiency and use of APA style.
  2. Interest in assuming an identity as a professional counselor. Indicators:
    1. An expressed preference for becoming a professional counselor.
    2. Knowledge of the counseling profession.
    3. Employment or volunteer experience in a counseling environment.
  3. Successful work experience or leadership activities. Indicators:
    1. One or more years of full-time work experience.
    2. Recognition as a successful employee, volunteer, or college student.
    3. Leadership experiences as an employee, volunteer, or college student.
  4. Interpersonal skills. Indicators:
    1. History of positive relationships with peers, professors, employers, friends, and family.
    2. Ability to handle stressful situations effectively.
    3. No evidence of unethical behavior.
    4. Openness to and willingness to act on feedback from faculty.
  5. Interest in a counseling area needed to balance the program or the profession. Indicators:
    1. Indication of interest in a needed emphasis area.
    2. Experience or background in a needed emphasis area.

As part of its commitment to the Tarleton State University policy of affirmative action, and to the professional ethics and values of the field of counseling, the Professional Counseling Program strives to seek a diverse student body.

IMPORTANT: Potential students with any history of felony or misdemeanor convictions may be denied licensure. It is the student’s sole responsibility to check with the Texas LPC Board (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/lpc_rules.shtm).

Admissions Procedure (Two-Step Process)

Step 1: Apply to College of Graduate Studies

Admission to the College of Graduate Studies does not automatically admit a student to a graduate degree program.

  • Complete and submit the Apply Texas Online Application: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic coursework  (3.0 or higher GPA on last sixty hours of undergraduate work)

All documents listed above are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies by the following deadlines:

  • Fall - August 1

If a student is late for any of these requirements, he or she must wait to enroll the following fall.

Students admitted to the College of Graduate Studies are ONLY permitted to concurrently enroll in CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353 in the Department of Counseling. Students must receive a grade of “B” or better in these courses. A course must be repeated the next semester the course is offered if the grade is below a “B.” The course in question may only be repeated twice. Students who are not able to earn a “B” or better will not be admitted to the Counseling Program. Students will not be considered for admission in the Program until CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353 have successfully been completed. No student will be permitted to enroll in additional coursework in the Department (CNSL) if not admitted to the Program.

Step 2: Apply to the Professional Counseling Program

  • Attend Admission Interview
  • Attend mandatory Student Orientation
  • During Orientation, concurrently enroll in CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353 (any student who enrolls in other CNSL course, will be removed from the course and attend a Goodness of Fit Review)
  • During CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353, complete Application to the Department of Counseling and pay $30 application fee
  • At the end of the first semester, attend First Semester Review to learn if you have been admitted, admitted with conditions, allowed conditional continuance, or not admitted to the Department of Counseling

First Semester Review

All students seeking admission to the Department of Counseling learn their status of admission during this meeting. Thus, all students enrolled in CNSL 5350 Foundations of Counseling and CNSL 5353 Counseling Theories & Applications are required to participate in this student-faculty meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss performance in terms of professionalism, competency with beginning counseling skills, professional responsibility, integrity and ethical standards. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory in order to continue enrollment in the Department of Counseling at Tarleton State University. Based on results of the First Semester Review, the student's admissions status will be as follows:

·         Admitted,

·         Admitted with Conditions,

·         Not Admitted, but allowed, Conditional Continuance, or

·         Not Admitted.

Admitted means the student has full admission to the Department and a Degree Plan.

Admitted with Conditions means the Departmental faculty feel the student needs to meet certain conditions in order to be considered for full admission, once these conditions are met, the student will receive a Degree Plan. These conditions are considered on a case by cases basis. A student admitted with conditions receives a written, detailed remediation plan and due date. If a student is admitted with conditions, the student has a maximum of two semesters to meet conditions. If the student fails to meet the conditions, the admissions status changes to “not admitted.”

Not Admitted, but allowed, Conditional Continuance means the student is not eligible to be admitted to the department, thus, has not received a Degree Plan. Departmental faculty feel the student may not be a good fit for the counseling profession, however, have decided to give the student one more semester before making the final decision. The student will receive a written, detailed remediation plan and due date. The student will be allowed one more semester of course work in the department. At the end of the next semester, based upon student performance, faculty will make a decision on admission.

Not Admitted means the student is not admitted to the department and will not receive a Degree Plan. The student is referred to the College of Graduate Studies and Career Services for assistance in finding a better career fit.

Remediation can include: (not an exhaustive list)

·         Being encouraged to seek personal counseling at the student’s expense

·         Writing essays

·         Volunteer work

·         Attending a writing lab

Students will receive both verbal and written notification of status.

Transfer Hours

Students are permitted to transfer up to six hours of pre-approved coursework into the Department. Courses cannot be over six years old at time of graduation. The LPC board will not accept courses over ten years old. A student bears the responsibility to see his or her Faculty Advisor to determine if the course is acceptable. The student must submit a transcript and syllabus to the Faculty Advisor when making the request. The course(s) must be equivalent to the Department of Counseling course. The Department has the final say if the course is acceptable.

Under no circumstance will CNSL 5353 or CNSL 5350 equivalents be permitted for transfer.

Policy for Certification or Licensure Only

Only degree seeking students are permitted to take classes in the Department of Counseling.

Mandatory Student Orientation

All students must attend the mandatory Student Orientation prior to enrolling in classes in the Department of Counseling. Students are enrolled in CNSL 5353 and CNSL 5350 during this orientation. If a student is unable to attend the orientation, he or she must wait to seek admission until the next semester the Department admits students. Check the Department’s website for dates and deadlines: http://www.tarleton.edu/counsel/

Comprehensive Examination

Every candidate for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree must apply for and pass a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is taken in the final semester of graduate coursework, including all internship courses. Students are responsible for checking the website (http://www.tarleton.edu/counsel/student-resources/cpce-exam.html) for registration deadlines, information regarding the examination and making arrangements to take it as scheduled. The cost is $60 and it is administered on the Stephenville campus in the Testing Center. Students are required to show a Tarleton ID prior to being admitted to the Testing Center. Students arriving late and/or without proper ID will not be admitted into the testing center.

Degree Requirements:

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Required Courses
Core Requirements:
CNSL 5301Research Methods in Counseling3
CNSL 5304Human Growth and Development in Counseling3
CNSL 5311Cultural, Minority, and Gender Issues for the Counselor3
CNSL 5313Crisis Interventions and Management for Counselors3
CNSL 5323Treatment Planning, Case Management, and Consultation 3
CNSL 5332Psychopharmacology3
CNSL 5350Foundations of Counseling 3
CNSL 5351Career Counseling 3
CNSL 5353Counseling Theories and Applications3
CNSL 5354Group Procedures for Counselors3
CNSL 5356Introduction to Family Counseling3
CNSL 5357Pre-Practicum3
CNSL 5358Counseling Perspectives on Psychopathology3
CNSL 5381Assessment in Counseling3
CNSL 5391Ethical Foundations of Counseling3
CNSL 5394Behavioral Addictions and Substance Abuse3
CNSL 5397Practicum3
CNSL 5399Internship (repeat 2 x's) 3 hours per semester repeated6
Total Hours57
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Electives:
Choose one of the following3
Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction
Seminar in School Counseling
Evidence Based Counseling
Behavior Management and Counseling
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Play Therapy
Total Hours3
1

Additional requirements for options (in addition to core requirements).

Courses

CNSL 5086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Open to graduate students in counseling who are independently capable of developing a problem in the area of counseling and guidance. Problems chosen by the student must be approved in advance by the instructor.

CNSL 5301. Research Methods in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course emphasizes research in the counseling field, basic statistics, literature review, proposal and report development, research implementation, needs assessment, program development, and ethical and legal considerations regarding research through the presentation of a formal research proposal and/or presentation of a completed research report. In addition the course explores the history and theory underlying program evaluation, approaches to evaluation, and techniques used for program evaluation, students consider the importance of scholarly writing and learn how to identify a topic for research and how to conduct a literature search. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5304. Human Growth and Development in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in diverse cultural contexts. This course also provides a systematic study of human development emphasizing physical, personality, cognitive, moral and psychosocial developmental theories and issues, with an emphasis on facilitating optimal development and wellness over the lifespan. This course will attempt to merge theory into practice and integrate critical thinking concepts associated with developmental factors in human development. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5311. Cultural, Minority, and Gender Issues for the Counselor. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is the study of interaction of social/cultural groups in America, problems of minorities and ethnic groups, problems related to gender and age, problems within family systems and contemporary sources of positive change. This course provides an understanding of how diverse values and mores, interaction patterns, social conditions, and trends related to cultural and ethnic diversity affect counseling. Emphasis is on developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes for more effective counseling with persons different from the counselor regarding characteristics such as culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, and religious preference. Substantial attention is given to developing awareness of one’s own values, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to counseling in a diverse society. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5313. Crisis Interventions and Management for Counselors. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to the research and practice of crisis counseling, trauma counseling and disaster mental health. Issues related to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clients affected by crises, trauma and disasters will be thoroughly addressed. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5350.

CNSL 5323. Treatment Planning, Case Management, and Consultation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide an introduction to counseling services in private practice, community centers and helping agencies, and schools and universities. Students will learn how to open a private practice, be consultants, clinical directors, and administrators. Overview of leadership theory and skills, consultation models and process, program evaluation, methods, and structure, and ethical, legal, and professional issues, the availability of funding sources and community resources. Students develop a personal model of consultation and apply their knowledge and skills to case studies and real-life examples. Prerequisites: CPSY 5350 and CPSY 5353.

CNSL 5324. Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a detailed examination of human sexuality, including reproductive physiology, sexual development across the lifespan, sexual behavior, sexual diversity, and the treatment of sexual dysfunction. The course includes a focus on the role of sexuality in relationships and in marital and family dynamics. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5353, and CNSL 5356.

CNSL 5332. Psychopharmacology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The understanding of the basic neurobiology of psychopathology and how psychotropic medications treat such conditions is the foundation of this class. An emphasis is placed on the role of the counselor as a member of a treatment team who helps facilitate client treatment compliance and monitors the efficacy and side effect manifestations of psychotropic treatment, while helping to integrate that treatment with other non-pharmacological modalities. The course will include an overview of psychopharmacological medications, their basic classification, indications, contraindications, and side-effects will be provided. One goal of this course is to introduce the students to the basic terminology and models of pharmacokinetics as they relate to clinical mental health counseling and pharmacological treatment. A tertiary aim of the course will be to discuss the ethical role of the mental health counselor who is a part of the mental health care team in pharmacotherapy. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5353, and CNSL 5358.

CNSL 5350. Foundations of Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines theories and concepts with emphasis on counseling skills, as well as historical, philosophical, ethical, legal, multicultural exploration and professional issues. The course provides an overview of counseling services commonly found in a variety of settings. It includes individual and group counseling, assessment, career planning, referral, and consultation. All students are required to take the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF) and complete an essay based on the results. The essay will be reviewed during First Semester Review. The First Semester Review is a mandatory meeting students in their first semester of course work must attend to determine eligibility for admissions to the Counseling Program. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss performance in terms of professionalism, competency with beginning counseling skills, social and emotional maturity, and integrity and ethical standards. The course is taken concurrently with CNSL 5353 in the first semester of enrollment. For further details, reference the TSU Graduate Counseling Program Handbook. Prerequisite: Taken first semester concurrently with CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5351. Career Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an in-depth study of career counseling that focuses on occupational, educational, and personal/social issues for general and special populations. The course includes examination of theoretical bases for career counseling and a study of organization and delivery of information through individual and group activities. All ethically related concerns are addressed. Students will be required to purchase occupational and educational information materials. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5352. Seminar in School Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an in-depth study of a comprehensive school counseling and guidance program. The course will address the theoretical foundation, knowledge, and skills to prepare the student to implement a counseling and guidance program in an educational (K-12) setting. As the foundation course for those planning to enter school counseling, this course covers organization, planning, management, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs; appropriate roles and functions of school counselors at various school levels, coordination of professional services; and professional issues such as ethics and associations as they specifically relate to school counseling. This course is required of all students seeking master’s degrees with the school counseling focus and of all students seeking school counselor certification in Texas. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5353. Counseling Theories and Applications. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course surveys and investigates counseling theories with an emphasis on how theories influence practice. There is a special emphasis is on applications to various population. The course includes role-plays and other experiential methods. Students will participate in recording a counseling session to be critiqued. All students attend mandatory personal counseling with a community counselor during the course. Related ethical and legal concerns are discussed.of enrollment. Prerequisite: Taken first semester concurrently with CNSL 5350.

CNSL 5354. Group Procedures for Counselors. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to group therapy and group procedures with an emphasis on developing group counseling skills to work with children, adolescents, adults, and special populations. The course covers various types of groups, an understanding of group dynamics and development, and related ethical and legal concerns. Students will participate in supervised group counseling experiences. Using relevant literature, multimedia resources, and a scholar-practitioner model, students develop an understanding of culturally and contextually relevant group practice, group leaders’ roles and responsibilities, the relevance and purpose of group work, and strategies for group utilization to foster social change. Students also participate in a group experience in their class. In addition, leadership styles, techniques, and roles are explored. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5356. Introduction to Family Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an overview of the theoretical concepts and intervention strategies unique to family, systems, and relational therapies. The course includes the study of family dynamics, family development, relationships, and the resolution of family concerns. Ethical and legal considerations are included. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5357. Pre-Practicum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to introduce counseling students to basic interviewing and counseling, to include theories and skills. The students will demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior. The course includes application of multicultural competencies to case conceptualization. The course includes self-care strategies for the counseling student. The course addresses professional issues relevant to the practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5351, CNSL 5353 and CNSL 5354 , CNSL 5381.

CNSL 5358. Counseling Perspectives on Psychopathology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an overview of psychopathology that includes the history of abnormal behavior and an in-depth study of the specific diagnostic psychological disorders. Emphasis in the course will be on classification systems currently used in clinical settings and treatment alternatives from a counseling perspective. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5359. Evidence Based Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide students with both a knowledge/evidence base for the foundations of counseling and practical skills that will prepare them to see clients in their field work. Evidence is presented that the therapeutic alliance is, across all approaches to therapy, the strongest correlate of successful outcome. Students acquire skills in building a personal bond, providing deep empathy, promoting a collaborative atmosphere in therapy, and empowering clients to solve their own problems. Students are also encouraged to explore their own personal impact in developing a therapeutic alliance. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5381. Assessment in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles, concepts, methods, and applications of assessing human experience and behavior for counseling purposes. Topics included for study in this course include the history and philosophy behind measurement and assessment in counseling, statistical concepts, and common assessment formats for measuring constructs such as personality, pathology, achievement and aptitude, and career interests. The required assignments focus on the themes of assessment critique, administration and interpretation of assessment results, and incorporating assessment results into work with clients and students. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5382. Behavior Management and Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an examination of the major approaches and techniques utilized in behavior counseling and behavior management, including the principles of applied behavioral analysis. The course explores formal treatment planning, application, and evaluation of counseling for the management of specific emotional an mental health disorders. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5353, and CNSL 5358.

CNSL 5390. Selected Topics in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on contemporary issues in counseling. This course may be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

CNSL 5391. Ethical Foundations of Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an exploration of the ethical principles of counselors and related codes of ethics. The course covers models or ethical decision-making and how to apply to counseling practice. Students will learn about the importance of self-care and application. The course explores the importance of multicultural considerations and implications for social justice. Students will learn ethical obligations to advocate for clients. The course covers ethical standards of professional organizations and credentialing bodies. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5392. Counseling Children and Adolescents. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is intended to provide a comprehensive study of therapeutic approaches and techniques for children and adolescents and is designed to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of working with children. It prepares counselors to address the specific needs of children and adolescents, with emphasis on developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues. Group and individual counseling techniques and treatment planning are included. Contemporary issues and interventions addressed include: typical developmental problems, creative interventions, crisis management, exceptional children, parenting skills, multicultural considerations, and ethical concerns. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5353, and CNSL 5393.

CNSL 5393. Play Therapy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of the essential elements and principles of play therapy, including history, theories, modalities, techniques, applications, and skills. Further, an experiential component focuses on basic play therapy skill development within the context of ethical and diversity-sensitive practice. The course meets Association for Play Therapy requirements providing 67.5 Continuing Education (CE) hours towards the mandatory 150 required for RPT certification. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5394. Behavioral Addictions and Substance Abuse. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is intended to provide students with information regarding behavioral addictions (gambling, sex, Internet, video gaming, etc.), substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. Information regarding the etiology, recognition, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and impact of addictions will be addressed. The influence of addictions throughout the lifespan will also be examined. An experiential component is included as well. Ethical and legal concerns are covered. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5395. Internship in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in guidance and counseling. Major emphasis is placed on the student's involvement in successful practices at the educational level of interest. Students must have met all academic and professional standards of practice before placement. The field experience will consist of a minimum of 150 clock hours. Liability insurance is required. An application must be submitted by the published due date in the semester prior to field placement and approved by the practicum/internship director. Prerequisites: 3.0 or greater GPA and CPSY 5357, or approval of the department head. Field experience fee $75.

CNSL 5396. Internship in Counseling II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in counseling at a field placement. Students must have met all academic and professional standards of practice before placement. The field experience will consist of a minimum of 160 clock hours. Liability insurance is required. A complete application must be submitted by the published due date in the semester prior to field placement and approved by the director. This course is repeatable up to two times for a maximum number of 6 credit hours. Prerequisites: CNSL 5395 and approval of program director.

CNSL 5397. Practicum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of the basic counseling skills used by the professional counselor in working with children, adolescents, and adults. The course includes a laboratory experience in which the student is trained in the application of counseling relationship-building and working-stage skills via role-play activities with other students in the class and field placements as available. Integration of theory and practice is imperative in counselor training. This course is repeatable up to two times but a maximum number of 3 credit hours will be awarded. This course will be graded using a pass/fail grading system. Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA or greater and CNSL 5357, CNSL 5358, CNSL 5311, and one elective from CNSL 5382, CNSL 5324, CNSL 5359, CNSL 5393, or CNSL 5392.

CNSL 5399. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Primary interest is on integration of process, conceptual, professional, and personal skills. Provides extensive supervised experience in a setting closely aligned with student's chosen program. Taken as a two-semester sequence of two, three credit-hour courses. Each semester requires twenty weekly hours (300 total in each) of field experience. This course is repeatable up to four times, but a maximum of 6 credit hours will be awarded. This course will be graded using a pass/fail grading system. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5351, CNSL 5353, CNSL 5354, CNSL 5381, grade of "B" or better in CNSL 5357 and CNSL 5397 and departmental permission received via application acceptance.

Dr. Julie Merriman
Department of Counseling
6777 Camp Bowie Suite 500
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
817-717-3694
counselinginformation@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/COEWEB/counsel/index.html