Undergraduate Counseling Courses

CNSL 2300. Introduction to the Counseling Profession. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide an overview of various components of the counseling profession. Students will explore their personal motivation and interest in a counseling or human services profession as well as integrate professional concepts with personal style. The course will emphasize development of professional identity, therapeutic relationship, counseling theory, application, and ethics. The degree to which you perceive this experience as enhancing your personal and professional growth will largely be a function of your own goals and the initiative you assume in class.

CNSL 2301. The Basics of Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An integrated overview of counseling services through personal self-exploration by the counseling associate. Focus is on understanding of interpersonal dynamics through self-awareness. Prerequisite: CNSL 2300.

CNSL 3300. Diversity and Cultural Awareness in the Counseling Profession. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Didactic, experiential and applied learning opportunities prepare students to understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures. Students learn how cultural identity influences personal and world views, perceptions of experience, and styles of communication. With a focus on developing intrapersonal and interpersonal awareness, students cultivate attitudes and practice skills necessary for relating constructively with diverse individuals in a variety of work settings.

CNSL 3301. Group Processes in Helping Relationships. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Group dynamics laboratory: Group functions and leadership styles as related to helping relationships.

CNSL 3302. Survey of Career Development and Career Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an integrated overview of the field of career counseling. Focus will be on current problems and developments in career choices, with emphasis on the role of personal self-exploration in evaluating approaches to career counseling and decision-making.

CNSL 3303. Therapeutic Play. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This didactic course focuses on how to be a therapeutic agent in a child's life. Students are introduced to the fundamental concepts and models of therapeutic play and building therapeutic relationships with children. Students are also introduced to basic child-centered play therapy principles and training requirements.

CNSL 4300. Essentials of Helping Relationships. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Didactic and experiential training in interpersonal relationships; analysis and application of effective counseling activities.

CNSL 4301. Introduction to Substance Abuse and Addiction Issues in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides a working knowledge of the helping process as it applies to substance abuse and addiction issues. It focuses on assessment and diagnostic skills; the pharmacology of commonly abused substances; appropriate goals and treatment plans; individual, group, and family treatment approaches; the levels of care available to clients and their families; current research, trends and success rates in treatment; the impact of sex, age, and ethnicity on the treatment process; and the ethical guidelines of practice.

CNSL 4302. Case Management in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to help students develop a general overview of case management and how it is defined and practiced currently in mental health programs and settings.

CNSL 4386. Special Problems in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course featuring independent reading, research, and discussion under personal direction of instructor, topics vary according to student need.