Counseling (CN)

CN 0099 Comprehensive Exam0 Credits

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam is a standardized multiple choice exam with 136 questions that requires candidates to demonstrate understanding and mastery of content reflecting the eight core CACREP areas. It is highly recommended that candidates complete their comprehensive exam during the semester prior to the one in which they plan to graduate.

CN 0403 Seminar in Special Topics (Shell)3 Credits

This course explores advanced topics in the field of counselor education. Topics vary each term, are determined by the counselor education department chair, and reflect current trends and themes in the field of counseling.

CN 0410 Grief and Loss Counseling3 Credits

An introductory course in the exploration of conceptual models and clinical interventions related to grief and loss. The focus of this course is on developing sensitivity, knowledge, and practical skills working with grief, bereavement, and end of life issues in counseling and cross-cultural approaches. It is designed to inform students how loss is a pervasive, natural process of life and with skilled understanding and intervention can provide healing, meaning, and transformation to self and others. The impact of religious and spiritual belief systems on bereavement, grief, and loss will be covered. Family interventions and conceptualizing grief and loss from a systems perspective will be discussed. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0432 Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Management, Delivery, and Evaluation3 Credits

Designed to familiarize candidates with the workings of community-based human service programs, this course focuses on organizational structure, agency goals and human resources, program development, needs assessment, grant writing, consultation roles, and program evaluation.

CN 0433 Multicultural Issues in Counseling3 Credits

Candidates examine issues in counseling individuals and families from diverse ethnic, cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds and discuss the social, educational, economic, and behavioral factors that impact clinical work. The course addresses counseling men, women, and couples, and the issues of gender role stereotyping and changing sex roles, and integrates professional contributions from individual counseling and family therapy literature.

CN 0446 Spirituality and Counseling3 Credits

An introductory course in the exploration of developmental models and clinical interventions related to the interface of spirituality and counseling. The focus of this course is on developing knowledge and practical skills in working with spiritual and religious issues in counseling. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0447 Lifespan Human Development3 Credits

This course explores the processes of individual and family development from childhood through old age. Presenting theoretical perspectives for studying child, adolescent, adult, and family development, the course examines the modification of family structures over time and psychosocial development within family systems and cultural contexts. Crosslisted with FT 0447.

CN 0454 Introduction to Counseling Children and Adolescents3 Credits

Prerequisites: CN 0447, CN 0500, CN 0553.

This course provides an overview of theories and research pertinent to counseling children and adolescents. Candidates examine factors that promote and hinder healthy human development and receive information regarding assessment, counseling process, and evaluation process unique to working with children and adolescents. The course addresses multicultural dynamics and identifies issues relevant to divorce, grieving, and coping with crisis. Procedures include activities designed to help candidates conceptualize an ecosystemic framework for the counseling process.

CN 0455 Group Work: Theory and Practice3 Credits

Prerequisite: NS 0650.

This course focuses on the broad methodology of group work and theories and tasks in interpersonal and multicultural contexts. Candidates observe the nature of their interactions with others and enhance their knowledge about the nature of groups and the current theories and models. Understanding of group work with substance abusers will be explored. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0457 Career Development: Theory and Practice3 Credits

Fee: $55 GSEAP Lab Fee

This course explores theories of career development across the lifespan and applications used in practice. Career assessment tools, world of work information, and the career counseling process are included.

CN 0465 Introduction to Substance Abuse and Addictions3 Credits

Candidates explore basic information about the history and current use and abuse of various drugs and alcohol. Topics include addiction, 12-step programs, physiological effects, FAS, COAs, and family systems, as well as culturally relevant prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies for individuals and families. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences. Crosslisted with FT 0465.

CN 0466 Substance Abuse Interventions3 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0465.

This course uses didactic and experiential techniques to understand and facilitate interventions with substance abusers and their families. Topics include the role of motivational counseling and techniques developed by the Johnson Institute. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0467 Assessment in Counseling3 Credits

Fee: $55 GSEAP Lab Fee

Prerequisite: CN 0553.

This course establishes an understanding of principles and procedures associated with standardized and non-standardized assessment in community and school settings. Candidates acquire skills necessary for conducting basic assessments and explore principles of diagnosis, individual, group, and environmental assessments. The course includes an overview of intelligence, attitude, interest, motivation, aptitude, achievement, personality, adjustment, and development; examines legal, ethical, and multicultural concerns; and presents considerations unique to individuals with special needs.

CN 0468 Professional Issues in Counseling3 Credits

This course provides an orientation to the counseling profession, including the history of professional counseling; professional identity; the social, economic, and philosophical bases of the profession; the major legal and ethical issues facing the profession; and current and future issues and trends in counseling.

CN 0500 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy3 Credits

This course examines philosophical bases for counseling theory, ethical and professional issues, and various theories that contribute to the practice of professional counseling, including psychoanalytic, humanistic/existential, cognitive/behavioral, and systemic approaches.

CN 0515 Trauma and Crisis Intervention3 Credits

This course addresses current theory, research, and models relevant to trauma and crisis intervention. Specific focus will be placed on understanding the role of spirituality, across cultures, in counseling children, men, women, and families. In addition, skills essential for response to trauma while working with groups will be addressed. Conceptualization from a systems perspective will be addressed. Forgiveness, hardiness, resiliency, and the dynamics of violence, religious and political, will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the role of spirituality while working with individuals and groups. An overview of the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and neurological sequelae in response to trauma and crisis will be discussed, with emphasis on skills essential for crisis intervention, including assessment of safety and security concerns, triage, lethality, mass disaster, death notification, suicide, murder, and natural disaster. In addition, models essential for the care of the caregiver will be identified. The course's instructional format will combine experiential, demonstration, and discussion methods. Active learning is essential to continued development. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0520 Spiritual Interventions: Tools for Competent Practice3 Credits

Prerequisites: CN 0446, CN 0553.

Spiritual interventions tap into the affective domain and provide counselors and clients with the opportunity to explore their creativity, self-expression, and drive to be fully human. This course will allow counselors to learn the therapeutic benefits and process of using spiritual interventions in counseling that inform the process of healing and transformation. Interventions will include mindfulness meditation, creating mandalas, and guided imagery. Counselors will learn competencies for effective use of integrating spirituality into the counseling process, conceptualizing from a systems perspective and explore several spiritual interventions to enhance self-awareness and improve their ability to be present and attend to their clients. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0524 Domestic Violence in Nicaragua3 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0553.

The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to work outside of the country in Nicaragua. Specifically, students will work with groups of women from two rural villages on issues of gender equality and violence against women. The course is structured such that students will be required to meet throughout the summer, learning about Nicaraguan culture and laws, and designing a training program. Students will then travel to Nicaragua and provide training. This course is open only to students matriculated in the Counselor Education program.

CN 0525 Spirituality and Wellness3 Credits

This course provides a holistic approach to wellness integrating mind, body, and spirit interventions into the counseling process. An overview of wellness models, assessment tools, and spiritual practices as strength resources will be explored. Students will explore lifespan and cross cultural influences on wellness. Development of wellness and prevention plans and research on health and spirituality will be a focus. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0531 School Counseling: Procedures, Organization, and Evaluation3 Credits

This course provides candidates with the information necessary to apply basic counseling knowledge and skills in a school setting. The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) and Connecticut school counseling models are presented, and issues pertinent to working in the school system are explored.

CN 0533 Advanced Multicultural Counseling Strategies and Skills3 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0433, CN 0553.

This course provides in-depth opportunities for students to deepen and expand their multicultural competencies and counseling skills for working with diverse belief systems and populations. Exploration of diverse spiritual, religious, ethnic, and systemic belief systems will allow students to develop cross-cultural competencies and understanding of the impact of the cultural context on the therapeutic process. Topics included will be pedagogy of the oppressed, religious violence and trauma, refugee and immigration concerns. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0553 Counseling Relationships and Skills3 Credits

This introductory course equips candidates with various techniques of interpersonal communication and assessment, and reviews their application in counseling. The course emphasizes role-playing with the use of videotape and two-way mirror observation.

CN 0554 Group Facilitation3 Credits

Prerequisites: CN 0455, CN 0553.

Candidates explore the dynamics of interpersonal relationships in a laboratory setting as participants and leaders in a group. The course focuses on identifying the structure and leadership of counseling groups and analyzing the dynamics that render them therapeutic.

CN 0555 Substance Abuse Counseling: Skills and Strategies3 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 465 or a basic understanding of the addictions field.

This course focuses on learning, practice and developing counseling skills and strategies as it relates to substance abuse counseling. An overview of assessment, treatment planning, relapse prevention and recovery will be explored. The course addresses theories that are fundamental to addiction counseling with emphasis on the relationship between theory and the practice of effective skills. Candidates will reflect on their roles as counselors and define the qualities, knowledge and essential skills to becoming a competent, ethical, culturally aware counselor in training specific to the treatment of substance abuse. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0557 Co-occuring Disorders in Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling3 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0465.

This course will introduce students to major concepts in the treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Students will develop an awareness of the unique challenges that face clients who are struggling with multiple diagnoses. Students will practice conducting assessments, recovery plans, counseling skills and continuum of care issues relevant to the recovery process for this special population. Combines didactic and experiential learning opportunities. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences.

CN 0558 Counseling Practicum3 Credits

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Counselor Education, completion of core requirements, and practicum review.

Candidates develop their individual, group, and consultation skills in this course through placement in a counseling setting, while receiving individual and group supervision on campus weekly. Participation requires audio recording at the practicum site for supervision and demonstration of diagnosis and treatment planning skills. Additional requirements include 100 clock hours, including 40 direct service hours. Candidates may repeat this course once for credit.

CN 0565 Substance Abuse and the Family3 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0465.

This course brings together substance abuse studies and family systems approaches. Students are presented with a knowledge base of skills and methods for assessing and treating family systems. The course identifies the addictive and intergenerational patterns within families. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical frameworks to understand and create interventions for alcoholic and substance-abusing family systems. Relational clinical models including developmental, systemic, solution-focused, and narrative approaches are reviewed and evaluated. The course examines the history and methods of treatment models. Issues of social justice are emphasized in a review of socio-cultural and social policy that influence family behaviors and treatment. This course is an advanced graduate course that includes interpersonal, interactive, and affective content and experiences. Crosslisted with FT 0566.

CN 0566 Research Methodology3 Credits

This course covers statistical procedures and research design for the consumer of human services research, with an emphasis on program evaluation, understanding the inferential potential of statistical procedures, and evaluating published research. Candidates focus on research in their respective disciplines (school counseling, family therapy, etc).

CN 0585 Introduction to Clinical Supervision3 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0558 or permission of instructor.

Intended for post-master's degree practitioners in counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology, or social work, who are engaged in the practice of clinical supervision or preparing to become supervisors, this course covers major conceptual approaches to supervision, supervision methods, evaluation of supervisees, ethical and legal issues, and additional variables that affect supervision. The course offers experiential components to supplement didactic material.

CN 0590C Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling3-6 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0558.

In clinical mental health counseling setting placements consistent with their career goals, candidate interns receive individual supervision. University faculty conduct weekly group supervision on campus that includes an emphasis on clinical work, prevention, and consultation, as well as professional issues related to practice. Internship requirements include 600 clock hours, including 240 direct service hours. Candidates arrange their internships with the assistance of the clinical coordinator.

CN 0590S Internship: School Counseling6-12 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0558.

In elementary, middle, and/or secondary school setting placements, candidate interns receive individual supervision. University faculty conduct weekly group supervision on campus that includes an emphasis on clinical work, prevention, and consultation, as well as professional issues related to practice. Internship requirements include 600 clock hours, including 240 direct service hours. Candidates make their internship arrangements with the assistance of the clinical coordinator.

CN 0591C Continuing Clinical Mental Health Internship3 Credits

Prerequisite: CN 0590C.

This course is a continuation of CN 0590C. Faculty conduct weekly group supervision on campus that includes an emphasis on clinical work, prevention, and consultation as well as professional issues related to practice. This continuation course ensures that interns complete the required 600 clock hours including 240 direct service hours.

CN 0595 Independent Study3-6 Credits

Candidates undertake individual projects in consultation with a faculty member, based on proposals submitted one semester in advance.