Course descriptions index


COUN 615  3 Credits
Foundations of Counseling
Introduction to the philosophies, organization, patterns and techniques that aid counselors in preparing clients for responsible decision-making in modern society. (Prerequisite: Admittance to Counseling Program; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall, As Demand Warrants

COUN 623  3 Credits
Counseling Theories and Applications I
(Cross-listed with PSY 660)
A survey of the major theoretical systems of counseling and psychotherapy combined with a laboratory experience focused on building microskills in counseling. Specific application of theoretical principles will be investigated, analyzed and described. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing; COUN 615 for counseling students and an abnormal psychology course for psychology students; and/or permission of instructor.) (3 + 2) Offered Fall

COUN 628  3 Credits
Child and Adolescent Development
Focus on developmental processes and sequences of change that children experience within each developmental domain from birth through adolescence. (Prerequisite: Admittance to Counseling program; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall

COUN 629  3 Credits
Counseling Interventions
Course examines various intervention strategies/techniques for working with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of situations. Attention is placed on assisting children, youth and adults in accomplishing developmental tasks appropriate to their psychosocial growth. (Prerequisites: Admittance to Counseling Program and COUN 623; or permission of instructor.) (3+0) Offered Spring

COUN 630  3 Credits
Appraisal for Counselors
Introduction to the kinds of assessment information school and community counselors utilize in the assessment process. (Prerequisite: Admittance to Counseling program; COUN 623; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall

COUN 632  3 Credits
Career Development
An introduction to the theories of career development, career choices and how to translate theory into practice. Emphasis will be on career education development and the utilization of information resources for facilitating the career choice decision making process. (Prerequisites: Admittance to Counseling Program, COUN 615 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring

COUN 634  3 Credits
Practicum in Individual Counseling
Supervised practice in basic counseling skills and techniques. Supervised work with one-on-one counseling relationships. Actual practice in listening, problem identification, goal setting and session management. (Prerequisites: Admittance to the Counseling Program, COUN 623, and permission of instructor.) (2 + 7) Offered Spring

COUN 636  3 Credits
Internship I
Supervised practice in school or community settings. Focus on directed practice of particular skills relevant to the counselor's role. Weekly seminars will cover actual and role playing situations providing opportunities to operationalize theory in counseling, interventions and ethical issues. Candidates serving internships are charged a $150 fee per semester. (Prerequisite: Admittance to the Counseling Program, COUN 634 and permission of instructor.) (2 + 7) Offered Fall, Spring

COUN 638  3 Credits
Adult Development
An overview of physical, cognitive, personality and social development across the adult life span, from high school graduation through death. Major theories and research findings in the field of adult development are explored with an emphasis on examining how individuals progress through a series of predictable stages during their lifetime. (Prerequisites: COUN 615, admittance to the Counseling Program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring as Demand Warrants

COUN 646  3 Credits
School Counseling
(Cross-listed with PSY 646)
Topics related to the role of the school counselor such as consultation, career guidance and culturally appropriate assessment. (Prerequisite: Admittance to Counseling Program; COUN 623 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 3) Offered Fall

COUN 647  3 Credits
Professional Ethics
(Cross-listed with PSY 647)
The ethical standards of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association will be examined, discussed and compared. Students will be provided with opportunities to apply these general principles to specific cases. Students will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of these ethical codes and an ability to apply them to their reality based manifestations. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisites: Admittance to Counseling program, or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall

COUN 650  3 Credits
Cross-Cultural Psychopathology
(Cross-listed with PSY 650)
Overview of contemporary perspectives on child and adult psychological disorders from the perspective of cultural psychology. Fundamentals of therapeutic interviewing. Training in use of the DSM-IV diagnostic system. Examination of the role of culture, ethnicity, gender and social class in symptom formation and the experience of illness, and critical examination of these issues in clinical application of the DSM-IV. Training in the DSM-IV cultural formulation. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Community Psychology or Counseling program; PSY 345 or equivalent; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring

COUN 660  3 Credits
Cross-Cultural Counseling
(Cross-listed with PSY 661)
An examination of cultural and ethnic variables in human nature and their effect on the counseling process. Specific focus will be placed on the nature and function of culture, cultural variables in the context of the human experience, universal and culture specific aspects of the counseling process, barriers to effective cross-cultural counseling, specific ethnic and cultural considerations, and methods of intellectual training with special emphasis on Alaskan applications. (Prerequisite: Admittance to graduate program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Summer, As Demand Warrants

COUN 666  3 Credits
Family and Network Therapy
(Cross-listed with PSY 666)
Survey of concepts and theories of function and dysfunction in the area of couples and families as social networks. In addition, it provides an introduction to the skills necessary for one who would intervene in these systems. (Prerequisite: Admittance to the community psychology program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants

COUN 674  3 Credits
Group Counseling
(Cross-listed with PSY 674)
Kinds and types of groups with emphasis on methods, problems and needed skills in working with groups in a counseling situation. (Prerequisites: COUN 623; admittance to the counseling program, community psychology program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Summer, Spring, As Demand Warrants

COUN 690  3-9 Credits
Internship II
Opportunity to perform all the activities that a regularly employed counselor would be expected to perform in a school or community setting. At the completion of the internship the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to administer school and/or community counseling services. (3 credits required for elementary internship; 3 credits required for secondary internship; 3 credits required for community internship; student may take all three. Internship fee: $150 per semester. Prerequisites: COUN 634, 636 and permission of instructor.) Course fee: $75. (0 + 3-9) Offered Fall, Spring