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1996-97 UAF Catalog

Course Descriptions

Degrees and Programs Index


COUN 610 (1 Credit) Summer
Culture and the Counselor (1+0)
Students will clarify beliefs and values and develop individual theories of counseling. Focus is on expanding awareness of self and others as future members of helping professions. This course, along with COUN 611, will serve as a pre-practicum and cohort building experience. (Prerequisites: Admittance to Guidance and Counseling Program and permission of instructor. To be taken concurrently with COUN 615 Foundations.)

COUN 611 (1 Credit) Summer
Theory Building for Counselors (1+0)
To be taken in sequence with COUN 610. Students will explore relationships between cultural beliefs and values and current theories of counseling. The course extends pre-practicum and cohort building experiences. (Prerequisites: Admittance to Guidance and Counseling Program, COUN 610 and permission of instructor.)

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

COUN 623 (4 Credits) Fall, Alternate Summer
Counseling Theories and Applications (3+0) (Same as PSY 660)
A survey of the major theoretical systems of counseling, including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, family systems, phenomenological, existential and non-western approaches to healing and mental health. Specific application of theoretical principles will be investigated, analyzed and developed. (Prerequisites: Admittance to graduate program, COUN 615 and/or permission of instructor.)

COUN 628 (3 Credits) Fall, Alternate Summer
Child and Adolescent Psychology (3+0)
Focus on developmental processes and sequences of change that children experience within each developmental domain from birth through adolescence. (Prerequisite: Admittance to graduate program and permission of instructor.)

COUN 629 (3 Credits) Alternate Summer
Developmental Interventions (3+0)
Second in a two course sequence in child and adolescent development with opportunity for limited practice in applying developmental theory to work with children and youth. Attention is placed on assisting children and youth to accomplish developmental tasks appropriate to their psycho-social growth. (Prerequisites: Admittance to graduate program, COUN 628, and permission of instructor.)

COUN 634 (3 Credits) As Demand Warrants
Practicum in Individual Counseling (2+7)
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: Admission to graduate program, COUN 623, and permission of instructor.)

COUN 636 (3 Credits) Fall, Spring
Practicum in School Counseling (2+7)
Supervised practice in school settings. Focus on directed practice of particular skills relevant to the school counselor's role. Weekly seminars will cover actual and role playing situations providing opportunities to operationalize theory in counseling, interventions, and ethical issues. (Prerequisite: Admittance to Guidance and Counseling Program, COUN 634 and permission of instructor.)

COUN 646 (3 Credits) Summer
School Counseling (3+3) (Same as PSY 646)
Topics related to the role of the school counselor such as consultation, career guidance, and culturally appropriate assessment. (Prerequisite: Admittance to Guidance and Counseling Program and permission of instructor.)

COUN 647 (3 Credits) Alternate Summer
Professional Ethics (3+0)
The ethical standards of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Counseling and Development and the National Associations of Social Workers 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 three ethical codes and an ability to apply them to their reality based manifestations. (Prerequisites: Admittance to master's program in Psychology or Counseling, and permission of instructor.)

COUN 660 (3 Credits) Alternate Summer
Cross-Cultural Counseling (3+0) (Same as 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 and permission of instructor.)

COUN 674 (3 Credits) Alternate Summer, Spring
Group Counseling (3+0) (Same as PSY 674)
Kinds and types of groups with emphasis on methods, problems and needed skills in working with groups in a counseling situation. (Prerequisites: Admittance to graduate program, COUN 615, COUN 660, and permission of instructor.)

COUN 690 (3 - 6 Credits) Fall, Spring
Internship (0+3-6)
Opportunity to perform all the activities that a regularly employed counselor would be expected to perform in an elementary or secondary school. At the completion of the internship the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to administer school counseling services. (3 credits required for elementary internship; 3 credits required for secondary internship; student may take both. Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework and advancement to candidacy.)