Course Descriptions

The Master of Science in School Counseling is a 49-semester hour program.  Course descriptions are below:

 

Counseling Core

CNL 7023 - Human Development (Three credit hours)

An overview of theories of physical, cognitive, spiritual, and social/emotional development and processes throughout the life span. Theoretical and practical instruction is designed for application of developmental research and theory to educational and related settings.

CNL 7033 Social and Cultural Foundations (Three credit hours)

Study of social, cultural, ethnic, and gender issues related to families, schools, and communities. The impact of special issues (e.g., sexism, gender roles, ethnicity, race, differing lifestyles, discrimination, socioeconomic status, and social and multi-cultural trends) on individual family members, the family as a whole, and organizations such as the school and the church are examined.

CNL 7123 - Group Theory (Three credit hours)

An introduction to group theory and processes in counseling and guidance. Interaction patterns and dynamics within small groups are considered. Focused on the understanding of individual and group behavior, the course involves didactic and experiential learning in group theory and practice. Students participate in a group to develop self-awareness, acceptance, and effective interpersonal skills. (Prerequisite: CNL 7133)

CNL 7133 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling (Three credit hours)

Overview of major counseling theories and techniques and a review of historical foundations of mental health care. Social, psychological, and philosophical influences and ethical issues associated with the counseling professions are considered.

CNL 7313 - Career Development Information and Vocational Education (Three credit hours)

An examination of career development theories, the research supporting the theories and the practical application of these ideas in career counseling. Course work includes information about the development of an educational-occupational library, the classification of the world of work, and the use of occupational data in career counseling and development across the lifespan.

CNL 7613 - Family of Origin (Three credit hours)

An explanation of the theoretical bases of family of origin work. Exploration of the student's own family history and family patterns across generations is included. Review of the basic concepts and therapeutic techniques used in family of origin education and counseling.

CNL 8013 - Assessment (Three credit hours)

Principles of measurement and assessment. Use of various assessment instruments including achievement, aptitude, intelligence, interests, and personality tests in the processes of counseling and guidance. Supervision in administering, scoring, and interpreting individual evaluation methods.

CNL 8023 - Advanced Psychopathology (Three credit hours)

A study of the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior and personality. The student develops a working knowledge of the diagnostic categories in the DSM-IV and gains an understanding of the application to clinical practice. Emphasizes normal personality and development of positive mental health in schools, community, and families.

CNL 8033 - Christian Foundations in Counseling (Three credit hours)

Understanding of Christian values and perspectives by examination of basic elements of the Christian faith. Through the study of the literature and theology of the Christian scriptures, candidates explore relationships among Christian faith, values, and practice, pertaining to the field of counseling.

CNL 8143 - Child and Adolescent Counseling (Three credit hours)

This class will provide an overview of the clinical skills used in the practices of child and adolescent therapy.  Clinical assessment and treatment of children and adolescents in socio-cultural context will be the focus for knowledge and skill development in this class.  Multiple theory perspectives will be utilized with the primary theoretical emphasis being a family systems/therapy framework.  Major childhood and adolescent disorders will be reviewed and applied to specific case material.

CNL 8533 - School Policies and Issues (Three credit hours)

Studies of the principles and models that are the basis for the organization and administration of counseling services in schools.  Content includes construction of needs assessments, crisis response, community referrals and empirically sound techniques used to provide counseling services to school aged children.  Based on the Arkansas model, course will emphasize the importance of outcome based assessments.

CNL 8701 Pre-Practicum Laboratory (One credit hour)

An orientation to the requirements of practicum/internships. Students practice basic counseling skills, case management skills, and review the ethical considerations required of practicing counselors. Upon demonstration of a satisfactory working knowledge in each of these areas, the supervising faculty will grant approval for the student to enroll in Practicum. Prerequisites: same as those for Practicum I in the student's chosen track

One of the followoing:

CNL 7013 - Statistics and Research (Three credit hours)

Basic research approaches to solving applied problems, with emphasis on gaining a broad understanding of the research process. The course provides an introduction to statistics as well as an opportunity to critique research in an area of study.

CNL 8313 - Applied Research

Electives (Three hours)

CNL 7113 - Principles of Family Therapy (Three credit hours)

An overview of the major theories and their therapeutic implications. Focus is on treatment of problems within a systems framework. Students are given a comprehensive survey of the major models of systemic change that includes but is not limited to the following: structural, strategic, Bowenian, Experiential, Solution- Focused, Systemic, and Post-Modern.

CNL 7353 - Introduction to Play Therapy (Three credit hours)

This course will cover the history, prominent theories, and research support for play therapy, as well as current trends and practices in play therapy.  Fundamental play therapy skills will be covered, with a strong emphasis on child centered play therapy.  Implementation of play therapy within a family systems orientation will be a component of the course.  Students who successfully complete the course will have sufficient knowledge to begin providing supervised play therapy.  (Pre-requisites: Theories and Techniques of Counseling and Principles of Family Therapy.)

CNL 8133 - Advanced Psychopharmacology (Three credit hours)

A basic introduction to psychopharmacology for non-medical counselors. General principles underlying the use of psychoactive medications to treat the major classes of mental illness are covered, with emphasis on practical aspects of pharmacology, including drug selection, dosage, side effects, and toxicity. Basic principles of neuropharmacology are also discussed. The goal is to equip counselors to better understand psychopharmacology and to interact with medical personnel who prescribe psychotherapeutic medications.

CNL 8353 - Advanced Techniques in Play Therapy (Three credit hours)

This class builds on the fundamentals of child centered approaches to play therapy.  The class will also explore various therapeutic approaches such as expressive play therapy techniques, Experiential Play Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, Sand Tray, family models of play therapy as well as other directive play therapy techniques and the use of therapeutic games.  (Pre-requisite: Introduction to Play Therapy)

CNL 8613 - Brief Therapy (Three credit hours)

A study of time-limited approaches to helping people change in various clinical settings with special emphasis on the Mental Research Institute (MRI), the Solution- Focused and the integrative Solution-Based Brief Therapy models. Content includes a historical and theoretical analysis as well as a review of the research and application to individual, marital, family, and group counseling.

CNL 8901, 8902, 8903 Selected Topics in Counseling

An intensive study of a selected area of counseling designed to meet the particular needs of pre-service and/or in-service counselors or administrators.  (Prerequisite: consent of instructor)

Emphasis in School Counseling Core

CNL 8733, 8743 - Practicum I and II: School Counseling (Each course, three credit hours)

Supervised experience with school students, parents, teachers and administrators for the development of skills in individual counseling and group work.
Prerequisites for 8733: CNL 8533, 7133, 7123, 8701 and 7123 and recommendation by the Department of Counseling Faculty. (Prerequisite for 8743: CNL 8733)

CNL 8873, 8883, 8893 - Internship I, II, III (Three credit hours)

Supervised experience designed to develop competencies necessary for counseling.
Prerequisites for 8873: CNL 8743, 8763 or 8783, and recommendation by the Department of Counseling Faculty.  Prerequisite for 8883: CNL 8873.  Prerequisite for 8893: CNL 8883.