Counseling (CNL) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Graduate Counseling Department

CNL 5100 Graduate Curricular Practical Training

No credit

Alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or other type of internship or practicum offered by a sponsoring employer through cooperative agreements with the university.

CNL 7013 Statistics and Research

Three 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 7023 Human Development

Three 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 mental health settings.

CNL 7033 Social and Cultural Foundations

Three 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 7113 Principles of Family Therapy

Three 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 family therapy that includes but is not limited to the following: Bowenian, Contextual, Experiential, Solution- Focused, Structural, Strategic, and Narrative.

CNL 7123 Group Theory

Three 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 hours

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

CNL 7313 Career Development Information and Vocational Education

Three 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 7353 Introduction to Play Therapy

Three 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. Prerequisite: CNL 7133.

CNL 7513 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Three hours

This course provides an introduction to the history and foundations of mental health counseling. The roles, functions, and context of practicing in a variety of mental health settings will be explored. An overview of the professional issues and scope of practice for mental health professionals will be examined.

CNL 7613 Family of Origin

Three 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. Course includes the review of the basic concepts and therapeutic techniques used in family of origin education and counseling.

CNL 7623 Family Systems

Three hours

A study of the conceptual and philosophical similarities and contrasts between systems theory and linear psychological theoretical frameworks. General systems theory, cybernetics, family systems, constructivism, and social constructivism are explored. The primary focus is the understanding and development of a family systems conceptual framework.

CNL 7633 Principles of Marital Therapy

Three hours

A study of the major theories and principles of marital therapy, focusing on the systemic models of marital therapy. Assessment techniques, intervention strategies, and issues common to marital therapy are examined. Prerequisite: CNL 7113.

CNL 7643 Family Sexuality

Three hours

Examines development of sexuality in the context of the family system including cultural, psychological, biological, and spiritual factors. Special attention is paid to the issues of gender, sexual functioning, and sexual dysfunction from a family systems perspective.

CNL 8013 Assessment

Three 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 is emphasized.

CNL 8033 Christian Foundations in Counseling

Three 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 8043 Relationship Assessment

Three hours

An examination of various relationship assessment instruments and their role in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of couples and families. Assessment of premarital, marital, parenting, and family systems is considered. Participants are trained in the administration and clinical application of standardized inventories. Students also examine how their theoretical orientation forms their assessment methodology.

CNL 8053 Crisis Counseling

Three hours

This course provides an overview of the theories, history, and practice of crisis counseling. The examination of the credentialing process and principles in Critical Incident Stress Management will be reviewed. Study of the techniques and interventions used in a variety of crisis settings will be a focus on the course.

CNL 8063 Addictions

Three hours

This course provides an overview of the essential physiological, psychological, and social effects of drugs, chemical dependency, and other addictive behaviors (e.g. gambling, sexual addition) taught from a general systems perspective. The etiology and history of addictions are discussed, as well as different theoretical approaches and treatment strategies, including outpatient and residential, individual, group, and family therapy.

CNL 8073 Diagnosis and Case Management

Three hours

This course is a study of the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior and personality and the foundations of case management. The student develops a working knowledge of the diagnostic categories of the current DSM and gains an understanding of the application of diagnosis to clinical practice. Students will also examine different models and strategies of case management, with emphasis on basic interviewing and assessment strategies, case conceptualization, and treatment planning for appropriate and effective intervention strategies; and effective documentation.

CNL 8133 Advanced Psychopharmacology

Three 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 medications.

CNL 8143 Child and Adolescent Counseling

Three 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 therapy perspectives will be utilized with the primary theoretical emphasis being a family systems/therapy framework. Common childhood and adolescent disorders will be reviewed and applied to specific case material.

CNL 8213 Family Play Therapy

Three hours

This advanced play therapy course focuses on concepts and skills for working with children and their families using an integration of play therapy and family systems approaches. The class will also focus on learning how to train parents/caregivers to be therapeutic agents in their children's lives through the utilization of filial therapy. Other play-based approaches aimed at improving parent-child relationships will also be reviewed. Students will also learn play-based activities that can be used for assessing and improving family relationships in conjoint family therapy sessions. Prerequisite: CNL 7353.

CNL 8313 Applied Research

Three hours

Students in this course will learn advanced level research and statistics as applied in the counseling field. Students should have completed introductory level course work in statistics and research methods. Students will develop skills that will enable them to design, conduct, and report applied research. Students will be exposed to the logic underlying the research process, as well as a broad range of research designs. Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on both conceptual understanding and the development of practical skills. Prerequisites: Upper division undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods in the last five years with minimum grade of 'B' in each course, or CNL 7013 Statistics and Research.

CNL 8433 Professional Development and Ethics

Three hours

Insights into professional roles and functions. Areas of emphasis include professional socialization and the role of professional organizations, licensure and certification, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, marital and family Code of Ethics, and inter-professional cooperation. The content of the course is specific to the practice of marital and family counseling.

CNL 8523 Orientation to Counseling in Elementary and Secondary Schools

Three hours

An introduction to the application of counseling in an educational environment; this course is designed for non-educators who are seeking the school counseling emphasis to familiarize the student with the following content areas: educational terminology, educational process, educational leadership, testing in culture and structure. It will expose the student to a variety of educational experiences through observational hours in an approved school settings.

CNL 8533 School Policies and Issues

Three hours

Study 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. Prerequisite: CNL 8523.

CNL 8613 Brief Therapy

Three 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 8701 Pre-Practicum Laboratory

One 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.

CNL 8712 Practicum I in Play Therapy

Two hours

A supervised clinical experience for the development of play therapy skills. Prerequisite or corequisite: CNL 7353.

CNL 8722 Practicum II in Play Therapy

Two hours

A supervised clinical experience for the development of play therapy skills. Prerequisite: CNL 8712.

CNL 8732 Practicum III in Play Therapy

Two hours

A supervised clinical experience for the development of play therapy skills. Prerequisite: CNL 8722.

CNL 8813 Practicum I

Three hours

A supervised experience for the development of counseling skills. Recommendation by the Department of faculty and admission into candidacy required.

CNL 8823 Practicum II

Three hours

A supervised experience for the development of counseling skills and competencies.

CNL 8873, 8883, 8893 Internship I, II, III

Each course, three hours

Supervised experience designed to develop competencies necessary for counseling. Prerequisites for 8873: CNL 8823 and recommendation by graduate Counseling faculty. Prerequisite for 8883: CNL 8873.  Prerequisite for 8893: CNL 8883.

CNL 8901, 8902, 8903 Selected Topics in Counseling

One to three hours

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.

CNL 8911, 8912, 8913 Selected Topics in Play Therapy

One to three hours

An intensive study of a selected area of play therapy designed to meet the particular needs of pre-service and/or in-service counselors or administrators. Prerequisite for 8913: CNL 7353.

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