Center for Psychological Studies

Online Education

M.S. in Counseling

Curriculum Requirements

The Master of Science in Counseling degree program requires 33 semester hours of graduate credit in addition to selected concentration. The required courses and course descriptions are listed below.

Core Courses 3 Credits Each
PYCL 502 Counseling Theories and Practice

This course surveys the fields of psychotherapy and counseling. It reviews the various theories and techniques of counseling that are consistent with current professional research and practice in the fields of mental health and school counseling.

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 507 Research and Evaluation for Counselors

This course seeks to prepare mental health and school counselors to be informed consumers of research and evaluation. It covers basic statistics, research designs, and program evaluation within the counseling and educational fields. It provides experience in developing accountability measures and in reading research and evaluating reports applicable to multicultural populations.

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 512 Human Growth and Development

This course covers how developmental maturation and social learning impacts individuals across the lifespan. Theory and research in social development and learning are covered in topics for mental health and school counselors.

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 570 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues for Counselors

This course covers standards for professional conduct in counseling. It considers ethical and legal decisions that mental health and school counselors must make. Case examples, current federal and state laws/statutes, ethical codes, and standards on assessment, diagnosis, and placement data will be discussed in relation to counseling a variety of culturally diverse populations in multiple settings.

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 584 Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult Psychopathology

This course provides an introduction to the definition and study of abnormal or maladaptive behavior, including a broad range of psychopathology relevant to the adult and aged populations. Emphasis will be placed on a descriptive review of the major DSM-IV disorders, supplemented with theoretical considerations of etiology and treatment approaches including the use of psychopharmacological interventions.

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 608 Psychological Testing for Individual Evaluation

This course surveys frequently used tests of aptitude, interest, and personality. Test content, purpose, psychometric properties, administration, and scoring procedures are compared and evaluated. Issues of test use with culturally diverse populations are addressed.

Prerequisite: PYCL 507.

PYCL 612 Substance Abuse

This course investigates the etiology of alcoholism and drug dependency. Attention is given to assessment and treatment in both individual and family therapy approaches.

Prerequisites: PYCL 502 & PYCL 511.

PYCL 631 Career and Lifestyle Assessment

This course surveys the major theories of career choice, planning, and development as well as standardized methods of assessing vocational interests and aptitudes. Social, psychological, and economic factors influencing career choice are examined. Emphasis will be placed on individual and group career counseling skills across diverse populations

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 632 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

This course addresses cultural diversity and its implications for counseling. It considers the psychological impact of factors such as gender, race, ethnicity and culture, religious preference, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and physical disability in a variety of counseling and educational settings. Finally, it reviews counseling issues and strategies for diverse clients.

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 635 Group Theory and Practice

This course addresses group theory and practice in multiple settings with a variety of diverse populations and age groups. Major themes include group dynamics, group process, and group states for mental health and school counselors.

Prerequisite: PYCL 502 & PYCL 511

PYCL 645 Couples and Family Counseling Strategies

This skills course surveys current approaches to couples and family counseling with an emphasis on a systemic conceptual model of family functioning and culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions. It is designed to develop specific intervention competencies.

Prerequisite: PYCL 502; PYCL 584 or consent of adviser

Mental Health Counseling Specialty Track (60 Credits Total)

Core Courses 33 Credit Hours + 27 credits of track courses and the successful completion of the Comprehensive Final Examination.

PYCL 511 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling Techniques

This course is an overview of the field of mental health counseling. Students will address professional roles, functions, credentialing, and general ethics of mental health counselors. The major focus will be on the development of fundamental counseling skills, including listening, empathy training, and basic interviewing. Issues regarding the development of the therapeutic relationship, cultural diversity, crisis intervention and response as well as mental status assessment will be covered.

Prerequisite: PYCL 502

PYCL 582 Human Sexuality

This course is an overview of the field of mental health counseling. Students will address professional roles, functions, credentialing, and general ethics of mental health counselors. The major focus will be on the development of fundamental counseling skills, including listening, empathy training, and basic interviewing. Issues regarding the development of the therapeutic relationship, cultural diversity, crisis intervention and response as well as mental status assessment will be covered.

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 586 Diagnosis and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

This course provides an introduction to the specific disorders and problematic psychological states manifested during childhood and adolescence. It will also provide an overview of currently used behavioral and psychopharmacological interventions with psychologically troubled youth

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 660 Community Mental Health

The brief history of community psychology is reviewed with a focus on those events that led to the development of a "community point of view." The course also acquaints students with the various approaches (preventative model, consultative role, etc.) and techniques (needs assessment, program evaluation) used by community counselors across diverse populations. Distinctions between traditional clinical interventions and community intervention are highlighted.

Prerequisite: None

PYCL 666 Case conceptualization and Treatment Strategies

This course focuses on the processes of conceptualizing clinical cases from a variety of theoretical orientation and translating them into effective treatment strategies. Video and audiotape clinical interviews, case studies, and role plays will be utilized to assist students in formulating hypotheses about client difficulties and developing appropriate clinical interventions, which addr5ess those difficulties in a culturally sensitive manner.

Prerequisite: PYCL 502; PYCL 511; PYCL 584 or consent of adviser.

PYCL 669 Advanced Treatment Interventions

This course will present advanced training in one or two major approaches to individual psychotherapy and crisis intervention. Students will have the opportunity to explore in depth theoretical and technical applications of the approaches, issues related to the therapeutic alliance, cultural diversity, goal-setting, and outcome evaluation. Videotaped presentations, role-playing, and case studies will be utilized.

Prerequisite: PYCL 502; PYCL 511; PYCL 584; PYCL 666

PYCL 680 Counseling Practicum

The student is required to spend a specified number of hours per week at a selected agency working under supervision with clients. During that time, the student is expected to increase his or her competence in the areas of basic interviewing, assessment, and counseling skills. Furthermore, the student will be made more aware of the ethical, legal, and professional issues inherent in the counseling process.

Prerequisite: PYCL 502; PYCL 507; PYCL 511; PYCL 570; PYCL 584; PYCL 586; PYCL 635; PYCL 666 with a grade of B or better. The student must file an application for practicum and receive approval prior to registering for a practicum.

PYCL 681 Counseling Internship I

This course is a continuation of Counseling Practicum. The student will be expected to develop more advanced skills in interviewing, assessment, and intervention. Simultaneously, continued emphasis will be placed upon ethical, legal, and professional issues.

Prerequisite: PYCL 680 with a grade of B or better.

PYCL 682 Continuing Counseling Internship

This course is a continuation of Internship I.

Prerequisite: PYCL 681 with a grade of B or better.

Substance Abuse Counseling (48 Credits total)
Core Courses (33 Credits)

Substance Abuse Track Courses (15 Credits)

SA 710 Foundations of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling in Community Settings

This course will examine the public policy prevention strategies, treatment philosophies, and legislative history of rehabilitation. Emphasis will be placed on federal legislation, state laws and social action and their impact on the historical, current and future trends in the development of organizational models and the delivery services in rehabilitative settings.

SA 720 Issues in Clinical Supervision

This course will discuss the rationales for establishing treatment plans and their various components. The need to establish proper networks of health care providers, and assisting professionals in establishing effective and appropriate treatment plans will be examined. Timely review, modification, and supervision of the professional therapist, as well as professional consultation/supervision techniques will be emphasized.

SA 730 Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders

This course will describe the philosophies, theory and practices in the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery and relapse prevention for individuals diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.

SA 740 Psychopharmacology of Illicit and Licit Drugs

This course will review the physical and psychodynamic effects of legal and illegal drugs. Mental disorders, symptomology, assessment measure for addicts and dual diagnosis, along with a thorough examination of the DSM-IV .

SA 770 Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum I

This course reviews the many facets of counseling the addicted client. Several topics will be included while focusing on the individual such as, developmental models and dual diagnosis. Discussions regarding other forms of compulsive behaviors will also be introduced. Methods and techniques for intervention, evaluation and treatment will also be covered. Students are encouraged to present topics of interest that arise at their field experience sites and discuss cases for group discussion.

Prerequisites: PYCL 502; PYCL 507; PYCL 584; PYCL 570; PYCL 612; SA 740 with a grade of B or better

Substance Abuse Counseling and Education (60 Credits total)
Core Courses (33 Credits)

Substance Abuse Counseling (15 Credits)

Student Abuse Counseling and Education Track Courses (12 Credits)

SA 750 Prevention Programming and Education

This course will describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of prevention programming.

SA 780 Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum II

This course reviews the many facets of counseling the addicted client. Several topics will be included while focusing on the individual such as, developmental models and dual diagnosis. Discussions regarding other forms of compulsive behaviors will also be introduced. Methods and techniques for intervention, evaluation and treatment will also be covered. Students are encouraged to present topics of interest that arise at their field experience sites and discuss cases for group discussion.

Prerequisites: SA 770 with a grade of B or better.

SA 790 Substance Abuse Counseling Practicum III

This course reviews the many facets of counseling the addicted client. Several topics will be included while focusing on the individual such as, developmental models and dual diagnosis. Discussions regarding other forms of compulsive behaviors will also be introduced. Methods and techniques for intervention, evaluation and treatment will also be covered. Students are encouraged to present topics of interest that arise at their field experience sites and discuss cases for group discussion.

Prerequisites: SA 780 with a grade of B or better.

Elective Course from Mental Health Counseling Concentration (3 credits)
Applied Behavior Analysis (42 Credits total)
Core Courses (33 Credits)

Applied Behavior Analysis Track Courses (9 Credits)

Elective Practicum – Optional – (6 Credits)

ABA 710 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings.

ABA 720 Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study.

Prerequisite: ABA 710.

ABA 740 Evaluating Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. Additional focus will be placed on the interpretation of the research literature to make sound decisions about assessment and intervention strategies for a variety of populations.

ABA 760 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA or BCABA certification. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a job that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 770 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II (Elective)

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in ABA 760 and has similar requirements. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a position that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group format and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors.

Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (48 Credits total)
Core Courses (33 Credits)

Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis Track Courses (15 Credits)

Elective Practicum – Optional – (6 Credits)

ABA 710 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings.

ABA 720 Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 730 Behavior Assessment Models in Applied Behavior

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of development disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 740 Evaluating Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. Additional focus will be placed on the interpretation of the research literature to make sound decisions about assessment and intervention strategies for a variety of populations.

ABA 750 Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 760 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA or BCABA certification. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a job that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 770 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II (Elective)

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in ABA 760 and has similar requirements. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a position that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group format and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors.

ABA 780 Advanced Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This advanced practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for students seeking their BCBA and will continue the work begun in the previous two practica. Students must be engaged in a position requiring the application of ABA principles at least 20 hours per week. Supervision will take place weekly or bi-weekly in a group or individual format and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

Applied Behavior Analysis Non Degree Program (9 Credits total)

Elective Practicum – Optional – (6 Credits)

ABA 710 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings.

ABA 720 Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 740 Evaluating Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. Additional focus will be placed on the interpretation of the research literature to make sound decisions about assessment and intervention strategies for a variety of populations.

ABA 760 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA or BCABA certification. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a job that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 770 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II (Elective)

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in ABA 760 and has similar requirements. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a position that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group format and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors.

Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis Non Degree Program (15 Credits total)

Elective Practicum – Optional – (6 Credits)

ABA 710 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings.

ABA 720 Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 730 Behavior Assessment Models in Applied Behavior

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of development disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 740 Evaluating Interventions in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. Additional focus will be placed on the interpretation of the research literature to make sound decisions about assessment and intervention strategies for a variety of populations.

ABA 750 Professional Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 760 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA or BCABA certification. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a job that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 770 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II (Elective)

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in ABA 760 and has similar requirements. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students must be engaged in practicum activities at least 20 hours per week in a position that requires the application of ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in both group format and individual formats and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors.

Prerequisite: ABA 710

ABA 780 Advanced Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (Elective)

This advanced practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for students seeking their BCBA and will continue the work begun in the previous two practicums. Students must be engaged in a position requiring the application of ABA principles at least 20 hours per week. Supervision will take place weekly or bi-weekly in a group or individual format and will address both increasing and decreasing behaviors. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor.

Prerequisite: ABA 710