COUN 562 Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice (1 credit)
This course provides an overview of the Attachment Theory as applied to clinical practice. Students will be exposed to the neurobiology of attachment, evaluating attachment as a developmental model, reviewing the history of attachment theory as well as the incidence of attachment disorders in the clinical population. Discussion and training is provided on the various therapeutic techniques and approaches to consider when working with attachment disorders, both in children, with families and with adults. Students are expected to integrate their learning by evaluating research trials with this treatment modality. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to understand Attachment Theory and its clinical practice application.
COUN 563 Foundations in EMDR Therapy (1 credit)
This course provides an overview of the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model and conceptualization behind Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Students will be exposed to the neurobiology of trauma as well as the incidence of trauma in the clinical population. Discussion and training is provided on the various therapeutic techniques that are unique to EMDR therapy and that make it effective for various treatment groups. Students are expected to integrate their learning by evaluating research trials with this treatment modality. Completion of this course provides students with an understanding, not a certified training, of EMDR Therapy.
COUN 565 Introduction to Using Creativity in Counseling (1 credit)
This course is designed to introduce students to the endless possibilities that a creative counselor may introduce in the therapeutic relationship. Students are exposed to different variations of creativity in counseling, such as art therapy, Sandtray therapy, music therapy, adventure-based counseling and ceremonies in counseling. Students are introduced to the ethical considerations for these forms of creativity in counseling as well as national organizations that govern creativity in counseling. This class is designed as an introduction to these models of therapy in which students will be provided with the basic concepts and methods of these specialty areas, which will be explored through experiential activities and discussions. Students are advised that this course is not a means toward accreditation in any one specialty, but rather an opportunity to evaluate the different specialties, so students may make an educated decision about further pursuing a specialty certification.
COUN 566 Mindfulness-Based Behavioral Approaches (1 credit)
This class introduces a range of mindfulness-based behavioral approaches, including a primary focus on mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Students will study the available research on the different approaches, specifically their effectiveness with a range of diverse client populations, including those with anxiety, mood disorders, chronic pain and borderline personality disorder.
COUN 567 Foundations of Disaster Mental Health (1 credit)
The purpose of this course is to expose students to fundamental concepts of disaster mental health (DMH). This includes definitions of key constructs related to working as a DMH responder within various response agencies/organizations. Theories associated with conceptualizing DMH are reviewed along with psychosocial factors associated with trauma responses (e.g., age, ability, gender, cultural and racial identities, class and spirituality/religious faith). Students are exposed to an overview of the cognitive, affective, behavioral, neurological sequelae associated with trauma. Introduction and application of skills and techniques utilized in disaster mental health—including assessment and triage, safety and security concerns, facilitation of validation, and preparation and rehearsal for maintenance—will also be addressed. Special topics in DMH are reviewed, such as assessment of lethality, mass disaster, death notification, suicide of the young and the role of spirituality. Understanding concepts related to caring for first responders and caregivers, including compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, are introduced. Students are expected to challenge themselves and consider their own strengths and limitations and understand how these might influence their work as DMH responders.
COUN 568: Crisis Prevention and Response in Schools (1 credit)
This course is designed to provide students with a variety of skills, insights, strategies and knowledge required to understand and respond to the social, emotional, and personal development of students. Students will learn to recognize indicators of mental illness and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide and substance abuse. We will also identify professional resources to help students in crisis. Emphasis is placed on providing participants with real life experiences, while exploring the causes of and remedies for the prevention of suicide. This course meets the educational requirements for HB 947 (Lauryn's Law) for school counselors’ professional development for MSDE certification renewal.
COUN 570 Contemporary Perspectives in Veterans’ Health (3 credits)
This course explores contemporary issues and experiences impacting the health and well-being of military veterans. This course introduces students to the military/veteran culture and healthcare needs and concerns of this unique population. The course is particularly focused on the contemporary topic of post-traumatic stress disorder and how it impacts returning veterans and their families.
COUN 599: Special Topics
Additional 1-credit electives will be offered according to faculty expertise and student interest (e.g., Children and Loss; Trauma and Addiction; Traumatic Grief and Complicated Mourning).