Study of physiological, familial, cultural and societal factors affecting the psychological development of the individual. Development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for modifying instruction, curriculum and counseling techniques to accommodate variability in intelligence, personality, cultural background, learning style and cognitive levels. Normal and abnormal development and behavior will be examined within the context of learning theory and personality theory.

Study of the psychological dynamics of small groups, including the stages of group development and variables which affect leader effectiveness; practice with a variety of active group techniques. Emphasis on the development of effective counseling practices in a variety of small group settings.

Development of knowledge, skills needed for effective client appraisal. Emphasis on learning how to gather data and make interpretations of individuals, groups, and case studies. Emphasis will be on sensitizing the student to individual differences in gender, culture, ethnicity, and environmental factors which affect test results.

This introductory class is designed to meet the specific standards for clinical mental health counselors as suggested by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. This class will provide an overview of community agency counseling, addressing such issues as the foundations of community counseling, the role of the counselor in providing clinical mental health counseling and community counseling, prevention, outreach, systemic issues, multicultural issues, professional and client advocacy and social change, and service delivery programs. Effective dimensions of assessment, treatment, and diagnoses will be presented. The importance of ethical issues and consultation in community agencies will also be discussed.

This course is a didactic and experiential course that focuses on the changing needs and challenges of today's children and adolescents. The course will provide information related to prevention, intervention, treatment, and support for working with a broad category of children and adolescents at risk. Emphasis is placed on accurately defining youth at risk, expanding students' knowledge of the various risk factors and forms of risk, expanding professional resources, and developing prevention and intervention strategies.

Development of knowledge and skills needed for effective counseling of children and adolescent problems, including assessment techniques, major intervention strategies and establishment and maintenance of rapport. Problems commonly experienced by children and adolescents will be explored. Developmental theory specific strategies and techniques such as play, bibliotherapy, brief solution focused, art, music therapy, group design, and the creative arts will be applied to the context of counseling children. Emphasis will be placed on understanding culturally and ethnically diverse children, adolescents, and their families. Special emphasis will be placed on working with children and adolescents within an educational setting.

Field Experiences in Clinical Counseling COU 580/581/582): An advanced practice and application of clinical counseling principles with clients in an agency or human services setting under supervision by a professional clinical counselor with supervision designation distinguishes this capstone experience. In class, emphasis will be placed upon examining and developing case conceptualization, improving counseling skills and implementing intervention strategies within a diverse society. Counseling skills will be critiqued through the use of live and/or taped observations in class, in the field, and in the Counseling Laboratory.

Development of knowledge and skills needed for effective counseling of martial and family problems, including assessment techniques, major intervention strategies and establishment and maintenance of rapport. Role of communication patterns, behavioral contingencies, cognitive and effective processes in the functioning of family and marital relationships.

The Comprehensive Examination is intended to be a culminating measure of one's accumulated graduate program knowledge. Students will take a 200 question multiple choice exam designed to evaluate accrued knowledge covering the core CACREP content areas. This exam also is modeled after licensure exams in the state of Ohio.

This will serve as a central assessment data collection center.