Course Descriptions

Community Counseling Program

School Counseling Program

Human Relations


 

Counseling Professions

 

Graduate Faculty

Tracy M. Fabian, Ed.D.

Suzanne C. Griffith, Ph.D.

James A. Holter (Chair), Ed.D.

 

Contributing Faculty

Chip Beal, M.S.

Rosemary Doyle, Psy.D.

Robin Florestano, MSE

Mary Lee Vance Ph.D.

Elizabeth Blue, M.S.W.

 

The University of Wisconsin-Superior through the Department of Counseling Professions offers professional training which leads to a Master of Science in Education Degree (M.S.E.) in Community Counseling, Human Relations, or School Counseling. 

 

The Department of Counseling Professions designs graduate programs for those individuals who seek advanced professional training in various occupations in the field of counseling and human support services. Each program is an integration of academic foundations and professional skills training which is directed at developing a qualified and specialized professional.

 

For more information regarding the Department of Counseling Professions programs, contact the department chair, James Holter, Ed.D., at McCaskill Hall 111-B; (715) 394-8151; or http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/. Program modifications can occur between the printing of catalogs and student handbooks for each program. Up-to-date information will be provided on request.

 

Admission

Admission to the Department of Counseling Professions begins with application for admission to Graduate Studies through the Office of Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap & Catlin PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880-4500, or call (715) 394-8295, or http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/  Specific programmatic information will be enclosed with the graduate studies application. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the department chair, James Holter, Ed.D. (http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/) for programmatic advisement.

 
The application for admission must contain 1) at least three letters of reference (one or two academic letters from post-secondary instructors and one or two employment letters) that speak to the candidate's ability to succeed in graduate school, 2) a typewritten Statement of Intent (1,000 words or less) to address a) The kind of person you want to be and b) How a career in counseling will help you become that person, and 3) official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogy test (MAT), plus the California Personality Inventory (CPI) are required for all students. Students can petition for a variance of the GRE via a portfolio of professional/life experience that validates potential graduate performance.

 

All Department of Counseling Professions programs are designed relative to the certification standards of state/national accreditation organizations (states of Wisconsin and Minnesota school and community licensing) and seek to prepare students for state and/or national licensure/certifications. Students considering work in other states or as a mental health counselor are encouraged to get the specifics of their particular state and or focus before candidacy.  Also, students must be aware of and responsive to life circumstances beyond academic preparation that would exclude them from licensure/certification (i.e., legal history, mental health history, and/or past professional disbarment).

 

Programs

 

M.S.E. in Counseling

The M.S.E. in Counseling is designed for individuals who seek to provide direct human service in a variety of settings within a pluralistic society. Central to the Community and School Counseling programs is the preparation of professionals in three major counseling functions, which include:

-- Prevention of personal and interpersonal problems; 

-- Fostering of optimal human development;     

-- Remediation of existing social-emotional-developmental concerns.

 

The School and Community Counseling degrees are comprised of a minimum of 49 graduate semester credits of prescribed graduate-level courses, specific to the student's area of specialization. The Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) and the core courses of the Counseling degree are reflective of CACREP core standards.

 

The curriculum of the M.S.E. in School Counseling is consistent with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning certification requirements for preK-12 school counselors. The curriculum of the M.S.E. in Community Counseling is developed in consideration of national and/or state licensure but does not guarantee licensure eligibility. Students are strongly encouraged to seek licensure information specific to their employment goals and pattern their course selections from licensure requirements.

 

The Human Relations Program is designed for individuals who seek to work in nonclinical human service settings such as higher education, criminal justice, business, health care, and administration. Most students in Human Relations already are engaged in careers but want to upgrade their skills, explore other interests, or need an additional degree to reach the next level at their place of employment. Students gain an understanding of human behavior, group process, organizational/developmental dynamics, and effective methods of communication through counseling core courses. Before the end of their second semester, Human Relations students develop a plan of study with their advisor. The plan maps out and explains how the set of courses will prepare the student for her or his intended professional focus. This plan must be approved during the student’s candidacy review. The Internship course is taken during the student’s last semester of study. Forty-five credits are required for the Human Relations degree. This is a non-practitioner degree; it does not prepare the student for certification, licensure, or the title of counselor.

 

Prescribed courses for the Community, School, and Human Relations programs are as follows:

 

Community Counseling Program

COUN 702 Theories of Counseling                                                       3 credits

COUN 704 Introduction to Counseling                                                  3 credits

COUN 706 Counseling Processes/Initial Practicum                                3 credits

COUN 712 Family Counseling                                                              3 credits

COUN 724 Behavior Management Techniques and Interventions          3 credits              

COUN 728 Career Counseling                                                             3 credits                                                                      

COUN 730 Human Growth and Development                                      3 credits

COUN 732 Addictive Behavior

or

COUN 734 Chemical Dependency and The Family                              3 credits

COUN 738 Multi-Cultural Counseling                                                 3 credits

COUN 742 Psychopathology                                                              3 credits

COUN 746 Ethics in Professional Counseling                                      3 credits

COUN 750 Individual Practicum                                                         3 credits

COUN 752 Group Practicum                                                              3 credits

COUN 758 Internship - Community Counseling                                  4 credits

COUN 760 Introduction to Assessment                                              3 credits

COUN 761 Research-Based Program Evaluation                                3 credits

 

49 credits *

 

The Internship in Community Counseling requires 600 hours of community-based practice in skill applications within the student’s chosen focus, 240 hours of which are direct-service hours. This is carried out under the supervision of a site supervisor in cooperation with the university advisor. Experiences are supported by weekly and/or arranged class and advisor meetings to discuss and to integrate experiences.**

 

Other courses to be taken should be consistent with specific licensure in mind, such as courses toward the Marriage and Family Therapist licensure:

COUN 714 Family Group Systems                                              3 credits

COUN 716 Couples and Marital Counseling                                3 credits

COUN 718 Family Mediation/Crisis Intervention                          3 credits 

COUN 740 Counseling and Human Sexuality                               3 credits

 

 

School Counseling Program

COUN 702 Theories of Counseling                                                                      3 credits

COUN 704 Introduction to Counseling                                                                 3 credits

COUN 706 Counseling Processes/Initial Practicum                                               3 credits

COUN 708 Organization and Administration of School Guidance/Pupil Services   3 credits

COUN 712 Family Counseling                                                                             3 credits

COUN 720 Counseling Children                                                                          3 credits

COUN 722 Counseling Adolescents                                                                    3 credits

COUN 724 Behavior Management Techniques and Interventions                         3 credits

COUN 726 Developmental Counseling and Guidance                                          3 credits

COUN 728 Career Counseling                                                                            3 credits

COUN 738 Multi-Cultural Counseling                                                                  3 credits

COUN 750 Individual Practicum                                                                          3 credits

COUN 752 Group Practicum                                                                               3 credits  

COUN 756 Internship – School Counseling (preK-12)                                         4 credits

COUN 760 Introduction to Assessment                                                               3 credits

COUN 761 Research-Based Program Evaluation                                                 3 credits

 

49 credits *

 

The following are recommended (but not required) courses for School Counseling:

COUN 730 Human Growth and Development                                                         3 credits  
COUN 732 Addictive Behaviors                                                                             3 credits
COUN 734 Chemical Dependency and the Family                                                   3 credits
COUN 740 Human Sexuality                                                                                   3 credits                                                       

 

The Internship in School Counseling requires a 600-hour school-based practice in skill applications within the students’ chosen field, 240 hours of which are direct service hours. This is carried out under the supervision of a site supervisor in cooperation with the university advisor. Experiences are supported by weekly class and or advisor meetings to discuss and to integrate experiences.**

 

Total required credits in school program: 49 credits. Total credits needed to graduate from the School Counseling program: 49 credits.

 

*During the School or Community Internship, students are required to complete a Counseling Foundation Paper. A one-credit course -- COUN 748 -- designed to assist, section–by–section. The course is not required but is highly recommended.

 

**At various intervals throughout the Community and School Counseling course progressions, students will be required to present their Counseling Learning Portfolio before moving to the next level. Clearance for graduation is dependent upon successful completion of Internship, Counseling Foundation Paper, and Counseling Learning Portfolio.

 

Human Relations

 

Required Courses:                                                                                                           

COUN 702 Theories of Counseling                                   3 credits  

COUN 704 Introduction to Counseling                              3 credits

COUN 706 Counseling Processes                                     3 credits  

COUN 712 Family Counseling                                          3 credits                                 

COUN 738 Multi-Cultural Counseling                               3 credits                                                                                                                   

COUN 746 Ethics in Professional Counseling                    3 credits                                                                                                                                   

COUN 759 Internship in Human Relations                         2 credits

 

Choose at least three from among the following:

COUN 724 Behavior Management Techniques and Interventions         3 credits

COUN 728 Career Counseling                                                            3 credits

COUN 730 Human Growth and Development                                     3 credits                                                                                                             

COUN 732 Addictive Behaviors                                                         3 credits

COUN 734 Chemical Dependency and the Family                              3 credits    

COUN 760 Introduction of Assessment                                              3 credits

 

The remaining 16 (or more) credits can come from Counseling or other graduate-level courses. For example:

 

Human Relations Suggested Courses                                                                          

COUN 699 Independent Study                                        1-2 credits

COUN 718 Family Mediation/Crisis Intervention              3 credits  

COUN 761 Research-Based Program Evaluation             3 credits                                                                                       

FNS 681 Counseling the First Nations                              3 credits                                                                                                                 

COMM 655 Mass Communications Theory                     3 credits                                                                                       

COMM 667 Intercultural Communication                         3 credits            

ART 602 Art Therapy Seminar                                         3 credits

ART 783 Art Therapy Fundamentals                                 3 credits                                                                       

TED 635 Technology for Teaching and Learning               3 credits

 

The internships in Human Relations are field-based, providing practice in skill applications within the students’ chosen fields. They are carried out under the supervision of a site supervisor in cooperation with the university advisor.  Experiences are supported by weekly class meetings to discuss and to integrate experiences. May be repeated for up to six credits.

 

For more information on the Human Relations Specialization, contact the Department Chair, Counseling Professions, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap & Catlin PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880-4500, or call (715) 394-8295.