Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Courses

Graduate Course Listings

The Department of Human Services offers graduate courses in the following areas:


Courses in Counseling (COU)
505. Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling. A study of the process and practice of rehabilitation counseling including intake, individual assessment, planning and utilization of client and community resources, implementation and follow-up.

507. Vocational Evaluation and Job Placement of Persons with Severe Disabilities.
Exploration of services offered by rehabilitation facilities in working with persons with severe disabilities. Beginning knowledge and skills will be developed in vocational evaluation, work adjustment and job placement.

510. Survey of Abnormalities. This course includes an introduction to behavioral disorders. Psychological, biological, and social factors in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology are studied.

519. Introduction to Student Affairs.

520. Professional Orientation in Counseling.. An overview of the counseling profession including specialty areas, legal and ethical responsibilities, certification and licensure requirements, and the importance of professional identity.

521. Seminar: Alcohol and Drug Abuse. A survey of the medical, psycho-social, and legal aspects of alcohol and drug abuse.

522. Family Counseling. A survey of selected family counseling theories and techniques.

523. Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling. Orientation to ethical standards and research relevant to ethical behavior of counselors in rehabilitation, mental health and school settings.

524. The School Counselor. A general survey on the role and responsibility of the school counselor K-12. Prerequisites: Completion of Tier I courses.

525. Vocational and Educational Information. Career development theories and use of occupational and educational information in counseling.

526. Medical Orientation to Counseling. A study of physical disabilities and their relationship to vocational counseling and rehabilitation.

527. Couples Therapy. An in-depth study of the methods and strategies of the major models of couple's therapy.

528. Group Counseling. Application of group techniques and processes in counseling. Prerequisites: COU 533 and permission of instructor.

529. Child and Adolescent Therapy. Specialized training in the techniques and strategies in child and adolescent therapy.
530. Crisis Counseling. This course will provide an overview of roles and responsibilities of human service professionals in crisis intervention. Volunteerism, assessment and case management for crisis situations in educational, community agency, medical, emergency management and human resources will be examined.

531. Theories of Counseling. A survey of selected counseling theories.

533. Counseling Skills and Techniques. Application of individual counseling skills to build client rapport and move clients toward change. Prerequisites: COU 520, 531 and permission of instructor. (Grade of B or better to continue in program. May repeat one time).

534. School Counseling Programs. An in-depth study on the role and responsibilities of the professional school counselor will be provided. The course is designed to provide students with practical experience in needs assessment, program development and implementation, and program evaluation. Students will understand the role of the school counselor as an educational leader and advocate for social justice in the school setting.

535. Multicultural Counseling. Counseling culturally different clients.

536. Diversity Issues in Student Affairs. This course provides an introduction to human diversity and its impact on student affairs practices. Some aspects of diversity to be addressed include culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, religion, age, gender, appearance and abilities. Identity development models and the effects of privilege, oppression and acculturation on individuals and groups will be explored

537. Organization and Group Dynamics. In this course, the application of group techniques and processes of groups will be covered. Students will gain knowledge and skills to work in groups, with groups and as a group leader within the field of student affairs.

538. Advanced Group Techniques. Participation as client and therapist in the application of group counseling techniques. Prerequisite: COU 528.

539. Professional Counseling Practices. A foundational course in theoretical and applied information on community counseling services that includes a variety of delivery systems, staffing procedures, emergency services, treatment paradigms and collaboration among mental health professionals. Prerequisites: COU 520, 531.

540. Special Studies in Counseling. A study of current topics in counseling. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

541. Seminar in Research. A survey of research methods in rehabilitation counseling and vocational rehabilitation. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge, skills, values, and ethics in rehabilitation counseling and the research relevant to current issues.

542. Psychosocial Aspects of Counseling. Reviews the psychological and social aspects of individuals and family response to disability and chronic illness, including findings of research on the adjustment process and on the relationship of psycho physiological and social variables to the acquisition and maintenance of health and illness/disability.
543. Theories of College Student Development. This course examines major bodies of theory related to college student development and the contexts in which that development occurs. The course entails course readings, participation in a variety of formats during class sessions, essay writing, conducting a literature review, a group project, and goal setting/reflection.

544. Research and Program Evaluation in Student Affairs. History, philosophy, purpose and functions of student affairs in varied higher education settings. Student affairs services, issues, problems, and models for designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating student affairs programs.

545. Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs.
An introduction to student affairs practice in higher education. The course will examine the historical, philosophical, and theoretical roots of the profession as well as the nature of the work student affairs professionals perform, the skills and competencies underlying the work of student affairs and the professional standards of the profession.

546. Ethical and Legal Issues in Student Affairs. This course examines ethical issues in student affairs along with ethical decision making models and the CAS Standards.

551 Finance in Student Affairs. This course is designed to introduce higher education and student affairs professionals to the finance and resource management of higher education. The main objective is to provide leaders and practitioners with an understanding of the key concepts and issues related to federal, state and individual roles in the financing of higher education.

559. Assessment in Counseling. An in-depth look at the characteristics, use, administration, and interpretation of educational, vocational, and psychological tests as a counseling professional. Emphasis is placed on reliability and validity of tests

581. Interviewing and Helping Skills. This course will teach you the art of interacting with people both verbally and non-verbally. The skills learned in class can help not only in student affairs but in your personal communication with friends. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of the principles of interviewing and on the demonstrated application of these skills by the student.

585. Lifespan Development. This course is an overview of theory and current research concerning the growth and development of individuals over the lifespan. The major intent of the course is to relate theory and research to present concerns of those who work in the helping professions. Theoretical models related to the cognitive, physiological, psychological, and social development of humans throughout the lifespan are applied to present day situations.

590. Supervision of School Counselors. An in-depth study on the role and responsibilities of the professional school counselor will be provided. The course is designed to provide students with practical experience in needs assessment, program development and implementation, and program evaluation. Students will understand the role of the school counselor as an educational leader and advocate for social justice in the school setting.

591. Mental Health and Psychopathology Biopsychosocial framework for the study of mental health and mental disorders. Client conceptualization, assessment and treatment planning. Prerequisites: Completion of Tier I courses.

592. Rehabilitation of the Severely Disabled. An in-depth study of the process of rehabilitation with special emphasis on the case management and service provision to individuals with severe and multiple disabilities.

593. Pre-Practicum. Participation in critiquing interviewing/counseling skills and supervising skill development.

594. Practicum in Counseling. One hour individual instruction, One and a half hour group supervision and 16 hours lab are required per week. Prerequisite: Completion of Tier I courses and COU 591 and admission to candidacy and program approval. Course 528 can be taken concurrently with practicum. May be repeated once for an additional three hours credit.

595. Internship in Counseling. Six hours credit. A post practicum field placement requiring a minimum of 600 clock hours of supervised counseling experience. Placements may include such settings as rehabilitation centers, schools and community agencies. (Pass-Fail) Prerequisites: COU 594 and program approval. *Students must seek approval of Internship Coordinator prior to making contact with a potential intern site.


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