Counseling, Student Affairs/Counseling in Higher Ed Concentration (M.A.) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

Coordinator: Matthew Shurts
Office: University Hall, Room 3230
Phone Number: (973) 655-7190
Email: shurtsm@mail.montclair.edu

The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities. The academic preparation follows guidelines established by state licensure and certification boards.



COUNSELING w/CONC:Stu Affairs/Higher Ed

Complete 48 semester hours including the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. CORE COURSES

    Complete 9 courses for 27 semester hours:

    COUN 531 Counseling Across the Life Span (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 552 Introduction to Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 577 Counseling Theories (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 579 Appraisal of the Individual (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 582 Career Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 584 Group Counseling: Theory and Practice (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 588 Counseling Techniques (3 hours lecture) 3
    COUN 595 Multicultural Counseling and Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    EDFD 503 Methods of Research (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. PRACTICUM

    Complete for 3 semester hours.

    COUN 624 Counseling Practicum (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS & ELECTIVES

    Complete the following 2 requirements for 12 semester hours:

    1. Complete the following:

      1. 2 courses for 6 semester hours:

        COUN 589 Student Services in Higher Education (3 hours lecture) 3
        COUN 592 Theories of College Student Development (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list.

        ELAD 531 Program Planning and Development in Educational Settings (3 hours lecture) 3
        ELAD 560 Leadership and Supervision in Student Affairs (3 hours workshop seminar) 3
    2. Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list.

      COUN 540 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 564 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 568 Theories of Consultation (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 569 Treatment in the Context of the Family (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 570 Counseling Adults (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 651 Strategies in Gerontological Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 652 Introduction to Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 653 Selected Topics in Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 666 Advanced Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 667 Counseling the Adoption Triad (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 672 Counseling Older Adults (3 hours lecture) 3
      COUN 673 Gender Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
      ELAD 531 Program Planning and Development in Educational Settings (3 hours lecture) 3
      ELAD 560 Leadership and Supervision in Student Affairs (3 hours workshop seminar) 3
  4. INTERNSHIP

    Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours:

    COUN 654 Internship in Counseling I 3
    COUN 674 Internship in Counseling II 3
  5. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

    In the term that you will sit for exam, register for - which matches your major & advisor. Successfully pass exam.

    GRAD CMP Comprehensive Examination 0

Course Descriptions:

COUN531: Counseling Across the Life Span (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on the study of human development across the life span. Normal or typical developmental tasks are reviewed, as well as principles related to developmental psychopathology. Theoretical models of development including biological/physical, social, psychological, and spiritual development are discussed within the framework of developmental counseling. The course provides students with an understanding of developmental theory across the live span as it relates to client assessment, counseling, and treatment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in graduate counseling program.

COUN540: Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling (3 hours lecture)

Students learn about substance abuse counseling and related issue. Students gain an understanding of the historical context, etiological theories, and psychoactive impact of substances on the brain. Students learn about evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse/dependence with emphasis on theory and research driven clinical counseling practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: matriculation in Counseling w/concentration: Addictions Counseling (CNAC), Clinical Mental Health (CNCC), Counseling w/Conc:StudentAffairs/Couns in HigherEd (CNSA), Counseling w/Conc:SchoolCounseling (CNSC), or Advanced Counseling (ACOU), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADCO), Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC), Counseling w/Conc:ClinicalMental Hlth Counseling (CNCM); or departmental approval.

COUN552: Introduction to Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to introduce students to the profession of counseling. Students will engage in a critical examination of the roles, functions, responsibilities and typical settings of counseling professionals. Students will study issues related to credentialing, licensure, and professional development. In addition, the course will explore approaches to various types of counseling, principles and techniques, and work of the professional counselor. Students will also learn skills in technological competence and computer literacy necessary for effective professional counseling practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Graduate Counseling Program.

COUN564: Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide an overview of theories and techniques of counseling children and adolescents in school and clinical settings. The course is designed to help counseling graduate students develop a knowledge base of skills, theories, and research into critical issues needed for contemporary counseling with children and adolescents. Emphasis will be placed upon a thorough understanding of developmental processes as well as the counselor's role as a facilitator of those processes which enhance resiliency and build cognitive, social and academic success. 3 sh.

COUN568: Theories of Consultation (3 hours lecture)

Students survey literature on theories, research, and skills of effective consultation as these relate to the profession of counseling. Students also discuss cultural issues, values conflict, leadership, and social reconstruction as parts of consultation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 558.

COUN569: Treatment in the Context of the Family (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students engage in an advanced study of characteristics and treatment interventions in family and couples therapy. Regarding the family as social system, students examine advanced interactional processes, role structure and conflicts, and situational variables (culture, gender, SES, etc.), utilizing case studies, diagnosis and treatment techniques within the framework of the traditional and nontraditional family configurations in our world. 3 sh.

COUN570: Counseling Adults (3 hours lecture)

Based on current developmental models, this course provides theoretical frameworks from which to understand the needs of adults who seek counseling. Effective approaches and practical applications for various adult populations will be addressed, with special attention to matters of diversity. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students with majors in the Counseling and Educational Leadership department (CNEL) department only, COUN 577.

COUN577: Counseling Theories (3 hours lecture)

A comprehensive study of the major theoretical approaches to counseling. Emphasis is placed on helping prospective counseling professionals understand that the best practices of ethical and culturally responsive counseling are rooted in a sound theoretical foundation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Graduate Counseling Program.

COUN579: Appraisal of the Individual (3 hours lecture)

Examines the use, selection, administration scoring and interpretation of standardized inventories/tests related to the field of counseling. This psychological testing course is designed to provide students with experience using a variety of assessment tools related to treatment planning in counseling in schools, agencies and other settings. Practical experience in test administration and interpretation required. Testing fee. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552 and COUN 577 and EDFD 503.

COUN582: Career Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course provides an overview of career development across the life span. Areas of study include a critical analysis of the world of work; ethical and legal issues unique to career counseling practice; major theories of career choice and development; the impact of multiple roles and multicultural issues in career choice and decision making; use of occupational and labor market information and technology in career planning; assessments and techniques pertaining to career choice and development; and designing, implementing, and evaluating career development intervention programs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 577, COUN 579, COUN 588 and Matriculation in Graduate Counseling Program.

COUN584: Group Counseling: Theory and Practice (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to familiarize counselors with the use of group counseling methods for the facilitation of personal growth, the treatment of social and emotional disorders and the socioemotional education and enrichment of the individual. Students examine the historical and cultural context for group methods. Emphasis is placed on group membership, group process, relevant social, psychological and educational theories in group behavior, treatment and strategies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 577, COUN 588 and Matriculation in Graduate Counseling Program, minimum grade of "B" or better in COUN 588.

COUN588: Counseling Techniques (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to basic counseling techniques and skills common to multiple theoretical perspectives. Students actively engage in self and cultural awareness and reflection necessary for examining the dynamics of the counseling relationship and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Graduate Counseling Program.

COUN589: Student Services in Higher Education (3 hours lecture)

This course is a study of the student personnel functions in two-year and four-year colleges. The areas to be included are: admissions and enrollment management; financial aid; residence halls and student conduct; orientation and academic advising; student activities; career services; and counseling and student health. Course topics include aspects of multicultural, legal and ethical issues. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Counseling w/concentration: Student Affairs/Couns in HigherEd (CNSA) program or department approval.

COUN592: Theories of College Student Development (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to introduce students to relevant models and theories of student and human development used in Student Affairs counseling and administration in higher education. Students will engage in a critical examination of the processes of student learning, growth and development during the college years and in theories that support and enhance student affairs administration. Special focus will be directed toward understanding the implications of these models for the policies and practices of education in general and student affairs administration in particular. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculated in Counseling w/conc:StudentAffairs/Couns in HigherEd (CNSA) or departmental approval.

COUN595: Multicultural Counseling and Development (3 hours lecture)

Exploration and development of the necessary personal awareness, knowledge and skills for culturally competent counseling practice. Emphasis on historical and current issues and trends associated with race/ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and ability and how they affect counseling practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Graduate Counseling Program.

COUN624: Counseling Practicum (3 hours lecture)

This is the second clinical core course in the graduate counseling program. This course requires the students to participate in field placement appropriate to their chosen specialized population, community agency, school or higher education setting. Students complete a total of 100 semester hours each semester of direct and non-direct work with clients at the site as per national and state standards. Students are expected to implement a theoretical approach to counseling, complete progress notes, and develop treatments plans. Case presentations, clinical observations, and direct individual counseling are required. Weekly class supervision seminars on campus required as well as weekly supervision with an on-site supervisor. All direct client contact hours and indirect hours are entered in an ongoing log to be retained by the Program at the end of the semester. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 577, COUN 588, COUN 595 and COUN 584, departmental approval, matriculation in Graduate Counseling Program.

COUN651: Strategies in Gerontological Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course provides perspectives on gerontological counseling. Emphasis is on the physical, psychological and social factors as they influence treatment planning, strategies and techniques of counseling. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 588.

COUN652: Introduction to Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course includes an introduction to the major current theoretical approaches of family and couples counseling with emphasis on the counseling process from a family system's perspective in agency, school, or higher education settings within a diverse, multicultural society. Developmental family stages and practice counseling strategies are included. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 577, COUN 588, COUN 595 and COUN 584.

COUN653: Selected Topics in Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course provides counseling professionals in public, private and nonprofit settings with knowledge about current issues, developments and trends affecting their work and organizations. It will examine strategies to improve professional effectiveness and delivery of services in the face of significant changes impacting the practice of counseling. May be repeated twice for a maximum of 9.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students with majors in the Counseling and Educational Leadership department only.

COUN654: Internship in Counseling I

This two-part sequential culminating course is the third of the clinical core in the graduate counseling program. This course requires the students to participate in field placement appropriate to their chosen specialized population, community agency, school or higher education setting. Interns will complete a total of 300 semester hours each semester of direct and non-direct work with clients at the site as per national and state standards. Case presentation, clinical observation, and direct counseling one-to-one and in small groups is required. Weekly class supervision seminars on campus are required as well as weekly supervision with an on-site supervisor. Recording of client contact and non-direct contact hours are entered in an on-going log to be presented at the end of the semester. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Counseling majors with a minimum of 33 credits earned in program, COUN 624 with a minimum grade of B, COUN 552 COUN 577, COUN 584, COUN 588, COUN 595, COUN 624, COUN 583 for majors with a concentration in School Counseling, COUN 604 for majors with a concentration in Community Counseling, one specialty course for majors with a concentration in either Student Affairs/Higher Education or Addictions Counseling, Departmental approval.

COUN666: Advanced Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course builds on information learned in COUN 552 (Introduction to Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling) and is to be taken concurrently or after completing COUN 624 (Practicum). The focus is on philosophical underpinnings of professional ethics, application of ethical decision-making theories and processes, and analysis of more complex ethical and legal cases and consideration of typical moral-ethical dilemmas faced by counselors than were addressed in COUN 552. Actual cases are used in focusing on ethical-legal responsibilities and decision-making. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 577, COUN 584, COUN 588 and COUN 595; and COUN 624 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

COUN667: Counseling the Adoption Triad (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the various issues related to counseling members of the adoption triad (i.e., adopted persons, adoptive parents, and birth parents). In-depth examinations of the factors that impact development and adjustment throughout the lifespan are discussed, and adoption sensitive and adoption competent counseling training is emphasized. Students will gain knowledge of the history of adoption, the research and findings regarding issues of relinquishment, search and reunion, identity, transracial adoption, and counseling skills with the adoption triad. 3 sh.

COUN672: Counseling Older Adults (3 hours lecture)

In this course students examine the major developmental issues experienced by older adults for which they might seek counseling. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning for older adults are considered through a multicultural framework. Counseling interventions for typical problems experienced by older adults are reviewed from a biopsychosocial framework, including the role of advocacy and social justice in considering the politics of aging. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 588.

COUN673: Gender Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture)

This course will examine the sociocultural context in which gender roles, expectations and behaviors develop. Students examine counseling approaches based on empowerment models, identify counselor dispositions, and practice the skills required for effective counseling within these models. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: COUN 552, COUN 577, COUN 588 or department approval.

COUN674: Internship in Counseling II

This is the second of a two-part sequential culminating course in the clinical core in the graduate counseling program. This course requires the students to participate in field placement appropriate to their chosen specialized population, community agency, school, or higher education setting. Interns will complete a total of 300 semester hours each semester of direct and non-direct work with clients at the site as per national and state standards. Case presentation, clinical observation, and direct counseling one-to-one and in small groups is required. Weekly class supervision seminars on campus are required as well as weekly supervision with an on-site supervisor. Recording of client contact and non-direct contact hours are entered into an ongoing log to be presented at the end of the semester. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students with majors in the Counseling and Educational Leadership department only, COUN 654 with a minimum grade of B, departmental approval.

EDFD503: Methods of Research (3 hours lecture)

This course offers an overview of key methodological principles and approaches to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. Research literacy and developing the ability to access, read, and critique professional research literature in education, counseling, and related fields is a central focus on the course. The course also provides an opportunity for students to evaluate current research relevant to their professional interests. Previous course ELRS 503 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

ELAD531: Program Planning and Development in Educational Settings (3 hours lecture)

This course provides knowledge and experience in the principles and techniques of designing programs in the higher education/student services and other educational settings. Special attention will be placed on needs assessment and evaluation, current issues in student affairs and education, organizational mission and environment, fiscal management and budgeting, human resources and overall program planning. Students will design a total program and proposal in a variety of actual educational settings in this experiential course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Counseling with concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (CNSA); Substance Awareness Coordinator (SAC); or departmental approval.

ELAD560: Leadership and Supervision in Student Affairs (3 hours workshop seminar)

Students seeking leadership and supervisory roles in higher education student affairs examine current issues in the field, including professional standards; ethical and legal issues in supervision; governance and accountability; organizational culture, conflict, and politics; crisis management; and partnerships and collaboration. In this experiential course, students participate in research projects with senior student affairs leaders. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate students in Counseling with concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (CNSA) or departmental approval.

GRADCMP: Comprehensive Examination

This course is a placeholder for matriculated master's students planning to take the departmental Comprehensive Examination. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination will result in a grade of P, unsuccessful students will receive a grade of NC. Students who do not successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination will be required to register for this placeholder course in each term for which they plan to take the examination (limited to three). 0 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Master's degree program required.