Counseling Degree Program (MS)

Master of Science

The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree program in Counseling provides graduate level training for students interested in preparing themselves for counseling in a variety of educational and community settings. Emphases are available in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of counseling concepts identified as central by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and licensure standards for the State of Wisconsin. Students will develop skills in: assessing personal issues related to client problems; collecting and analyzing information in determining appropriate counseling interventions; employing appropriate facilitative techniques; and preparing documents such as counseling-related reports, treatment plans, and education programs.

For more information on the Counseling program please visit http://www.uww.edu/coeps/departments/counselored . At this site, you can access information regarding the program, faculty, emphases, courses and the admission process. The Counseling Department holds information sessions throughout the year. Please visit: http://www.uww.edu/coeps/departments/counselored/apply for additional information.

Department Chair

Dr. Brenda Rust O’Beirne
Winther 6047
Phone: 262-472-1452
Email: obeirneb@uww.edu

Department Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Betters-Bubon
Winther 6039
Phone: 262-472-1886
Email: bettersj@uww.edu

Department

Winther 6035
Phone: 262-472-1452
Email: counslred@uww.edu

Additional Program Policies

  1. Students admitted to the program must begin and complete their course work, including internship, at the time and in the manner indicated on their program of study at admission, or receive prior written approval for alteration of their program from their adviser. Students failing to comply with this policy may be dropped from the program. Students will have an opportunity to appeal this action.
  2. The Counselor Education Department faculty will review all students’ progress as they proceed through the program.
  3. Elective courses must be approved by students’ advisers prior to enrolling in the courses.
  4. Students may enroll in at most six units of course work during any given summer session.
  5. Students must earn a grade of at least a B in COUNSED 718, and COUNSED 721, and  and at least a B- in any other courses applied toward the degree. No more than two courses in which a grade of B- is earned may be applied toward the degree.
  6. A grade point average of at least 3.00 (B) over all of the graduate work taken at UW-Whitewater is required for admission to the internship experience. The required academic year-long internship must commence in the fall. A policy statement may be obtained from the program coordinator.

Program Prerequisites

Students wishing to enter the degree program must have sufficient background in the behavioral sciences, including a course or courses in human development, abnormal psychology, and a course in statistics. Academic background will be examined prior to admission and discussed in the admission interview. Specific deficiencies will be identified at that time.

Students may be admitted to the program with deficiencies. Any deficiencies identified must be removed prior to enrollment in course work beyond the first nine credits. The preparation provided by this prerequisite course work in the behavioral sciences is necessary in order to understand the advanced behavioral science concepts and statistics presented in courses in the degree program.

Courses taken to remove deficiencies may be at the undergraduate or at the graduate level. Credits earned to remove deficiencies will not count toward the degree requirements.

Degree in Counseling

Courses

COUNSED 690   WORKSHOP   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques.

COUNSED 691   TRAVEL STUDY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

COUNSED 696   SPECIAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.

COUNSED 712   FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING   3 Units

This course provides an historical overview of the clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) field. Current trends, professional issues, and other areas relevant to CMHC's will be examined. Roles and responsibilities of CMHC's across various settings will be explored. Professional organizations, preparations standards, and credentialing of CMHC's will be discussed.

COUNSED 715   RESEARCH IN COUNSELOR EDUCATION   3 Units

The purpose of this course is to provide a practical graduate-level overview of research design in counseling and personnel services and to develop skills for designing, critiquing and disseminating research.

COUNSED 716   CRISIS INTERVENTION AND TRAUMA COUNSELING   3 Units

This course will present counseling approaches which effectively address crises. The course will examine the impact of trauma and crisis and potential neurobiological responses. Students will gain knowledge and skills useful in assessing and intervening in crises and explore the application of these skills in addressing specific crisis situations.
PREREQ: COUNSED 718 AND COUNSED 722

COUNSED 718   PRINCIPLES OF COUNSELING   3 Units

Principles of the roles and functions of professional counselors are discussed and practiced in a laboratory setting, including relationship building, conducting interviews and the counseling process. Professional issues as they relate to ethics, legal considerations, scope of practice, mental health service delivery, multicultural concerns, and the value of professional organizations are explored. This course is designed to provide the student with opportunities to define and explore the various roles/tasks of professional counselors, including case conceptualization, prevention, intervention, referral, and termination. By the end of the course, the student should develop a working knowledge of counseling skills, processes, and procedures to facilitate further study in subsequent practicum and internship classes.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 719   APPRAISAL PROCEDURES IN COUNSELING   3 Units

This course provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society. It will examine basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized testing and other assessment methods for appraising individual differences and family dynamics. Students will examine statistical concepts relevant to assessment (scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, variability, and reliability and validity). Discussions and laboratory experiences will center on the use and interpretation of standardized and non standardized measures of appraisal with individuals, groups and families and the social, cultural and ethical factors relevant to the assessment process.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 720   CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMATION SERVICES   3 Units

The course focuses on major theories of career development and decision making models. It addresses sources of career, educational, leisure, occupational and labor market information, career information systems, assessments, techniques pertinent for career planning, placement, and follow-up. Interrelationships between work, family and other life roles as well as multicultural issues in career development are examined. Students will have the opportunity to be involved with career development program planning, implementation, evaluation and theory application.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 721   GROUPS: THEORY AND PRACTICE   3 Units

This course provides theoretical and experiential understandings of group work, including principles of group dynamics, theories of group counseling and group leadership and facilitation styles. Group counseling methods are experienced directly in the learning process. Multiple group approaches, necessary to work effectively in a multicultural society, are explored.
PREREQ: COUNSED 718 AND COUNSED 722 AND ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 722   THEORIES OF COUNSELING   3 Units

This course examines prominent counseling theories that provide models for conceptualizing client issues and identifying appropriate intervention strategies. System theories and major models of family and related interventions will be highlighted. Attention will be given to multicultural and ethical issues in counseling. Students will be exposed to current professional research and practices in the field to enable the initial development of their personal theories of counseling.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 724   CAREER COUNSELING OF ADOLESCENT AND ADULT   3 Units

Principles of career counseling of adolescents and adults are considered. Emphasis is placed on current trends, including integrative holistic career counseling, assessments, role of technology and internet, employability and job search skills. Attention is given to procedures for counseling diverse populations. Job loss issues are also addressed.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 728   CLINICAL STUDIES IN COUNSELING   3 Units

Students will examine the diagnostic criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (APA). Diagnostic skills of counseling students will be enhanced. Students will examine the benefits and concerns of diagnosis within the counseling relationship and explore relevant treatment modalities (individual, group, and family). Students will develop an understanding of the interplay between biology and environment and the impact on human development, learning and adjustment.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 729   STUDENT SERVICES IN HIGHER EDUCATION   3 Units

Course introduces knowledge, skills and practices necessary to work in higher education settings. Historical foundations, roles and functions of Student Affairs professionals, and current issues in the field are included. Specific attention is given to organizational structures and responsibilities of counselors and administrators in various service positions. Student development theories, and their application by Student Affairs professionals, provide a foundation for understanding personal, social, academic and career development at the postsecondary level.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 731   INTRODUCTION TO MARRIAGE, COUPLES, AND FAMILY COUNSELING   3 Units

This course provides an introduction to the theories and practices of systems therapy. The content covers three essential areas of study: (a) theoretical concepts and models of systems theory and marriage, couples, and family therapy, along with related research and professional issues; (b) practical information, techniques, and procedures; and (c) issues concerning today's couples and families.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 732   ADVANCED MARRIAGE, COUPLES, AND FAMILY COUNSELING   3 Units

An advanced course in counseling that focuses on various issues related to marriage, couples, and family counseling: working with couples/partnerships, divorce counseling, therapy with children within a family context, remarriage and blended family systems, sexuality, and multi-problematic families. Emphasis will be placed on advanced assessment and procedures of intervention.
PREREQ: COUNSED 731

COUNSED 734   FAMILIES: ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF ABUSIVE BEHAVIORS   3 Units

This is a professional course in counseling designed for individuals seeking advanced training in assessment and treatment of abusive family systems. This course will elaborate on child abuse, neglect, and physical and sexual abuse and its impact on the individual and the family. The course will examine family dynamics which contribute to the development of an abusive system and those that provide protection against abuse and/or enhance the effective processing of trauma
PREREQ: COUNSED 718 AND COUNSED 722 AND ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 736   COUNSELING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN   3 Units

Course provides understanding of nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts. Theories of individual and family development, as well as theories of learning and personality development and models of resilience, are included. Connections are made between developmental issues and counseling interventions that facilitate development and wellness over the lifespan. Attention is given to therapeutic interventions with normal and abnormal behaviors across the lifespan.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 738   PERSPECTIVES IN SCHOOL COUNSELING   3 Units

This introductory course is designed for students planning to become school counselors. Professional issues such as the history and philosophy of school counseling are examined; along with an exploration of the various roles, functions, and procedures experienced within the context of the school structure. An introduction to the American School Counselor Association National Model and the Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling Model provides students the opportunity to examine the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive developmental counseling programs using a family, school, and community systems view. Significant topics and issues for school counselors, such as leadership, advocacy, conflict resolution, crisis management, peer mediation, cultural diversity, school improvement, and a variety of service delivery methods are explored.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 739   TRAUMA TREATMENT   3 Units

This course examines the impact of trauma on development and behavior. The primary focus of the course is the examination of various approaches to effectively address the impact of trauma. The stages of trauma treatment will be examined and various approaches to effectively address trauma will be explored.
PREREQ: COUNSED 716 AND COUNSED 734

COUNSED 741   SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS IN COUNSELING   3 Units

This course is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and competency base for effective counseling with diverse populations. It will examine multicultural and pluralistic trends, including characteristics and concerns among diverse groups nationally and internationally. Theories of multicultural counseling, identity development, worldviews, acculturation issues, conflict resolution, social justice, advocacy and multicultural competencies will be discussed. Individual, couple, family, group and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations will be examined. Counselors¿ roles in eliminating biases, prejudices, oppression and discrimination will be highlighted. Students will be involved in experiential learning activities aimed at fostering an understanding of themselves and culturally diverse individuals.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 743   COUNSELING IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS   3 Units

This course studies counseling models, services, and programs for elementary and middle school/junior high school students as well as the roles of the school counselor. Curriculum is based on current models of school counseling, child and adolescent development, the influence of multiple factors on academic, personal/social, and career success, school counselor accountability, and various prevention/intervention strategies for elementary and middle school/junior high students. The developmental guidance needs of all children are identified along with the specific counseling needs of particular student populations.
PREREQ: COUNSED 738, ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 745   COUNSELING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS   3 Units

Counseling models, services, and programs for secondary school students are investigated along with the roles of the secondary school counselor. Adolescent and young adult development, the influence of multiple factors on academic, personal/social, and career success, school counselor accountability, and various prevention/intervention needs of secondary students are explored. The developmental guidance and counseling needs of all secondary school students as well as the specific needs of particular student populations are identified. Topics include academic success, vocational exploration, and post-secondary transition. Discussions focus on individual, small group and classroom curricular approaches with adolescents.
PREREQ: COUNSED 738, ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 746   COUNSELING AND THE CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY PROCESS   3 Units

This course is a study of alcohol and other drug abuse, the process of chemical dependency, its impact on the family and its importance in the area of counseling. This course will enable the counselor to identify and assess the substance abuser and examine the counselor¿s role in the prevention and intervention process. Students will develop knowledge of the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances and addictive disorders on the user and significant others. It will examine the history, philosophy and trends in addiction counseling. The student will learn to identify the various symptoms of progressive stages of chemical dependency and counseling modalities for treatment.
COREQ: COUNSED 718 AND COUNSED 722; PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 748   ADMINISTRATION IN STUDENT AFFAIRS   3 Units

Course focuses on organizational, management and leadership theory and practice at the postsecondary level. Organizational culture, budgeting and finance, staff hiring and supervision, crisis response, ethical and legal issues in higher education, and contextual issues are all incorporated. Additional topics include program development, collaboration across divisions to promote student development, assessment, leadership in multicultural learning communities, and state and federal legislation that affects services.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 749   CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY-TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION   3 Units

This course is for the student who wishes to develop and refine skills in the area of alcohol and drug counseling. The course will examine the roles, functions, and settings of addiction counselors, as well as the relationship between addiction counselors and other mental health professionals. This course will help the student to gain knowledge and develop skills in individual, group, and family counseling as applied to chemically dependent client and/or family members. Students will develop an understanding of a variety of models and theories of addiction. Students will also examine the potential for addictive disorders to mimic a variety of medical and psychological disorders and the potential for medical and psychological disorders to coexist with addiction and substance abuse.
PREREQ: COUNSED 746 AND ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 751   PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES: ETHICS AND CONSULTATION   3 Units

This course is designed to review ethical principles across counseling disciplines and to apply these principles in the practice of counseling, collaboration and consultation. Ethical codes will be reviewed, theories and paradigms of ethical decision making models explored, and legal implications of ethical practice considered. Consultation theories, models, processes, and issues will be examined and applied. Consultation skill development will focus on benefiting both the client (consultee) and client system, in which the client, persons in the client¿s support system/context, various professionals within the educational or counseling setting, professionals in the mental health community, and other community members are empowered to facilitate change.
COREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 753   UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FOR COUNSELORS   3 Units

This course surveys basic neuropharmacology, the effects of various psychotropic drugs, and the actions of drugs used to treat mental disorders and drugs of abuse. The emphasis of the first part of the course is on basic principles of neuropharmacology, distribution and eliminations of drugs, drug-receptor interactions and dose-response relationships, structure of neurons, neurophysiological mechanisms involved in synaptic activity, and the distribution of specific neurotransmitter systems. The last two-thirds of the course examines the actions of specific drugs and their effects on behavior and their uses in biological psychiatry and/or their abuse in our society.
PREREQ: COUNSED 718 AND COUNSED 722 AND ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 754   ADDICTION CONCERNS WHEN WORKING WIITH CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS & ADULTS   1 Units

This is an online course focusing on addiction for counselors when working with children, adolescents, and adults in school systems and colleges/universities. Course modules will cover specific topics related to alcohol and other drug abuse; the process of chemical dependency; and the impact of addiction on children, adolescents and adults.
PREREQ: COUNSED 718 AND COUNSED 722

COUNSED 755   UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING CRISIS AND TRAUMA   1 Units

This course will present counseling approaches which effectively address crises in school settings. The course will examine the impact of trauma and crisis and potential neurobiological responses. The participant will gain knowledge and skills useful in assessing and intervening in crises and explore the application of these skills in addressing specific crisis situations relevant to schools.
PREREQ: COUNSED 718 AND COUNSED 722

COUNSED 756   A SYSTEMS PRIMER FOR SCHOOL AND HIGHER EDUCATION COUNSELORS   1 Units

This course will introduce a systemic lens to view the varying influences impacting student life and learning. Students as systems thinkers will consider the impact of differing systems upon students of differing systems, develop skills to engage systems, and gain specific understanding of factors impacting a student's world.
PREREQ: COUNSED 718

COUNSED 790   WORKSHOP   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 793   SUPERVISED PRACTICUM   Repeatable   3 Units

Practicum students provide individual, couple, family and group counseling services to students and other community members in the counseling lab. Students must complete supervised practicum experiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours, including 40 hours of direct counseling service. Practicum students receive individual and/or triadic supervision and group supervision each week. This is a time to develop and refine counseling skills while providing a service to the community.
PREREQ: COUNSED 718, COUNSED 721, COUNSED 722, COUNSED 751, ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM AND CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT

COUNSED 794   SEMINAR   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 795   COUNSELING INTERNSHIP   Repeatable   3-6 Units

The Counseling Internship is an is an opportunity for students to apply concepts and skills in field counseling settings. Students are placed in internship settings which are compatible with the individual student's experiences, competencies, The Counseling Internship is an opportunity for students to apply concepts and skills in field counseling settings. Students are placed in internship settings which are compatible with the individual student¿s experiences, competencies, and career goals. Students work with clients under the guidance of a qualified field supervisor and the university supervisor. Prereq: All required coursework must be taken prior to or concurrent with the Internship.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM AND DEPARTMENT CONSENT

COUNSED 796   SPECIAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 797   POST-MASTERS COUNSELING INTERNSHIP   Repeatable   1.5-3 Units

Interns will complete supervised experience in their emphasis area (community agency, higher education setting, or school). The intern will engage in individual, group counseling, and family counseling, and consultation, as well as a variety of other activities that a regularly employed counselor in the setting would be expected to perform. Can repeat once.
PREREQ: MASTERS IN COUNSELING OR EQUIVALENT

COUNSED 798   INDIVIDUAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COUNSED 799   THESIS RESEARCH   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MS COUNSELING PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR