Counseling

Kristy Gould (Psychology department head and program coordinator), Britt Rhodes (Social Work Program Director)  

The interdisciplinary minor in counseling is intended to complement majors associated with helping professions such as pastoral counseling, art therapy, physical therapy, financial counseling, etc. Most such professions require graduate degrees and students should examine particular programs carefully for required coursework and not assume completing a counseling minor will satisfy prerequisites. 
Students minoring in counseling should consult closely with their academic advisor regarding relevant career information.

The counseling minor can complement any major at the college. Counseling minors may not minor in Psychology or Social Welfare. Psychology and Social Work majors complete six additional courses that are not counted toward the major.
Students majoring in another area complete seven courses.  

The Counseling Minor for Students not Majoring in Psychology or Social Work
PSYC 130  General Psychology
SW 101     Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
SW 102     Social Work Field Experience
COUN 301 Evidence-Based Practice
PSYC 465  Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 468  Introduction to Counseling
One 200-level course selected from the following:  SW 204, PSYC 240,
PSYC 241, PSYC 243, PSYC 249, PSYC 270.


The Counseling Minor with a Psychology Major1
PSYC 130 General Psychology
SW 101 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
SW 102 Social Work Field Experience
SW 204
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
COUN 301 Evidence-Based Practice
PSYC 465 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 468 Introduction to Counseling


1Psychology majors take PSYC 130 and could take PSYC 465 and PSYC 468 for the major.  Therefore, Psychology majors complete SW 204. Psychology majors who complete PSYC 465 or PSYC 468 as part of the major must select an additional course to substitute for each, which can be Psychology courses not counting toward the major or SW 201, 303, or 304.

The Counseling Minor with a Social Work Major2
PSYC 130 General Psychology
SW 101 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
SW 102 Social Work Field Experience
COUN 301 Evidence-Based Practice
PSYC 465 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 468 Introduction to Counseling
Two 200-level courses selected from the following:  PSYC 240, 
PSYC 241, PSYC 243, PSYC 249, PSYC 270.


2
Social Work majors take SW 101 and SW 102 for the major.  Therefore, Social Work majors take two 200-level psychology courses. 

COUN 301 Evidence-Based Practice

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: PSYC 130; PSYC 240, 241, 243, 249 or 270; SW 101; SW 102

This course will explore how and why helping professions are increasingly driven by demands for accountability through evidence-based practices, and will help students prepare for future workplace expectations. Students will investigate methods of generating, applying and evaluating evidence-based practices, and develop knowledge and skills through state-certified formal training in essential areas of practice (such as Court-Appointed Special Advocate, Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocate, Mandatory Reporter, and HIPAA). This course will review evidence supporting the training and biopsychosocial factors contributing to the problems addressed (e.g., substance abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence, epidemics). Students will select training(s) from a pre-approved list and will process their experiences through concurrent class seminars. Due to the logistical differences in training formats (e.g., in-person on campus, synchronous and asynchronous online formats, community-based training, etc.), students should expect to spend between 10-15 hours in formal training, approximately half of which will be in lieu of class time. While completion of the self-selected training course(s) is expected, there may be occasions for approved exceptions due to individual student response, or unanticipated external factors. Course grades will reflect progress in achieving the stated learning objectives.