Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CPY 510 Foundations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling [3]

Foundations provides an overview of the field of clinical mental health counseling and the expectations of the Graduate Studies in Counseling program. Students explore historic, philosophical, and sociocultural trends in mental health counseling. Topics include: professional roles, functions, specialties, employment trends, preparation standards, credentialing, and ethical standards. An experiential portion of this course will introduce students to basic counseling skills. CPY 510 is a prerequisite for all other courses.

CPY 515 Fundamentals of Statistics, Research, and Program Evaluation [3]

This course teaches students to be informed consumers of professional research. Basic statistics, fundamentals of research design, research-report development, program evaluation, needs assessment, and ethical and legal aspects of research are explored. The course focuses on interpretation of research data and appropriate application to professional practice.

CPY 520 Group Dynamics and Process [3]

This course examines group dynamics and group membership skills. Additionally, students examine various types of counseling groups and related issues such as group stages, ethical considerations, leader behavior, and appropriate groups for particular populations. Students are provided an opportunity to participate in a small group to promote self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of group skills and techniques. CPY 520 is a prerequisite to all other courses.

CPY 525 Counseling Theories and Practice [3]

This course focuses on the development of fundamental counseling skills. In addition to in-class presentation and skill demonstration, students are involved in laboratory and supervision meetings designed to facilitate skill development. Course content includes counseling process models, critical dimensions of helping, and experiences designed to assist students in the formulation of a personal philosophy system of counseling. A grade of B- is required in the course to enroll in PSY 680. Students who do not earn a minimum grade of B- on the second attempt of this course will not be allowed to continue the program.

CPY 530 Theories of Personality [3]

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the major theories of personality and associated counseling theories and techniques. Emphasis will be placed upon enabling students to develop a theoretical foundation upon which to base their counseling approaches. This course is designed to facilitate students understanding of the key components of a variety of established and emerging counseling theories consistent with current professional research and practice in the field. Strategies and techniques from each theory will be explored for application with clients in overcoming developmental and adjustment issues as well as psychological problems and disorders.

CPY 535 Career and Lifestyle Development [3]

This course is designed to facilitate student development of knowledge, skills and competencies to engage in counseling clients with career issues; to utilize occupational/career resources including technology-based resources and assessments; to examine theories of career development and decision-making; to develop the ability to evaluate and implement appropriate assessments; to collaborate with clients in identifying personal and career goals; and to organize and implement program planning and techniques and do so in a diversity of work settings. The interrelationship of work, family, relationships, geographic location, leisure, cultural diversity, gender roles, economic trends, oppression, diverse life roles, and other sociopolitical factors are explored in relation to career and lifestyle issues in comprehending the career narrative of clients. Lab fee will be assessed. Prerequisites: CPY 525, CPY 530, or permission.

CPY 538 Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling [3]

This course is designed to address the social and political context of counseling individuals, families, and groups with diverse identities and social locations. Other areas of investigation include the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender and gender identify, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and the impact of oppression. Intercultural communication patterns and multicultural counseling theory and practice are emphasized, along with the role of the counselor as an advocate, ally, and agent of social change. Prerequisite: CPY 525 or permission.

CPY 540 Advanced Theory and Practice of Group Counseling [3]

This course is designed to train students in the fundamental concepts and skills necessary to lead counseling and therapy groups. Course activities include lecture, demonstration, discussion of assigned readings, and experience as member and leader in simulated counseling and therapy groups. Prerequisites: CPY 525, CPY 530.

CPY 545 Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Counseling [3]

This course examines ethical and legal standards, their evolution, methods of change, and applications to various counseling professional activities. Professional counseling organizations, standards of preparation, certifications, licensure and the role identity and professional obligations of counselors are addressed. Prerequisite: CPY 525 or permission.

CPY 550 Dynamics of Marriage, Relationship, and Family Systems [3]

This course examines theoretical approaches including major systems theories, strategies, and techniques of family and relationship therapy. A survey of the development of family and relationship counseling and proponents of the field are studied. Issues of conflict and ethical considerations are examined. The impact of cultural and societal forces upon the family system are explored. Prerequisite: CPY 530 or permission.

CPY 555 Family and Relationship Counseling: Theory and Therapeutic Modalities [3]

This course is designed to develop specific therapeutic competencies regarding inter- and intra-personal dynamics of family systems and relationships. Communication patterns, role of children, origin of family interaction patterns, conflict resolution styles, impact of treatment issues, and specific modalities of therapeutic intervention are explored. Prerequisite: CPY 550.

CPY 560 Community Counseling and Crisis Intervention [3]

This course explores the roles and functions of counselors as they practice in diverse communities. Specifically the course will provide students with an understanding of the socioeconomic and political influences that affect the availability of mental health services as well as public access to community counseling agencies and organizations. It will also review public policy, funding, administration, and program evaluation in community counseling. Students will gain knowledge and skills to assist individuals and families during times of crisis and trauma, including suicide prevention/intervention strategies and civil commitment procedures. Finally, the course will address the role counselors can play during times of community disaster. Prerequisites: CPY 515, CPY 525.

CPY 565 Individual/Group Assessment and Treatment Planning [3]

Types of educational and psychological appraisal, psychometric statistics, and factors influencing appraisals are examined. Assessment techniques, treatment plans, and intervention strategies are developed for specific case studies. Theoretical appraisal bases and methodology are studied for data collection, interpretation, and use. These concepts are studied in the context of professional, legal, and ethical issues. Lab fee will be assessed. Prerequisite: CPY 515.

CPY 601 Human Sexuality: Therapy, Counseling Theory and Techniques [3]

A lifespan developmental approach is applied to the study of human sexuality. Medical and psycho-social aspects of sexual function are addressed. Course topics include physical, psychological, and social development; gender, sex-role orientation and preference; sex therapy theories and techniques; current sexual life-styles; sexual dysfunction; relationship issues; AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases; sexual deviance, rape, and incest; and family dysfunction. Prerequisite: CPY 530 or permission.

CPY 602 Human Growth and Development [3]

This course introduces and examines several theories of human growth, development, and regression. The entire lifespan is explored. Various philosophical perspectives, psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, psychosocial, and organismic, are examined as to their implications for counseling. An analysis is made of developmental behaviors associated with stages of development, environmental and disruptive influences upon development, and responses of mental health services and practitioners. Normal and abnormal human behavior and development including psychological, sociological, moral, and physical factors are addressed. Also included are the cognitive-structural developmental theories concerned with moral, intellectual, and ethical development. Prerequisite: CPY 530 or permission.

CPY 603 Addictive Disorders [3]

This course includes research and theories of substance use and abuse as well as principles and practices for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction. The diversity of addictions is studied including dual diagnoses and interrelationship of addictive modalities. Students will develop specific strategies for working with addictive clients, knowledge about referral resources, and promotion of responsible behavior.

CPY 699 Master Therapist Series [0]

Each year, three eminent scholars/practitioners are invited to campus to conduct one-day seminars designed to integrate the theoretical and practical perspectives of the core areas in the curricula. These three seminars are only open to and must be attended by all students in their final year of the program. They are offered on a cost-free, no-credit basis. A paper on the experience is required and will be evaluated by the internship faculty members. The Master Therapist Series is offered in lieu of a comprehensive examination. Therefore, successful completion is a graduation requirement.

PSY 551 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior [3]

This course focuses on providing knowledge and skills in the effective use of interview examination, systematic observation of client behavior, correct application of psychological constructs, appraisals, and empirically supported treatments, recognition and classification of major syndromes of psychopathology, diagnostic schema, and the prevalence of mental disorder. Students also learn how to diagnose dysfunctional behavior according to the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and accompanying treatment planning. For the purpose of identifying effects and side-effects of prescribed psychotropic medications, the basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications are surveyed. Prerequisite: CPY 530 or permission.

PSY 660: Pre-Practicum in Mental Health Counseling [1]

This pre-practicum course introduces graduate counseling students to clinical mental health delivery systems, professional counseling roles, and practice settings through service learning in community mental health agencies. Students are expected to participate in 100 hours of field work experience during their first year in the program as partial fulfillment of the predegree experience requirements for Florida licensure. Students enroll in this course in the spring term of their first year. The course is graded as credit/no-credit.

PSY 661: Pre-Practicum in Social Justice and Advocacy [1]

This pre-practicum course introduces graduate counseling students to professional social justice and advocacy roles through service learning in community organizations and agencies. Students are expected to participate in 100 hours of social justice fieldwork experience during their second year in the program as partial fulfillment of the pre-degree experience requirements for Florida licensure. Students enroll in this course in the spring term prior to the semester of enrollment in PSY 680: Practicum and Internship I in a Clinical Mental Health Setting. The course is graded as credit/no-credit.

PSY 680 Practicum and Internship I in a Clinical Mental Health Setting [5]

Course objectives are to help students develop effective individual and group counseling skills. Students are expected to demonstrate an effective counseling style based upon personal strengths, sound professional principles, and a personally defined philosophy and system of counseling. This course involves on-site experience, individual supervision by faculty, and weekly seminars. Lab fee will be assessed. Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework.

PSY 695 Internship II in a Clinical Mental Health Setting [1-5]

This course provides students the opportunity to perform under supervision a variety of activities regularly employed professional staff perform in a clinical mental health setting. Internships extend from fall through spring terms and accrue the remaining 1,000 hours of required clinical experience beyond the practicum experience. Participation in on-campus group supervision and seminars and individual supervision by faculty and site are required. Students must apply and be approved to enter this portion of the degree program. Prerequisite: Completion of all coursework.


CPY 557: Couples and Marriage Therapy: Theory and Techniques [3]

Theories and associated techniques of couples and marriage counseling will be explored. This course also explores specific developmental issues and social and political factors affecting couples. A range of therapeutic modalities will be surveyed. Prerequisites: CPY 550 and CPY 555.

CPY 559 Professional Seminar in Family and Relationship Therapy [1]

This seminar investigates the implications of professional issues unique to marital, couple, and family counseling/therapy, including ethical and legal considerations; professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentialing bodies pertaining to the practice of marital, couple, and family counseling/therapy (e.g., the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy); the role of marital, couple, and family counselors/therapists in a variety of practice settings and in relation to other helping professionals; and research and technology applications in marital, couple, and family counseling/therapy. The professional identity of the family and relationship therapist is discussed. Prerequisite: CPY 550.

CPY 562 Counseling Children and Adolescents [3]

Examination of specific approaches and strategies for working with children and adolescents in school, private practice, and agency settings are the focus of this course. Specific concerns such as discipline, substance abuse, school violence, eating disorders, child abuse, selfesteem, grief, and divorce are addressed. Play therapy, individual and group approaches, prevention strategies, innovative programming, and relevant techniques are included. Prerequisite: CPY 525 and CPY 550.

CPY 599 Independent Study [1-3]

Directed individual instruction in a content area of a students choice. Students must submit a proposal at least two months prior to the semester of the independent study. Consent of instructor and department chair required.

CPY 650, CPY 651, CPY 652 Counseling Institute: Special Topics Seminar [1-5]

The Counseling Institute is designed as an intensive format to study a particular professional topic. The Institute provides training, professional development, and personal awareness. The format is both didactic and experiential. The design affords the opportunity for participants to accommodate both personal growth and clinical/professional objectives.

CPY 660 Clinical Hypnosis [1-5]

This course is designed to meet the training requirements for Florida 490 & 491 licensed mental health professionals (psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family counselors) to practice hypnosis as defined by Florida licensing codes 64B4-6.006 and 7002-3. Eriksonian, analytic, and behavioral medicine theories and applications of clinical hypnosis are reviewed. Topics include relationships between personality dynamics, psychopathology, and clinical hypnosis; induction and deepening techniques; assessment and treatment planning; myths and misconceptions of clinical hypnosis; and contraindications, legal and ethical in the practice of clinical hypnosis. Use of clinical hypnosis to address several clinical issues, such as anxiety, depression, pain, and habit release, is also addressed. Differences and commonalities between clinical hypnosis and Buddhist mindfulness meditation will also be presented. This course includes a significant experiential and practice component.

CPY 661 Positive Psychology: Strengths-Based Therapy [1-3]

This course will examine the paradigm shift from pathology to strengths-based psychology and the application of these concepts to relationships and therapy. Within psychology today, a strengths-based, optimistic, and resiliency approach to relationships enhances the emotional and social interests of all concerned. Research shows the most significant characteristic for success is social intelligence. This course is designed to explore the concepts, research, techniques, resiliency factors and exercises to enhance optimism, increase well-being, and significantly enhance meaningful relationships. The application of positive psychology within the counselor/client relationship will be examined along with therapeutic applications. This course is designed as an interactive seminar with expectations for student engagement at a high level.

CPY 662 College Counseling and Outreach [2]

Overview of the foundations of college counseling, provisions of developmentally appropriate services (e.g., counseling, crisis services, outreach, and coordination of campus se rvices), and the diverse post-secondary contemporary college student.

CPY 663: Mindfulness in Counseling and Psychotherapy [1-3]

Primary focus of the course is on the development of the mindful counselor through a survey of relevant mindfulness literature, principles, and practices. Students participate in an eight week, in-class, experiential mindfulness-based stress reduction workshop designed for therapists. Course also includes an exploration of neuroscience and mindfulness along with a review of the use of mindfulness principles and practices with several clinical issues. This course is highly interactive and requires full engagement in classroom experiential activities and mindfulness practices.

CPY 664 Student Development Theory and Field Experience [2]

An overview of historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of student development in a multicultural society. Students will engage in a theory-to-practice 75-hour field experience in one area of student development.

CPY 701: Creating Cultures of Peace [1-3]

This course will explore theories, models, principles, and practices of peace building as pathways to social change. Students will examine the process of peace building as one of supporting systems, communities, and organizations in developing new sets of behaviors, norms, and structures whereby peace, justice, and nonviolence are the organizing principles of a new peace culture. The course will emphasize the importance of considering context, culture, and identities as well as structural and institutional factors in the process of peace work. Classroom simulations and experiential exercises are core elements of this course.

CPY 702: Theory and Practice of Conflict Transformation [1-3]

This course focuses on theories, root causes, and analysis of conflict and violence. Roles of identity, humiliation, and structural violence in the causes of conflict will be explored. Students will be introduced to theories and models of conflict resolution and will learn to apply theories and models in various situations and contexts. Course includes classroom simulations and experiential exercises.

CPY 703: Training and Group Facilitation for Social Action [1-3]

This course will examine principles and practices of a participant-centered model for designing and facilitating training, education, and action research projects focusing on peace and social justice activities. The course will focus on design of participant action, training, and education projects using principles and practices from participant action research methodologies, critical theory, liberation theory, feminist theory, Buddhist mindfulness, and David Kolbs adult learning model. The framework accounts for different learning styles and considers the varied purposes of learning tasks. Participants will examine the power of participant-centered approaches in group and social change work. Students will develop a project design, demonstrate elements of the design in classroom simulations, and receive feedback from others.

PSY 682 Practicum in Group Counseling [0]

Students in this course serve as co-leaders of personal growth group comprised of students enrolled in CPY 520, Group Dynamics and Process. Supervision is provided by the CPY 520 instructor. Prerequisite: invitation by department chair and course instructor.

PSY 683: Advanced Multicultural Counseling Practicum [1-3]

This course focuses on international applications in multicultural social justice counseling and advocacy and includes an immersion experience in another culture accompanied by a research or service learning project. Prerequisite: Invitation by course instructor.