· Knowledge of the professional roles, functions, and relationships with other human service providers, including strategies for interagency/interorganization collaboration and communications
· Ethical standards of professional organizations and credentialing bodies, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling
· An understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society
· An understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts
· A knowledge of counseling theories in order for the student to conceptualize client presentation and selection of appropriate counseling interventions.
· Theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society
· An understanding of the principals and practices of diagnosis and treatment
· An understanding of the knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to address a wide variety of issues in the context of relationships and families to include diverse family systems (i.e. families in transition, dual-career couples, blended families, same-sex couples)
· For students who are preparing to work as career counselors, the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to help a person develop a life career path.
· For students who are preparing to work as school counselors, the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all K-12 students
· For students who are preparing to work in professional positions in higher education, the knowledge, skills and practices necessary to promote the development of postsecondary students
Merely completing the designated hours and obtaining a satisfactory report from the site supervisor is not sufficient to obtain an A in the class. In addition:
This course requires students to obtain 200 counseling hours at a site or sites approved by the instructor. The student will be supervised at their site(s) by a supervisor who has been approved by the instructor. Of the 200 counseling hours, 75 hours must be direct (face-to-face), and the remaining 125 counseling hours will be indirect (observation, consultation, staffing, case note preparation). Students will be required to document hours in a log format to be submitted at the end of the semester.
In addition, the instructor will complete no fewer than 2 site visits to observe the counseling student conducting a session. The instructor will consult with the site supervisor(s) on a consistent basis, to include the counseling student in the consultation whenever possible. Also taken into consideration is the student’s conduct at his/her site(s) (i.e. absences, tardiness, professional demeanor and dress, ability and willingness to receive criticism and feedback)
The student will designate a theoretical orientation in their counseling and will demonstrate their knowledge of the theoretical principles and techniques in their counseling. This is very important as the instructor will be noting the level of expertise in this area during site visits.
Students will bring a case or even two to each class meeting and be prepared to discuss this case, maintaining client confidentiality.
Students will be prepared participate in group sessions during class meetings. These sessions will be of a personal growth nature. Participation in the group process will be noted on the final grade.
Grading Criteria as follows:
Completion of 200 hours 40%
Ability to identify and utilize the student’s theoretical orientation 15%
Satisfactory report from site and site supervisor 15%
Participation in class activities 15%
Participation in class group processes 15%
Attendance and Participation
Attendance is mandatory. Any absence will be considered unexcused unless the instructor has been notified and has given permission for the absence. Each absence will result in a deduction of 10 points from your final grade. Three absences will result in a lowering of your final grade by one letter. No Exceptions! Students are expected in participate fully in class and will be graded as such.
“By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook