Counseling (CN)

CN 502 (3) - Psychotherapeutic Systems. This course provides a historical and theoretical overview of major counseling theories. Students study the history of the discipline of counseling and are exposed to contemporary models of counseling that are consistent with current professional research and sensitive to our multicultural context, to assist them in beginning to develop their own model of counseling. 4980.36 (C), 4980.36 (d) A, (4999.33 A) No prerequisites.  3 credits.            

CN 505 (3) - Psychopathology.  This course will focus on diagnosis and it introduces the students to treatment of major psychopathologies. The principles of the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic tools, such as the DSM-5, is the focus of study. Established diagnostic criteria for mental or emotional disorders and treatment modalities will be discussed. No prerequisites. Additional Details for California Students: The impact of co-occurring substance use disorders and medical disorders are included. Students become familiar with the continuum of care and placement criteria for patients with mental and emotional disorders. Additionally, students meet consumers and family members of consumers of mental health services to enhance their understanding of the experience of mental illness, treatment, and recovery. 4980.36 (c) (B), 4980.36 (C) (c) (5), 4999.33 G, 4999.33 (2) (3).3 credits. 

CN507 – Human Life Span Development. This course covers human development, including biological, psychological, sexual, sociological, and cognitive development from conception to death, including aging and long-term care. Diagnostic and therapeutic issues that are particular to each phase of development are highlighted. No prerequisites. Additional Details for California Students: The impact that personal and social insecurity, disability, psychopathology, social stress, low educational levels, poverty, inadequate housing, and malnutrition have on human development is also included. This course contains a California required workshop: Aging and Long-Term Care. Thus, it satisfies 3 of 7 hours required for elder issues in California,--specifically biopsychosocial aspects of aging and long-term care. (4980.39), 4980.36 (B) A., 4999.33B, 4999. (d) (1) (2). 3 credits.    

CN 514 (3) - Research & Program Evaluation.  This course includes the study of research design, research methods, & statistical methods used in conducting research, statistical analysis of research data, and the use of research to inform evidence-based practice. Needs assessment, program evaluation, and the importance of research in advancing the profession of counseling are also included. 4999.33 (c) (1) (H). No prerequisites. 3 credits.     

CN 518 (3) - Career and Lifestyle Development.  This course begins with an exploration of the theology of work and moves to an examination of career selection, career development theories and techniques, decision-making models, occupational information sources and systems, as well as lifestyle and career decision-making. No prerequisites. Additional Details for California Students: Discussion of multicultural issues in career development, rehabilitation counseling, and the inter-relationships between work, family, and other life roles and factors is included. Additionally, students are exposed to career assessment instruments and take several assessment instruments to learn to use them and to evaluate their own results and career choices. 4999.33 (c) (1), (C).  3 credits.

CN 543 (1) – Premarital Counseling. Lectures By:  Norm Thiesen, Ph.D. This course will focus on the rationale, tools, and procedures for premarital education and counseling. The student will be credentialed in the use of Prepare/Enrich materials. 1 credit.

CN570 – Select Topics in Counseling.  Occasional special courses are chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty. 1-2 credits.