Master of Arts Counseling

 

Program Description

A master’s in counseling from Webster University in Geneva gives you knowledge of different counseling approaches, as well as practical experience in helping clients assess emotional difficulties, develop insight, and make significant lifestyle changes. The program also cultivates deeper self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills- essential to anyone planning to help others.

Students experience personal attention, in-depth instruction, and a real-world approach to learning that prepares them for a career in professional counseling. Integration of theory and practice transforms classroom theories into counseling skills. Through extensive practicum and internship experiences (at home or abroad), students develop their professional skills.

Curriculum

This degree emphasis requires satisfactory completion of 48 credit hours of coursework. Note that successful completion of program degree may exceed 48 credit hours for students requiring remedial coursework in writing competency and/or professional counseling skill development.

Required Core Subject Area Courses:

In addition to the required 12 core subject area courses listed above, students select electives from the counselor education program curriculum to fulfill the 48 credit hours necessary for completion of the degree.  Students must seek advisement for appropriate selection of electives with the Head of the Counseling Department.

Past electives have included:

  • COUN 5140 Psychopharmacology
  • COUN 5160 Issues in Counseling: Mind and Body Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • COUN 5160 Issues in Counseling: Grief and Bereavement
  • COUN 5160 Issues in Counseling: Counseling in a High School Setting
  • COUN 5160 Issues in Counseling: Gerontology
  • COUN 5160 Issues in Counseling: Techniques of Adlerian Therapy
  • COUN 5540 Family Systems Theory
  • COUN 5620 Techniques of Crisis Intervention
  • COUN 5630 Techniques of Substance Abuse Counseling
  • COUN 5640 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • COUN 5670 Counseling of Children
  • COUN 5680 Counseling in the School Setting

Course Descriptions

*Note that counseling courses may include self-growth experiential activities.

COUN 5020 Foundations of Counseling: The Helping Relationship (Requisite Course) (3 Credit Hours)
This course defines and examines the philosophic bases of counseling and the helping relationship focusing on the foundational and theoretical concepts necessary for working with individuals, groups, children, and families in a multicultural context. Students also practice the development of basic counseling skills, professional identity and related ethics. Students learn to define, generalize, organize, and critique the counseling process and profession including consultation theories, practice, and application in a multicultural society; and some crisis and disaster intervention. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 5050 Human Growth and Development (3 Credit Hours)
The student learns to identify, describe, and examine the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts. Emphasis is placed on theories of individual and family development, life span transitions, human behavior (normal and abnormal), personality development, learning processes, wellness, related ethics, and addictions; and the effects of crisis, disaster, and other trauma-related events on persons of all ages. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 5100 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
This course defines and examines the importance of understanding cultural and ethnic attributes; and the impact these attributes have on relationships, professional issues and trends, and the counseling relationship. Attention is given to the influence of gender roles, ethnic groups, urban and rural societies, cultural mores,  various family life patterns, and personal constructs including but not limited to religion, sexual orientation, race, ageism, able-ism, gender, ethnicity, etc.,  on the counseling relationship; related counselor self-awareness; counselors’ roles in eliminating biases and oppression; and theories of multicultural development and identity formation; social advocacy for diverse populations;  related ethics and ethical decision making models; and culturally supported wellness. Self -growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 5200 Theories of Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
This course defines and examines the application of basic theories, principles, and related techniques of professional counseling. A major focus will be on the application of the theories and methods used in counseling with consideration for multicultural and ethical contexts. A systems perspective, theories of addictions, and optimal development and wellness for the life span are included.

COUN 5220 Assessment (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines the various frameworks for assessing the functioning of individuals, couples, groups, and families in an ethical frame; and the use of assessment in diagnosis and treatment in a multicultural context. Attention will focus on the methods of data gathering; ethical administration and interpretation from a multicultural perspective; historical perspective of the field; related statistical concepts; and reliability and validity of various instruments. Ethnic, cultural, and sex/gender factors are considered. Additional minimal fees for the purchase of assessment tools may be required of the student for this course. Self -growth experiential activities may be associated with this course content.

COUN 5600 Techniques of Group Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines and defines theoretical and experiential understandings of group theory and types of groups; group purposes, practices, development, methods, related ethics, and dynamics; and facilitative counseling skills in a multicultural society. This course involves student participation in a direct experience as a group member in a small group activity, approved by the program, for a minimum of 10 clock hours over the course of one academic term. Self-growth experiential activities are associated with this course content.

COUN 5700 Lifestyle and Career Development (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines , evaluates, and applies vocational choice theories, assessments, and techniques; the relationship between career choice and lifestyle; sources of occupational and educational information, assessment, and technology; approaches to decision-making models; interrelationships among and between work, family and life roles including multicultural issues; career planning, placement, and evaluation; and career development exploration techniques and assessments in an ethical context. Self -growth experiential activities may be associated with this course content.

COUN 5800 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (3 Credit Hours)
This course identifies and examines the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, goals and objectives of professional counseling organizations, the ACA Code of Ethics, professional credentialing and licensure, role identity of types of professional counselors, application of ethical and legal considerations in counseling, self-care strategies, and advocacy processes to address social and institutional barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with this course content. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 5850 Research and Program Evaluation (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines areas including statistics, research design, and development of research and demonstration proposals related to the field of professional counseling in a multicultural society through the use of professional counseling literature. Related ethical codes and practices in research are examined. Additional goals of the course include understanding the importance of research in advancing the counseling profession; program development and demonstration proposals; development and evaluation of program objectives; principles, models, and applications of needs assessment; and culturally and ethically relevant strategies for interpreting the results. Additional minimal fees for the purchase of assessment tools may be required of the student for this course. Self-growth experiential activities may be associated with the content of this course.

COUN 6000 Counseling Learning Practicum (3 Credit Hours)
Students are required to complete a 9 or 10 week practicum in conjunction with their counseling curriculum. The practicum is taught as a beginning clinical counseling experience and s focuses on observation of direct client contact evolving to leading counseling sessions; development of counseling and interpersonal skills and openness to supervision; and an understanding of the process of counseling. The site supervisor is required to be a licensed mental health professional and have training in clinical supervision and a minimum of 2 years' experience supervising counselors in training. This course requires permission of faculty supervisor/instructor or designee. Each student is required to plan his or her practicum with the Counseling Program coordinator and/or counseling academic advisor before completion of 15 credit hours in the program. The related Professional Practicum Agreement must be submitted to the practicum faculty supervisor/instructor or designee before a student can register for the practicum. Students are required to abide by the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) in their practicum experience. This is a nonpaid practicum.

COUN 6500 Internship (1.5 to 3 credit hours per term, for a total of 6 total credit hours, and 9 total credit hours in Florida)
Internship is an intensive counseling experience that provides the student with the opportunity to perform a variety of counseling activities expected of a professional mental health counselor (e.g., application of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, case conceptualization, documentation, termination and referral techniques, intake, staff meetings, weekly supervision, etc.). Interns are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of group facilitation as part of the total internship experience; and are required to experience a variety of counseling experiences primarily including individual counseling. Sites are required to provide a comprehensive experience. Sites that only provide group facilitation, case management, and/or intake activities will not be approved. The site supervisor is required to be a licensed mental health professional with formal training and or education in clinical supervision and a minimum of 2 years' experience supervising counselors in training. The Professional Internship Agreement are required to be completed by the student and the internship on-site supervisor and submitted to the internship faculty supervisor/instructor and/or Counseling Program coordinator prior to the initial class meeting (see counseling program coordinator or 6500 instructor for more information). Students are required to provide evidence of professional liability insurance prior to seeing clients. No school settings may be used for an internship sites unless in the states of New Mexico and Florida and specifically related to pursuance of school guidance certification or licensure.