Curriculum

Required Courses

The courses required for the Master of Arts in Counseling degree are reflective of the national counseling program standards. These standards are based on the 2009 Standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students enroll in one of two separate Curricula, each requiring a different number of courses for the degree. The Standard Curriculum requires 24 courses while the Two-Plus Curriculum requires 27 courses, 24 of which are the same as in the Standard Curriculum, plus the year-long course, COUN 479-1,2,3, Introduction to Clinical Practice. The courses/subject areas are as follows:

COUN 406 (1) Research Methods in Counseling
COUN 411 (1) Individuals and Systems: Psychodynamic Viewpoints
COUN 412 (1) Group and Organizational Dynamics
COUN 414-20 (1) Human Growth and Development (Child & Adolescent Focus)
- or -
COUN 414-21 (1) Human Growth and Development (Adult Focus)
COUN 415 (1) Psychopathology in Counseling
COUN 416 (1) Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
COUN 417 (1) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
COUN 422 (1) Foundations of Family, Marital & Couples Counseling
COUN 426-20 (1) Assessment in Counseling (Child & Adolescent Focus)
- or -
COUN 426-21 (1) Assessment in Counseling (Adult Focus)
COUN 427 (1) Career Development
COUN 429 (1) Sex Therapy
- or -
COUN 436 (1) Child and Adolescent Counseling & Psychotherapy
COUN 452 (1) Theory and Technique of Substance Abuse
COUN 453 (1) Evaluation and Treatment of Trauma Disorders
COUN 479-1, 2, 3 (3)* Introduction to Clinical Practice
COUN 480-1 (1) Counseling Methods: Skills for Counseling & Psychotherapy
COUN 480-2 (1) Counseling Methods: Strategies for Counseling & Psychotherapy
COUN 480-3 (1) Counseling Methods: Outreach, Prevention & Advocacy
COUN 481-1, 2, 3 (3) Supervised Practicum in Counseling
COUN 482-1, 2, 3 (3) Supervised Internship in Counseling
COUN 483-1 (1) Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
COUN 483-2 (1) Cultural Diversity in Counseling
COUN 483-3 (1) Advanced Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

* COUN PSY 479-1, 2, 3 Introduction to Clinical Practice for Two-Plus students only

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Specialization Courses

By the Winter Quarter of the first year of the program, students declare an interest in the Child and Adolescent Specialization. This specialization is designed to enable students to gain expertise in the area, increase their marketability as experts and become professionally identified during their training. The specialization requires the student to enroll in a "cluster" of courses that includes an assessment (COUN 426-20 Assessment in Counseling [Child & Adolescent Focus]), development (COUN 414-20 Human Growth & Development [Child & Adolescent Focus]), and therapy (COUN 436 Child and Adolescent Counseling & Psychotherapy) course and complete a fieldwork experience related to the area of professional interest. These specialization courses are included in the 24 courses required for the Standard Curriculum and the 27 courses required for the Two-Plus Curriculum. Students who desire exposure to child and adolescent coursework but don’t want to declare a full specialization can work with their advisor to choose one or two child and adolescent courses. Students who are unsure whether this specialization is right for them have many opportunities to discuss this with their advisor before the end of Winter Quarter of the first year of the program.

Program Curricula

Standard Curriculum

The Standard Curriculum is an intensive program for students entering the Counseling field with academic and experiential background in psychology or human services and prior clinical experiences. Immediately upon starting the program, the Practicum fieldwork experience begins at The Family Institute. This first year includes a closely supervised experience of counseling clients while taking courses and participating in the Preceptorship experience. It is this closely supervised experience that allows students to participate in a “learning-by-doing” model.

Students in the Standard Curriculum attend the program full-time and complete 24 courses over two years. In the Practicum year, students enroll in the three-quarter Counseling Methods course along with two additional courses, meet weekly with a preceptor, and complete the Practicum at The Family Institute, where a minimum of 80 hours of direct client contact is accrued. In the Internship year, students work at an external field site where a minimum of 600 hours are accrued, of which 240 hours are spent in direct to client contact. Students take two additional courses per quarter and attend a weekly Case Conference.

Two-Plus Curriculum

Two-Plus is a special curriculum designed for qualified students entering the Counseling field for the first time following a career in another discipline and/or with minimal academic and experiential background in psychology or human services. It is unique to the Northwestern Counseling program and reflects the program's appreciation of the value of a "second career" to those desiring it while recognizing the importance of adequate preparation for practice in this highly complex and challenging field.

Students in the Two-Plus Curriculum attend the program full-time and complete 27 courses over three years. The 27 course Two-Plus Curriculum consists of the same 24 courses as the Standard Curriculum, "plus" an additional three-quarter course, "Introduction to Clinical Practice," which serves to introduce and orient "career-changers" to the key theories, concepts and applied aspects of the counseling field. In conjunction with this introductory course, students in the first year or pre-practicum year of the Two-Plus Curriculum spend a minimum of 12 hours per week at a clinical field site and enroll in two additional courses per quarter. In the second year, the Practicum fieldwork experience begins at The Family Institute. This second year is a closely supervised experience of counseling clients while taking courses and participating in the Preceptorship experience. It is this closely supervised experience that allows students to participate in a “learning-by-doing” model. Students take two additional courses per quarter. In the third year, students work at an external field site where a minimum of 600 hours are accrued, of which 240 hours are spent in direct client contact. Students take one additional course per quarter and attend a weekly Case Conference.

Full-Time Student Status in the Third Year of the Two-Plus Curriculum

In order to maintain their status as full-time students, Two-Plus students will be enrolled in 499: Independent Study during their third year. This will happen automatically and will not result in any tuition cost to the student. The course will not be counted as part of the student’s program. Each student will receive a “pass” for the course that will not count toward their GPA. As a full-time student, those in the Two-Plus Curriculum are entitled to receive the U-Pass, health insurance subsidy, and a basic membership to SPAC. Full-time students are able to take out loans and defer loan payments.

The automatic enrollment in this course will allow Two-Plus students to maintain their full-time status in the third year without incurring any additional tuition expense.

Course Schedules

Counseling Program Course Descriptions

The Counseling Program is a cohort model where all students enter at the same time and take the same sequence of courses. The course schedule is as follows:

 

Master of Arts in Counseling Program

Course Schedule 2013-2014

Fall Quarter

Tuesday, September 24, 2013-Friday, December 13, 2013

Two-Plus Year 1

479-1 Introduction to Clinical Practice (1)

Tuesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI LL00 (Carn-Watkins)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 2

480-1 Counseling Methods: Skills for Counseling & Psychotherapy (1)

Tuesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 200 (Giordano & Yesko)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 1

411 Individuals & Systems: Psychodynamic Viewpoints (1):

Tuesdays 12:30-4:30 p.m., FI 200 (Cytrynbaum)

with breakouts from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in LL00, 200, 300

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 1

416 Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy (1)

Wednesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 300 (Cullen)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 2

422 Foundations of Family, Marital and Couples Counseling (1)

Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI 200 (Baptiste)

Standard Year 1

 Two-Plus Year 2

481-1 Supervised Practicum in Counseling (1): Supervision Groups

Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Carn-Watkins)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 2

Practicum preceptor

Times & locations vary (Blum)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

483-1 Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling (1)

Fridays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 200 (Pagones)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 2

417 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (1)

Fridays 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI 200 (Young)

or

436 Child and Adolescent Counseling and Psychotherapy (1)

Fridays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Adelman)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

482-1 Supervised Internship in Counseling (1): Supervision

Times & locations vary (Carn-Watkins)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

Externship Case Consultation

Times & locations vary (Cytrnbaum, McDevitt, Seglin)

Two-Plus Year 3

499 Independent Study (1)

No tuition is paid for this course

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Winter Quarter

Monday, January 6, 2014-Friday, March 21, 2014

Two-Plus Year 1

479-2 Introduction to Clinical Practice (1)

Tuesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI LL00 (Carn-Watkins & Freed)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 2

480-2 Counseling Methods: Strategies for Counseling & Psychotherapy (1)

Tuesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 200 (Giordano & Yesko)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 1

414-20 Human Growth & Development (Child & Adolescent Focus) (1)

Tuesdays 12:30-3:30 p.m., LL00 (Baptiste)

or

414-21 Human Growth & Development (Adult Focus) (1)

Tuesdays 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI 200 (Skerrett)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 1

415 Psychotherapy in Counseling (1)

Wednesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 300 (Sher)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 2

426-20 Assessment in Counseling (Child & Adolescent Focus) (1)

Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI LL00 (Hill)

or

426-21 Assessment in Counseling (Adult Focus) (1)

Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI 200 (Wickery)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 2

481-2 Supervised Practicum in Counseling (1): Supervision Groups

Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Carn-Watkins)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 2

Practicum preceptor

Times & locations vary (Blum)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

483-2 Cultural Diversity in Counseling (1)

Fridays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 200 (Williams)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 2

452 Theory & Technique of Substance Abuse (1)

Fridays 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI 300 (Pagones)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

482-2 Supervised Internship in Counseling (1): Supervision

Times & locations vary (Carn-Watkins)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

Externship Case Consultation

Times & locations vary (Cytrnbaum, McDevitt, Seglin)

Two-Plus Year 3

499 Independent Study (1)

No tuition is paid for this course

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Spring Quarter

Monday, March 31, 2014-June 13, 2014

Two-Year Plus 1

479-3 Introduction to Clinical Practice (1)

Tuesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI LL00 (Carn-Watkins)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 2

480-3 Counseling Methods: Outreach, Prevention & Advocacy (1)

Tuesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 200 (Baptiste)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 1

 412 Group & Organizational Dynamics (1)

Tuesdays 12:30-4:30 p.m., FI 200 (Cytrynbaum)

with breakouts from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in LL00, 200, 300

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 1

406 Research Methods in Counseling (1)

Wednesdays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 300 (Tipton)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 2

427 Career Development (1)

Wednesdays 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI 200 (Giordano)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 2

481-3 Supervised Practicum in Counseling (1): Supervision Groups

'Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Carn-Watkins)

Standard Year 1

Two-Plus Year 2

Practicum preceptor

Times & locations vary (Blum)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

483-3 Advanced Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (1)

Fridays 8:30-11:30 a.m., FI 200 (Pagones)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 2

453 Evaluation and Treatment of Trauma Disorders (1) - Elective

Fridays 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI 200 (Catherall)

or

MSFT 429-0 Sex Therapy (1)

Fridays 12:30-3:30 p.m., FI 300 (Sheehan)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

482-3 Supervised Internship in Counseling (1): Supervision

Times & locations vary (Carn-Watkins)

Standard Year 2

Two-Plus Year 3

Externship Case Consultation

Times & locations vary (Cytrnbaum, McDevitt, Seglin)

Two-Plus Year 3

 499 Independent Study (1)

No tuition is paid for this course

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