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CNS 615 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention (3). To examine, in theory and practice, issues in behavioral management, which affect behavior change within various school/clinical settings, and to learn techniques applicable to the process of behavior in change.

CNS 617 Introduction to Counseling (3). An introductory course in the history, philosophy, ethical and legal issues, principles and techniques of counseling, with emphasis on the organization and administration of mental health services in a variety of settings and diverse populations.

CNS 618 Issues in Mental Health Counseling (3). A course designed to survey the foundations of community and agency mental health counseling. Topics such as administration and supervision of mental health systems, needs assessment and program development, education and consultation practices, as well as case management and treatment services will be covered.

CNS 619 Foundational Counseling Techniques (3). An experiential study and practice of basic relationship and conceptualization counseling techniques will be the central focus of the course. Students must complete this course with a grade of B or better in order to continue in the program. Successful completion of CNS 619 is a prerequisite for CNS 790.

CNS 624 Theories of Counseling(3). Critical analysis and evaluation of leading theories of counseling and their implications for practice. Successful completion of CNS 624 is a prerequisite for CNS 790.

CNS 625 Legal & Ethical Issues (3). This course will present the legal and ethical ramifications that being a counselor in today’s complex society demands. An in-depth examination of current contemporary issues will highlight the course.

CNS 635 Human Development (3). A detailed study of the human life-span in terms of growth and development, foundations and dynamics of human behavior, personality, and learning.

CNS 671 Multicultural Counseling (3). A focus on pluralism, identity development, cultural awareness, and the role that cultural environment plays in the lives of people and the implications of that role in the helping process.

CNS 676 Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (3). Course is designed to prepare students in the knowledge and understanding of human behavior, diagnosis, and methods in assessment. Students will gain knowledge and skill in conducting mental status exams, intake assessments, biopsychosocial histories, and risk assessments. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CNS 677 Psycho-Educational Assessment (3). Theory and assessment of educational disabilities, and the supervised use of formal and informal diagnostic methods, such as observations, interviews, biographical information, academic tests and behavioral assessments. This course is designed for school psychology students and school counselors seeking the Individual Intelligence Assessment Endorsement. Prerequisites: GUI 690 and consent of instructor.

CNS 679 Advanced Practicum: Guidance and Counseling (3). Closely supervised practice in counseling under staff supervision in selected educational and agency settings. Open only to those possessing a provisional counseling certificate or its equivalent. Must be or have been a practicing counselor.

CNS 683 Tests and Measurements  (3). The selection, administration and uses of psychoeducational tests are discussed with emphasis on application in various settings, legal/ethical issues, and measurement concepts. Usually taken within first nine hours. (Same as PSY 683.)

CNS 684 Problems (3). This course is designed for advanced students who want to work on special problems in the student’s program of study according to individual needs. Staff  supervision should be arranged prior to enrollment. Course may be repeated for up to six hours of credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

CNS 686 Career Counseling  (3). A survey of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of career development and career counseling.

CNS 688 Professional School Psychology (3). This course provides an overview and integrates theory and practice of all areas of school psychology. This will include historical evolution of school psychology, professional standards, legal and ethical issues and the roles and functions of the school psychologist.

CNS 689 Individual Testing (3). Supervised practice in the administration and interpretation of a variety of individual cognitive tests such as the WJ-III Cognitive and WISC-IV. This course is designed for individuals in the school counseling, Individual Intelligence Assessment Endorsement, and school psychology programs. Prerequisites: GUI 683 and consent of instructor.

CNS 690 Advanced Individual Testing (3). Supervised practice in the administration and interpretation of a variety of individual cognitive, memory, and adaptive tests such as the KABC-II, WAIS-III, UNIT, SIB-R, and BASC-II. This class is designed solely for school psychology students and those school counselors seeking the Individual Intelligence Assessment Endorsement. Prerequisites: GUI 689 and consent of instructor.

CNS 692 Group Counseling  (3). An experiential course in the dynamics of group behavior. The student will participate in an encounter-type group experi­ence as well as being introduced to theory and techniques of group counseling. In addition, group guidance procedures are emphasized to include meaning, purposes, scope, and methods. Strongly recommended to be taken within the first 12 hours of course work.

CNS 694 Advanced Counseling and Supervision (3). An extension of 619 whereby students will study and apply advanced counseling techniques and basic supervisory skills. Prerequisite: CNS 619.

CNS 695 Advanced Group Counseling (3). An extension of CNS 692. An advanced study in group counseling, research and technique application. Prerequisite: CNS 692.

CNS 696 Advanced Research (3). Emphasis on individual research for advanced students in counseling. Prerequisites: approval of advisor and consent of instructor.

CNS 697 Organization and Administration of Personnel Services (3). The selection, organization and implementation of personnel services. Analysis of programs, staffing and relationships of programs will be emphasized.

CNS 699 Survey of Effective School Counseling (K-12) (3). Course provides knowledge and skills to be an effective school counselor for grades P-12. In particular, the American School Counselor’s Association (ASCA) National Model of Foundations, Delivery, Management and Accountability will be stressed as well as the utilization of ASCA’s Student Skills of Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development. In addition, Kentucky learning goals and Kentucky’s ILP’s will be discussed and integrated into the course.

CNS 720 Elementary School Counseling  (3). Course provides professional knowledge, skills, and practices to be an effective school counselor in the elementary school setting. It focuses on theory, techniques, and proficiency that are developmentally appropriate to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all P-5 grade students. Prerequisite: CNS 617.

CNS 722 Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling (3). A graduate course that provides counselors and other human service workers with an overview of the addictive process. Theories of addiction counseling and application of these theories will comprise a significant part of this course, particularly with how they apply to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Co-occurring disorders, such as process addictions and mental illnesses will also be addressed. Students will develop conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and self-awareness concerning the etiology of addiction, assessment strategies, wellness strate­gies for facilitating optimal development and preventing clinician burn-out, and diagnosis and treatment planning. This will be accomplished through assigned readings, seminar discussions, videotapes, lectures, case presentations, guest speakers, and student assignments.

CNS 725 Middle/Secondary School Counseling (3). Course prepares 5-12 School Counselors with professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career and personal/social development of all 5-12 students. Emphasis is placed on skills, theory, and techniques that are developmentally appropriate for middle and secondary school settings focusing on the American School Counselor’s Association (ASCA) National Model of Foundations, Delivery, Management and Accountability and on ASCA’s Student Skills of Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development as they pertain to the developmental level of middle and secondary school students. Prerequisites: CNS 617 and 720.

CNS 734 Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (3). A graduate course that provides counselors and other human service workers with an overview of the processes and theories involved with counseling couples and families. The focus of this course is to prepare students to think systemically and to learn about family concepts, dynamics, theories, and techniques. This will be accomplished through assigned readings, seminar discussions, small group work, role plays, lectures, case presentation, audiovisual materials, guest speakers, and student assignments.

CNS 746 Wellness and Prevention Counseling (3). Course integrates the preventive origins of counseling with other models of prevention. This teaching and learning approach will balance between understanding wellness and prevention conceptually and studying some illustrations of wellness and preventive practices and hold promise for enhancing the counseling field. It is anticipated that students will gain a better understanding of how evolving theories of prevention can be utilized to help individuals and groups avert specific psychological, educational, and health problems via “before-the-fact” preventive actions. As a hands-on learning tool, students will identify an area of interest as a focal point for their development of a prevention model that is of special interest to them. The course will also address ethical and professional issues and multicultural issues related to prevention work. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CNS 748 Expressive Arts and Activities Counseling (3). Course is designed as an exploration of play and activity counseling theories and interventions applicable to counselors working with a variety of client concerns in school and community counseling settings. This course emphasizes the development of play and activity counseling skills through didactic and experimental activities. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CNS 752 Trauma and Crisis Counseling  (3). An examination of diverse trauma and crisis situations used by counselors to assist individuals, groups, and orga­nizations experiencing crisis and/or trauma. Course will include an overview of roles and responsibilities of counselors in crisis intervention. Assessment and case management for crisis and traumatic situations in educational, community agency, medical, emergency management, and human resources settings will be explored.

CNS 760 Eating Disorders & Self-Image Counseling  (3). Course provides an overview of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Treatment is considered from a team-based approach to include psychological, cognitive, and physiological processes. Obesity and its relationship with eating disorders as well as self-image will also be addressed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CNS 790 Practicum  (3). Closely supervised practice in an appropriate professional setting. See program handbook for criteria for site selection and supervision requirements. Arrangements for the practicum must be made a semester in advance. Also, the student must be admitted to the program. Students must successfully complete CNS 790 with a grade of A or B before being allowed to continue in their program. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit. Prerequisite: CNS 619.

CNS 794 Internship I  (3-6). Designed to provide a minimum of 300 hours of intensive counseling experience conducted in a setting as similar as possible to that in which the intern subsequently intends to seek employment. Weekly supervision requirements will be provided by faculty and on-site professionals, and interns are expected to apply the knowledge and skills previously acquired in their program. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit. Prerequisite: CNS 790 with a grade of A or B.

CNS 795 Internship II  (3-6). A continuation of CNS 794, culminating in a minimum of 600 contact hours at the internship setting for the total internship experience and will include the capstone oral defense. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit.  Prerequisite: CNS 794 with a grade of A or B.

CNS 798 Specialty Study (3). This course is designed to enable the student, with the supervision of his/her graduate faculty committee, to select a problem directly related to the student’s area of concentration, survey the research literature, collect research data and write the research paper.

ADM 630 Methods of Research  (3). A study of procedures used to locate sources of information, organize and interpret collected data, and apply results of published research. Various research methods are studied and used.

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