Bulletin

Counseling


College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Gail Whitaker (Interim)

Department of Counseling
BH 316
415-338-2005
Chair: Amy Hittner

Graduate Coordinator: Amy Hittner

Faculty
Professors—Chope, Cummings, Falik, Hittner, Meadow, Nemon, Tanaka, Winfrey, Zwillinger, E. Associate Professors—Dew, Lee, Smith Lecturers—Ayres, Batha, Bettinger, Brean, Buchholz, Bussey, Chavez, Goodyear, Kittridje, Roberson, Tecau, Zwillinger, L.
Programs
Minor in Counseling

M.S. in Counseling

M.S. in Counseling: Concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling

M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling

Certificate in Rehabilitation Engineering Technology


Program Scope
The Department of Counseling is a professional education and training program that prepares individuals to function professionally as counselors in colleges, colleges, business and industry, rehabilitation and mental health settings and as marriage and family counselors. Students completing the programs of the department will have competencies in common core areas of helping relationships (theories of counseling, human development, socio-cultural factors, assessment and diagnosis, career development, abnormal behavior, basic interviewing skills, group counseling skills and research). There will also be broad based emphasis on professional development and personal growth. In addition to the core competencies, specialized knowledge and training will be acquired in specific concentrations chosen by students.

The department recognizes that it must be aware of and responsive to the social and cultural forces of the community and strives to reflect the unique perspectives of the various communities it serves. It is committed to serving multicultural and multi-ethnic populations including persons of color; persons of gay, lesbian, and bisexual orientation; and persons with disabilities.

The Department of Counseling offers a Minor in Counseling. It has been designed to meet the needs of students who (1) want training as a paraprofessional or counselor aide; (2) want to supplement majors which have some involvement with the helping professions; or (3) are considering graduate study in counseling.

The department offers the Master of Science in Counseling, a Master of Science in Counseling with a Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. The department is also authorized to recommend qualified candidates for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certificate, the College Services Credential: Pupil Personnel Services-Counseling, and to verify the Marriage, Family and Child Counseling License to the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners. The department also offers a graduate certificate in Rehabilitation Engineering Technology.

The rehabilitation counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. The school counseling, college and student personnel counseling, and marriage and family counseling programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

The profession of counseling is a process where counselors assist clients to learn about themselves and learn to help themselves within their respective environments. The role of the professional counselor calls for individuals who possess skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to help people make personal life decisions.

Students select electives according to their area of specialization. School counselors focus mostly on learning, academic advising, and related emotional problems; college counselors concentrate mainly on educational advising and career development; career counselors are concerned with problems of career development and life planning. Gerontological counselors are concerned with issues of aging with individuals and their families. Rehabilitation counselors work with individuals with a variety of disabling conditions. MFC counselors, in general, focus on problems in interpersonal relationships.

It is possible to specialize in more than one area of counseling. Students who want to work towards an MFCC license must follow the curriculum for the M.S. in Counseling: Concentration in MFCC. The student may add a second specialization in school, career, college, gerontology, or rehabilitation counseling by taking all required courses in that specialization. Although no special preparation has been required for admission to the program, undergraduate studies in counseling, developmental psychology, personality theory, and abnormal psychology are very helpful. Paid or volunteer experience working with people has been an important factor for admission to the program.

The faculty in the Department of Counseling, perhaps because it is the largest in the State of California, is quite varied in approach. Students are exposed to many points of view, and are free to choose the professional approach with which they are most comfortable.

Career Outlook
Students graduating with a master's degree in counseling are eligible for a variety of career options.

Career counselors work in settings such as schools, colleges, or employee assistance programs in business and industry. They may also open a private practice. Employment outlook—excellent.

College counselors may become student services professionals such as activities advisers, EOP counselors, financial aide and recruitment counselors, in two- and four-year institutions. They may also work at counseling and advising centers. Employment outlook—very good.

Upon graduation, school counselors receive their Pupil Personnel Services Counseling Credential from the State of California to counsel in K-12 public schools (private school require no credential). They do personal and academic counseling and work in an integrated services team model with other mental health and education professionals. Employment outlook—very good.

Gerontological counselors work with older adults and their families. Duties include case management counseling and consultation with family members. Settings include senior centers, housing homes, agencies, and hospice. Employment outlook—excellent.

Upon graduation MFC counselors are eligible to sit for the MFCC license exam after accumulating a total of 3,000 hours (1,500 must be post-master's). MFCC's work in school and colleges, agencies, business, and industry and upon receiving the license, private practice settings. Employment outlook—very good.

Rehabilitation counselors may become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) upon passing the national examination. They work in private and public rehabilitation settings with persons who have a variety of disabilities. Employment outlook—excellent.

MINOR IN COUNSELING

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Counseling discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).

The minor offers four areas of study for all students:

The Field of Counseling. Students are introduced to the counseling profession through an overview of role and functions in career, college, marriage, family and child, mental health, and rehabilitation settings; historical perspective; professional identification; ethical considerations; and self-awareness.

Psychological Understandings. Students receive a general introduction to the field of psychology.

Decision Making. Students examine how individuals make choices and how decisions are made through self-assessment and evaluation by others. The study includes ethnic and cultural differences in the decision-making process.

Skill Training. The development of basic skills which include attending, responding, interpretation, and decision making. The training includes practicum experience in interviewing skills.

Curriculum
						Units
PSY 200		General Psychology		    3
PSY 431		Developmental Psychology or
	SW 410	Human Development and the Social 
		Services			    3
COUN 325	Career Development and 
		Leadership			    3
COUN 605	Interviewing Skills Practicum	    3
COUN 606	Interviewing Skills		    3
COUN 690	Field of Counseling		    3
Electives chosen in consultation with the 
department's undergraduate coordinator		  6-8
		Total for minor			24-26

GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN COUNSELING

General Information
All M.S. students go through a basic sequence of academic courses including four semesters of supervised counseling practice and internship. Students select electives according to their area of specialization.

The Department of Counseling requires 60 hours of approved graduate work for the Master of Science degrees. Prior to admission as a candidate an applicant may petition the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee for up to 12 hours of appropriate post-baccalaureate degree work taken in other departments or other institutions within seven years of application. Courses taken for another degree or credential may not be counted for the Master of Science in Counseling. See section entitled "Transfer Credit from Other Institutions."

It may be possible to complete the M.S. program either as a full-time student or as a part-time student taking daytime, late afternoon (4:10-6:55), and evening classes. However, students should know that field work, most often, takes place during regular work hours.

Admission to Program
Selection of students is based on academic as well as personal background and may require one or more interviews with a faculty representative scheduled after the written application has been received.

Admission to the department involves the following:

Written English Proficiency Requirement
Level One: met by successfully completing the Graduate Essay Test (GET) to the satisfaction of the major department. Level Two: satisfied by demonstration of English competency on the final paper for COUN 891.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELING

Counselors work in a variety of settings where they are concerned with assisting individuals to make knowledgeable life choices and understand self. Career counselors assist clients in assessing interests and skills and assist with job hunting skills as well as life goals and values across the life span. College counselors work in two- and four-year colleges and universities assisting students with career planning, personal issues, academic advising, and all aspects of student life.

School counselors work with young people, their teachers, and families to assist in the educational goals and adjustment in private and public K-12 schools. Focus is on primary prevention and school counselors work closely with school personnel, parents, and the community in an integrated services model of service delivery. Gerontological counselors focus on mental health counseling and assessment with older persons. Foci include personal adjustment, community services, family and relationship issues in older age.

Prerequisite to Program: COUN 690, Field of Counseling

NOTE: Students who complete this degree are not eligible for the Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling (MFCC) license, unless they are classified under the MFCC Concentration.

Curriculum
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Counseling discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).

						Units
COUN 700	Theories of Counseling		 3
COUN 702	Developmental Foundations for 
		Counselors			 3
COUN 703	Psychological Foundations for 
		Counselors			 3
COUN 705	Practicum and Internship	 2
COUN 706	Interviewing Process		 3
COUN 715	Assessment in Counseling	 3
COUN 735	Counseling Practicum and 
		Field Work			 3
COUN 736	Advanced Counseling Process	 3
COUN 738	Alcohol and Substance Abuse	 1
COUN 833	Social and Cultural Foundations 
		in Counseling			 3
COUN 857	Law and Ethics in Counseling	 3
COUN 858	Couples and Family Counseling	 3
COUN 859	Counseling Aspects of Sexuality	 2
COUN 891	Case Studies and Internship 
		Seminar				 3
COUN 892	Internship			 6
COUN 811	Group Counseling Process	 3
ISED 797	Seminar in Educational Research	 3
Area of Specialization (see below)		10
		Minimum total			60
Areas of Specialization
Career Counseling

COUN 720	Career Counseling		 3
COUN 721	Computer Applications in 
		Counseling			 3
COUN 727	Job Development and Placement	 3
Elective					 1
College Counseling

COUN 720	Career Counseling		 3
COUN 721	Computer Applications in 
		Counseling			 3
COUN 792	Seminar for Counselors in 
		Student Personnel Services	 3
Elective					 1
School Counseling
COUN 720	Career Counseling		 3
COUN 827	The Consultation Process	 2
COUN 780	Learning Clinic I		 2
COUN 830	Organization of Pupil Personnel 
		Services and Laws		 3
Gerontological Counseling

GRN 705		Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary 
		Synthesis			 3
GRN 710		Aging Process			 3
COUN 820	Counseling the Older Adult	 2
COUN 821	Mental Health Assessment with 
		the Older Adult			 2

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELING: CONCENTRATION IN MARRIAGE, FAMILY, AND CHILD COUNSELING

Marriage, family, and child counseling is a field of professional specialization concerned with assisting children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples deal with issues related to relationships with their family of origin and present families and relationships. MFC counselors work in areas such as substance abuse, family/workplace/community violence, sexual abuse, stress management, family dysfunction, and life transitions. They provide services in community agencies, schools, colleges, hospitals, and private practice settings.

Prerequisite to Program: COUN 690, Field of Counseling

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Counseling discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).

Curriculum
						Units
COUN 700	Theories of Counseling		 3
COUN 702	Developmental Foundations for 
		Counselors			 3
COUN 703	Psychological Foundations for 
		Counselors			 3
COUN 705	Practicum and Internship	 2
COUN 706	Interviewing Process		 3
COUN 715	Assessment in Counseling	 3
COUN 720	Career Counseling		 1
COUN 735	Counseling Practicum and Field 
		Work				 3
COUN 736	Advanced Counseling Process	 3
COUN 738	Alcohol and Substance Abuse	 1
COUN 827	The Consultation Process	 2
COUN 833	Social and Cultural Foundations 
		in Counseling			 3
COUN 857	Law and Ethics for Counselors	 3
COUN 858	Couples and Family Counseling I	 3
COUN 859	Counseling Aspects of Sexuality	 2
COUN 860	Couples and Family 
		Counseling II			 3
COUN 861	Seminar on Child Treatment	 3
COUN 891	Case Studies and Internship	 3
COUN 892	Internship			 6
COUN 811	Group Counseling Process	 3
ISED 797	Seminar in Education Research	 3
Elective					 1
		Minimum total			60

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN REHABILITATION COUNSELING

Rehabilitation counseling is a field of professional specialization concerned with assisting individuals to achieve satisfying and satisfactory life adjustment through vocational and psychological counseling, skill training, education, and work. The population served consists of persons with social, emotional, psychological, and/or medical disorders. The rehabilitation counselor must, therefore, be knowledgeable in these areas in order to integrate the counselor's own work with clients into that of other professional disciplines.

That which distinguishes rehabilitation counseling from the other helping professions is the need for counselors to acquire an in-depth knowledge of disability and occupations, the labor market, and skills in job placement. In this way the counselor can be effective in facilitating the maximal integration of clients into the community.

Counselors-in-training may work with persons from a wide range of disabling conditions; e.g., physical, emotional, developmental, substance abuse, etc. Along with generic training for rehabilitation counselors, the department offers subspecializations in deafness and rehabilitation engineering technology.

Curriculum
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Counseling discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).

						Units
COUN 700	Theories of Counseling		  3
COUN 702	Developmental Foundations for 
		Counselors			  3
COUN 703	Psychological Foundations for 
		Counselors			  3
COUN 704	Psychological Aspects of 
		Disability			  3
COUN 705	Practicum and Internship	  3
COUN 706	Interviewing Process		  3
COUN 715	Assessment in Counseling	  3
COUN 735	Counseling Practicum and Field 
		Work				  3
COUN 736	Advanced Counseling Process	  3
COUN 738	Alcohol and Substance Abuse	  1
COUN 762	Seminar on Field of 
		Rehabilitation Counseling	  3
COUN 766	Medical–Social Aspects of 
		Rehabilitation Counseling	  4
COUN 778	Occupational Information, 
		Dynamics, and Placement in 
		Rehabilitation Counseling	  3
COUN 833	Social and Cultural Foundations 
		of Counseling			  3
COUN 892	Internship			6-7
COUN 891	Case Studies and Internship 
		Seminar				  3
COUN 811	Group Counseling Process	  3
ISED 797	Seminar in Educational Research	  3
Elective on advisement				3-4
		Minimum total			 60

CERTIFICATE IN REHABILITATION ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Program Directors—Alice Nemon, BH 242; Peter Pfaelzer, SCI 124

General Information
This certificate is designed for rehabilitation counselors and engineers working or planning to work in the field of rehabilitation technology. The program will consider other individuals for admission whose academic qualifications and professional experience are judged to uniquely qualify them for this field of study. Utilizing rehabilitation technology, people with disabilities previously deemed unemployable and unable to live independently, can lead productive and independent lives. Students receive a broad, hands-on introduction to the field. Working in interdisciplinary teams, they learn to assess consumers' needs using a problem-solving approach. They identify possible solutions, locate commercially-available products, make necessary modifications to existing devices, or design new ones. Students also learn to evaluate and modify worksites for accessibility.

As a result of federal legislation, there has been a marked expansion in the utilization of technology as part of the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Employment opportunities for certificate holders include positions with hospitals, rehabilitation agencies and centers, independent living centers, workers' compensation companies, insurance companies, and companies producing assistive devices.

Courses taken in this certificate program may be included, on advisement, in the rehabilitation counseling master's program, the Master of Science in Engineering program, or as part of a M.A. Special Major.

Admission Requirements
The certificate is intended to prepare professionals for work in the field of adaptive technology. Preparation for the profession differs in the fields of engineering and rehabilitation counseling. For those students without a B.S. in Engineering, or who are not completing an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, a master's degree in a related approved program is a corequisite for awarding the certificate.

Written English Proficiency Requirement
Level One: is satisfied by successfully completing the Graduate Essay Test (GET) which is administered by the Testing Center.

Program
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Counseling discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).

Required Courses (All students must complete the common 10-unit core)

						Units
COUN 748	Rehabilitation Engineering 
		Technology I			 3
COUN 749	Rehabilitation Engineering 
		Technology II			 3
COUN 766	Medical-Social Aspects of 
		Rehabilitation Counseling	 4

Required courses for Engineers
ENGR 860	Advanced Engineering Design: 
		The Human Interface		 3
COUN 886	Assistive Technology 
		Internship			 4

Required courses for Rehabilitation Counselors
Electives on advisement				 3
COUN 886	Assistive Technology Internship	 4
		Minimum total			17

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