Courses for M.S. Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling

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Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GCNE 565

Therapeutic Techniques in Counseling

"This skill development course is based on a ""beginning, middle, and end"" model of the counseling process. You will be required to explore and demonstrate basic counseling skills that are associated with each of these three stages. This experience is intended to serve as an introduction to the skills and methods for initiating, maintaining, and terminating the therapeutic relationship. Emphasis will be given to structuring, attending, listening, interviewing, and problem solving as skills to be developed. "

GCNE 572

Child and Adolescent Counseling

This course is designed to increase students’ understanding of conducting psychotherapy with children. The students will examine the theory and application of child and play therapeutic interventions. In addition, intervention strategies for helping adults for whom childhood issues continue will also be developed.

GREV 701

Research Methods & Design

This course provides an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design and methodology. Through the use of specific research cases, students will analyze the practical problems faced by a researcher and the solution he or she selected. Students will also learn to evaluate the researcher's solutions and consider alternatives.

GCNE 665

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Practicum

The practicum experience is viewed as a tutorial experience during which the trainee works under the supervision of the site and University supervisors. The practicum seeks to integrate the “counselor as a person” with the formalized knowledge gained by the trainee in didactic course work.

GCNE 549

Multicultural Issues and Strategies in Counseling

This course is designed to increase learner awareness, knowledge and skill around the complexity of multicultural issues in professional counseling. The course intends to foster personal and professional growth, and knowledge of a variety of cultural contexts. The course will combine lecture, in class activities and discussion, out of class reading and assignments, film and learner presentation. Learners will be expected to examine their own cultural influences and biases within a safe and cooperative learning environment.

GCNE 656

Psychotherapeutic Aspects of Human Sexuality

This course is designed to provide information, attitudinal training and counseling experience for graduate students in the area of human sexuality. It will be a counseling course dealing with basic concepts of human sexual development and the bio-psycho-sexual dynamics influencing sexual behavior throughout the life cycle. There will be a focus on sexual problems and dysfunctions, along with appropriate therapeutic treatment. This course is a balance of examining one’s own personal sexual values and how they affect the counseling relationship, along with didactic information about human sexuality.

GCNE 562

Lifespan Development and Counseling

This course will broadly survey developmental theories and concepts, and applied knowledge from a lifespan perspective. Beginning with conception and continuing through death, emphasis is placed on personal development, family development, and lifespan issues from a counseling perspective. This course is designed in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

GCNE 707

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Internship I

The purpose for the Counseling Internship is to provide the Counselor Education student with an opportunity to develop a formal understanding of the overall role of a counselor. The Internship is an experience which will provide activities that are to be supervised and evaluated in order to determine the student’s potential for success in the profession. Site and site supervisor selection is subject to the approval of the Counselor Education Program.

GCNE 556

Counseling and Consultation Theory

This course provides students with the most current assessment of the constructs, principles, and techniques of major counseling theories. Emphasis will be given to mainstream individual theories with some attention on systems models.

GCNE 557

Group Counseling: Theory & Techniques

This course is an introduction to group work and specifically group counseling. It is designed to provide future counselors with opportunities to explore basic theoretical and practical concepts regarding the group counseling process, specifically, the behavioral dynamics of groups; the role, essential skills, techniques and methods of group leadership, as well as the historical and theoretical foundations of group work in community mental health and school settings. The theories of group counseling, germane ethical codes and legal implications for group workers, as well as the multicultural and other essential preparation standards for effective group workers will be reviewed.

GCNE 673

Diagnosis and Treatment Plan Professional Counseling

This course provides the student with an overview of the diagnostic criteria of deviant behavior based on the DSM IV-TR. Emphasis is placed on the manifestations of deviant behavior in counseling practice; case conceptualization and differential diagnosis; the use of the DSM IV in diagnosis and treatment planning; and the role of psychotropic medication in the management of mental illness.

GCNE 651

Introduction to Addiction Counseling

This course will examine the theories, techniques and practices of addictive behavior and addictions counseling. The focus of the course will be on understanding addictive process and its relationship to a variety of chemical and behavioral addictions.

GCNE 652

Career Development and Counseling

This course is intended to be an introduction to career development theory and practice. Participants in this course will receive instruction in the theories, strategies and applications associated with career development in the field of professional counseling. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and competencies required to be (1) counselors who integrate lifestyle and developmental approaches, (2) consultants regarding vocational counseling, (3) knowledgeable in process to assist individual decision making, and (4) knowledgeable and skilled in the ethical, legal and professional issues associated with these concepts. The course is also designed to assist students with the experiences necessary to understand how their development affects their professional decisions and practice.

GCNE 708

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Internship II

The purpose for the Counseling Internship is to provide the Counselor Education student with an opportunity to develop a formal understanding of the overall role of a counselor. The Internship is an experience which will provide activities that are to be supervised and evaluated in order to determine the student’s potential for success in the profession. Site and site supervisor selection is subject to the approval of the Counselor Education Program.

GPSY 512

Psychological Testing

Introduction to basic principles of test theory, construction and measurement. Topics include reliability, validity, item analysis as well as other test construction considerations. Test interpretation focuses on standardized test scores and factor analysis. Survey of general ability tests, achievement tests, personality tests and interest inventories.

GCNE 564

Introduction to Clinical Counseling and Ethical Practices

This course introduces students to clinical aspects of community-based mental health and marriage/family counseling. The course reviews the ethical practice of clinical counseling across domains of professional activity. The resources within Gumberg Library's Curriculum Center are reviewed.

GCNE 700

Group Counseling Lab

This laboratory course, in conjunction with GCNE 557-61 Group Counseling, is designed for graduate students enrolled in counselor education. There are no prerequisites for this course, and the course is available to other Duquesne University graduate students as an elective. Group Counseling, combined with the laboratory experience, is an introductory graduate level course providing students with knowledge and skills of group work using an experiential format. The laboratory component of the course consists of student participation in a personal growth group. The group is designed to facilitate the personal and professional development of students as counselors-in-training and provide an opportunity for students to be group members.

GCNE 672

Fieldwork Orientation

This is a non-credit prerequisite meeting to prepare counseling program students to understand the requirements for fieldwork, which includes both practicum and internship, and the program’s procedures for obtaining a fieldwork site and enrolling in the fieldwork classes. Students are to enroll in this course for the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to enroll in practicum.

GCNE 569

Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Counseling

This course explores the theories and clinical applications associated with crisis, trauma, and disaster counseling.

GCNE 654

Introduction to Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

This course is an introduction to the field of marriage, couple, and family counseling. An overview of the basic approaches to marriage, couple, and family counseling is provided. Therapeutic techniques and concepts that are appropriate to the field will be included.

GCNE 669

Advanced Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

This course focuses on the application of the major theories of marriage and family counseling as they relate to the provision of treatment with a variety of specific issues, populations, and contemporary family concerns. Emphasis will be placed on model application, techniques, professional issues, and the development of advanced conceptualization skills. Consideration will be given to legal, ethical, and cultural implications.