Course Descriptions

Community Counseling


MCC 6401
Theories of Counseling
3 credits

Classical theoretical approaches to counseling from both the historical and contemporary perspective are examined. Major personality theories, their relationship to counseling theories, and the formation of a personal counseling theory are studied. Application in clinical settings is emphasized.


MCC 6402
Human Development
3 credits

This course explores developmental processes from conception through adulthood. The interaction of environmental and genetic factors is stressed. Theoretical points of view are presented. Appropriate interventions for individuals with social, emotional, and/or cognitive developmental problems are discussed and analyzed.


MCC 6502
Tools & Techniques of Individual Counseling
3 credits

This course helps students put counseling theory into practice. The counseling process is discussed in generic terms, regardless of the theoretical base being used. Counseling methods are applied to personal/social development, academic development, problem solving, and decision-making. Legal and ethical issues are discussed and analyzed.

Prerequisite(s): MCC 6401, MCC 6505


MCC 6505
Principles & Practices of Community Counseling
3 credits

This course helps students gain knowledge and understanding of community counseling issues and the ethical standards of counseling practice. The administration and function of community counseling agencies are studied, with emphasis on the ethical issues confronting various agencies. The course focuses primarily on counselor certification and licensure, funding, records, and the relationship between ethical practice and the law.


MCC 6901
Classification of Psychopathology
3 credits

The classification system of psychopathology is studied with emphasis on symptomatology, etiology, and implications for treatment modalities with special emphasis given to multiaxial diagnosis. Various treatment interventions, including the adjunctive use of medications, are presented.

Prerequisite(s): MCC 6401, MCC 6505


MCC 7202
Group Counseling
3 credits

This course investigates group dynamics and group process related to counseling theory. Student participation in group counseling demonstrations. Methods of organizing and leading different types of groups are explored. Related legal and ethical issues are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): MCC 6401, MCC 6502


MCC 7203
Counseling for Career Development
3 credits

This course provides a lifespan perspective on work/career. The impact of career development theory on the counseling process and the relationship of career guidance and development to college, vocational/technical schools, and job placement in community and school-based settings are studied and discussed. The availability of specialized career counseling resources for diverse client populations and those with special needs is investigated.

Prerequisite(s): MCC 6401


MCC 7501
Family Counseling
3 credits

This course helps students gain understanding of family and marital systems with emphasis on prominent theoretical modalities and application of relevant techniques to classroom simulations. Students gain experience in dealing with dysfunctional families. The course considers issues such as sexuality, child abuse, substance abuse, sex equity, and the impact of children with special needs on the family structure.

Prerequisite(s): MCC 6401, MCC 6502


MCC 7605
Counseling Diverse Populations
3 credits

This course explores the social, psychological, cultural, economic, and environmental influences that affect various client populations. Counseling tools to meet the special needs of women, men, racial and ethnic minorities, the disabled, and other diverse groups are examined.

Prerequisite(s): MCC 6401


MCC 7805
Appraisal Techniques
3 credits

This course is a survey of psychological tests and instruments used in schools and agencies providing human services. A review of measurement terms precedes the administration, scoring, interpretation, and use of various appraisal instruments, including standardized intelligence, personality, psychomotor, and stress assessment instruments. Statistics necessary to understand test data are examined as students explain the relationship between test data and research. The use of computer technology in the scoring and interpretation of tests is also presented.

Prerequisite(s): MCC 6401, MCC 6505


MCC 7806
Research & Evaluation
3 credits

This course analyzes major types of social science research. Students become familiar with bibliographical sources and literature survey procedures. The implications of research and its applications to counseling are evaluated. Students gain experience in using common research procedures. Basic statistics (descriptive and inferential) and research design methods are presented.


MCC 7905
Practicum (100 hours)
3 credits

Primarily experiential in nature, this course serves as a forum for learning and practicing basic counseling skills and for actual supervised counseling experience in an agency setting or a college setting. Students will be expected to function as a staff member in this field experience. One hundred (100) total clock hours are required for the practicum experience with a minimum of 40 clock hours in direct client contact. Three fourths (3/4) of the direct client contact is in individual counseling and 1/4 is in group counseling. A major focus of the course is personal and professional self-development, emphasizing the maintenance of appropriate professional boundaries. As part of the process of self-examination, the classroom experiences focus on the counselor’s processes, rather than those of the client. Finally, the course explores strategies for structuring the counseling intervention strategies, evaluating outcomes, and successfully terminating the counseling relationship. Students will attend Group Supervision Seminar facilitated by a faculty supervisor. Group Supervision Seminar hours count toward the required 100 clock hours. Practicum is graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

Prerequisite(s): MCC 6401, MCC 6502, MCC 6505, MCC 6901, MCC 7202, plus 12 additional credits, “B” average for all previous coursework


MCC 8000
Internship (600 hours)
12 credits

Internship is the culminating experience of the counseling program. It is expected that the student will assume more professional responsibility during the internship than during the practicum, i. e. all of the responsibilities of a regular staff member. The internship is tutorial in nature, as the student counselor is given the opportunity to learn under the direct supervision of a qualified supervisor in the selected field setting. Training may involve two or more supervisors. Six hundred (600) total clock hours are required for the practicum internship experience with a minimum accumulation of 240 clock hours in direct client contact. Students will attend Group Supervision Seminar facilitated by a faculty supervisor. Group Supervision Seminar hours count toward the required 600 total clock hours. Internship is graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

Prerequisite(s): MCC 7905, “B” average for all previous coursework


MCC 8001
Internship (600 hours)
12 credits

Internship is the culminating experience of the counseling program. It is expected that the student will assume more professional responsibility during the internship than during the practicum, i. e. all of the responsibilities of a regular staff member. The internship is tutorial in nature, as the student counselor is given the opportunity to learn under the direct supervision of a qualified supervisor in the selected field setting. Training may involve two or more supervisors. Six hundred (600) total clock hours are required for the practicum internship experience with a minimum accumulation of 240 clock hours in direct client contact. Students will attend Group Supervision Seminar facilitated by a faculty supervisor. Group Supervision Seminar hours count toward the required 600 total clock hours. Internship is graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

Prerequisite(s): MCC 7905, “B” average for all previous coursework


MCC 8002
Internship (600 hours)
12 credits

Internship is the culminating experience of the counseling program. It is expected that the student will assume more professional responsibility during the internship than during the practicum, i. e. all of the responsibilities of a regular staff member. The internship is tutorial in nature, as the student counselor is given the opportunity to learn under the direct supervision of a qualified supervisor in the selected field setting. Training may involve two or more supervisors. Six hundred (600) total clock hours are required for the practicum internship experience with a minimum accumulation of 240 clock hours in direct client contact. Students will attend Group Supervision Seminar facilitated by a faculty supervisor. Group Supervision Seminar hours count toward the required 600 total clock hours. Internship is graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

Prerequisite(s): MCC 7905, “B” average for all previous coursework


MCC 8003
Internship (600 hours)
12 credits

Internship is the culminating experience of the counseling program. It is expected that the student will assume more professional responsibility during the internship than during the practicum, i. e. all of the responsibilities of a regular staff member. The internship is tutorial in nature, as the student counselor is given the opportunity to learn under the direct supervision of a qualified supervisor in the selected field setting. Training may involve two or more supervisors. Six hundred (600) total clock hours are required for the practicum internship experience with a minimum accumulation of 240 clock hours in direct client contact. Students will attend Group Supervision Seminar facilitated by a faculty supervisor. Group Supervision Seminar hours count toward the required 600 total clock hours. Internship is graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

Prerequisite(s): MCC 7905, “B” average for all previous coursework


MCC 8010
Child and Adolescent Counseling
3 credits

This course teaches students the basic principles of assessment, conceptualization, and intervention with children and adolescents. A variety of developmental and multi-systemic treatment modalities will be covered including play therapy, family therapy, family and school consultation, strength-based approaches, motivational counseling, reality therapy, and the use of expressive and metaphorical techniques with an emphasis on counseling youth in community based or hospital settings. Ethical issues and issues related to cultural and generational diversity will be discussed.


MCC 8020
Addictions Counseling
3 credits

This course introduces students to the basic principles of chemical dependency and “process addictions”, including the issues associated with gambling and sexual addictions counseling. Various biological, pharmacological, psychological, familial, social, cultural and spiritual dimensions of addictions will be examined. Relevant theories and research in the treatment of addictions will be discussed in conjunction with basic individual, group, and family counseling interventions. An emphasis will be placed on the “Motivational Interviewing” model.


MCC 8030
Human Sexuality Counseling
3 credits

This course is an overview of sexuality issues encountered in the practice of counseling including: anatomy and physiology related to human sexual response; varieties of sexual behavior; sociocultural context of human sexuality; sexuality issues across the lifespan; sexuality issues related to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, illness, disability, and abuse; counseling skills and techniques for assessing and counseling human sexuality issues; and ethical issues related to human sexuality counseling. During the course, students will be challenged to explore personal values, attitudes, and comfort level related to counseling sexuality issues.


MCC 8040
Crisis Intervention Counseling Strategies and Skills
3 credits

This course presents theories, strategies, and skills related to the provision of crisis intervention services for a variety of situations and populations. Models for assessing and responding to crises are discussed. Specific crisis intervention skills are taught and practiced.


MCC 8050
Ethical Decision-Making
3 credits

This course expands on the counselors’ basic knowledge of ethics to include a deeper understanding of the legal and moral issues involved in professional practice. The class will engage in rigorous discussion and debate of a number of complex and “real-life” situations with an emphasis on developing and honing ethical decision-making skills. Specific ethical issues related to gender, sexual, racial, cultural and generational diversity will be discussed in detail.


MCC 8060
Advanced Counseling and Psychotherapy
3 credits

This course is designed for the counselors and psychotherapists who have at least two years of professional experience. It goes beyond basic counseling theory and practice to consider psychotherapeutic process in depth. Specific interventions will be taught, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and transtheoretical models. Relevant research on integrative psychotherapy and alternative/experimental treatments will be considered.


MCC 8070
Marriage and Relationship Counseling
3 credits

This course covers marital and intimate relationships from a developmental perspective, including normal and dysfunctional relational styles and cycles, and family of origin issues. Problem resolution, communications skills training, promotion of couples’ growth as well as treatment of relationship dysfunction will be explored in detail. Gender, sexual orientation and ethnic issues will be examined.


MCC 8080
Advanced Family Counseling
3 credits

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary for the successful practice of family counseling and therapy. Interventions specific to various models, including strategic family therapy and contextual family therapy will be taught, and special populations such as single parent and multigenerational families, as well as same-sex relationships will be considered.