Course Descriptions

Community Counseling

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 8063
Advanced Seminar: Mindfulness Based Counseling
3 credits

This course will provide an overview of the construct of mindfulness and its applications in the clinical mental health counseling field.  Students will be given instruction to help them to establish a personal mindfulness practice.  In addition, students will review current treatment approaches that utilize mindfulness, including Mindfulness Based Cognitive therapies, Mindfulness Based addiction therapies, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  Students of this course will be prepared to be mindfulness based in their counseling practice, and will have the prerequisite to pursue training as a mindfulness teacher from programs that provide that certification.

Prerequisite(s): Must be enrolled in the WU CMHC program and have chair approval or be a graduate or graduate student from a counseling or mental health training program

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.