SPC 601 Fieldwork Practicum: Directed Observation and Practice in Schools
This course will enable the prospective school counselor to become familiar with the environmental and sociological aspects of the school community. Directed observation and practice made within K-12th grade schools of the New York/tri-state area.The student will be required to be an observer and participant within the school setting for 100 hours and complete appropriate projects.
SPC 615 The World of the Counselor
An examination of the basic issues affecting the school counselor practicing in the contemporary world. Issues explored will include the nature and scope of counseling, ethics and best practices, and the relationship between counselors and other members of the pupil personnel services team. Collaboration with outside agencies such as social service agencies and vocational and rehabilitative settings will be discussed The interaction between counseling and the broader education process will be explored by teaching students how to develop a comprehensive guidance plan; this includes how to develop counseling programs and research their effectiveness.
SPC 633 Developmental Psychology I
The focus of this course will be on children from birth through adolescence. Students will study the cognitive, social, emotional and physical aspects of development and their interrelationships within biological and cultural contexts. Historical and contemporary theories of development will be considered. Implications for teaching and curriculum and for clinical practice will be addressed.
SPC 652 Counseling Theory and Practice in a Developmental Context I
Theories and research in various psychodynamic, interpersonal, and humanistic schools of counseling.Students will study the evolution from traditional psychoanalytic theory to modern interpersonal and relational approaches.
SPC 653 Counseling Theory and Practice in a Developmental Context II
An overview of theories and research in various schools of cognitive, behavioral and other modern schools of counseling. Emphasis on understanding the individual in the context of his or her developmental experiences and particular environment. An understanding of the goals and methods used by evidence-based models of counseling.
SPC 654 Introduction to Counseling Process and Application I
A foundation course, introducing the student to the theory and practice of school counseling. It provides a broad exposure to the various current points of view and data-driven, evidence-based techniques in counseling. Development of counselor skills is stressed, with emphasis on ethics and best practices, personal growth and self-awareness. Role plays will be utilized.
SPC 656 Introduction to Counseling and Application II
SPC 657A Family Counseling
Overview of theories of family therapy and study of patterns of family interaction. Techniques for improving family functioning are discussed as well as techniques for dealing with the family in group counseling. Marital counseling and parent counseling are studied. Attention is given to government and private agencies that deal with the emotional problems faced by families.
SPC 660A Group Counseling Theory and Practice
An overview of theories, research, techniques, and processes in the dynamics of group counseling, with particular emphasis on the role of the leader, the participation of group members, the cohesiveness of the group, the measurement of growth of each group member. The opportunities of using group techniques for school counseling, teaching, community work, tutorial programs, and vocational and educational counseling are considered.
SPC 661A School Counseling Internship I
Practical experience of working with counselees under supervision in a K-12 school for a minimum of 300 clock hours. This course requires a 300 hour internship experience either in grades K-8 or in grades 9-12 and is given in conjunction with SPC 661D. Together the two courses will provide the student with a total of 600 hours of internship comprised of a minimum of 240 clock hours of supervised direct student service in group counseling, individual counseling and school counseling core curriculum lesson delivery and a minimum of 360 supervised clock hours focused on developing, implementing and evaluating key school counseling elements. In addition, students also participate in weekly seminars to discuss and evaluate the counseling process.
SPC 661D School Counseling Internship II
Continuation of internship in SPC 661A or 661B. Practical experience of working with counselees under supervision in a K-12 school for a minimum of 300 clock hours. This course requires a 300 hour internship experience either in grades K-8 or in grades 9-12 and is given in conjunction with SPC 661D. Together the two courses will provide the student with a total of 600 hours of internship comprised of a minimum of 240 clock hours of supervised direct student service in group counseling, individual counseling and school counseling core curriculum lesson delivery and a minimum of 360 supervised clock hours focused on developing, implementing and evaluating key school counseling elements. In addition, students also participate in weekly seminars to discuss and evaluate the counseling process.
SPC 668A Diagnostic Tools for Measurement
This course will focus on the function of measurement and evaluation; purpose of testing in schools, agencies and colleges; uses and abuses of tests in our society; achievement, aptitude and psychological tests; use of resource materials; validity, reliability and norms; statistical and clinical procedures; administration and interpretation of tests; and communication of test results. Role-playing and demonstrations will be utilized.
SPC 682 World of Work: Assessment of Individual Needs and Needs of Society
The importance of work to individuals during their life span and its implication for society: psychological, economic and social factors that affect vocational development and choice; relationship of vocational counseling to personal/social counseling; the counselor’s role in clients’ vocational development; scope and sources of occupational information; application of vocational development theories to school, college and agency settings; visits to job settings, interviews with employees, employers and agency representatives; analysis of job satisfaction.
SPC 745C College Admissions Process
This course is designed for students presently working in a school setting, or pursuing a path leading to certification in guidance and counseling. The broad span of topics covered will assist them with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with students and families for the college admission and selection process. Through a multi-modal approach, students will develop practical skills to help traditional, special and diverse populations. Current trends in college admissions, ethical issues, financial aid, the student essay, letters of recommendation, admissions testing and the student athlete are among the many topics that will be addressed.
SPC 745E Counseling the Special Education Student
This course aims at providing the student/practitioner with a broad, in-depth understanding of myriad factors which impact on the adaptation, self-image and adjustment of special education students. Categories of special education populations will be introduced. Through such understanding, the course will then develop and explore counseling and palliative principles to guide work with such populations. Self-awareness as related to these issues will be stressed throughout the course as students develop a deeper comprehension of ethical and professional counseling practice in our diverse society.
SPC 745H High School Counseling
This course will focus on the practical application of a comprehensive developmental school counseling program at the high school level. The roles and responsibilities of a high school counselor will be discussed. Topics to be covered will include college admissions, academic advisement, crisis intervention, consultation and career planning. An emphasis will be placed on the college admissions process and individual planning including assessment, career and transitional planning. Current issues and special programs in high school counseling will also be discussed.
SPC 745M Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling
This course will explore issues in multicultural counseling. There will be a review of the theory and research necessary to work more effectively with culturally diverse people. Students will develop cultural awareness and apply new insights in multicultural situations. The course will increase students’ multicultural counseling and development knowledge, with a focus on communication problems when contact is made with persons from differing cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds and how these factors impact on the counseling relationship.
SPC 745O Dealing with Loss and Grief
This course will utilize a variety of teaching methods including lectures, therapeutic and writing activities, creative games, role-playing, group discussion, field trips, guest lecturers and other interactive exercises designed for those experiencing loss and grief. Session topics will include grief affecting individuals, families, schools and other social systems; age appropriate classroom curricula and school based grief support groups; crisis intervention plans and community resources. The sessions will attempt to help the participants understand their personal responses to death as well as understand and respond to the grief that follows all kinds of losses in people's lives.
SPC 747 Elementary School Counseling
This course will examine the evolving role and unique responsibilities of the elementary school counselor. It will address the academic, developmental, emotional and social needs and concerns of elementary school student. It will also focus on issues related to working with parents, teachers, and other school personnel. This course will employ didactic presentations, role plays, and case studies to illustrate the best practices for counseling students in the elementary grades.
SPC 748 Middle School Counseling
This course focuses on teaching the student how to successfully navigate a comprehensive middle school counseling program. The course leads the student through the academic, developmental, emotional and social challenges faced by the young adolescent student in grades six through eight. Also discussed will be the specific role and responsibilities of the middle school counselor, the importance of parent partnerships, student transition from elementary school and to high school, CSE and 504 plans, RTI, the team teaching environment and team meetings, career awareness, middle school counseling groups and crisis interventions.
This degree leads to eligibility for an Initial New York State Certificate as a School Counselor.
All courses are three credits.
Students may transition from Initial to Professional New York State Permanent Certification upon application after having earned three years of full-time experience as a counselor (K-12).