Choose a single course or complete the 15-credit certificate curriculum.
About the Courses
Counseling and Teaching Youth at Risk (CN ED 431)
This course is designed to provide participants with an overview of information focused on counseling and teaching youth at risk. Emphasis will be placed on identifying youth at risk for depression, suicide, eating disorders, pregnancy, AIDS, use and/or abuse of alcohol and drugs, homelessness, gang membership, difficulties related to sexual orientation, and several other at-risk behaviors. Ideas for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention from individual, family, school, and community perspectives will also be presented. The course provides a varied format structured to include lecture/discussion, audio-visual presentations, participant self-evaluation of their own at-risk behaviors, role-plays, and small group discussion.
Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling (CN ED 432)
Participants explore an overview of ethical and legal issues related to the professional practice of counseling. Topics include responsibility, competence, public statements, confidentiality, professional relationships, licensing and other regulatory programs, and research. The course emphasizes clinical strategies relevant to legal and ethical issues.
Couples and Family Counseling (CN ED 430)
Students study the theory and practice of couples and family counseling, with an emphasis on models of family development and major approaches to intervention with couples and families. Systemic models of family intervention are emphasized, as well as the study of other historically important and contemporary approaches to couples and family therapy. The course blends didactic and experiential learning.
Foundations of Addictions Counseling (CN ED 422)
Students explore the fundamental principles of addictions counseling from a wide range of perspectives. These include the psychopharmacological aspects of alcohol and abusable drugs, along with theories and assessments of addictive disorders. Many treatment models are considered, and are examined in the context of individual, group, and family therapy perspectives. The course also addresses the research literature on codependence, COA’s AA and other 12-step programs, dual diagnosis, relapse, prevention, and multicultural and gender issues.
Prevention Strategies and Programming (CN ED 843, elective course)
This course addresses prevention program development, implementation, and evaluation, along with theoretical and empirical underpinnings, and ethical and multicultural issues related to prevention. Approved courses may be substituted for this course at some locations.