Counseling (COUN)

COUN 100 Relationship Studies in College and University (Units: 3)

Examination of contemporary interpersonal relationship formation for college and university students, from youth to adulthood. Analysis of the impact of social networks, role models, multicultural influences, and current family structures. Application of counseling principles to managing life transitions.

COUN 110 Critically Thinking about Career Choice: Self, Community, Society, and World (Units: 3)

Principles and practice of critical thinking focus on career choice and development. Examination of personal, cultural, family and community perspectives on work life choices. Critique of labor market information and popular media and examination of role of work locally, societally, and globally attending to social justice and environmental issues. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
(Note: In order for this course to satisfy General Education, students must earn a C- or CR or higher grade if taken fall 2014 or later.)

Course Attributes:

  • E1: Lifelong Learning Develop
  • A3: Critical Thinking

COUN 280 Empowering Poor Families to Graduate Out of Poverty (Units: 3)

College success course (self-directed). Consciousness and critical thinking skills. Participation in fieldwork addressing social justice related to wealth/poverty-health-human relation constructs/leadership in areas of education and community health. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available]
(This course is offered as H ED 280 and COUN 280. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

COUN 325 Selected Problems In Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 6 units when topics vary. [CSL may be available]

COUN 425 Advanced Peer Advising (Units: 2)

Prerequisite: COUN 325 Peer Counselor Training.

Advanced leadership, communication and peer advising skills. Students take a meaningful role in the undergraduate orientation and/or peer advising program. May be repeated for a total of 8 units.

COUN 450 AIDS and People of Color in the U.S. (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

The political, psychological, social, and economic impact of AIDS/HIV infection on diverse cultural backgrounds. Prevention and educational strategies.
(This course is offered as COUN 450, RRS 460, and SXS 460. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

COUN 501 Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior (Units: 3)

[Online Course] This course provides a developmental framework for understanding what students are trying to tell you through the "language" of their behavior in schools. The course teaches behavioral techniques and intervention strategies that remediate disruptive behaviors, reduce power struggles while increasing classroom control and reduce your workloads and burnout. This program helps you, as well as students, find creative, effective solutions to behavioral problems. After studying behavioral theory and intervention strategies, you will be presented with various classroom scenarios in which you will be able to practice and hone your skills for interpreting behavior, determining appropriate interventions and effectively debriefing your students.
(This course is offered as EDUC 501 and COUN 501. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.))

COUN 502 Advanced Classroom Management in Schools (Units: 2)

Intended for school educators, counselors, psychologists serving children with behavior problems in class.
Cognitive and cognitive-behavioral concept/strategies interventions. Emphasis on students managing/changing their own behavior.
(This course is offered as EDUC 502 and COUN 502. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

COUN 605 Peer Counseling Skills Seminar (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in COUN 606.

Peer counseling training: counseling methods and techniques, practice, and supervised field placements. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed) [CSL may be available]

COUN 606 Introduction to Peer Counseling Skills (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in COUN 605.

Clinical processes to help individual students learn listening, responding, interpretation, decision-making, program development, implementation, and evaluation skills. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available]

COUN 607 Advanced Peer Counseling Seminar (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: COUN 605, COUN 606.

Peer counselor training: methods, techniques, practice, and supervised field placement. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available]

COUN 608 Advanced Peer Education Internship (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: COUN 605, COUN 606, or consent of instructor.

Students develop, plan and provide workshops and other forms of outreach and prevention education on topics of sexual assault, substance abuse, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available]

COUN 630 Legal Center Training I (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing, consent of instructor.

Interviewing and legal information to function appropriately in the Legal Center 3-4 hours per week.

COUN 631 Legal Center Training II (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; COUN 630; consent of instructor.

Practice in interviewing skills and additional legal information for staffing the Legal Center 4 hours per week.

COUN 632 Student Leadership Development (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Must hold current student organization or government leadership position.

Leadership and leadership styles: analysis and observations of others' leadership.

COUN 690 Field of Counseling I (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: PSY 200 or graduate status or consent of instructor.

Professional identity for career, college, marriage and family, rehabilitation, school, gerontological counseling. Career decision-making, mid-life, career change, pre-retirement guidance, and mental illness. Computer technology and counseling. History, ethics, and self-awareness. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 691 Multicultural Human Relations (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Psychosocial perspectives on attitudes, knowledge, and insights essential to effective multicultural relationships and the examination of culture as it relates to ethnicity, gender, physical and learning abilities, race, sexual orientation, and class. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 699 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Intensive study of a particular problem under direction of a department member. Enrollment by petition approved by the instructor, adviser, and department chair. Open to enrolled students only. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available]

COUN 700 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; approved undergraduate course in personality theories.

Theories of counseling and personality. Counseling process and practice relating to major approaches; therapeutic practices with illustration of relevant techniques and cases. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 702 Developmental Foundations for Counselors (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling; approved undergraduate course in lifespan human development.

Theories of human development and learning; adaptive behavior to normal development and congenital and traumatic disability; dynamics of family, home, and societal influences and implications for counseling. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 703 Psychological Foundations for Counselors (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; undergraduate course in psychopathology or abnormal behavior.

Theories of mental health and mental illness, classification of behavior disorders, diagnosis and prognosis, psychological impairment, psychological issues related to physical disability; implications for counseling and therapeutic interventions. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 704 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability and Chronic Illness (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling.

Exploration of psychological and social aspects of disability and chronic illness. Definitions and models of disability and chronic illness, societal response, environmental factors, and individual response to disability and chronic illness. Impact of disability and chronic illness on the family. Adjustment to disability and cultural issues. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 705 Counseling Practicum (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Contracted with an approved field training site. Students must be matriculated as graduate students in the counseling department at SF State. COUN 702 (may be concurrently enrolled). Must be taken concurrently with COUN 706.

Initial practicum experience. Clinical interviewing skills. Development of clinically and culturally competent interviewing, assessment and intervention skills that reflect an integration of a counselor's understanding of oneself and others as well as the integration of counseling theories that inform interventions. (CR/NC grading only) [CSL may be available]

COUN 706 Counseling Skills and Process (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Students must be matriculated as graduate students in counsing department at SF State; COUN 702 (may be taken concurrently); must be taken concurrently with COUN 705. Must earn a grade of B or better. Contracted with an approved field training site.

Development of self-awareness, knowledge, and skills as the relate to clinical interviewing. Development of basic clinical skills in relationship to the design of client intervention, including interviewing, rapport building, assessment, case conceptualization, crisis management. Development of basic sense of self in clinical interviewing; individual growth in clinical process. (Plus-minus letter grade only) [CSL may be available]

COUN 714 Writing for Counselors (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in counseling or consent of instructor.

Designed to develop graduate writing skills for counseling students, strengthen writing organization and report writing, learn to integrate bibliographic sources and use APA style. May not be used to meet ATC requirement. (CR/NC only)

COUN 715 Assessment in Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Clinical process of testing; individual counselor's ability to clinically analyze and interpret assessment instruments, including diagnostic tests for various counseling specializations. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 716 Professional Seminar I - Structural Elements in School Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Institutional structure and culture of schools, relevant laws and ethics, trends in guidance and counseling and design of comprehensive counseling programs. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 717 Professional Seminar II - Functional Elements in School Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 716.

Normative roles of school counselors in a changing world, provides skills to address issues and develop a school counseling philosophy. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 718 Professional Seminar III - Professional Issues in School Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 716, COUN 717.

Professional issues, aspects of professional identity, and development of understanding of a systems theoretical approach to working in schools. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 719 Behavior Management (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling and Psychology or School Psychology Credential Program.

Behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and ecobehavioral theory and intervention applied to human behavior change. Primary focus on classroom behavior management. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
(This course is offered as COUN 719 and PSY 857. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

COUN 720 Career Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Dynamics of vocational choice and occupational adjustments; social learning and developmental tasks, educational and vocational information; counseling process in occupational planning. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 721 Applied Career Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 720 (may be taken concurrently).

Application of career counseling theories and techniques in individual and group career counseling. Use of career assessment in career counseling. Application of counseling to issues of well-being related career. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 727 Advanced Career Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 720.

Techniques in conducting personal career research and informational interviews; skills and knowledge necessary to establish a viable career placement center. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 735 Advanced Practicum and Internship (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: COUN 705, COUN 706, and consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with COUN 736.

Supervised internship for 12 hours minimum a week in appropriate clinical facilities. (CR/NC grading only) [CSL may be available]

COUN 736 Advanced Counseling Process (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: COUN 700 (may be taken concurrently), COUN 705, COUN 706. Must be contracted with an approved field training site. Enrolled counseling graduate student.

Clinical counseling case analysis; individual counselor growth assessment, management, and disposition of clients. Second semester of field placement. Rehabilitation Counseling students must take section with a CRC. Career and College Counseling students may take COUN 736 prior to completing COUN 703. Must earn grade of B or better. (Plus-minus letter grade only) [CSL may be available]

COUN 737 Psychopharmacology in Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Introduction to the psychophysiology of mental disorders and to psychiatric medications; major classes of psychiatric medications and their side effects. (CR/NC grading only)

COUN 738 Addictions (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Dynamics, behaviors, biochemical processes, and treatment interventions related to addictions, including chemical, behavioral, and psychological. Recovery models emphasized. Legal and cultural factors incorporated. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 741 Crisis Counseling for Counselors (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; preference to SF State counseling graduate students.

Current theories and practice related to trauma and crisis intervention. Focused on impact of crises and other traumatic events and basic intervention counseling strategies for helping survivors make meaning of their experiences to envision new possibilities. (Plus-minus AB/NC grading only)

COUN 792 Seminar for Counselors in Student Personnel Services (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Organization, management, and delivery of college student services: organizational theory, management strategies and styles, program development, management, implementation, evaluation. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 793 Organization and Administration of Student Services in Higher Education (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Seminar in organization and management of college student services: organizational theory, development, structures; management strategies and styles, decision making, management by objectives, administrative models; staff development; evaluation; accountability, budget planning, management; program development, evaluation; legal issues. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 794 Seminar in Research (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Identification and analysis of research problems related to health and human services; research methodology and techniques, including designs appropriate to clinical research problems including critique and interpretation of research reports. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 811 Group Counseling Process (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 706.

Instruction in group counseling dynamics: clinical analysis of group counseling sessions conducted by students. Focus on professional growth as a group counselor. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 820 Counseling the Older Adult (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Individual and group counseling; couples and family counseling with the older adult; sexuality, lifestyle, and economics of older adults. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 827 The Consultation Process (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and psychology.

Dynamics of the consultation process; implications for various specialists in developing effective working relationships with teachers and parents.

COUN 833 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Self-examination, knowledge expansion and skill building regarding multiple dimensions of culture - race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical and learning abilities. Exploration of systems of privelege, oppression, the cultural assumptions of counseling, the role of the counselor as change agent. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 840 Wellness, Recovery and Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Social Work and Mental Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to graduate students in Social Work program; S W 810 or mental health experience; and consent of instructor.

Examination of concepts and practices of wellness, recovery, psychosocial rehabilitation and system transformation in community mental health. Critical review of diagnostic and treatment issues, disability, healing, and services throughout the lifespan. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
(This course is offered as S W 840 and COUN 840. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

COUN 850 Second Specialization Internship (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; and consent of Field Placement Coordinator.

Internship for individuals who are not in a practicum and need university monitoring to accrue hours. May be repeated for a total of 9 units. (CR/NC grading only) [CSL may be available]

COUN 857 Law and Ethics for Counselors (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Legal and ethical responsibilities of counselors: confidentiality, privilege, reporting; legal obligations regarding professional practice and liability; professional codes of ethics; laws relating to minors, marriage, and the family; child abuse assessment and intervention; partner violence assessment and intervention. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 858 Couple and Family Counseling I (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 700, COUN 706.

Major theoretical approaches: analytic, behavioral, systems, intergenerational, and existential. Reading, demonstrations, activities emphasize working with couples. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 859 Counseling Aspects of Sexuality (Units: 2)

Prerequisite: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Major sexual problems encountered in counseling; causes; counseling approaches; techniques and treatments; clinical implications including feminine orientations. Satisfies MFCC requirements for child sexual abuse and human sexuality. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 860 Couple and Family Counseling II (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: COUN 858, consent of instructor.

Applied psychotherapeutic techniques in working with families and relationships. Emphasis on direct experience working with families through simulations, demonstrations, case material. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 861 Seminar on Child Treatment (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 736.

Concepts, processes, techniques of child and adolescent treatment, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 870 Case Management and Special Topics in Rehabilitation Counseling (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; COUN 704; priority enrollment for Counseling graduate student.

Roles and functions of case management, case load management, and contemporary rehabilitation services beyond public vocational rehabilitation including psychiatric rehabilitation, school-to-work transition, disability management, forensic rehabilitation, insurance programs, aging and life care planning, and community-based services. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 890 Integrative Counseling and Internship (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 735, COUN 736.

Contracted with an approved field training site. Integrate and apply counseling constructs: assessment, diagnosis, treatment, planning, clinical interventions, law and ethics, and therapeutic relationships. Emphasis on professional identity as counselors. Proficiency in recovery models. Oversight of fieldwork. Must earn a grade of B or better. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

COUN 891 Case Studies and Internship Seminar (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; must be taken concurrently with COUN 892; contracted with an approved field training site.

Advanced counseling and case study analysis for counselor trainees. Multicultural counseling competence and integration of empirically based interventions. Internship supervision and coaching. Must earn a grade of B or better. (Plus-minus letter grade only) [CSL may be available]

COUN 892 Culminating Experience for Counselors (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Restricted to classified graduate students in Counseling, Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling; COUN 890; must be taken currently with COUN 891; contracted with an approved field training site; consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.

Culminating experience paper demonstrating competent ability to apply knowledge of counseling theory to the field. Paper synthesizes knowledge, skills, and abilities learned during the course of the counseling program. Emphasizes writing a scholarly, professional paper integrating field placement experience and academic knowledge. (CR/NC/RP grading only) [CSL may be available]

COUN 899 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Special study under the direction of a department member. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.