Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling are required to enroll in either the school counseling or addiction counseling cognate. In addition to a shared core counseling curriculum, students will also take specialty courses in the school counseling or addiction counseling cognate area and will complete an internship within the selected cognate area.
Courses Required for the School Counseling Cognate:
COUN 533 INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL COUNSELING (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Introduces the organization, planning, management, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs. Topics include appropriate roles and functions of school counselors at elementary, middle, and high school levels, coordination of professional services, and ethical and legal considerations. Emphasis on the Idaho Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model and the ASCA National Model. PREREQ: Admission to Counseling Program or PERM/INST.
COUN 534 COUNSELING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). An overview of developmentally appropriate approaches to counseling children and adolescents in school and mental health settings. Addresses individual and group work, expressive and talk therapies, assessment of treatment progress, working with parents and teachers, and ethical and legal considerations in working with this population. PREREQ: COUN 505 or PERM/INST
Courses Required for the Addiction Counseling Cognate:
COUN 545 FOUNDATIONS OF CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY (3-0-3)(F/S). An overview of the pharmacological and physiological effects of chemical dependency. Special attention is given to how substance abuse impacts brain chemistry and how brain chemistry impacts substance abuse. May be taken for COUN or MHLTHSCI credit, but not both. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
COUN 548 ADDICTION AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION (3-0-3)(S). Prepares future licensed professional counselors to work with clients with addiction and behavioral health issues. Includes theories/approaches to working with clients with addiction and behavioral health issues, bio-psycho-social assessment, and evidence based counseling techniques and interventions. PREREQ: Graduate standing.