George Mason University 1997-98 Catalog Catalog Index
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Counseling and Development Courses (EDCD)



Graduate School of Education

500 See EDUC 500.

597 See EDUC 597.

598 See EDUC 598.

599 See EDUC 599.

600 See EDUC 600.

525 Advanced Human Growth and Development (3:3:0). Studies human development throughout the life span, including emotional, physical, and cognitive development; and emphasizes personal adjustment and achievement.

604 Analysis of the Individual (3:3:0). Develops a framework for understanding the individual in counseling including methods of gathering and interpreting data; choosing, administering, and interpreting individual and group tests; studying individual differences; and using case study techniques.

605 Introduction to Counseling Theory and Practice (3:3:0). Introduces counseling theories, principles, and practices. Students study, discuss, and analyze four of the basic therapeutic approaches to individual and group counseling with clients. Emphasis is on learning basic counseling skills through supervised practice and critique sessions. The course includes a lab.

607 Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice (3:3:0). Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling and Development program, EDCD 525 or equivalent, and EDCD 605; or permission of instructor. Studies in depth selected counseling theories, principles, and topics. The course provides intensive practice in advanced counseling techniques and approaches with emphasis on supervised practice sessions. A lab is included.

608 Group Processes and Analyses (3:3:0). Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling and Development program and EDCD 605, or permission of instructor. Presents theories appropriate to various types of groups and descriptions of group practices, methods, dynamics, and facilitative skills. Attention is given to application of theory to practice. A lab is included.

610 Career and Educational Counseling (4:3:2). Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling and Development program and EDCD 604, 605 and 607; or permission of instructor. Studies vocational choice theory, sources of occupational and educational information, approaches to career decision-making processes, and career development exploration techniques. Attention is given to application of theory to practice. A lab is included.

623 Principles and Practices of Elementary School Counseling (3:3:0). Introduces school counseling programs at the elementary school level. Philosophy, principles, and practices of effective elementary school counseling, as well as developmental needs of students 5-10 years of age, are presented.

625 Principles and Practices of Middle School Counseling (3:3:0). Introduces school counseling programs at the middle school level. Philosophy, principles, and practices of effective middle school counseling, as well as developmental needs of students 10-14 years of age, are presented.

627 Principles and Practices of Secondary School Counseling (3:3:0). Introduces school counseling programs at the secondary school level. Philosophy, principles and practices of effective secondary school counseling, as well as developmental needs of students 14-18 years of age, are presented.

644 College Student Development (3:3:0). Introduces theory, nature, and background of the student personnel profession in higher education. Structure, organization, and administration of services and programs are emphasized.

654 Counseling in the Community, Agency, and Business Settings (3:3:0). Emphasizes the types of services and facilities provided, the needs and problems of the client population served, the role and function of the counselor in the agency setting, and the personnel needs of the individual agency.

656 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Mental Health Professionals (3:3:0). Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling and Development program and EDCD 605, or permission of instructor. Using actual and hypothetical cases, helps the student develop written plans and simulate implementation for overall diagnosis and treatment of clients and their families.

658 Couples and Family Counseling (3:3:0). Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling and Development program, and EDCD 605 and 607 taken previously or concurrently; or permission of instructor. Introduces major approaches to counseling couples and families. Case studies and simulations facilitate the transition from theory to practice.

660 Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Counseling (3:3:0). Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling and Development program and EDCD 605, or permission of instructor. Studies the nature, characteristics, and needs of special groups seeking counseling and development services. The course analyzes content, techniques, and goals of programs developed to serve these groups.

668 Counseling and Development Programming (3:3:0). Prerequisite: EDCD 605 or permission of instructor. Explores needs assessment, planning, and implementation of counseling and human development programs, including the development of workshops, and group and individual sessions. Attention is given to consultation and collaboration with other professionals to facilitate human development and self-direction.

754 Practicum in Counseling and Development (3-6:6:0). Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling and Development program, EDCD 605 and 607, and permission of adviser. Focuses on basic counseling skills through simulated and actual counseling experiences. Students are required to volunteer in a counseling setting and spend time in class meetings to present, analyze, and practice techniques. Those taking EDCD 754 in a school setting must have prior or concurrent teaching or other experience at the placement level or must have completed the specialization course on counseling at that level.

790 Internship in Counseling and Development (6:0:0). A. Elementary; B. Middle; C. Secondary; D. Higher Education; E. Agency. Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling and Development program, completion of the graduate program except for the internship; permission of adviser; an overall GPA of 3.0 and no more than two grades of C in all graduate course work required by the program. Provides supervised practice of counseling in a setting similar to that in which the student plans to work. (School placements are open to certified personnel only.)

797 See EDUC 797.

895 Emerging Issues in Counseling and Development (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. Examines current and controversial issues in the counseling profession, including counseling theory and methodology, development of client groups, new roles and settings for counselors, emerging assessment procedures, and new understanding of diagnosis, as well as the impact of societal changes on the counseling profession.


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