Master of Arts in Counseling, Addiction Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling, Addiction Counseling

Courses

(All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted, and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

1st Year


CSL 5101 Professional Orientation & Issues in Counseling

This course provides an overall orientation to the counseling profession, including the professional roles, functions, and relationships that counselors hold, counseling practice, history of the discipline, licensing, professional organizations within the discipline, and contemporary issues in the field.

CSL 5530 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences

This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs, and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

CSL 5280 Ethics, Laws & Standards of Professional Practice*

This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting those practicing in human services. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. This course must be taken at University of the Rockies and may not be transferred from another institution.

CSL 5290 Theories & Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy

This course is an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and existential/humanistic schools of psychology, as well as corresponding models of counseling and frequently used assessment and therapeutic techniques. The primary focus in the course is on the development of both skills and rationale in the application of intervention strategies to treatment and case management.

CSL 6210 Survey of Psychopathology

This course includes an examination of DSM criteria for each disorder listed, differential diagnoses, and etiological theories as revealed in the most recent research in the field. Students become acquainted with the most efficacious treatment options and have an opportunity to review and analyze the techniques that lead to successful outcomes with clients.

CSL 5130 Life Span Development

This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

CSL 5410 Physiological Bases of Behavior

This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation of human physiology including the nervous, hormonal, reproductive, and sensory systems, and the attendant functions of digestion, sleep, learning and memory, emotion and other human biological functions. The course provides an essential knowledge base for most other offerings in the field of psychology.

CSL 6370 Addiction Counseling

This course addresses the basic models and theories of addiction, substance abuse and chemical dependence.; assessment, diagnosis and differential diagnosis of substance use disorders (including assessment with the AUI, ASI, MAST and others); and treatment models and modalities for addicted or substance abusing clients.

CSL 6130 Prevention & Intervention

This is a comprehensive course that addresses the problems associated with drug abuse and substance abuse across spectrums that include most recent thinking about prevention and awareness. Graduates will understand the origins and current status of drug use and develop further understanding as to why a person may be experiencing problems with drug abuse. This course is valuable in assessing the person who is affected by substance abuse and how it can be prevented. Therefore, understanding of proper assessment, intervention, rehabilitation and recovery are important factors when considering prevention and intervention.

CSL 5610 Psychometrics: Tests & Measurements

This course involves the study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. The focus is on the process of measuring and differentiating variables of psychological interest. Students explore basic concepts of measurement and the principles of test construction. The course familiarizes the prospective professional psychologist with the common tests used in psychological and educational practice. These include intellectual, aptitude, and achievement tests; interest inventories; personality tests; and social measures.

2nd Year


CSL 6160 Family Systems & Dynamics

This course is an introduction to the systems approach to intervention with families. It includes a historical perspective on family theory development. The focus is on obtaining knowledge and theory about the nuclear family in traditional and alternative forms. Normal family patterns of interaction, family life cycle, family of origin, family subsystems, and societal influence are explored. Contemporary issues and outcome research literature are reviewed. This course serves as a knowledge base for further study of assessment, treatment, and intervention with families.

CSL 6330 Psychopharmacology

This course includes an examination of basic neurobiology, the brain, CNS, and biologic models of major psychiatric illness. Students examine in-depth the clinical uses, mechanisms of action, therapeutic efficacy, side effects, and other practical and clinical issues associated with psychotropic medications. These medications, designed to treat mental illness, include anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety agents, and anti-psychotic medications. This course also examines the match between different clinical subgroups and various psychotropic medications, as well as the complex relationships between substance abusing or chemically dependent patients and psychopharmacologic treatments.

CSL 6831 Addiction Counseling Practicum (1 credit)

The Counseling Practicum experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP).

CSL 5400 Understanding, Interpreting, & Applying Statistical Concepts

This course teaches students how to critically analyze, interpret, and apply statistical concepts to research in education and the social sciences. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are also addressed focusing on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and to apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and realistic situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

CSL 6430 Substance Abuse

This course will describe the historical use of drugs and describe why people use drugs. The biological explanations for drug use and dependency will be explored. The genetic factors associated with drug use and the relationship between abuse and psychiatric disorders. Students will evaluate the social influences and the socialization patterns that influence drug abuse, including the social learning theory, labeling, subculture theories and the role of others. This course will elaborate on the internal and external controls that influence drug taking behavior. Students will learn the psychotropic influxes of major drug taking behavior, including the socialization patterns that are found among drug abusers. The genetic components, the biological and sociological factors will be discussed to address the behaviors and factors that influence substance abuse.

CSL 6832 Addiction Counseling Practicum (1 credit)

The Counseling Practicum experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP).

CSL 6820 Treatment of Children & Adolescents

This course examines effective treatment modalities for at risk populations of children and adolescents. Intervention strategies to support the child within the school, community, and family system are discussed and demonstrated through case studies and video vignettes. The course targets a variety of disorders, the most notable of which are ADD, ADHD, Autism, PDD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Phobias, NARD, OCD, Fragile X Syndrome, and other genetic disorders.

CSL 6530 Case Management of Addiction

This course examines the fundamentals and the skills necessary for successful case management in the mental health profession. Students will learn the terminology and methodology of more advanced addiction service professionals in service delivery agencies. Emphasis is placed on the use of community resources, consultation, and documentation for case management of the client that include mental health services, criminal justice systems, employment agencies and child and family services. This course will emphasize critical thinking and prepare graduates with case management skills related to addiction.

CSL 6833 Addiction Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

CSL 5420 Principles of Social Psychology

This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social psychology, including social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

CSL 6470 Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy*

This course is a study of the history, theory, and practice of group counseling and psychotherapy. Several major contemporary models of group counseling are examined. Instructional methods include both didactic presentations and experiential methods. Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in a training group as a group member and as a leader. A strong emphasis is placed on ethical standards and self-assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses that affect group leadership. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework (excluding Practicum and Internship).

CSL 6834 Addiction Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

CSL 6835 Addiction Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

3rd Year


CSL 6836 Addiction Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

CSL 6837 Addiction Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

Total Credits 61


* This course may not be transferred in.

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