Below are the course options available to all Counseling@Northwestern students:
477-6 Introduction to Clinical Practice
This course is designed exclusively for students entering the program with nontraditional backgrounds and making a career transition into the field of counseling. The primary objectives of the course are to help students acquire an orientation to the counseling profession, explore a range of basic issues relevant to the field, and learn about the role of a mental health counselor.
478-6 Introduction to Clinical Interviewing
This course will enhance the development of clinical skills through understanding of both the pragmatics and the complexities of the clinical interviewing process and the treatment process as a whole.
479-6 Current Topics in Counseling
This course will center on a number of topics in contemporary counseling of relevance to the beginning practitioner. The objective is to introduce a range of selected clinical topics, issues, dilemmas, treatment orientations, and modalities that will be encountered as students move into their practice fieldwork experience.
406-6 Research Methods in Counseling
Provides an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical considerations in research; principles, practices, and applications of needs assessment and program evaluations.
411-6 Individuals & Systems: Psychodynamic Viewpoints
Psychodynamic theories of personality and social systems. Application to analysis of interpersonal and helping relationships; personality development and dynamics; psychopathology, assessment, and intervention in relation to individuals and organizations.
412-6 Group & Organizational Dynamics
Provides an understanding of group dynamics and intergroup relations, including purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, and skills in a multicultural context. Explores application to decision-making groups, educational groups, therapy groups, and human-service delivery groups and systems. Includes participation in a weekend group relations conference.
415-6 Psychopathology in Counseling
Development of diagnosis skills using the DSM-5. Application of diagnostic information to current events. Clinical, developmental, and family systems research; onset and dynamics of common psychiatric disorders.
416-6 Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
In-depth examination of the basic theoretical frameworks that inform the practice of counseling and psychotherapy.
422-6 Foundations of Family, Marital, and Couples Counseling
Theoretical foundations of family, marital, and couples therapy. Systematic examination of major models, theories, skills, and practices.
426-6 Assessment in Counseling (Adult Focus)
Provides an understanding of individual approaches to assessment in a multicultural society across the lifespan; review of commonly used assessments in counseling including rationale, characteristics, administration, and interpretation. This course has an additional specific focus on adult development.
427-6 Career Development
Theories of career choice, career commitment, and life-course development applied to research and practice in career counseling.
452-6 Theory & Technique of Substance Abuse
Introduction to substance abuse and addiction; effects of addictions on relationships, jobs, and community; current treatment options and the counselor’s role in recovery.
480-6 Counseling Methods: Skills for Counseling & Psychotherapy
Focuses on the development of skills, concepts, and core competencies related to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. This course includes evaluation of practice sessions with actual clients and must be taken in conjunction with 481: Supervised Practicum in Counseling.
481-6 Counseling Methods: Strategies for Counseling & Psychotherapy
Familiarizes students with advanced methods and concepts related to case conceptualization, treatment planning, and interventions. This course includes evaluation of practice sessions with actual clients and must be taken in conjunction with 481: Supervised Practicum in Counseling.
482-6 Counseling Methods: Outreach, Prevention, & Advocacy
Familiarizes students with advanced strategies and concepts related to mental health agency service delivery methods.
483-6 Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
Provides an understanding of the ACA ethical standards and their application to treatment. Review of ethical decision-making models and major ethical and legal issues in the practice of professional counseling.
484-6 Cultural Diversity in Counseling
Introduction to the process of providing counseling from a multicultural perspective. Provides an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
485-6 Advanced Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Review of all aspects of roles of professional counselors including history, roles, organizational structures, counselor identity, and licensure requirements. Review of current treatment topics.
486-6, 487-6, 488-6 Supervised Practicum in Counseling
First fieldwork experience in which students offer clinical mental health counseling services to clients in a practicum setting. This practicum is taken in conjunction with the Methods series, 480-6, 481-6, and 482-6.
489-6, 490-6, 491-6 Supervised Internship in Counseling
Advanced fieldwork experience in which students engage in a comprehensive clinical training experience where they enact all aspects of the role of a clinical mental health counselor.
413-6 Human Growth & Development (Child & Adolescent Focus)
Provides an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels in a multicultural context, as well as implications for assessment and preventive and/or supportive intervention strategies. This course has an additional specific focus on child and adolescent development.
414-6 Human Growth & Development (Adult Focus)
Provides an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels in a multicultural context, as well as implications for assessment and preventive and/or supportive intervention strategies. This course has an additional specific focus on adult development.
417-6 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Application of cognitive behavioral approach with a broad range of populations. An integrated approach is emphasized.
436-6 Child and Adolescent Counseling and Psychotherapy
Examination of central issues in child and adolescent counseling and psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic, play, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral treatment approaches. Emphasis on high-frequency problems for which children and adolescents enter therapy.
453-6 Evaluation and Treatment of Trauma Disorders
Review of the nature of posttraumatic conditions; the psychobiology underlying stress, trauma, and dissociation, and the treatment of posttraumatic conditions.
429-6 Sex Therapy
A multidimensional, biophysical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of sexual difficulty in individuals and couples. Sexual problems discussed include disorders of desire, aversion, arousal, orgasm, and pain.