Gerontological Counseling

Program Overview: 

The major objective of this emphasis is to provide training for students who want to do counseling with older persons consistent with the requirements for accreditation by CACREP and the National Board of Certified Counselors. It is the specialization's intent to focus on generic and specific efforts toward professional development, which includes basic communication skills, theoretical and developmental foundations, mental health assessment and the aging process. Consistent with the general mission of the Department of Counseling, the Gerontological specialization/ emphasis recognizes the need for close coordination with the field.

Upcoming Information Sessions: 

20 Nov
Information Session III for Fall 2020 Admissions 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Library Rm. 121

Application

  • Division of Graduate Studies Application (Cal State Apply)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Evidence of or plan for prerequisites (No Longer Required)

      More detailed information can be found on the prerequisites page

    • Personal Statement
    • Verification of Volunteer Experience
    • Letters of recommendation
    • GRE Scores
      Your GRE scores are required but only used as a measure of writing proficiency, not as admission criteria. Graduate level writing is necessary for success, thus once admitted to the program, students who scored below a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing Section of the GRE General Test, will be required to take a writing course in their first semester of the program. If you have any questions about the GRE including test dates, fees, or whether you have to take the entire test, please contact the GRE Test administration. The department does not offer GRE preparatory classes.
  • In-person interview (if required by program)

 

Curriculum

Course  Title  Units
COUN 700 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
COUN 702 Developmental Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 703 Psychological Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 704 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health, Behavioral Health, Aging, & Disability 3
COUN 705 Counseling Practicum 3
COUN 706 Counseling Skills and Process 3
COUN 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 720 Career Counseling 3
COUN 736 Advanced Counseling Process 3
COUN 738 Addictions 3
COUN 741 Crisis Counseling for Counselors 3
COUN 794 Seminar in Research 3
COUN 811 Group Counseling Process 3
COUN 820 Counseling the Older Adult 3
COUN 833 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 857 Law and Ethics for Counselors 3
COUN 890 Integrative Counseling and Internship 3
COUN 891 Case Studies and Internship Seminar 3
COUN 892 Culminating Experience for Counselors 3
Total   60

1st Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
COUN 702 DevelopmentalFoundations 3
COUN 705 Supervision & Coaching 3
COUN 706 Practicum & Counseling Process 3
COUN 833 Social & Cultural Foundations 3
COUN 794 esearch Methods 3

2nd Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
COUN 700 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 736 Advanced Counseling Process & Internship 3
COUN 870 Professional Issues, Clinical Case Management and Systems of Care 3
COUN 857 Law & Ethics 3

3rd Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
COUN 703 Psychological Foundations 3
COUN 720 Career Counseling 3
COUN 811 Group Counseling Process 3
Gero Approved course in GERO 3
COUN 890 Integrative Counseling / Internship 3

4th Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
COUN 738 Addictions Counseling 3
COUN 741 Crisis Counseling 3
COUN 704 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health, Behavioral Health... 3
COUN 891 Case Studies/Internship 3
COUN 892 Culminating Experience 3

1st Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
COUN 702 DevelopmentalFoundations 3
COUN 794 esearch Methods 3
COUN 833 Social & Cultural Foundations 3
COUN 857 Law & Ethics 3

2nd Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
COUN 700 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 703 Psychological Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 870 Professional Issues, Clinical Case Management and Systems of Care 3

3rd Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
COUN 703 Psychological Foundations 3
COUN 705 Supervision & Coaching 3
COUN 706 Practicum & Counseling Process 3
Gero Approved Course in GERO 3

4th Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
COUN 736 Advanced Counseling Process & Internship 3
COUN 741 Crisis Counseling 3
COUN 811 Group Counseling Process 3

5th Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
COUN 720 Career Counseling 3
COUN 738 Addictions Counseling 3
COUN 890 Integrative Counseling / Internship 3

6th Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
COUN 704 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health, Behavioral Health... 3
COUN 891 Case Studies/Internship 3
COUN 892 Culminating Experience 3