College Counseling

 

Curriculum 

Prerequisites to the program include three foundation psychology courses: Developmental Psychology (at SFSU, PSY 431), Theories of Personality (at SFSU, PSY 451), and Psychopathology (at SFSU, PSY 452). These courses may be taken at any accredited junior college, college, or university. COUN 690, Field of Counseling, may be taken before or during the first semester in attendance. Please note that students whose only specialization is Rehabilitation Counseling do not need to take COUN 690.

Course  Title Units
COUN 700 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 702 Developmental Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 703 Psychological Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 705 Practicum and Internship 2
COUN 706 Counseling Process 3
COUN 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 720 Career Counseling 3
COUN 736 Advanced Counseling Process 3
COUN 738 Alcohol and Substance Abuse 3
COUN 741 Crisis Counseling 3
COUN 792 Seminar for Counselors in Student Personnel Services 3
COUN 793 Organization & Administration of Student Services in Higher Education 3
COUN 794 Seminar in Research 3
COUN 811 Group Counseling Process 3
COUN 833 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 857 Law and Ethics in Counseling 3
COUN 858 Couples and Family Counseling I 3
COUN 890 Integrative Counseling 3
COUN 891 Case Studies and Internship 3
COUN 892 Culminating Experience 3
  Minimum Total 60

Area of Professional Specialization: College Counseling

Course  Title

 

COUN 792 Seminar for Counselors in Student Personnel Services  
COUN 793 Organization & Administration of Student Services in Higher Education  

 

College Counseling Specialization Faculty

Dr. Alison Cerezo (Coordinator)

Dr. Rebecca Toporek

 

The College Counseling Program

The mission of the specialization/ emphasis in College Counseling and Student Personnel Work is to prepare master's level professionals to work in both counseling and student services roles at the community college and four-year college levels.

More specifically, the program is designed to develop the ability to facilitate the development of college students in both cognitive and personal areas. Emphasis is placed on preventative, remediation, and developmental counseling skills. In addition to the core competencies of the master's program, the specialization/ emphasis develops knowledge and skills in the areas of group counseling, educational counseling, problem-solving and decision making, assessment, evaluation and research, teaching, consulting and management, supervision, and organizational development.

Students with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Personnel Work must document 600 hours of field placement supervised experience (CACREP program certification requirement) in a college setting.

 

Skills and Competencies

Specialized Counseling – the ability to facilitate the development of college students including skill development and remediation. The main types of skills essential for competency in this area are:

  • Preventative. Intervention designed to prevent potential deficits from deteriorating.
  • Remediation. Intervention designed to ameliorate skill deficits (academic, personal, social, etc.).
  • Development. Intervention designed to intentionally enhance or enrich persons and/or their environment.
  • Group Processes. The ability to assess the dynamics of group processes and to facilitate growth and development through group interaction with specific reference to adult concerns.
  • Educational Counseling. The ability to facilitate students in formulating and clarifying educational values and goals.
  • Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills. The ability to help students learn systematic problem-solving and decision-making strategies, including the ability to clarify values, formulate goals and objectives, design and implement programs of action and evaluate their effectiveness. Two areas in which these skills are typically applied are a) Educational Planning and b) Career and Life Planning.
  • Focus in these areas is on developmental tasks of adults of all ages.
  • Specialized Assessment, Evaluation and Research Techniques. The ability to assess college students' needs in such areas as learning skills, interests, personal development, etc., and the ability to communicate findings and results to other members of the college community.
  • Teaching Methods. The ability to design instructional experiences which implement selected and defined goals and objectives in effective curriculum areas.
  • Consulting. The ability to provide relevant and effective consultation to students, teachers, peers, administrators, and community members.

 

Curriculum Sequence

COUN 690, Field of Counseling, may be taken before or during the first semester in attendance. Please note that students whose ONLY specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling do not need to take COUN 690.

The recommended sequence of classes for the specialization in College Counseling is:

Prerequisite to Program: COUN 690 Field of Counseling

Fall of First Year: Total Units 14

Course  Title Units
COUN 702 Developmental Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 703 Psychological Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 705 Practicum and Internship 2
COUN 706 Counseling Process 3
COUN 792 Seminar for Counselors in Student Personnel Services  3

Spring of First Year: Total Units 14

Course  Title Units
COUN 700 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 735 Counseling Practicum and Fieldwork 2
COUN 736 Advanced Counseling Process 3
COUN 793 Organization & Administration of Student Services in Higher Education 3

Fall of Second Year: Total Units 16

Course Title Units
COUN 720 Career Counseling 3
COUN 738 Alcohol and Substance Abuse 2
COUN 811 Group Counseling Process 3
COUN 833 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 890 Integrative Counseling 3
COUN 892 Internship 4

Spring of Second Year: Total Units 16

Course Title Units
COUN 794 Seminar in Research 3
COUN 857 Law and Ethics in Counseling 3
COUN 858 Couples and Family Counseling 3
COUN 859 Counseling Aspects of Sexuality 2
COUN 891 Case Studies and Internship 3
COUN 892 Internship 4