Gerontological Counseling


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 735 Counseling Practicum and Fieldwork 2
COUN 736  Advanced Counseling Process 3
COUN 738 Alcohol and Substance Abuse 2
COUN 794 Seminar in Research 3
COUN 811 Group Counseling Process 3
COUN 833  Social and Cultural Foundations in Couseling 3
COUN 857 Law and Ethics in Counseling 3
COUN 858  Couples and Family Counseling 3
COUN 859 Counseling Aspects of Sexuality 2
COUN 890  Integratice Counseling 3
COUN 891 Case Studies and Internship 3
COUN 892 Internship 4
  Four Specialization Classes (see below) 9
  Minimum Total 60

Area of Professional Specialization - Gerontological Counseling

Course Title Units
COUN 820 Counseling the Older Adult 2
COUN 821 Mental Health Assessment with the Older Adult 1
GERON 705 Gerontolgy: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis 3
GERON 710 Gerontology: Aging Process 3

Gerontological Counseling Specialization Faculty


The Gerontological Counseling Program

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.


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