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Rehabilitation Counseling Course Descriptions

PSY 502: Descriptive & Inferential Behavioral Statistics (3) The meaning and importance of statistics as a scientific look in educational investigation includes: measures of central tendency, variability, and relation as descriptive devices; the computation of descriptive measures and the presentation of data in graphic and tabular form.


PSY 507: Intro to Rehabilitation Counseling (3) This course includes basic principles of rehabilitation; history of rehabilitation philosophy and legislation; rehabilitation counseling ethics; and disability conditions. Organizational structure of the vocational rehabilitation system, including public, private for-profit, and not-for-profit service settings; laws and ethical standards affecting rehabilitation counseling practice, with examples of their application; and societal issues, trends, and developments as they relate to rehabilitation and job placement in the world of work.


PSY 508 Job Development and Placement (3) This course relates the psychological meaning of work, the vocational development theories of occupational choice, and labor market information to current methods of job development, selective placement and follow-up with workers who are disabled.


PSY 509: Vocational Assessment (3) This course is designed to provide students with an overview of vocational evaluation and assessment, work adjustment, personal-social adjustment, and independent living services for persons with disabilities and special needs primarily as they are applied in rehabilitation facilities.


PSY 556 Group Dynamics (3) This course presents a rationale for moving to group procedure. It provides a basis for the understanding of group structure, group topology and group dynamics. It explores group processes, and individual work used to explore the philosophy of guidance services, functions, and program.


PSY 559: Counseling Techniques (3) This course includes theories and techniques in vocational and effective counseling; foundations of interviewing; principles of human behavior; and behavior change modalities as well as individual personality, human growth and development; individual, group and family counseling theories and practices; multicultural and gender issues, environmental and attitudinal barriers to individuals with disabilities; becoming familiar with services to a variety of disability populations, including multiple disabilities in diverse settings, identify over-looked causes of work stress, understand stress workers' compensation claims and identify clients who are more prone to work stress related problems.


PSY 560: Occupational Psychology (3) This course will examine the world of work, sources of career information, and the concept of vocational development, theories of career choice, and implications of theories for the professional counseling of clients are emphasized. It also includes job development, job-seeking skills; placement and follow-up. Vocational aspects of disabilities, including theories and approaches to career development and exploration; occupational information, labor market trends, and the importance of meaningful employment are also explored.


PSY 585: Research in Psychology (3) Rehabilitation research literature; statistics, methods and types of research analyses; design of research projects and consultation on survey procedures and needs assessment approaches are included in this course.


PSY 591: Psychosocial Aspects (3) Testing and assessment of the functional capacities of individuals with disabilities and appropriate intervention resources including assertive technology as appropriate; psychosocial aspects of selected disabilities to include alcoholism, chemical substance abuse, developmental delays, mental retardation, and mentally and emotionally disturbed. Issues to be addressed will include the impact of disability on the individual, family, and personal, social and cultural adjustment to life, and litigated disability cases. The administration of tests, test selection, test scoring & limitations as well as interpretation of test results, and resources for assessment will be a consideration.


SPE 554: Medical Aspects (3) This course provides an orientation to the medical profession and related rehabilitation professions. Discussion of body systems and functions, malfunctions and common physiological and diagnostic treatments and rehabilitative procedures as well as implications of disabilities within the overall scope of the rehabilitative process including: rehabilitation considerations, vocational implications, clinical manifestations and functional limitations will be discussed including all major areas of client information. The course includes synthesis of client information; rehabilitation plan development; knowledge of service delivery; identification of community, state, and local community resources, initiating, managing, and tracking individual clients.


SPE 555: Case Management for Rehabilitation (3) The case management process is taught, including case finding, service coordination, referral to and utilization of other disciplines, and client advocacy; planning for the provision of independent living services and vocational rehabilitation services; identification and use of community resources and services in rehabilitation planning and report writing.


PSY 597: Counseling Practicum (3) The goal of practicum is to provide students with a supervised counseling experience in individual and group counseling. Emphasis will be placed on basic counseling skills and application of knowledge.


PSY 616 Counseling Internship I (3) Students spend a minimum of 300 hours in the field working part time (20 clock hours) a week during normal working hours under direct supervision of university faculty member and a selected staff member of a rehabilitation setting.


PSY 617 Counseling Internship II (3) Students spend a minimum of 300 clock hours in the field working part time (20 clock hours) a week during normal working hours under direct supervision of university faculty member and a selected staff member of a rehabilitation setting.


Electives

PSY 510 Rehabilitation High and Low Technology (3) This course provides an overview of high and low technology focused on adaptive and assistive rehabilitation technology, including aids for daily living. This technology will assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential, and provide training to students interested in gaining expertise in the use of technology while working with people with disabilities across the human lifespan.


PSY 555 Personality and Counseling Theory Major theories of psychology and counseling, their tenets of personality development, psychopathological personality development and therapeutic intervention.


PSY 558 Use and Interpretation of Tests (3) Methods of selecting appropriate group tests; understanding of individual tests and clinical reports; and application results of testing to learning situations.


PSY 561 Individual Testing (3) An intensive study of the construction, administration, and scoring of the Stanford Binet, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.


PSY 582 Problems in Counseling Adolescents (3) Consideration of special problems encountered in counseling with adolescents and methods of helping teens deal with problems encountered in counseling.


PSY 587 Cognitive Behavior Psychology (3) Study of the methods used in changing the behavior of children and/or adults. Helping the individual to change their behavior. Application of principles learned in the psychology laboratory in working with and dealing with behavior problems. Ethical problems involved when one person's behavior is controlled by another individual.


PSY 592 Professional Orientation/Issues An orientation to the ethical and professional issues of the psychology, counseling and mental health professions. An introduction to the professional practice of psychology and counseling including a broad survey of issues including trends, ethical and legal standards, preparation standards and credentialing, roles and functions, goals and objectives, and organizations and associations of the profession.


PSY 595 Counseling Diverse Populations Survey of issues and principles for relating professionally to individuals from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. It includes sensitivity to differences in values, beliefs, attitudes and culture.


PSY 611 Motivation (3) This course is a study of the organization of cognitive perceptual factors that influence the motivation of behavior and understanding of motivational factors allows the student to assist those who need help in changing their behavior to more acceptable modes.


PSY 630 Psychology of Aging (3) This course presents an overview of the psychological, sociological, physiological and cultural aspects of the aging process.


PSY 660 Consultation (3) An overview of consultation. This overview will encompass numerous components. Included within this framework will be an operational definition of consultation, theories of consultation, change agent strategies for counselors functioning as consultants, roles of consultant or process facilitator, school consultation, community agencies, mental health agencies, and rehabilitation counselors.


SPE 501 Introduction to Individuals with Disabilities (3) Provides an overview of the various exceptionalities and introduction to basic special education services and procedures.


SPE 524 Sign Language (3) American Sign Language and Finger spelling will be taught with opportunities for group practice, opportunities with children and adults who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.


SPE 530 Management of Classroom Behavior (3) A study of the psychological analysis of learning and the application of operant conditioning principles to the management of learning environments and the design of instructional strategies and programs for exceptional children.This course provides an overview of high and low technology focused on adaptive and assistive rehabilitation technology, including aids for daily living. This technology will assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential, and provide training to students interested in gaining expertise in the use of technology while working with people with disabilities across the human lifespan.