Course Descriptions

On this page:

CEP 503 Tests and Measurements in Counseling | Credits: 3

The course focuses on the basic assessment principles, client assessment in the rehabilitation and counseling process, and the nature of tests used in the field. The first half of the course focuses on: history of measurement, basic concepts, important social and ethical issues in testing, and technical/statistical concepts in measurement. The second half of the course deals with the content, administration, scoring and interpretation of tests frequently used in the field. Upon completing the course, students will be better able to identify and gather essential client information, interpret test information, and use test results to assist in planning. The specific course objectives are to promote:

  • An understanding of the foundations of assessment and the role of tests and measurements in the counseling and rehabilitation processes.
  • Knowledge of basic psychometric properties (e.g. reliability and validity) which are important to the selection of assessment devices and the interpretation of scores or other performance measures.
  • The ability to read and understand test manuals and determine the types of uses for which a particular test is most appropriate.
  • Knowledge of a variety of assessment devices commonly used in the field.
  • Skill in determining the implications of (weighting) client assessment information for clients.
  • Integration of medical aspects and foundational limitations of disability in developing evaluation plans that are appropriate for answering common referral questions. Relatedly, students should gain competence in selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting tests in the light of client disability.
  • Ability to develop and conduct vocational evaluations.

CEP 634 Multicultural Counseling | Credits: 3

The cultures, issues, and perspectives of "culturally different" groups have been ignored in traditional counseling and psychotherapy, both historically and, to an unfortunately great extent, still today. Perspectives and judgments of the dominant group have been imposed, which has done great harm to women and minorities. In response to these problems, two major approaches to multicultural counseling and psychotherapy have developed:

  • focused culture-specific approaches to particular groups, especially racial/ethnic groups targeted by racism in the U.S., and feminist therapy for women, and
  • transcultural, universal approaches, which define culture more broadly (to include gender, sexual/affectional orientation, socioeconomic status, age, disabilities, etc.) and assume that certain factors are important regardless of culture or group. The first approach emphasizes the importance of understanding the cultures and circumstances of particular groups, which the second approach emphasizes the importance of general information about acculturation, identity development, and oppression.

This course rests on the assumption that both of these approaches are important; thus, the course will be presented from an integrated perspective. Students will be offered

  • an opportunity to explore and become aware of their own attitudes, beliefs, and biases about their own affiliative groups (e.g. culture, sex, sexual orientation) as well as other affiliative groups, and
  • an opportunity to acquire knowledge about the experiences and concerns of several particular groups, and ways counseling and psychology are struggling to incorporate such concerns into practice and research.

Readings for the course will include both textbook material and primary sources. Issues of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy with adults will probably be the primary focus, although issues of work with children, assessment, and research may also be included, depending on class composition and students

CEP 643 Counseling Theories and Techniques | Credits: 3

CEP 649 Rehabilitation Foundations | Credits: 3

History, philosophy, legal basis, principles, and procedures of rehabilitation counseling; structure of the state-federal and private non-profit and for-profit rehabilitation sectors; role of function of rehabilitation team members. The class should be taken during the first semester of enrollment for rehabilitation counseling majors.

CEP 661 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability | Credits: 3

 The goals of this course are:

  • Give students an introduction to the physical structure and functioning of the human body.
  • Provide students with a basic medical vocabulary and orientation to the medical treatment of disability
  • Enhance student understanding of the impact of various disabilities in the body and functioning.
  • Examine the functional, psychosocial and vocational impact of various disabilities
  • Increase student awareness of medically related resources in the community.
  • Address the role of the rehabilitation counselor as part of the rehabilitation team of medical/health providers.

CEP 680 Career Development | Credits: 3

Work in America and basic aspects of vocational psychology; theories of career development and choice; relationship between education or training and work; career counseling in various settings and with diverse populations; special problems (e.g., job satisfaction, displacement, dual-career families, indecision, and indecisiveness, etc.); assessment and information issues; impact and development of interests, abilities, and values.

CEP 689 Case Management and Rehabilitation Services | Credits: 3