Course Description:

HUED 433/533 THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF COUNSELING STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES (Three Hours) This course focuses on theories and techniques as they apply to the developmental concerns of regular education students and special needs students and their families. The course is designed to give the student an overview of both brief therapy and family system theories with an emphasis on the following: Solution focused, Bowenian Family Systems, Structural Family Therapy, and Strategic Family Therapy. Basic techniques and strategies for elementary and secondary counseling will be addressed. Additional topics include: factors that promote effective collaboration and communication skills with students, parents, school personnel, and community members; strategies for dealing with typical concerns of parents of individuals with disabilities; the development of a team approach to intervention; and the special needs of children dealing with abuse, divorce, death, and chemical dependency. The class will also address legal and ethical issues in the counseling process. Students taking this course for graduate credit must complete all graduate course requirements. Undergraduate prerequisite for all programs except certification in early childhood special education or cross-categorical disabilities: HUSR 233; prerequisite for students in the Master of Arts in Counseling program: HUED 513. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.