College of Education & Human Services

Continuing Professional Education Academic Courses

For Clinical Mental Health Counselors

CN520: Foundations and Professional Orientation to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
Introduction to the profession of clinical mental health counseling: history, accreditation, licensure, credentialing, professional organizations, advocacy, counseling philosophy, and use of technology. Specific attention is given to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and professional competencies.

CN521: Standards of Care and Management in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
Current trends in the counseling literature/research and strategies for counseling specific to clinical mental health are explored. Particular attention is given to management, principles and administration, HIPAA, public policy, needs assessment, and consultation.

CN604: Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology (3)
Course explores aspects of counseling related psychopathology, abnormal and maladaptive behaviors. Students will demonstrate knowledge commonly prescribed psychotropic medications. Students will have knowledge of using mental status exams, psychosocial history and developing treatment plans. Counseling interventions are addressed.

School Counseling

CN514: Foundations and Professional Orientation to School Counseling. (3)
This course will include an examination of the history and current trends of the profession of school counseling. College and career readiness and the national model as well as standards for school counseling will also be explored.

CN516: Data Driven School Counseling Programs and Practices. (3)
A comprehensive data-driven school counseling model will be presented. This course utilizes experiential learning to help demonstrate school counseling program accountability and effectiveness through data-driven practices.

CN518: Advocacy, Leadership, and Consultation in Comprehensive School Counseling Programs. (3)
Advocacy, leadership, and consultation skills that can assist school counselors in creating systematic change in public or private school settings, K-12 will be studied.

CN544: Counseling Techniques for Children and Adolescents: Literacy and Play. (3)
Counseling theories, skills, materials, and methods of reading/ reading for working with children and adolescents are covered. Children’s developmental stages, tasks, and needs relative to clinical practice are applicable. Play therapy techniques, adventure based counseling skills, and consultation is included.


CN433G: Special Problems in Counseling (1)
Designed to provide a group of students an opportunity for further professional growth and to apply problem-solving approaches in dealing with specific educational problems.

CN519: Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3)
This course is designed to acquaint students with the special models, theories, and techniques of crisis intervention. Crisis management resources are explored in relation to grief, post-traumatic stress, suicide, domestic violence and child abuse.

CN549: Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
This course provides an exploration of the legal, professional, and ethical dilemmas faced by professional counselors. Familiarity with and application of the current American Counseling Association Code of Ethics as well as relevant state of Illinois and Iowa, and federal civil and criminal law will be demonstrated by students.