Counselor Education

Course Descriptions

Counselor Education Course List

The following are courses typically found in the Counselor Education program. For a complete list of courses visit the School of Education and Human Development course listing page at: https://usm.maine.edu/school-of-education-human-development

EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
This course studies the concepts, principles, and techniques of educational research with an emphasis on scientific inquiry and problem solving, designed for both the producer and consumer of educational research. Individual critiques and research reviews are completed. Prerequisite: open to matriculated students only. Cr 3.

HCE 500 Orientation to the Counseling Profession
This introductory course is designed to acquaint individuals who are preparing to enter the counseling profession with a broad overview of the profession's historical and theoretical foundations and to begin the development of their professional identities. This course must be taken the first semester following matriculation. Cr 3.

HCE 507 Spirituality and Religion in Counseling
This course will address, in an ecumenical and inclusive format, the growing renaissance in the psychotherapeutic community and in the larger American society of the integration of spirituality and religious values. Various aspects of spirituality and religion will be explored as they relate to the counseling process. The course will seek to increase the awareness of counselors to potential areas of client concern, including spiritual journeys, early religious training, search for meaning, personal relationship with the divine, and death and bereavement. Participants will explore various religious and spiritual practices, including, but not limited to, Islam, Buddhism, Native American beliefs, Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism. Cr 3.

HCE 510 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling and Services
This course will provide an orientation to the counseling profession, focusing on rehabilitation concepts, services, and settings. Included will be: history, trends, and related legislation; critical components of the rehabilitation process; contemporary counselor roles and functions; professional education, associations, standards, and credentials; ethical and legal issues; technology issues and practices; and rehabilitation agencies and services. Field visits and the examination of rehabilitation services from various participant perspectives will be required. Cr 3.

HCE 514 Principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Practices and Treatment
The purpose of this course is to understand the origins, philosophies, contexts, and methods of mental health services referred to as psychiatric rehabilitation. Content will include dissonant and changing mental health definitions, historical emergence of psychiatric rehabilitation, promising and evidence-based practice, consumer-survivor movement and impact, concepts of recovery, empowerment, and community, family issues and roles, societal myths and stigma, and varied professional functions. PSR models that are proven effective are integrating treatment with rehabilitation, are now being acknowledged as evidence-based practices by SAMHSA. The course will also address how psychiatric rehabilitation is applied in situations involving housing, education, social relationships, substance abuse, and community membership. Cr 3

HCE 520 Expressive Arts in Counseling
This course will provide an introduction to the Expressive Arts modalities within a wide range of counseling contexts, with an emphasis on dance therapy, music therapy, art therapy, and psychodrama.  The focus of the course will be on practical applications of arts modalities, as well as the integration of these modalities with verbal counseling approaches. Cr. 3.

HCE 604 Career Development
This course examines the ways in which counselors assist people of all ages in their life/career development. Emphasis will be on understanding theories, information systems, materials, activities, and techniques for fostering career awareness exploration, decision making, and preparation. The interrelationships among work, family, and other life roles, including multicultural and gender issues, will also be addressed. Cr 3.

HCE 605 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation
This course focuses on group tests and related measurement techniques. The course content includes a review of the history of testing, current issues, fundamental statistics for understanding, evaluating, and using tests, including selected aptitude, intelligence, achievement, interest, and personality tests. A variety of standardized and non-standardized evaluation measures will be reviewed. Cr 3.

HCE 607 School Guidance Programs and Services
This course is intended for those preparing to be school counselors. It considers the conceptual framework for comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling practices in elementary and secondary schools. Major areas of focus include program management, guidance curricula, individual planning and advising, and responsive services that are organized to meet the educational, personal, and career needs of students. Prerequisites: HCE 609, matriculation in the counselor education program or by permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

HCE 609 The Practice of School Counseling
This course will provide students with an introduction to the practices of consultation and large group guidance for counselors working within a developmental model of school counseling. Assignments will incorporate field experiences that promote reflective learning and skill building. Prerequisite: open to matriculated students or by permission of instructor. Cr 3.

HCE 611 Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability and Rehabilitation
This course explores the medical and psychological issues surrounding the concepts of disability and rehabilitation. Particular emphasis will be given to examining: a) the medical model as an organizing framework for viewing disability and rehabilitation; b) the diagnoses and treatment of various physical, developmental, sensory, and emotional conditions; c) the perspectives and responses of people with disabilities toward their diagnosed conditions and prescribed treatments; d) the principles and practice of functional assessment; and e) the ethical issues surrounding medical and rehabilitation services. Also examined will be psychological explanations of disability, their applications, and their implications for rehabilitation practice. A primary focus throughout the course will be on highlighting the perspectives that people with disabilities hold toward their life situations as well as the medical and rehabilitation settings and professionals they encounter. Cr 3.

HCE 612   Multicultural Counseling: Social & Cultural Foundations of Helping Diverse Families   
This course focuses on developing multicultural awareness, understanding influences of culture and worldviews across the life cycle, examining issues of diversity, i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, age and disability in human interactions and recognizing attitudes and perceptions of diverse populations.  The effects of developmental, bio-psychosocial changes including disability on individuals and their families within a cultural context are explored. The course examines worldviews, values and beliefs about diverse groups reflecting differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age and disability and family dynamics within a pluralistic society. Students will develop multicultural awareness of counseling competencies relative to diversity including disability, within rehabilitation and counseling practice. The course also introduces cultural foundations of human growth and development, and effects of cultural values and traditions across the lifespan. Implications for counseling the culturally different introduces a framework to guide rehabilitation and counseling professionals in serving diverse populations and their families, inclusive of differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age and disability.  A field experience of between 5- 10 hours with an associated report is required.  Cr. 3.

HCE 615 Vocational Counseling and Placement in Rehabilitation
This course encompasses the theoretical foundations of vocational counseling, the vocational implications of disability, the application of occupational and labor market data, and vocational choice with rehabilitation consumers. The use of job selection, analysis, and modification, and matching skills in the development of work and career options for persons with disabilities is included. The course also presents the role, functions, and strategies used by rehabilitation professionals in job placement and the supported employment of persons with severe disabilities. Accommodation of rehabilitation consumers in accordance with federal statutes, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is examined in the context of a multicultural society. Cr 3.

HCE 619 Recovery-Oriented Origins of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practice
This course covers the historical, scientific, professional, and societal beliefs that have surrounded diagnostic psychiatry and the concepts of recovery from mental illness. Particular emphasis is given to recovery-oriented standards of care, ex-patients movement, legal rights and protections, medications, alternative treatments, trauma, and ethical issues in service delivery. Students will also explore their own values and motives for entering the field and examine the strengths and liabilities they may bring to their work. Cr. 3.

HCE 620 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories
This course is for those who are or will be engaged in counseling in an educational or mental health setting. Selected theories and related techniques are closely examined. Research literature that has a bearing on the effectiveness and non-effectiveness of counseling is reviewed. Cr 3.

HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
This course emphasizes the development of fundamental counseling skills, such as attending behavior, listening, reflection of feeling, paraphrasing, and questioning. The course examines the process and content of the counseling interview as well as verbal and nonverbal factors that influence the interactions within the counseling relationship. The primary focus is to help the student develop greater self-knowledge and skills in interpersonal communication within the counseling relationship. Prerequisite: Open only to matriculated graduate students; HCE 500 (for school counseling and mental health counseling concentrations, HCE 510 (for rehabilitation counseling concentration), and HCE 621 or instructor permission. Cr 3.

HCE 622 Counseling Children and Adolescents
This course examines selected theories, related techniques, and skills for counseling children and adolescents. Attention is given to examining personal philosophies about working with children and adolescents and to the exploration of possible interventions for various counseling situations with these populations. Counselor effectiveness literature is reviewed. Prerequisites: matriculation in counselor education or school psychology and HCE 620 and HCE 668 (HCE 668 may be taken concurrently with permission of the instructor). Cr 3.

HCE 623 Theories and Applications of Play Therapy: Summer Institute
This intensive, one-week summer institute presents an overview of the various theories of play therapy and examines them in the social, cultural, and economic contexts in which they were first implemented. Applications of the theories to special settings and with special populations are explored. The course is an introductory course and is one of the required courses for becoming a registered play therapist. Prerequisite: none. Cr 3.

HCE 624 Child-Centered Play Therapy
This course is intended for students who wish to use a child-centered theory of play therapy in counseling children. It presents the theoretical framework of a child-centered approach to working with children and begins the necessary training for skill development in using this theory. Prerequisites: HCE 621 and HCE 622. Cr 3.

HCE 625 Adlerian Play Therapy
This course will examine Adlerian theory as it applies to clinical work with children and adolescents. Topics will include an overview of Adlerian theory and of play therapy, consultation with parents and teachers, encouragement, setting limits, understanding the goals of discouraged children, phases of therapy, and ethical and legal implications. Classes will include brief lectures, skill building exercises, discussion, and reflection. Prerequisite: graduate-level status. Cr 3.

HCE 626 Group Process and Procedures
This course focuses on basic principles of group development and on dynamics of group interaction. The improvement of facilitative skills is emphasized. Open to matriculated graduate students only. Cr 3.

HCE 627 Group Counseling Practicum
This course focuses on the development of concepts, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead counseling groups effectively in a variety of settings. Integration of group dynamics with counseling theory and group techniques is emphasized. Additionally, the behavior of the leader and participants is analyzed to promote a deeper understanding of group roles and functions. Prerequisites: HCE 621 and HCE 626 or by permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

HCE 640 Professional Issues for Mental Health Counselors
Mental health clinics, hospitals, substance abuse facilities, and social service agencies are among the various organizations involved in helping people through mental health counseling. This course examines the mental health needs of people in rural and urban communities and the views of mental health counseling held by those organizations who serve these people. Students will examine problems that organizations encounter in helping people and the consequences of services that interfere with helping. Attention is given to inter-professional and inter-organizational approaches to improving the quality of mental health counseling. Mental health counselor roles, functions, professional associations, credentialing, and ethical standards will also be examined. A special emphasis of the course is on examining mental health counseling from an historical, ethical, legal, philosophical, and developmental perspective. Cr 3.

HCE 641 Mind/Body Techniques
This course addresses the relationship between cognitive processes and physiology from a healing/personal wellness perspective. Various aspects of Eastern thought/religion, as well as Western behavioral medicine are explored in regard to physical health and emotional well-being. Research on the mind/body relationship is reviewed and discussed. Participants will be required to learn and practice meditative and mind/body techniques. Cr 3.

HCE 642 Perspectives on Chemical Dependency
This course focuses on the overall dynamics of chemical dependency and will serve as an introduction to understanding the various stages, processes, and effects of such addictions. Specific topics will include social and psychological dynamics of chemical dependency involving family, peers, and co-workers. The roles that professional educators, human service workers, and other helping professionals play in prevention, early intervention, and the various approaches to recovery and aftercare are considered in depth. Cr 3.

HCE 643:  Psychopharmacology, Substance-Related Disorders & Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment
This course is designed to provide participants from non-scientific backgrounds with a basic understanding of the effects of licit and illicit drugs.  In addition, the role of these drugs in distorting brain chemistry and promoting substance-related disorders will be explored.  Relationships between co-occurring substance-related disorders and mental illnesses will be explored. Research on effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation of persons with co-occurring disorders will be reviewed.  Interactions among the biological, psychological/emotional, and behavioral aspects of substance abuse will be examined in relation to symptom reduction and identification, intervention strategies, and the treatment of substance use disorders particularly for people with mental illness. Cr. 3

HCE 644 Crisis Intervention
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of crisis intervention. A theoretical perspective is established, and short-term crisis counseling strategies are examined. Several different crisis situations will be discussed in relationship to agencies or persons responsible for interventions. Prerequisite: HCE 621 or by permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

HCE 645 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
This course focuses on the diagnostic systems and their use in counseling. The development of treatment plans and the use of related services are reviewed. The roles of assessment, intake interviews, and reports are examined. Prerequisite: HCE 621 or by permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

HCE 650 Basic Concepts in Couple and Family Counseling
This course will provide a historical context for the field of family therapy, as well as an exploration of the major theories that inform the current application of family therapy. Cr 3.

HCE 655 Human Sexuality for Counselors
This course provides information about human sexuality to heighten individual's awareness of his/her own sexuality and sexual issues, and to integrate this knowledge to improve the overall effectiveness of counseling skills. The course explores a wide spectrum of sexual behaviors and examines the relationships between sexuality, self-esteem, sex roles, and life styles. Emphasis is placed on developing an awareness of personal values associated with human sexuality. Prerequisite: HCE 621 or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

HCE 668 Human Development
This course examines the processes underlying growth and development across the life span from conception through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging to death. The interaction of biological, cultural, and environmental factors will be considered in studying physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes throughout the stages of life. This course includes a field experience. Cr 3.

HCE 670 Application of Family Systems Theories
This course is an advanced course focused on the application of family systems theories to several family case presentations.  We will be focused on Structural, Bowenian, Communication, Psychodynamic Experiential, Narrative, and Integrative Models.  Particular focus will be given to reflection on family-of-origin themes and the ways in which a deepened awareness of these themes can lead to more effective family counseling. Prerequisite: HCE 650 or permission of instructor. Cr. 3.

HCE 681 Clinical Supervision
This course introduces students to the practice of clinical supervision within the counseling profession. The course focuses on such topics as the history of supervision, supervision models, tasks and functions of supervision, relationships in supervision, supervisory responsibilities, administration, cultural differences, and ethical standards. An organizing principle of this course is to examine these topics from three perspectives: theoretical knowledge, skill development, and self-awareness. Prerequisite: master's degree in counseling, matriculated Psy.D. students, or by permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

HCE 686 Internship in Counselor Education
This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate formal coursework with on-the-job experience in selected institutions. Prerequisite: HCE 690. Cr 1-12.

HCE 687 Internship in Clinical Supervision
This course provides an opportunity to develop advanced skills in clinical supervision. Interns will be assigned to supervise master's level students in such courses as practicum and internship. Prerequisites: HCE 681 and HCE 694. Cr 3.

HCE 690 Individual Counseling Practicum Seminar
Through lecture, discussion, and group supervision students learn to apply professional knowledge and skills to the practice of counseling with individuals. Role playing, video and audio tapes, and demonstrations are used in helping students develop an integrated counseling style. This course is taken concurrently with HCE 691. Prerequisites: HCE 620, HCE 621, HCE 622 (school counseling specialty only), and HCE 626. Cr 3.

HCE 691 Individual Counseling Practicum Laboratory
This laboratory is an intensive experience in the direct application of counseling skills and techniques to individual clients within the context of counseling sessions. Audio and video tapes will be reviewed individually with a faculty supervisor. This course must be taken concurrently with HCE 690. Prerequisites: HCE 620, HCE 621, HCE 622 (school counseling specialty only), and HCE 626. Cr 3.

HCE 692 Advanced Individual Practicum
This is the advanced course in counseling practicum. In addition to building on the skills developed in HCE 690 (practicum), emphasis is placed on the structural analysis of typical client problems and the use of appropriate strategies of intervention. Other emphases include the staffing of actual cases and knowledge of community resources available to the counseling clientele. Prerequisite: HCE 690. Cr 3.

HCE 694 Practicum in Individual Supervision
This is an intensive supervised experience in applying specialized knowledge and skills to the practice of clinical supervision. Students will be assigned supervisees and through observation, audio/video tapes, and co-counseling, will both supervise and be supervised. Prerequisites: HCE 681 and matriculation in the CAS program. Cr 3.

HCE 695 Practicum in Play Therapy
This course is an intensive supervised experience, applying professional knowledge and skills in the practice of counseling children using play therapy techniques. Role-playing, video tapes, and demonstrations are used in helping each student develop an integrated counseling style. Prerequisites: HCE 621, HCE 622, HCE 623, HCE 624, and HCE 690. Cr 3.

HCE 699 Independent Study in Counselor Education
This course provides students the opportunity to pursue a project independently, planning, and exploring a topic of interest within the field of counseling. Most independent study projects are library-based; all are intellectually sound, and reflect a high caliber of performance. Specific content and methods of evaluation will be determined in collaboration with the instructor. An approved proposal is a necessary prerequisite to registration. Prerequisite: Open to matriculated students only. Cr 1-6.