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Pre-practicum In Marriage And Family Counseling

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This course focuses on the assessment and continuing development of student counseling skills. Students have a variety of opportunities to receive feedback and to evaluate their ability to integrate theory into practice. Students determine their styles and strengths as professional counseling practitioners, as well as identify areas needing further development. Individualized practice sessions and feedback are designed into the course.

This graduate-level course is 10 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 10

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    Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Interventions

    • Conduct crisis and trauma group counseling using theory.
    • Identify crisis domains including emergency situations, domestic violence, abuse and neglect of children and suicide prevention.
    • Demonstrate strategies of risk assessment for self-harm (danger to self) and threats to others (danger to others).
    • Identify domains of trauma and disaster including, victims of violence and sexual assault, traumatic events in the family, workplace, schools, and natural disaster.
    • Describe culturally appropriate interventions when working with individuals and groups in crisis, trauma, and disaster.

    Closure in Practicum and Professional Counselor Identity

    • Complete closure of client files.
    • Facilitate closure of client, supervisor, and staff relationships.
    • Conduct final group counseling sessions.
    • Determine progress made in relation to developing counselor skills, knowledge, and abilities.
    • Evaluate practicum site experiences including strengths and areas for improvement.

    Assessment, Diagnosis and Prognosis

    • Use resources for the clinical diagnosis of clients.
    • Outline the process for completing client assessments, including biopsychosocial assessments.
    • Explain the purpose of prognosis and ethical implications when making recommendations in counseling.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions using theory.

    Overview of Practicum

    • Describe expectations of professional behavior during counseling practicum and tenets of a professional counselor identity.
    • Identify relevant regulations and statutory requirements during counseling practicum.
    • Analyze the stages of the counseling process.
    • Identify the components for delivering a clinical case review.
    • Identify facilitative skills needed to achieve group therapy goals.
    • Describe group process and group guidelines.

    Intake and Interviewing

    • Establish intake and interviewing practices appropriate for diverse clients including gathering information for assessment.
    • Outline legal and ethical implications in counseling including HIPPA and informed consent.
    • Analyze how group and family dynamics influence the scope of practice.
    • Conduct family-oriented group counseling sessions employing theory.

    Client Resiliency and Evaluating Progress

    • Describe the importance of client diversity and resiliency in planning and implementing treatment.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions focused on diversity and multicultural domains.
    • Evaluate the use of strengths-based approaches with clients.
    • Evaluate strategies for evaluating client progress.


    • Identify self-assessment strategies.
    • Identify self-care strategies and opportunities.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions focused on self-help and self-care ideology using the assigned theory.

    Treatment Planning and Intervention

    • Evaluate treatment planning based on assessment and diagnostic information.
    • Demonstrate skills in matching treatment to assessed client needs and strengths.
    • Determine community resources to deliver the appropriate quality of services and support.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions using theory.

    Termination, Referrals, and Continuity of Care

    • Determine when to evaluate and re-evaluate treatment goals.
    • Identify key issues addressed with the client to initiate termination of the counselor/client relationship.
    • Describe effective strategies for continuity of care and client self-care.

    • Assess client problems requiring referrals and appropriate referral procedures.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions focused on preparation for termination of therapy.

    Clinical Writing and Progress Notes

    • Use professional clinical documentation skills.
    • Evaluate various note taking formats.
    • Determine appropriate content for progress notes.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions using theory.
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