Tracy B. Henley (Interim Head)
Location: Binnion, Room 202, 903.886.5637
Counseling Web Site: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/educationHumanServices/counseling/counseling/default.aspx
The Department Counseling offers an undergraduate minor in counseling. The minor offers the undergraduates an overview of the profession of counseling and can be used as part of a more comprehensive education as one prepares for graduate studies and training in counseling. The graduate should possess listening skills, as well as knowledge of standardized and non-standardized appraisal techniques, of group and individual counseling theory, and of career development theory.
The department offers the master’s degrees for those planning careers in school, community, mental health and student affairs counseling positions. In Texas students intending to become school counselors must first have two years of teaching experience before becoming certified as a school counselor. Therefore, the undergraduate degree, whether or not it includes counseling as an undergraduate minor, must include courses that qualify the student to first become a teacher.
The department also offers the Ph.D. in counseling. For further information about graduate programs, refer to the Graduate Catalog.
COUN 301 - Orien to Counseling Prof
Orientation to the Counseling Profession. Three semester hours. (1, 2) A study of general professional issues including ethics, history, credentialing, professional associations, and roles of counselors in various settings.
COUN 315 - Phil of Helping Relatnshp
Philosophy of the Helping Relationship. Three semester hours. (1, 2) This course is designed to create an understanding of helping relationships. Basic communication skills (such as active listening, responding, and interviewing skills) for building helping relationships are developed.
COUN 316 - Parent & Family Dynamics
Parent and Family Dynamics. Three semester hours. (2) Approaches to parenting; assessment and development of parenting skills; communication systems; study of children and families with various cultural patterns and lifestyles.
COUN 317 - Intro to Assessment
Introduction to Assessment. Three semester hours. (1, 2) Emphasis will be given to the use of standardized and nonstandardized procedures to assess and appraise human behavior. Use of test and non-test data will also be covered. Emphasis will also be given to the use of appraisal and assessment methods in a variety of settings, including school, business, mental health, and human services.
COUN 397 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.
COUN 409 - Group Leadership
Group Leadership. Three semester hours. (1, 2) This course will focus on the literature on groups, group dynamics and leadership. The class will also offer personal experiences in individual growth through group participation.
COUN 410 - Intro Coun Theory/Methods
Introduction to Counseling Theory and Methods. Three semester hours. (1, 2) This course provides a general overview of counseling theories, an introduction to counseling techniques, the conditions which facilitate an effective counseling relationship, and stages in the counseling process.
COUN 412 - Career Development
Career Development. Three semester hours. (1, 2) A study of the impact of career services as an instrument of human development and mental health. Emphasis on history of career guidance, contemporary shifts on social values in and the meaning of work, changes in the occupational structure, and work and mental health in today's society.
COUN 414 - Home & Family Living
Home and Family Living. Three semester hours. (1) Functional study of modern family with special attention to roles, marriage preparation and partner selection. Emphasis on marital adjustment and other essentials of successful home and family life. Examination of current, relative issues of human relations including family planning, sex education, divorce, communications, and marriages under special circumstances.
COUN 426 - Cultural Enrichment
Students will develop an understanding of historical and cultural impact of the civil rights movement in the United States. Via an interstate travel/study experience, students will develop an understanding of: Multicultural and pluralistic trends, including characteristics and concerns between and within diverse groups nationally and internationally; attitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturation; ethical and legal considerations related to social and cultural diversity; the role of civil rights pioneers; and the historical, intercultural, and intracultural significance of the U.S. civil rights movement This course involves domestic travel and may involve expenses beyond usual course tuition and fees. Cross listed with COUN 526, it is differentiated via assignments and evaluation.
COUN 441 - Introduction to Student Services
A foundational course for those desiring entry-level occupational placement in college student services. Students review both historical and contemporary perspectives on student services in higher education settings. Students are introduced to theories and models of student development and interventions to promote student development.
COUN 442 - Student Services 1: Residence Life/Student Activities
This course introduces students to student development theories, to the overall campus and campus living-learning environments, and programming within those environments to promote student development. Prerequisites: COUN 301 COUN 410 COUN 441 Junior Standing.
COUN 480 - Introduction to Drugs and Alcohol
In this course, students will examine the concepts of chemical dependency, comprehensively addressing current information regarding the full spectrum of substance abuse disorders and commonly abused and/or addictive substances. Topics include, but are not limited to: Alcohol abuse/addiction, Marijuana/THC effects on neural development, Marijuana use as it relates to psychoses, OTC drug abuse Inhalant/propellant abuse.
COUN 481 - Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Awareness, Counseling, Prevention, and Treatment
Provides comprehensive coverage and the latest information on a full spectrum of substance use disorders and the compounds commonly abused. Topics include: the abuse of and addiction to alcohol; how the active agent in marijuana, THC, affects neural growth and development; the emerging body of evidence suggesting a relationship between marijuana abuse and psychotic disorders; the emerging body of evidence suggesting that marijuana is not as benign as it was thought to be even a few years ago; and updated information on the abuse of cough syrups, a trend that has evolved in adolescent substance abusers in the past decade.
COUN 482 - Anger Management: Skills and Techniques
Anger is an emotion that creates a negative and unsafe environment which leads to unhealthy relationships. This course is designed to inform students the role brain chemistry plays in anger development and how brain chemistry, violence, and outbursts are connected. Students will gain insight into treatment modalities, anger management philosophies, and effective principles to aid those with anger issues.
COUN 483 - Domestic Violence: Signs/Symptoms and Treatment
The course addresses information that is tested in the Texas Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Examination. Students will develop an understanding of domestic violence/abuse triggers and related/concomitant behaviors. Students will learn interventions designed to stem the generativity of domestic violence.
COUN 484 - Introduction to Bullying and Social Aggression
In this course, students will develop an understanding of the following: 1) the different theories associated with aggressive behaviors; 2) the three components of bullying: repeated pattern of behavior; unwanted, negative actions; and power/strength imbalance; and 3) the application of various skills and techniques used in confronting bullies.
COUN 485 - Suicide Prevention/Intervention
This course will provide information about suicide prevention and intervention. Students will develop an understanding of the notions of hopelessness and helplessness. Questions that will be answered in the course include: What is the “state of mind” that accompanies a suicide attempt? Why do people attempt/commit suicide? How do I discern if someone is contemplating suicide? What do I do if I learn that someone is contemplating suicide? Students will develop practical skills for suicide prevention and intervention.
COUN 489 - Independent Study
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.
COUN 490 - H Honors Thesis
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member
COUN 491 - H Honors Readings
H Honors Readings
COUN 497 - SPECIAL TOPICS
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. (1, 2, 3, 4) Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of North Texas.
B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of North Texas.
B.S., M.S., Ed.D., East Texas State University.
B.A., Northeast Louisiana University; M.Ed., University of Louisiana-Monroe; Ed.D., East Texas State University.
Tracy B. Henley
B.A., University of Mississippi; Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
B.A., Bluefield College; M.S., Radford University; M.A., Appalachian State University; Ph.D., University North Carolina.
B.S., University of Louisiana Lafayette; M.S. University of Louisiana at Monroe; Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of North Texas.