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Guidance and Counseling Services - COUN 6351

Format: Online

Duration: 14 weeks

Credit: 3

This course focuses on the basic tenets of school guidance and counseling services as well as programming. You’ll develop a sound theoretical foundation of effective school guidance as well as a strong practical perspective of counseling functions. You will explore current issues in school counseling, such as the challenges of working with students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and the effect of family trauma or personal issues on students.

Course Highlights

  • Explore case scenarios on difficult counseling situations and formulate appropriate actions.
  • Analyze which student populations are currently underserved by the school counseling program at your school, as well as which student populations have an abundance of services targeted to them.
  • Take part in an immersion exercise during which you will shadow a counselor as they counsel students and take part in other professional activities.

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics for COUN 6351 are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Introduction and Comparison of State Guidance and Counseling Programs
  • School Guidance and Counseling Programs: Needs and Ways to Improve
  • Program Components and Competencies
  • Pre-Case Scenarios: Court Ruling
  • Counselor/Principal Interview and Analysis
  • Student Skill Development and Dealing with Diversity
  • Learning About Learning About Careers
  • Post-Case Scenarios: Legal and Ethical Implications; Job Descriptions
  • Enhancing the Role of the Professional Counselor
  • Treating the Whole Child
  • What Excited You About School Counseling?
  • Your District’s Guidance and Counseling Services
  • Immersion Experience
  • Counselor Expectations and Professional Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of COUN 6351 students will be able to:

  • Develop a sound theoretical basis for school guidance.
  • Develop an appreciation for school counseling as a profession with its specialized literature and organizations.
  • Demonstrate application of the principles of organizing and managing a school guidance program.
  • Identify critical elements in needs assessment, evaluation and accountability.
  • Define an appropriate role for the school counselor.
  • Identify and utilize available counseling resources to further understanding of guidance and counseling practices.
  • Identify current, critical issues facing the school counselor practicing in a multicultural society.
  • Evaluate your competency in meeting the requirements of the components of a state guidance program.

Get Started

To learn more about this course or others in the online Master of Education in School Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.