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Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling

Curriculum

To earn a Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling, students must complete 24 credits offered as part of the of the Post University Master of Science in Human Services degree program, as follows: 

Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling 24 crs.
Courses
Credits
HSV552 Professional & Ethical Orientation
to Counseling

HSV552

Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling - 3 Credits

This course provides students with a realistic view of several critical issues which counselors in the field of human services encounter, in addition to providing best practices in addressing these dilemmas. Human service professionals often face ethical issues such as professionalism, aspirational ethics, decisions making, mandated reporting, crisis intervention and/or legal issues on a daily basis. Professional practice in a multicultural society, client rights and responsibilities will also be explored, in addition to confidentiality, privileged communication, record keeping, and other key issues that counselors are also addressed.

Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program, or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework hours in a helping-related program at another college or university.


3 crs.
HSV554 Multicultural Issues in Human Services

HSV554

Multicultural Issues in Human Services - 3 Credits

This course provides students with knowledge in the ways in which issues of multiculturalism can affect human services delivery. Course content includes examinations of oppression, discrimination, sexism, and other forms of prejudice, and their influence on the delivery of human services to culturally diverse and oppressed communities.

Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework in a helping-related program at another college or university.


3 crs.
HSV556 Career Counseling, Appraisal, and Development

HSV556

Career Counseling, Appraisal, and Development - 3 Credits

This course provides students with an introduction to the history of the career development practice. The course also explores the process of career counseling, assessments, and information dissemination. Students will also become familiar with the process of helping individuals take action in preparing for work in our present society in terms of employability skills and placement services. The course will also discuss the process of creating career development programs in both the public and private sector in addition to exploring trends and issues in the labor market and job search process.

Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program, or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework hours in a helping-related program at another college or university.


3 crs.
HSV558 Testing and Appraisal of Individuals and Groups in Human Services

HSV558

Testing and Appraisal of Individuals and Groups in Human Services - 3 credits

This course provides students with an introduction to psychological assessment measures commonly used individually or in group settings in a variety of human service agencies. The course is designed to provide students with information about test construction, administration, scoring, and interpretation. An introduction to intellectual, emotional, behavioral, and personality assessments for both children and adults will be examined.

Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework in a helping-related program at another college or university.

3 crs.

 

In addition, students must choose one 12 credit Concentration from the following options:

 

Master of Science in Human Services concentration
Clinical Counseling within Organizational Settings

 

 

 

 

12 crs.

Courses
Credits
HSV520  Theories of Counseling

HSV520

Theories of Counseling - 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of counseling theory and fosters the development of basic counseling skills. The focus is establishing a rapport, developing a therapeutic alliance, and conceptualizing strategies for intervention. The clinical application of theory will be explored through case studies, understanding research, and class discussions.


3 crs.
HSV521  Family Systems Theory

HSV521

Family Systems Theory - 3 Credits

Introduces the student to the field of family therapy and systems thinking. The student learns the skills necessary to begin clinical work with a family. Includes the major theoretical approaches to family intervention required to conceptualize, assess, and treat family systems.


3 crs.
HSV522  Group Therapy

HSV522

Group Therapy - 3 Credits

This course presents a theoretical and experiential overview of group processes and counseling techniques. Students will be exposed to the skills and characteristics required to facilitate cognitive, emotional and behavioral change in group settings.  Students will also learn about the various populations served and presenting problems addressed by group approaches.

Prerequisite: HSV520 and/or HSV521.


    Prerequisite: HSV520 and/or HSV521
3 crs.
HSV524  Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment

HSV524

Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment - 3 Credits

Students will explore the emotional, cognitive, somatic, and behavioral symptoms of mental disturbances.  This course includes the introduction of testing and measurement devices that emphasizes clinical assessment applications.

Prerequisite: HSV520 or HSV521


    Prerequisite: HSV520 or HSV521
3 crs

 

Master of Science in Human Services concentration
Alcohol & Drug Counseling

 

12 crs.

Courses
Credits
HSV530 Biology of Addiction

HSV530

Biology of Addiction - 3 Credits

This course will cover the biological effects of alcohol and drugs on human organ systems, particularly the nervous, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems.  The course will also discuss the psychopharmacology of addictions and related medical consequences, such as AIDS/HIV and Hepatitis C. In addition, the course will cover the psychological and sociological consequences associated with these conditions.  Furthermore, the use of drugs in both therapeutic and pathologic situations will be explored and general modalities of recovery will be discussed. NOTE: No transfer credits are allowed for this course.


3 crs.
HSV532 Theories of Alcohol & Drug Counseling

HSV532

Theories of Alcohol & Drug Counseling - 3 Credits

This course will cover the study of current treatment modalities essential in drug and alcohol abuse or dependency counseling. Current treatment modalities such as the Matrix Model, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will be explored. The course will also cover additional treatment theories, implications, and options that are critical to effective addictions treatment. The various stages of recovery and effective treatment methods based on length of sobriety will be explored.

Prerequisite: HSV534


    Prerequisite: HSV534
3 crs.
HSV534 Psychopathology of Addiction

HSV534

Psychopathology of Addiction - 3 Credits

The course will provide a basic historical perspective of drug and alcohol abuse and/or dependence along with the descriptions of biological, psychological, and sociological factors that comprise the disease of addiction. This course will also cover the assessment and diagnosis of addictions in addition to exploring common psychological disorders which often complicate treatment efforts. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, in addition to personality disorders, will be explored in order to provide a general framework for working with often challenging cases.

Prerequisite: HSV530


    Prerequisite: HSV530
3 crs.
HSV536 Group and Family Treatment in Addictions

HSV536

Group and Family Treatment in Addictions - 3 Credits

This course will cover a variety of treatment modalities that are used in addictions treatment settings. Treatment modalities that are provided in both a restricted and unrestricted environment will be discussed. Present modalities that include group, family, and self-help treatment for both adults and adolescents will be explored. Differences in court- ordered and voluntary treatment will also be examined to provide for a basic understanding of the common treatment modalities being offered today.

Prerequisite: HSV532


    Prerequisite: HSV532
3 crs.
   
Grand Total
24 crs.


The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.

The Post University MSHSV program affords students the opportunity to take additional coursework toward licensure eligibility, but it is not a licensure program. As licensure is a professional process, it is up to each student to fully understand the licensure process as it varies from state to state and area of specialization. The faculty and staff in the MSHSV program are here to support and advise students on program requirements, but it is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of his/her own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.