This course is designed to introduce students to historical perspectives concerning the nature and meaning of assessment and testing in counseling, including psychological tests and assessments specific to clinical mental health counseling, principles, concepts and procedures for systematic appraisal or assessment of an individual’s attitudes, aptitudes, achievements, interests, and personal characteristics. Students will learn to conduct initial assessments and intake interviews including mental status evaluations, biopsychosocial history, mental health history, and psychological assessment for the purpose of treatment planning and caseload management, as well as assessing risk of danger to self or others, trauma, and abuse, use of assessments for diagnostic purposes and planning techniques and interventions for prevention and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues, basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized testing, basic statistical concepts, reliability and validity of assessments. Students are encouraged to explore ethical and culturally relevant strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment and test results for the systematic appraisal or assessment of individuals, groups, and program evaluation.

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of multicultural counseling and cultural factors relevant to clinical mental health counseling, including multicultural and pluralistic characteristics within and among diverse groups nationally and internationally. Theories and models of multicultural counseling, identity development, social justice and advocacy will be explored. Students will explore studies of change, ethnic groups, gender studies, family systems, urban and rural societies, population patterns, cultural patterns, differing lifestyles. Students will be guided to reflect upon the ways in which their own cultural and spiritual beliefs affect their worldview and how this worldview may impact the counseling process. Students will learn professional multicultural counseling, social justice and advocacy, spiritual, religious, ethical and LGBT competencies. Strategies for identifying and eliminating barriers, prejudices, oppression and discrimination will be explored.

This course is designed to introduce students to the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic classification systems, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and their use in assessment and diagnosis of developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders. Students will learn the criteria of psychiatric diagnosis and theories of psychopathology, including theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors, as well as the biological, neurological, physiological, systemic, and environmental factors such as crisis, disasters and trauma that affect human development, functioning, and behavior. The course will also cover the multiple professional roles and functions of counselors across specialty areas and their relationships with human service and integrated behavioral health care systems including interagency and interorganizational collaboration and consultation and strategies for interfacing with integrative health care professionals. Students will learn etiology, nomenclature, treatment, referral, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders. Students will also learn and practice essential intake interviewing, mental status evaluation, biopsychosocial and mental history and assessments for case conceptualization, diagnosis and treatment planning and caseload management, as well as strategies to promote client understanding of and access to a variety of community-based resources including classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for appropriate medical referral and consultation. The course also covers the use of assessments including environmental, systemic behavioral observation, symptom checklists, and testing to assist with the diagnosis of developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders.

Students engage in disciplined theological reflection using texts from literature and popular culture and from personal and ministerial experience. Various models and methodologies of theological reflection will be used, including individual and group work.

This course explores the challenges associated with bridging the worship place and workplace, seeking to identify and respond to the perceived lack of correlation between these two important components of life in today's world. Through a combination of lectures and reflective dialogue, we try to re-define concepts such as "work," "vocation" and "spirituality" by examining aspects of Christian scripture, tradition and contemporary writings, both religious and secular.

This course introduces students to and prepares them for the unique ministry of end of life care.  Organizational structures of hospice and palliative care programs will be explored along with coordination of care with an interdisciplinary team.  Practical tools for assessment, developing a spiritual plan of care, performing interventions and rituals, caring for persons of all faiths as well as those of no faith, and documentation will be covered.  Since no skills are truly effective if the practitioner is not properly grounded, much emphasis will be placed on personal formation and presence in a clinical relationship.  One educational field trip will be a part of this course.