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Clinical Counseling

Course Descriptions

SEPC602 Helping Relationships

This course introduces the foundational framework for counseling and interviewing processes in a multicultural society, including the development of counselor self-awareness and the basic listening and attending skills needed to form and sustain effective counseling relationships. This course will also introduce students to the methods and processes of theological and spiritual integration in the counseling process.(formerly SEPC702).
3 credits

  • MACC students only.

SEPC624 Clinical Appraisal

This course focuses on the tools needed for clinical assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. Students will learn the basics of these three elements as necessary resources for professional pastoral counseling. The course will involve an intake interview paper, viewing video interviews portraying a variety of diagnoses in the DSM-V, and a focus on personality disorders. Class time will also included an ongoing discussion and review of treatment modalities and options. (formerly SEPC720).
3 credits

  • MACC students only or with instructor permission.

SEPC630 Systems Theory

While society appears to be immersed in individual cause-and-effect thinking in a changing society, working on the emotional process in one’s own family of origin via Systems Theory will make a difference in impact as the professional works within organizational systems. This course is designed as an in-depth study of the principles of Bowen’s Systems Theory. Strong emphasis will be placed on theory, viewing the family as an emotional unit, understanding the individual person as a continuing presence in his or her family of origin, and strategies for applying this knowledge in organizational systems (church, agency, seminary, cohort). (formerly SEPC730).
3 credits

SEPC640 Social & Cultural Foundations

A foundations and intervention course based on cultural competencies needed for the awareness, knowledge, skills, and application of counseling to multicultural, sexual, ethnic, and spiritually diverse clients. The course will challenge counselors to examine their own multiple identities, empathize with those from diverse backgrounds, and work with the presenting concerns of ethnically and culturally diverse clients. This course is designed to fulfill the PA Licensed Professional Counselor course requirement for Social and Cultural Foundations. (formerly SEPC910).
3 credits

  • MACC students only or instructor permission.

SEPC650 Human Growth & Faith Development

Students in this course will study, learn, and practice the application of classical theories of human development and faith development through reading, observation, and self-reflection. The nature and needs of individuals through the lifespan, and of the moral and faith developmental process will be examined using vignettes and videos of interviews. The various settings in which students will serve after graduation will be considered and assignments tailored to these settings. (formerly SEPC750).
3 credits

SEPC710 Group Theory & Practice

This course focuses on developing an understanding of group dynamics and group process and developing skills in group work practice. Integration of group dynamics literature and the application of theory in practice is an expected course component. This course is required for LPC licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
3 credits

  • MACC students only. 
  • Prereq: SEPC702

SEPC722 Professional Orientation: Ethics & Counseling

This course focuses on the importance of legal, ethical, and professional issues that form the basis for a code of ethics that protects the welfare of clients. This code is not only the Code of Ethics of a professional association or Licensure Act, but a code by which professionals practice and hold themselves out to the public. Professional roles and responsibilities will be discussed. Students will be required to discuss legal, ethical, and professional issues with practicing therapists and counselors, and to discuss local and state laws regarding the practice of therapy and counseling. (formerly SEPC920).
3 credits

  • MACC students only.

SEPC733 Career & Lifestyle Counseling

This course will examine and reflect academically, personally, and clinically on the theory and practice of adult career assessment and vocational counseling from a pastoral counseling perspective. The course will include adult career counseling theory, developmental theory, multi-cultural, gender, and dual career issues. This course fulfills a program requirement for licensure in Pennsylvania as a Licensed Professional Counselor. (formerly SEPC930).
3 credits

SEPC741 Assessment & Counseling of Problematic Behaviors in Childhood & Adolescence

This course will cover topics related to child and adolescent psychopathology and treatment, including assessment, etiology, and applied counseling techniques with a focus on evidence-based treatment.
1 credit

  • MACC students only. 
  • Prereq: SEPC720.

SEPC742 Sexuality Across the Lifespan

Human sexuality is an important aspect of our self-understanding and our relationships with others, yet it is often shrouded in taboo, myths, and misconceptions. This course will explore biological, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of human sexuality, including sexual development, sexual expression, and sexual dysfunction. It takes a holistic, comprehensive approach and includes issues of gender, orientation, sexualization, sexual health, and values. The process of learning will include active participation, dynamic discussion, readings, and lectures.
3 credits

SEPC743 Chronic Illness, Death, & Loss

This course explores the issues of patients, families, and the community in dealing with chronic or terminal illnesses, disability, and grief. Students will develop a deeper appreciation of the complex personal and societal impact of illness and disability, determine adequacy of community supports, explore their personal history and its impact on their work with illness and grief, and will begin to forge an understanding of their ministerial/counseling role in working with this population.
3 credits

SEPC745 Research Design & Methodology

This course is an overview of fundamental research designs and basic analytical methods used in the behavioral sciences. Students learn how to select appropriate research designs and employ valid procedures in collecting data through a study of research methodology. The major goals of the course are to understand basic concepts and methods of analysis that will aid students’ readings of the research literature, provide for their own future research projects, and help them write a research proposal. Research ethics and applications to religious research are considered. This course fulfills a program requirement for licensure in Pennsylvania as a Licensed Professional Counselor. (formerly SEPC940).
3 credits

SEPC760 Counseling Theory

This course offers an opportunity to explore individual psychotherapy as a treatment modality with the goal of assisting students in the development of individual psychotherapy skills, including an exploration of the interpersonal relationship between counselor and counselee. Various counseling methodologies are also considered.
3 credits

  • MACC students only.
  • Prereq: SEPC720.

SEPC761 Child & Adolescent Counseling

This course will prepare graduate level counselors and social workers to address the specific needs of children and adolescents, with a primary focus on individual and group counseling strategies. Treatment planning and developmental needs, along with responsive services and system support components, will also be discussed.
2 credits

  • MACC and MSW students only or with instructor permission

SEPC770 Motivational Interviewing

This course will allow students to develop the skills of Motivational Interviewing. Miller and Rollnick define MI as “ a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.” The course will include an introduction to the concepts of Motivational Interviewing, the stages of change/Transtheoretical model, what is similar and different between those two models, and the practice of Motivational Interviewing. The course format will be lecture, open discussion, and didactic/practical application of the theory to counseling. Practical techniques, strategies and traps of motivational interviewing will be identified and discussed throughout the course.
1 credit

SEPC781 Practical Psychopharmacology

This course examines psychoactive medications and their use in the treatment of mental and behavioral symptoms and disorders. This course is structured for non-medical counselors in the use of psychotropic medications.  A practical overview will be provided of psychoactive medications, underlying neurobiology of various psychiatric medications, effects and side effects, and presumed actions of drugs. The class also highlights the social framework that facilitates students’ developing a well-reasoned personal stance on the ethical issues involved in chemical therapy and practical treatment guidelines.
1 credit

SEPC840 Intro to Addiction Issues

Students explore the pervasiveness of addictions in society and how this phenomenon affects all of our lives, with attention to the addictions of members of congregations and communities and of the religious professionals who serve them. Coursework examines the dynamics of both individual and systemic patterns of addictions. Also covered are the pharmacology and unique impacts of multiple drugs of abuse, including process addictions such as gambling, and sexual addiction.
3 credits

SEPC841 Spirituality and the 12 Steps

This course highlights the role of the twelve steps in the development of a spirituality for the recovering person and its impact on the family. Counselors, persons in ministry and others explore how to develop a deeper and more effective awareness of “recovery” spirituality in clients, parishioners and themselves. Key elements of the recovery spirituality process are highlighted by becoming familiar with working the twelve steps. Participants contrast the spirituality of the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with other self-help programs, especially as they impact those recovering in these programs and their usefulness to society at large.
2 credits

SEPC842 Addictions and the Family

This course explores the development, course, assessment, and treatment of addictions with a focus on the adolescent/young adult and family. The course helps students consider the impact of adolescent addictions on parents, the impact, of parental and other familial addictions on adolescents, and how treatment of these addictions impact the development of adolescents/young adults. Readings and discussions include ACOA issues and concerns, co-occurring disorders, and intergenerational transmission of addiction patterns. The course will also focus on spiritual development, and the importance of peer groups, communities, and congregations from the perspective of adolescents/young adults and families.
3 credits

SEPC852 Marriage & Family Counseling

This course introduces the foundational framework for the ethical practice of relationship, marriage, and family counseling in a multicultural society. The purpose of this course is to provide historical, theoretical, and theological/religious perspectives on relationships and the
family; explore select, major treatment approaches utilized in marital and family counseling; and help students develop the basic skills and techniques needed to practice marriage and family counseling. Additional topics, such as LGBTQIA concerns, domestic violence,
infidelity, loss, bereavement, divorce, are also addressed.
3 credits

  • Prereq: SEPC730

SEPC900 Clinical Practicum

This course is the first in the clinical sequence and requires a clinical placement with a case load totaling 100 clinical hours in one semester, 40 of which need to be direct client contact. Along with the clinical work that includes weekly on-site supervision, the student meets with a faculty-led seminar class to process clinical work and refine other necessary skills, such as note keeping. assessment. and treatment planning. Particular attention will also be paid to the integration of religious and spiritual perspectives in clinical practice. Audio and/or video recording of clinical work is a requirement.  (formerly SEPC610 and SEPC612).
3 credits

  • MACC students only.
  • Prereq.(may be taken prior to or concurrently): SEPC602, SEPC624, SEPC710, SEPC722, SEPC760.
  • Background check required.

SEPC911 Psychospiritual Integration 1

This course is an interpersonal group that meets every other week in which MACC students involved in a clinical internship receive logistical support and feedback from instructor and peers in order to sharpen communication skills and clarify internship requirements. (formerly SEPC810). This course is graded Pass/No Pass.
1 credit

  • MACC students only.
  • Prereq: SEPC900
  • Background check required.

SEPC912 Psychospiritual Integration 2

A continuation of Psychospiritual Integration I. (formerly SEPC812). This course is graded Pass/No Pass.
1 credit

  • MACC students only.
  • Prereq: SEPC911.
  • Background check required.

SEPC921 Clinical Internship 1

This course is the second in the clinical sequence and requires a clinical placement with a case load totaling 300 clinical hours in one semester, 120 of which need to be direct client contact. Along with the clinical work that includes weekly on-site supervision, the student meets with a faculty-led seminar class to process clinical work and refine other necessary skills, such as note keeping. assessment. and treatment planning. Particular attention will also be paid to the integration of religious and spiritual perspectives in clinical practice. Audio and/or video recording of clinical work is a requirement. (formerly SEPC920).
3 credits

  • MACC students only.
  • Prerequisites: SEPC900
  • Background check required.

SEPC922 Clinical Internship 2

This course is the third in the clinical sequence and requires a clinical placement with a case load totaling 300 clinical hours in one semester, 120 of which need to be direct client contact. Along with the clinical work that includes weekly on-site supervision, the student meets with a faculty-led seminar class to process clinical work and refine other necessary skills, such as note keeping. assessment. and treatment planning. Particular attention will also be paid to the integration of religious and spiritual perspectives in clinical practice. Audio and/or video recording of clinical work is a requirement. (formerly SEPC902).
3 credits

  • MACC students only.
  • Prerequisite: SEPC921
  • Background check required.