The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Course Catalog

CCP 540: Human Development I - Infancy through Adolescence

This course will provide a graduate-level survey of development from infancy through adolescence. The course examines the physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological/personality and social growth and development of children and adolescents. This course is geared toward building the student’s foundational knowledge of human development for adaptation to the professional fields of counseling and clinical field work. An important component of this course will be the exploration of universality, cultural variations, and social context in human development. Particular attention is paid to factors that can facilitate or impede physical, cognitive, social, emotional, relational and psychological/personality development. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 640: Human Development II – Young Adulthood through the Mature Years

This course is a continuation of Human Development I and will provide a graduate-level survey of development from young adulthood through the mature years. The course examines the physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological/personality and social growth and development of adults from young adulthood to middle age to elder years. This course is geared toward building the student’s foundational knowledge of human development for adaptation to the professional fields of counseling and clinical field work. An important component of this course will be the exploration of universality, cultural variations, and social context in human development. Particular attention is paid to factors that can facilitate or impede physical, cognitive, social, emotional, relational and psychological/personality development. Prerequisite: Human Development I (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 505: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course will provide students with an introduction to the major theories of counseling and behavior change. Several major theories of counseling are examined with an emphasis on the key concepts of each theory, the central beliefs about the therapeutic process, the role of the clinician, and specific theoretical applications for change. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 555: Fundamentals of Psychodynamic Theory (A second course in Theory area)

This course will offer an overview of psychodynamic theory. It is a survey of fundamental ideas and concepts that underlie psychodynamic thinking. The history of psychodynamic thinking will also be explored along with major contributors to the field. Prerequisite: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 510: Methods in Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course will provide an overview of the counseling and psychotherapy process and an understanding of the skills required of a helping professional. Special attention will be devoted to the development of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and cultural competence essential to fully understanding client’s problems and effectively intervening with an emphasis on experiential learning and interviewing strategies. Students will be provided opportunities to monitor and assess growth through reflection papers and through self, peer, and instructor feedback. Prerequisite: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 610: Methods in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (A second course in Methods area)

This course will be an introduction and overview of the major tenants of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Students will learn basic elements of psychodynamic treatment in relation to initial diagnostic formulation and ongoing therapeutic work. Topics may include: listening stances, relational dynamics and their role in the therapeutic process, facilitating personality growth and change, etc. Prerequisite: Methods in Counseling (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 530: Group Process

This course will provide an overview of the prevailing models for group counseling and psychotherapy for a variety of settings. The basic theory, principles and practice of group psychotherapy will be examined with particular attention given to the role of the leader, the therapeutic relationship, different stages of group process, and the implications of different approaches to conducting group therapy. Additional discussions around organizational and systems processes and structures will also occur. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 670: Bio-Psycho-Social Personality Assessment Methods in Professional Counseling

This course will provide an overview of the concepts related to assessing the various attributes of people. Special attention will be paid to clinical interviews, clinical observations, gathering client histories, projective tests, and other formal measures such as standardized tests and scales that are representative of psychological and intellectual assessments used in counseling/psychotherapy environments. Understanding and interpreting these assessment methods and measures will also be discussed. Additional topics will include the ethical issues related to test use and interpretation with regard to people from diverse social, ethic, and economic backgrounds. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 570: Research Process and Techniques

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of principles, concepts, methods, tools, and techniques used in counseling and psychotherapy research. Question formulation, hypothesis development, data collection methods, data analysis, and the interpretation of findings are addressed. The course will be augmented with topics such as: online literature searches, critical thinking, the research process, and ethical treatment of human subjects. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 515: Professional Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course will provide an exploration of the legal, ethical, and professional choices faced by clinicians. Topics will include ethical decision-making, professional standards, values and attitudes, competence, supervision, dual-relationships, confidentiality, and informed consent. Special attention will be given to the application of ethical and legal standards to clinical cases. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 620: Counseling and Psychotherapy in a Pluralistic Society

This course will provide an introduction to multicultural, diversity, and social justice issues. Students will explore the cultural context of relationships, human behavior, and other issues/trends in a pluralistic society. Factors such as culture, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, differing societies, populations and life patterns, education, religion/spirituality, and family structure will be examined. The course is structured to emphasize the role of context in human behavior and personality development and will aid students in developing effective multicultural counseling and psychotherapy techniques and skills. Special attention will be placed on developing greater personal awareness and knowledge of issues of diversity including bias, oppression, discrimination, and the role of privilege. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 520: Professional and Life Span Development

This course will provide an introduction to career and professional development theory, practice, and resources. Emphasis is given to developmental considerations and the role of testing, educational and career development planning, and the applications of technology-based career development strategies. Particular attention will be paid to the inter-relationships of work, family, gender, diversity, and life role factors, the relationship between career and self identity, and what influences of work values, occupational choices, and decision-making styles. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 560: Psychopathology: Classification and Diagnostic Systems

This course will provide students with the necessary diagnostic skills in psycho-bio-social assessment that inform clinical work with individuals. The course will examine the phenomenology, classification, epidemiology, and possible etiological factors associated with abnormal behavior. Special attention will be devoted to learning how to use the DSM-IV-TR as well as the PDM (Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual), to develop an understanding of psychopathology from a psychodynamic perspective. Additional topics to be covered include diagnostic interviews, completing mental status examinations, assigning diagnoses, formulating and developing treatment recommendations. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 635: Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment

This course will provide an orientation to the key concepts of substance abuse assessment, counseling and treatment. It will detail both legal and illegal drug use, its effect on the body, cultural, social and economic issues, diagnostic criteria for substance abuse and dependence, and psychopharmacological and therapeutic interventions. This course will also explore underlying reasons for substance use and the impact on relationships and overall well being. Special attention will be given to the current ethical and professional issues in the practice of substance abuse counseling and treatment. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 630: Couples and Family Psychotherapy

This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of couples and family therapy. A survey of the predominant models of treatment will be explored. Particular attention will be paid to the fundamentals of assessment and intervention with couples and families from various backgrounds. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 603: Thesis Seminar I (ICSW specific course; not required for Title 68)

This course will be offered as an elective for students considering pursing a doctoral degree or students interested in scholarly writing. It will provide an introduction to the thesis process, including selecting a topic, reviewing relevant research, formulating ideas, and scholarly writing. Students will be able to begin the thesis process and obtain feedback from peers and the instructor. Note: This course is strongly recommended for students wishing to pursue application to the doctoral program. (Credit Hours: 1)

CCP 604: Thesis Seminar II (ICSW specific course; not required for Title 68)

This course will be a continuation of the Thesis Seminar I elective for students considering pursing a doctoral degree or students interested in scholarly writing. It will focus on further developing and writing the thesis. Students will work on their thesis, present their ongoing work, participate in discussion related to thesis development and their area of interest, and obtain feedback from peers and the instructor. Students will have a completed thesis by the end of the course. Note: This course is strongly recommended for students wishing to pursue application to the doctoral program. Prerequisite: Thesis Seminar I (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 501: Field Placement Seminar I (An additional course in Internship/Practicum area)

This course will serve as a supervisory seminar for students in their field placement. Specifically, students will participate in case discussions, sharing observations and experiences related to the practice setting, reading and discussing relevant literature, and providing, as well as receiving, feedback from peers and the instructor. Supervision will provide students with the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the clinical process and other professional activities. (Credit Hours: 1)

CCP 521: Field Placement Seminar II (An additional course in Internship/Practicum area)

This course is a continuation of Field Placement Seminar I. It will also serve as a supervisory seminar for students in their field placement. Specifically, students will participate in case discussions, sharing observations and experiences related to the practice setting, reading and discussing relevant literature, and providing, as well as receiving, feedback from peers and the instructor. Supervision will provide students with the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the clinical process and other professional activities. Prerequisite: Field Placement Seminar I (Credit Hours: 2)

CCP 601: Practicum I

This course will provide supervision for a clinical practical experience in counseling and psychotherapy. It is intended to supplement the on-site supervision. Specifically, students will participate in case presentations, listening to audio tapes, completing process notes, and providing, as well as receiving, feedback from peers and the instructor. Supervision will provide students with the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the psychotherapy process. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 651: Practicum II (An additional course in Internship/Practicum area)

This course will provide supervision for the continuation of a clinical practical experience in counseling and psychotherapy. Students will participate in case presentations, listening to audio tapes, completing process notes, and providing, as well as receiving, feedback from peers and the instructor. Supervision will provide students with the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the psychotherapy process. Prerequisite: Practicum I (Credit Hours: 3)


The above course catalog was last updated Spring 2014.