AGSC Courses


 
COUNSELING (GCN

* RBP= Completion of these course is Required Before commencement of Practicum: GCN 791

GCN 500/600/700  Directed Study (1-6)

Independent study in counseling under faculty advisement. Topics and readings are determined mutually by the student and faculty member, usually resulting in a formal paper presenting research, analysis and conclusions.

GCN 501 Perspectives on Counselor Formation (2)  *RBP

Focuses on the nature of spiritual formation and the various ways that Christians have sought to deepen their relationship with God. Emphasis given to: integration of the AGSC Core Values, the nature and practice of prayer, self-understanding, educational endeavors, as well as the more intimate and in-depth process of spiritual formation. Offered spring and summer.

GCN 502 Theories and Foundations of Counseling (3) *RBP

An investigation of the major theories of counseling with an emphasis on integrative approaches to the helping profession. Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Helping Relations” content area. Offered fall and spring.

GCN 503 Research Methods and Analysis (3) *RBP

A survey course of the concepts and techniques of hypothesis testing, research design and analysis used in clinical research and program evaluation. Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Research and Program Evaluation” content area.  Offered summer and fall 

GCN 504 Psychopathology (3) *RBP

An overview of the major theories, concepts, issues, and data of psychopathology, including an introduction to the official diagnostic nomenclature. Offered fall. Note: an elementary (undergraduate) course in Abnormal Psychology is required prior to taking this course.

GCN 522  Foundations of  Mental Health Counseling (2)*RBP

An overview of the field of mental health counseling including its history and philosophy.  Mandatory first year course.  Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Professional Orientation and Ethics” content area. Offered spring, summer, and fall.

GCN 601 Principles and Methods of Counseling (2) *RBP

This course introduces a variety of methods used in counseling with an emphasis on integrative approaches to the helping profession. Emphasizes relational nature of counselling through in-class exercises.  Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Helping Relations” content area.  Offered spring and summer. Prerequisite or corequisite: GCN 502

GCN 602 Measurement and Assessment (3) *RBP

A survey of basic concepts and tests used in diagnosis and treatment of individual, marriage, and family problems with selective training in the use of several major instruments  .Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Appraisal” content area. Prerequisite: GCN 503, GCN 504. Offered spring.

GCN 603 Counseling and Human Development (3)*RBP

An overview of the major theories, issues, and data of developmental psychology covering early childhood through late adulthood.  Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Human Growth and Development ” content area. Offered fall and spring.

GCN 604 Group Dynamics and Therapy (3) *RBP

An overview of the major theories, issues, and data of the psychology of small groups and group therapy. Topics considered include group communication, leadership, facilitation, decision making, conflict resolution, and focal group counseling. Participation in group therapy outside of class required at the student’s expense. Students need to be prepared to pay for their (12) group therapy sessions as part of the requirements for this class.  Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Group Work” content area.Prerequisite: GCN 502 and individual therapy requirement completed or in progress. Offered fall and spring.

GCN 605 Marriage and Family Counseling: Foundations (3) #

#       Open to ATS students, cross-listed as CN 605

Examination of marriage and family systems and dynamics, including the causes of conflict and dysfunctional relational patterns, and the understanding of counseling principles and processes designed to aid the counselor in resolving conflict and in the healing of relationships.  Sub: MFT 505.B Offered  fall and spring.

GCN 610 Career Development (3)

An in-depth study of the theories, concepts, and issues regarding career counseling including an introduction to various career assessment inventories. This course fulfills the NYS ‘residency’ requirement. Offered at only at Rockland-ATS campus.   Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Career and Lifestyle Development” content area.Offered fall and spring.

GCN 615:  Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling  (3)

Overview of multicultural counseling focusing on the impact of societal expectations and cultural norms on the client.   Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Social and Cultural Foundations” content area.  Offered spring and  summer.

GCN 616  Counseling Clients with Chemical  Addictions (3) #

#    Open to ATS students, cross-listed as CN 616.  

An in-depth study of the major theories, concepts, issues, and data in the diagnosis and treatment of chemical addictions.  Will explore evidence-based treatment approaches.  Offered fall and summer.

GCN 617 Crisis Intervention Strategies for Trauma and Abuse  (3)

This course considers an overview of the field of crisis counseling with an in-depth perspective of various crises, such as intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual assault, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  It also fulfills the NYS requirement of training for mandated reporters of child abuse.Offered spring and summer.

GCN 618:  Theology in Mental Health Counseling   (3)

Covers foundations of Christian theology, revelation, and Holy Scripture.  Emphasis will be on how these topics are processed in a clinical counseling setting. Offered spring and summer.

GCN 701 Psychology and Theology (3)

(Capstone class to be completed during student’s senior year)

An examination of relationships between psychology and theology, and an evaluation of underlying assumptions and purposes.  Integrative approaches to various significant issues are explored with the aim of clarifying understanding of human beings. Capstone class.  GCN 501,  GCN 502, GCN 504, GCN 601, GCN 603, GCN 604. Offered spring.

GCN 702 Ethics and Professional Issues (3) *RBP

An overview of the legal, ethical, and professional issues currently facing mental health counselors as addressed by the American Counseling Association (2014) Code of Ethics. Particular attention is given to matters involving confidentiality, informed consent, conflicts of interest, counselor values, transference and countertransference issues, advertising, and potential dual relationship conflicts. Variation in state mental health laws will also be discussed (predominantly focused on NY, NJ and CT, but may include states that students are considering for future licensure).  Course content is included in the CPCE ‘Professional Orientation and Ethics” content area.  Prerequisites: GCN 502, GCN 503, GCN 504, GCN 601, GCN 602, GCN 603, GCN 604, GCN 605, and 15 counselor-in-training counseling sessions. Concurrent  course  with GCN 791: Counseling Practicum. Offered summer.

Elective Courses

Mental Health Counseling students must complete  6 credits of elective courses. 

Courses with an # symbol are open to ATS students and cross-listed as CN.

GCN 710 Counseling Issues & Human Sexuality (3  )#

Open to ATS students, cross-listed as CN 710.

An overview of physiological, psychological, and sociocultural variables associated with sexual identity, and sexual behavior. An introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders.  Offered spring.

GCN 711 Treating the Post-Abortive Client (3)#

Open to ATS students, cross-listed as  CN 711.

A look at the many complexities of treating the post-abortive client with its emphasis on the post-abortive woman.  Consideration will be given to the political implications of post-abortive treatment and the establishment of post-abortive trauma.  The overarching objective will be the acquisition of a redemptive model of treatment.  Prerequisites: see AGSC office.  Offered summer.

GCN 713 Gender Issues (3)#

Open to ATS students, cross-listed as  CN 713.

An examination of the major issues in working with men and women, both in counseling and in the work of the church.  Topics will include womanhood, the role of mentoring, crisis pregnancy counseling, the role of fatherhood, infertility, and depression.  Education toward biologically, psychologically, and spiritually healthy practices will be presented.  Offered spring.

GCN 714 Counseling for Survivors of Abuse (3)#

Open to   ATS students, cross-listed as  CN 714.

A comprehensive study of treatment for survivors of family violence and sexual abuse.  Integrated study of the impact of trauma and abuse, faith-based practice and an overview of important issues and concerns.  Students will participate in the counseling experience as part of the learning process.  Offered spring..

GCN 716 Disorders of Childhood & Adolescence (3)

An in-depth study of the major theories, concepts, issues and data in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders usually first evident in children and adolescents. Prerequisite: GCN 504. Offered spring.

GCN 717 Play Therapy (3)

An overview of a counseling approach called “play therapy” which is applicable within both school and clinical practice settings.  While targeted for use with preschool and school-aged children, play therapy can also be adapted to work with adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations.  Offered spring.

GCN 720 Christian Approach to Life-Threatening Illnesses (3)#

Open to ATS students, cross-listed as CN 720

A course designed to help students gain theoretical and experiential understanding, and beginning competence in working with patients, their families and caregivers who are dealing with life-threatening and life-debilitating illnesses.  Offered spring.

GCN 722 Anxiety and Mood Disorders (3)#

Open to ATS students, cross-listed as CN 722

An in-depth study of the major theories, concepts, issues, and data in the diagnosis and treatment of the anxiety and mood disorders. Offered fall and spring.

GCN 723 Personality & Dissociative Disorders (3)

An in-depth study of the major theories, concepts, issues, and data in the diagnosis and treatment of personality and dissociative disorders. Prerequisite: GCN 504. Offered spring.

GCN 724 Counseling & Divorce Recovery (3)# 

Open to ATS students, cross-listed as CN 724.

A clinical and practical study for the counseling of people going through a divorce.  An integrated study of the impact of divorce upon the person, their family and community.  Students will participate in counseling experiences in the classroom.  Offered spring.

GCN 731 Cognitive Behavior Therapy – CBT (3)

Introduction and discussion of the philosophy and theory underlying cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with training and practice in selected empirically supported CBT interventions including attention to integration issues of CBT and evangelical Christian faith. Offered biannually, fall.

GCN 732 Eating Disorders (3)

A course to help students gain theoretical and experiential understanding, and beginning competence in working with patients, their families and significant others who are dealing with eating disorders.  The role of culture and societal norms as it impacts this issue will be explored.  Various factors, as well as modes of treatment, will be discussed. Offered spring.

GCN 738  Brief Solution-Focused Cognitive Therapy  (3) #

#   Open to ATS students, cross-listed as  CN 738.

Introduction to the theory and practice of Brief Solution-Focused Therapy.  This course will involve learning how to apply brief counseling strategies in order to empower clients and facilitate solution development.  Offered biannually,  fall.

GCN 739 Counseling & Life Coaching  (3) #

#   Open to ATS students, cross-listed as  CN 738.

Introduction to Christian Life Coaching exploring the models, techniques and available resources for use in coaching and differentiates the principles/practices of coaching from counseling.  Offered fall.

GCN 74o Counseling for Grief and Loss  (3) #

Open to   ATS students, cross-listed as  CN 740.

Course will help student gain theoretical and experiential understanding, and beginning competence in working with patients, their families and caregivers who are dealing with bereavement, grief, and loss.  these issues will be explored through a Christian perspective.  Offered spring..

GCN 770 Counseling Seminars (1-3)#

Open to MFT and ATS students, may be cross-listed as MFT 770 and CN 770 respectively at program discretion

These courses cover topics of interest such as: grief counseling, brief solution-focused therapy, PTSD, life coaching, sand tray. Presentations will be made by prominent therapists/professors in the field of counseling. Offered fall, spring or summer.

GCN 780 Study Abroad (1-3)#

Open to ATS students, may be cross-listed as CN 780 at program discretion

These courses cover topics of interest such as Cross Cultural Communication and Counseling in the Ukraine, Global Engagement: Europe, or Perspectives on Counselor Formation: Israel

GCN 791 Counseling Internship I (3)

This course serves as the Practicum clinical experience and is the prerequisite to GCN 792. It focuses on essentials of the counseling process in a mental health setting. The student will complete a minimum of 100 hours in a mental health setting over a 10-week academic term. Of the 100 clinical hours, a minimum of 40 hours must be ‘direct service’ to clients. Accumulated hours that exceed the minimum requirements noted above, are not transferable to the GCN 792 course requirements.  There will be 1 supervisory hour by an on-site licensed mental health clinician for each 15 hours of practicum. Students will participate in a weekly seminar class at AGSC where they will discuss ethical and professional issues. Offered spring and summer.  Prerequisites: GCN 501, GCN 502, GCN 503, GCN 504,GCN  522, GCN 601,GCN  602,GCN  603, GCN 604, and GCN 701.

GCN 792 Counseling Internship II (1-6)

Student will complete a minimum of 600 hours in a mental health setting providing counseling services in a variety of modalities. The 600 hours must include 240 ‘direct service’ hours. Supervision will be provided by an onsite licensed mental health clinician. There will be 1 supervisory hour for each 15 hours of internship. The 600 hours are to be completed in a minimum of two academic terms. Credit hours will be assigned in accordance with the number of academic terms (fall, spring, summer) needed to complete the required clinical hours. Prerequisite: GCN 791.

GCN 799 Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (0)

The CPCE is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors and “is designed to assess counseling students’ knowledge of counseling information.” The results of the CPCE are utilized for program assessment as well as serve as a guide for students who plan to take the NCE.  The NCE and the CPCE test the following 8 content areas:

  1. Human Growth and Development (GCN 603) 
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations (GCN 615)
  3. Helping Relations (GCN 502 & GCN 601)
  4. Group Work (GCN 604)
  5. Career and Lifestyle Development (GCN 610)
  6. Appraisal (GCN 602)
  7. Research and Program Evaluation (GCN 503)
  8. Professional Orientation and Ethics (GCN 522 & GCN 702)

The CPCE will be administered during the student’s last semester in the program.