2610. Principles of Counseling I. 3 hours. An introduction to the broad range of counseling services and their application to schools and community agencies. May be taken concurrently with COUN 3620, 3630, 3640, 4610 and 4620.
3600. Therapeutic Play. 3 hours. Didactic and experiential training in how to be a therapeutic agent in children’s lives by using structured therapeutic play sessions. Participants are taught basic child-centered play therapy principles and skills, including reflective listening, recognizing and responding to children’s feelings, therapeutic limit setting, building children’s self-esteem, and structuring therapeutic play sessions with children using a special kit of selected toys. Observations of play therapy sessions and skill building therapeutic play sessions are required.
3620. Principles of Counseling II. 3 hours. An integrated overview of counseling services through personal self-exploration by the counseling associate. Focus is on the understanding of interpersonal dynamics through self-awareness. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
3630. Survey of Career Development and Career Guidance. 3 hours. Overview of current problems and developments in career choices. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
3640. Group Process in Helping Relationships. 3 hours. Group dynamics laboratory: group functions and leadership styles as related to helping relationships. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
4610. Appraisal Techniques. 3 hours. Principles, concepts, procedures of appraisal, and utilizing tests and non-test instruments and techniques. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
4620. Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships. 3 hours. Didactic and experiential training in interpersonal relationships; analysis and application of effective counseling activities. Prerequisite(s): COUN 2610 (may be taken concurrently).
2900. Special Problems. 1–3 hours. Open to lower-level students capable of developing a problem independently. Problems are chosen by the student and developed through conferences with the instructor.
3613. Introduction to Early Childhood Education. 3 hours. Historical foundations of early childhood education, current programs, best practices and legal and ethical issues. Introduction of how understanding development of typical and atypical young children influences objectives, activities, materials, and teaching strategies and techniques in an early childhood classroom. Prerequisite(s): DFST 3123 (may be taken concurrently).
4243. Environmental Processes and Assessment. 3 hours. (3;3;0) Considers early childhood learning processes as well as implications for individual, group, and program assessment. Areas of emphasis include development of skills in selection, use and interpretation of developmentally appropriate practices. Focus areas include formal, informal and holistic assessment instruments as well as learning environment materials and resources. Implications for technology in assessment and management are discussed. Laboratory experiences required. Prerequisite(s): DFST 4233. EC–4 students must also complete DFEC 3613 as a prerequisite.
4633. Nurturing Children’s Social Competence. 3 hours. Facilitating the social and emotional skills of young children. Incorporates an ecological approach to significant influences on self-esteem and self-concept including diversity, family, creativity and individual differences. Includes analysis of play theory and research. Field experience required. Prerequisite(s): DFEC 3613.
4800-4810. Studies in Development, Family Studies and Early Childhood Education. 1–3 hours. Organized classes for specific program needs and student interests. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. Limited-offering basis. May be repeated for credit.
4900. Special Problems. 1–3 hours. Open to advanced students capable of developing a problem independently. Problems chosen by student and developed through conferences with the instructor.
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