2017-2018 Catalog

Counseling Psychology and Community Services (Coun)


Bailey, Edwards, Juntunen (Ph.D Training Director), Navarro, Perry (M.A. Program Director and RHS Coordinator), Schroeder (RTS Coordinator), Walker (School Counseling Director), Wettersten (Chair) and Whitcomb

The Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Counseling and the Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology. The Department also offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) and in Recreation and Tourism Studies (RTS). The M.A. with a school counselor emphasis is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and prepares graduates for Psychologist licensure in North Dakota, as well as other states. Coursework for the M.A. degree satisfies eligibility requirements for licensure as a Counselor, for School Counselor and Rehabilitation Counselor certification, and for Addiction Counselor licensure in North Dakota and other states. The Department is committed to diversity with a particular emphasis on providing graduate training for Native Americans interested in mental health careers.

Combined Program in Counseling with a Rehabilitation Emphasis

To encourage students who are majoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services to extend their studies to include a graduate degree, the Department of Counseling offers a Combined Program in Counseling with a Rehabilitation Emphasis. The Combined Program allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services and a master’s degree in Counseling with a Rehabilitation Emphasis in approximately five years. This would be a year less than is typically required to complete these degrees separately.

The deadline for a completed application to be received in the School of Graduate Studies is February 1. In addition to the admission requirements for the Counseling master’s program, a completed application must include the following:

  1. At least 95 credit hours (including credits in progress) towards the bachelor’s.
  2. A degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services, including RHS 200 Helping Skills in Community Services, RHS 250 Contemporary Issues in RehabilitationRHS 350 Overview of Disabilities, and Parts IV and V in the RHS Program.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate work.
  4. A written statement of interest in Rehabilitation Counseling as a Profession.

Students are granted approved admission status in the School of Graduate Studies when they have completed a total of 125 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. This program allows students to designate two three-credit graduate courses to count for both degrees. These courses would be COUN 514 Rehabilitation Counseling: Assessment and Evaluation and COUN 519 Career Counseling.

The B.S. degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services and the M.A. degree in Counseling are granted at the same time. In the event that a student does not complete the graduate degree, the undergraduate degree is granted only after the completion of 125 credits, including an approved rehabilitation internship.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of an additional 24 undergraduate credits during or after the senior year.
  2. Completion of at least 60 credits of graduate course work, including:
  3. COUN 506Rehabilitation Counseling: Foundations and Ethical Issues3
    COUN 510Counseling Methods3
    COUN 514Rehabilitation Counseling: Assessment and Evaluation3
    COUN 515Methods of Research3
    COUN 516Counseling Research Laboratory1
    COUN 518Group Theory and Process3
    COUN 519Career Counseling3
    COUN 530Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development3
    COUN 531Psychology of Women, Gender and Development3
    COUN 532Multicultural Counseling3
    COUN 533Couples And Family Counseling3
    COUN 580Counseling Practicum4
  4. Completion of 8 credits of COUN 588 Rehabilitation Counseling Internship.
  5. Completion of either COUN 997 Independent Study (2 cr) or COUN 998 Thesis (1-9 cr)


COUN 101. Career Exploration. 1 Credit.

The process of making career choices and decisions is explored through assessment, instruments, class activities, and assignments. Student interests, skills, and work values are explored and related to information about careers and job market trends. Recommended for students in the process of choosing an academic major. S/U grading. F,S.

COUN 250. Dialogue on U.S. Diversity. 3 Credits.

This seminar on diversity issues in the U.S. will cover group communication skills, psychological impact of social/cultural group identities and inequality. S.

COUN 399. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Specially arranged seminars or courses on a variety of subjects not covered by regular departmental offerings. May be initiated by students with approval of dean and departments involved, provided appropriate instructors are available. Repeatable to 6 credits. Repeatable to 6 credits. On demand.

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382