Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools: Social Emotional Development and Exceptionalities Course – COSC 611

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 03/03/2022

Course Description

A comprehensive course focusing on the most effective counseling theories and techniques when working with children and adolescents in a school setting. This course specifically examines the characteristics of children and adolescents with exceptionalities and how this impacts service delivery. There is also a focus on the role of school counselors in relation to advocating and supporting all students as well as issues related to religion and spirituality in the school counseling setting.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Based on a biblical worldview, the goal of this course is to synthesize academic knowledge and skills with biblical values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications. The school counselor licensure program at Liberty University maintains a continuous cycle of evaluation and revision in order to achieve its mission of developing competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools. It is important for professional school counselors to gain a more in-depth understanding of the counseling theories and techniques used with children and adolescents in the school setting (e.g., play therapy, solution-focused counseling, etc.). This course provides the candidate with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate students’ emotional, psychological, cognitive, social, and spiritual development and to promote successful transitions in the personal, social, career, and academic success of all students.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in a digital asynchronous format, with Canvas® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to assess and interpret students’ strengths and needs, recognizing uniqueness in cultures, languages, values, backgrounds, and abilities, and demonstrate self-awareness, sensitivity to others, and the skills needed to relate to diverse individuals, groups, and classrooms.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the theories and processes of multicultural counseling and wellness and implement prevention and intervention strategies and programs for helping students identify strengths and cope with environmental and developmental problems.
  3. Identify the effects of atypical growth and development, health and wellness, language, ability level, multicultural issues, and factors of resiliency on student learning and development and implement appropriate prevention and intervention programs.
  4. Recognize factors that influence student development (e.g., abuse, violence, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, childhood depression), assessing barriers to personal, social, and academic functioning including the signs and symptoms of substance abuse in children, adolescents, and in the home.
  5. Identify community, environmental and institutional opportunities that enhance and barriers that impede academic, career, and personal/social development of students, including multicultural counseling issues (e.g., ability levels, stereotyping, family, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexual identity).
  6. Demonstrate multicultural competencies in relation to student learning and development, diversity, culture, and spiritual and religious beliefs.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical and legal standards in school counseling including recognition of the candidate’s limitations as a school counselor, seeking supervision, and engaging in appropriate student and family referral and resource delivery.
  8. Describe the function of collaborative models and the school emergency management plan during a crisis and identify the roles, skills, and responsibilities of the school counselor during crises and the potential impact of a crisis, including assessing and managing suicide risk.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, manage, and evaluate transition programs, including school-to-work, postsecondary planning, and college admissions counseling.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding, a use, and a coordination of peer programming interventions (e.g., peer meditation, peer mentoring, and peer tutoring) in the school counseling program.
  11. Candidate will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health disorder and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse.
  12. Demonstrate ability to identify developmentally appropriate interventions in counseling children and adolescents including theory and research-based strategies
  13. Recognize the legal requirements concerning students with exceptionalities.
  14. Identify the characteristics of various categories of exceptionality and develop understanding of role for school counselor in supporting exceptional students.
  15. Develop understanding of intervention strategies for students with exceptionalities.
  16. Integrate Christian and professional principles throughout the course.

Key Performance Indicator Matrix Assignments

Key Performance Indicator

Evidence: Course/Learning Experience

KPI 5 (2.F.5).  Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to establish and build a therapeutic relationship and will form a preliminary theoretical framework when working with the client (Measures PLO #1, 3, 6).

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

KPI 9 (5.G).  Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the roles of a school counselor in defining, managing, delivering, and assessing an ethically sound comprehensive school counseling program that meets the academic, career, and social/ emotional needs of all students (Measures PLO #1, 3, 5, 7, 8).

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

Common Core Courses Matrix of Student Competencies

CACREP Standard 2.F

Course/Experience – Learning Experiences

2.F.1.c counselors’ roles and responsibilities as members of interdisciplinary community outreach and emergency management response teams

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

2.F.1.e advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients

Discussion: At-Risk Students and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Working with Parents and Families

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.1.i ethical standards of professional counseling organizations and credentialing bodies, and applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACEs: The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling Prevention and Intervention

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.2.a multicultural and pluralistic characteristics within and among diverse groups nationally and internationally

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Working with Parents and Families

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.2.b theories and models of multicultural counseling, cultural identity development, and social justice and advocacy

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: St-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Working with Parents and Families

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.2.c multicultural counseling competencies

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Working with Parents and Families

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.2.g the impact of spiritual beliefs on clients’ and counselors’ worldviews

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

2.F.2.h strategies for identifying and eliminating barriers, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.3.a theories of individual and family development across the lifespan

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.3.e biological, neurological, and physiological factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.3.f systemic and environmental factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.3.g effects of crisis, disasters, and trauma on diverse individuals across the lifespan

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.3.h a general framework for understanding differing abilities and strategies for differentiated interventions

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

2.F.3.i ethical and culturally relevant strategies for promoting resilience and optimum development and wellness across the lifespan

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

2.F.4.f strategies for career development program planning, organization, implementation, administration, and evaluation

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

2.F.4.h strategies for facilitating client skill development for career, educational, and lifework planning and management

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

2.F.5.a . theories and models of counseling

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.5.d ethical and culturally relevant strategies for establishing and maintaining in-person and technology-assisted relationships

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.5.h developmentally relevant counseling treatment or intervention plans

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.5.j evidence-based counseling strategies and techniques for prevention and intervention

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.5.k strategies to promote client understanding of and access to a variety of community-based resources

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Working with Parents and Families

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.5.l suicide prevention models and strategies  

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

2.F.5.m crisis intervention, trauma-informed, and community-based strategies, such as Psychological First Aid

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.6.f types of groups and other considerations that affect conducting groups in varied settings

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources Assignment

Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

2.F.7.c procedures for assessing risk of aggression or danger to others, self-inflicted harm, or suicide

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

2.F.7.d procedures for identifying trauma and abuse and for reporting abuse

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

2.F.8.b identification of evidence-based counseling practices

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources Assignment

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

Evidence of Student Competencies: School Counseling

CACREP Standard

Course/Experience – Learning Experiences

SC Contextual Dimensions

SC 2.a school counselor roles as leaders, advocates, and systems change agents in P-12 schools

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 2.b school counselor roles in consultation with families, P-12 and postsecondary school personnel, and community agencies

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Working with Parents and Families

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 2.c . school counselor roles in relation to college and career readiness

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

SC 2.g . characteristics, risk factors, and warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 2.i signs and symptoms of substance abuse in children and adolescents as well as the signs and symptoms of living in a home where substance use occurs

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 2.k community resources and referral sources

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources Assignment

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Working with Parents and Families

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 2.m legislation and government policy relevant to school counseling

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 2.n legal and ethical considerations specific to school counseling

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources Assignment

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC Practice

SC 3.d interventions to promote academic development

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources Assignment

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Assignment Paper: Developmental Considerations and Students with Exceptionalities

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 3.f techniques of personal/social counseling in school settings

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources Assignment

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Discussion: Crisis and Suicide Counseling and Prevention

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 3.g strategies to facilitate school and postsecondary transitions

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

SC 3.h skills to critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources Assignment

Discussion: At-Risk Students and ACES: The Role of the School Counselor

Quiz: Child and Adolescent Counseling: Development and Exceptionalities

Quiz: Working with Parents and Families

Quiz: Counseling Interventions and Techniques: At-Risk and Growth Mindset

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

SC 3.i approaches to increase promotion and graduation rates

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

SC 3.j interventions to promote college and career readiness

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

SC 3.k strategies to promote equity in student achievement and college access

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

SC 3.m strategies for implementing and coordinating peer intervention programs

Discussion: Counseling Theories and Additional Resources Assignment

Assignment Presentation: Honoring Diversity and Transitions

Benchmark Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Assignment

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in 3 Discussions throughout this course. The candidate must not attach threads or replies as files. The candidate must instead type directly into the Discussion. Threads must be at least 500 words. One reply must be at least 250 words (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, H, J, K, L).

The candidate will create a presentation for teachers and parents in PowerPoint format with speaker notes. This presentation will describe a transition program for diverse high school students with the goal of increasing their participation in postsecondary opportunities. In addition, teachers will be provided tips on how to be more inclusive regarding all aspects of diversity (culture, race, ethnicity, spirituality, religion, etc.). The candidate will provide research to support the presentation and will cite a minimum of 5 peer-reviewed sources in current APA format (MLO: A, B, C, F, I).

As the culminating benchmark assignment for this course, the candidate will integrate learning from course Modules: Weeks. Each component within the benchmark will be specific to the chapters and concepts discussed in course readings. The candidate will submit the component prompt responses to Canvas and LiveText (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I J, K, L, M, N, O, P).

Quizzes (4)

The candidate will complete 3 quizzes covering course material. The first two quizzes are 25 multiple choice points; the third is 20 multiple choice points. Each quiz question will be worth 2 points. All quizzes will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1-hour time limit. There will be a 1-point deduction for every 5 minutes over the allotted 1-hour time limit. The quizzes cover the content of the module/week readings. Each quiz may only be taken one time (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, G, K. L, M, N, O).

The fourth quiz covers the Professional Dispositions and is worth 10 points. 

This assignment (paper) is a synthesis and application of course readings and additional outside sources related to the professional school counselor’s role in knowing and applying developmental theory to counseling children and adolescents in schools. Additionally, professional school counselors must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of categories of exceptionality in school-age students, laws addressing students with exceptionalities, understand their role in working with students with exceptionalities, and how to provide appropriate, research-based strategies in counseling those children and teens. (MLO C, E, G, I, M, N, O)