Orientation to Counselor Professional Identity and Function – COUC 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/03/2022

Course Description

This course introduces students to concepts regarding the professional functioning of licensed professional counselors and marriage and family therapists, including history, roles, professional organizations, standards, and credentialing. Current issues in the practice of counseling and marriage and family therapy in a variety of professional settings are explored. Students are also introduced to program policies, graduate level writing and APA style.

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


Orientation to the field of professional counseling requires a thorough understanding of professional identity and current professional issues related to counselor functioning in a variety of settings.

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. 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

Quiz: Criminal Background Check

The student will purchase a background check with fingerprints from CastleBranch and: 

  1. Upload receipt of purchase in Module 1: Week 1 showing proof of purchase.
  2. Upload a Compliance Summary Report in Module 2: Week 2 showing submission of the background check application to CastleBranch.
  3. Upload a new Compliance Summary Report in Module 8: Week 8 showing submission of fingerprints to DTIS (Daon).

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The student will create a thread of 350–400 words. The assertions for each thread must be supported with a minimum of 1 scholarly source cited in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be 150–200 words with a minimum of 1 scholarly source. (CLOs: B, D, F, H) 

Discussion: Video Blogs (4)

Video blogs provide the student with a place to express personal opinion and respond to the opinions of fellow classmates. (CLOs: B, F, H) 

Benchmark Professional Identity and Credential Paper Assignment

The student will write a 3-5 page paper in current APA format that focuses on counselor identity. (CLOs: A, B)

Benchmark Counselor Impairment and Wellness Paper Assignment

The student will write a 6-page paper in current APA format that focuses on the definition, incidence, and signs of counselor impairment and a personal assessment and wellness plan. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)

Quiz: MA CMHC Online Handbook

The student will use the MA CMHC Online Handbook to complete a quiz in order to become familiar with the policies and procedures applicable to the student and Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies. (CLO: G)

Quiz: Orientation

The student will demonstrate familiarity with the Clinical Mental Health program Degree Program Information (CLO: G)

Quiz: Verification of Orientation Completion

The student will upload a screenshot of the completed orientation modules and assignments from the CMHC Advising Center.

Note: Students must complete and “pass” all modules in the Advising Center during this course.

Quizzes (12)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 20-minute time limit. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

This Dispositions Reflection quiz will ask you to rate yourself on the nine dispositions required for this program by our accrediting bodies using the following scale:

  • Exceeds expectations – I believe I do this exceptionally well.
  • Clearly meets expectations – I believe I am able to do this in an appropriate way as expected for graduate students at my current position in the program.
  • Adequately meets expectations – I believe I do this but could use improvement and growth in this dispositional area.
  • Does not meet expectations – I believe I do not do this well and could use improvement.