Issues and Trends in Community Counseling – EDCO 705

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An overview of key areas of community counseling including rehabilitation counseling, career counseling, school counseling, community advocacy, and counseling in diverse settings such as mental health agencies, employment agencies, and population-specific programs.




This course provides an overview of the community mental health system; the theories, principles, and practices of counseling in human services agencies and other community settings; and the process of promoting community awareness, resilience, and change. Emphasis is placed on community outreach, interventions among vulnerable populations, client advocacy, and multicultural competence.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the historical development, professional foundations, theoretical framework, and contextual influences of community counseling.
  2. Assess the mental health and counseling needs in a local community.
  3. Examine the roles and functions of community counselors in community development.
  4. Apply effective counseling practices among diverse populations.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the Course Requirements Checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course, each divided between 2 modules/weeks. The student will select 1 of the case studies in the Sue et al. textbook from the module/week’s assigned readings and select 2 of the reflection and discussion questions from this case study and answer them fully and in depth. The thread must be between 400 and 450 words, articulate course-related knowledge, demonstrate critical reflection, and draw upon multiple scholarly sources. The student will respond to at least 2 classmates’ threads, each with a 250–300-word reply. (Learning Outcomes: A and D)

Community Needs Analysis Paper

The student will write a 10–12-page paper assessing the mental health needs within his/her community. Focusing on one of the major identified needs, the student will then evaluate what services are offered and by what organizations. The paper must follow current APA format and must have a minimum of 10 recent/current sources. (Learning Outcomes: A, B, and C)

Case Treatment Strategy Paper

The student will develop a 10–12-page treatment strategy based on a provided case study. Using the community counseling model, the paper must demonstrate examination of the case contextualized in the student’s local community and an investigation into various service providers that meet the presented needs. The paper must have at least 10 sources and follow current APA format. (Learning Outcomes: B, C, and D)

Community Action Proposal or Community Organization Impact Paper

The student may choose to develop a community action proposal for a marginalized population in his/her community that has unmet mental health needs that are ignored or overlooked by service providers. The student will describe the population, current issues, needed services, a proposed program, a rationale, a budget, etc. for potential consideration by an interest group, committee, or funding organization. Alternatively, the student may write an investigative paper assessing the impact of a mental health organization in his/her community. The student will interview someone in the executive leadership face-to-face. Based on the interview and secondary research, he/she will first describe the organization, its history, current status, purpose, mission, and clientele; then critically assess the organization’s effectiveness and impact. The 12–15-page proposal/paper must have at least 12 sources and follow current APA format. (Learning Outcomes: A, B, C, and D)

Quizzes (4)

Quizzes will cover the Community Psychology: Foundations for practice text by Scott & Wolfe, and the Counseling for seemingly impossible problems text by June & Black. Each quiz is open-book/open-notes, has a 1-hour time limit, and contains 25 questions. (Learning Outcomes: A and C)