CERT-COUN: Certificate in International School Counseling

The Certificate in International School Counseling is comprised of 4 courses designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively provide counseling and develop school counseling programs in International Schools. Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of career, academic, and social-emotional counseling specifically focused for educators and counselors wanting to and working in international schools. 

COUN 563 Multicultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors (3 Units)

Students examine the beliefs, behaviors, and values of a variety of ethnic groups present in international schools. Students complete self-assessments of cultural competencies and examine their self-assessments in the context of cultural identity models. Students will learn about how to support third culture kids and provide comprehensive school counseling programming in an international community. Effective techniques for providing culturally appropriate services to students in international schools will be presented.

COUN 565 Crisis & Trauma Prevention and Intervention in International School Counseling (3 Units)

It is inevitable that school crises will occur. In international schools, school counselors are the first responders or members of the school’s crisis team. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for dealing with crisis situations they will encounter as an International School Counselor. Students will spend time reflecting on how people deal with crises, exploring their own crisis experiences, and begin to develop skills for crisis intervention. Students will also examine some of the relevant research on crises, resolution, and resilience for International Populations. However, the major focus throughout the course will be on learning the practical skills of helping people in crisis and constructing prevention programs for children and adolescents that include: Grief and Bereavement, Bullying, Violence Prevention, Cultural Adjustment and Transition, Suicide and Suicidal Ideation, and Family Conflict and Violence.

COUN 566 International Career and College Readiness (3 Units)

Students study career development theories and examine educational, personal, and occupational aspects of career development of children and adolescents. Workplace demographics, employment trends, legal and ethical issues, worker satisfaction factors, and career development services delivery models are presented. In addition, students will focus on the college readiness and exploration process of adolescents. Students will explore how to advise and support students through their college search, application, and financial aid process. University systems both in the United States and abroad will be reviewed.

COUN 567 Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling (1 Unit)

The course helps students acquire knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with the practice of individual counseling in international schools. Students will demonstrate counseling skills, techniques and professionally ethical and legal behavior in class through dyads, triads and small group interactions and will provide and receive feedback on this practice. Students will also receive direct feedback on their skill development from the instructor. The course integrates ethical-legal, cultural and gender issues throughout the semester. The instructor will use role-plays, small groups, session transcripts, videotape critiques, and case discussions throughout the course. The course also addresses many of the required areas for Helping Relationships which are outlined in the 2016 Standards for Counseling Programs presented by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).