Counselor Education 620

COED 620: Psychopathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning

Prerequisites: COED 610, COED 611 and COED 615 (or faculty approval)

Credit Hours: (3)

This course integrates theory and practice of assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, and case management to achieve developmental and remedial counseling goals and objectives. The course examines current classifications of psychopathology signs, symptoms, and syndromes and integrates developmental and remedial assessment of patients, clients, or students with case conceptualization, treatment planning, and case management.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course provides instruction and stimulates thoughtful inquiry and learning about assessment of human growth, development and psychopathology and case management concepts. Systematic planning of treatment interventions and case management strategies to achieve counseling goals and objectives are also examined. The course focuses on thoughtful acquisition of skills and knowledge in: (1) compiling, analyzing and synthesizing case information; (2) using clinical judgment in assessing client needs in relationship to diagnostic and descriptive systems of normal and abnormal behavior or human development; (3) planning facilitative, developmental or remedial counseling intervention in the context of an appropriate therapeutic milieu or helping interpersonal relationship; and (4) understanding and applying standards of practice in counseling.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

COED 620 is taught in lecture-seminar format incorporating case studies from varying counseling settings.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students in the course will:

(1) acquire an overview of counselors in schools, colleges and community human service settings;
(2) become aware of counseling resources in the human service delivery system;
(3) understand human development and behavioral dysfunction by defining client problems, etiology of presenting concerns and norms in psychological and social systems;
(4) become knowledgeable of interpersonal, intrapersonal, structural-systemic and environmental influences on growth and development, psychopathology and adjustment;
(5) utilize assessment techniques in counseling to integrate assessment and diagnostic process in clinical evaluation;
(6) evaluate case resources and limitations in terms of the client, counselor, case and setting;
(7) evaluate case resources and limitations in terms of the client, counselor, case and settings;
(8) learn to use adjunctive, referral, consulting and supervision resources; and
(9) understand how to maintain progress notes, formative and summative case evaluations and provide external reporting.


Assessment Measures

  • Class attendance and participation
  • Examinations
  • On-site field visit


Other Information



Review and Approval
April 1999 Revised