Counseling Courses Online

Individual Course Offerings

Any course offered at Grand Canyon University may be taken as an individual course. Below is a listing of our more popular courses. To review a comprehensive listing of individual courses, please review the Academic Catalog. Course Descriptions begin on page 133.  

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Counseling Courses Online

Below is just a sampling of the Counseling Courses offered online. 

PCN 500         Counseling Theories  Credits: 3  
This course provides a comprehensive survey of the major counseling theories and principles. Coursework includes the following theories: psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential psychotherapy, behavioral, cognitive behavioral, person-centered, reality therapy/choice theory, and rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT).

PCN 501         Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling   Credits: 3  
This course provides a broad understanding of the stages, processes, and effects of addiction and substance abuse, social and psychological dynamics of addiction and substance abuse, and the professional's role in prevention, intervention, and aftercare. This course also explores theories of addiction, drug classification, assessment, and treatment. It also continues building foundational knowledge, utilization of professional resources, and exploration of standards to help students prepare for licensure/certification within the counseling industry.

PCN 505         Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics   Credits: 3  
This course provides a broad understanding of professional counseling ethics, legal standards, and responsibilities. An important goal of this course is to help students develop a high standard of ethical performance in their careers as professional counselors.

PCN 509         Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling   Credits: 3  
This course provides a broad understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society. Studies in this area shall include the following: attitudes and behaviors based on such factors as age, race, religious preference, physical disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity and culture, family patterns, gender, socioeconomic status and intellectual ability; individual, family, group, and community strategies for working with diverse populations; and theories of multicultural counseling, theories of identity development, and multicultural competencies.

PCN 511         Introduction to Chemical Dependency Counseling   Credits: 3  
This course provides a broad understanding of the stages, processes, and effects of chemical dependency, social and psychological dynamics of chemical dependency, and the professional's role in prevention, intervention, and aftercare. This course will also explore theories of addiction, drug classification, assessment, and treatment.

PCN 515         Counseling Skills in the Helping Relationships   Credits: 3  
This course provides a broad understanding of counseling processes, including characteristics and behaviors that influence the helping processes. Included are age, gender, ethnic differences, verbal and nonverbal behaviors, personal characteristics, and orientations. The development of counseling skills to include the following will be emphasized: interviewing, the development of therapeutic relationships, establishment of appropriate counseling goals, strategies, evaluation of client outcome, and successful termination of the counseling relationship.

PCN 518         Human Growth and Development   Credits: 3  
This course provides an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels. Theories of individual and family development, transitions across the life-span; theories of learning, theories of personality development; and strategies for facilitating optimum development over the life-span will be addressed.

PCN 520         Group Counseling Theory and Practice   Credits: 3  
This course provides a broad understanding of group development, group dynamics, group counseling theories, and ethical standards. The course also addresses group process components, appropriate selection criteria, developmental stage theories, group members' roles and behaviors, and group leadership styles and approaches.

PCN 521         Marriage and Family Therapy   Credits: 3  
 This course provides a broad understanding of the structure and dynamics of the family, which may include assessment and methods of marital and family intervention and counseling.

PCN 523         Tests and Appraisal in Counseling   Credits: 3  
This course provides an introduction to basic tests and appraisal in counseling. Individual and group approaches to testing, assessment, evaluation, behavioral observations, computermanaged and computer-assisted methods will be addressed. The following statistical concepts will also be addressed: scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, and indices of variability, shapes and types of distributions, correlations, reliability, and validity.

PCN 525         Career Development and Counseling   Credits: 3  
This course provides a broad understanding of career development and related life factors including the following: psychotherapy, career counseling techniques and processes, career development theories, decision-making models, issues of diversity, interrelationships between work and family.

PCN 527         Psychopharmacology and Addictions   Credits: 3  
This course provides a broad understanding of psychopharmacology theories of drug abuse, addiction, and treatment. The student is introduced to the basic principles of pharmacology, anatomy, and physiology as applied to the major classes of psychoactive drugs of abuse/addiction. It also examines the effects of various drugs on human behavior. The course introduces drugs that are being developed to support drug treatment such as methadone, suboxone and neloxone. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of drug ingestion, distribution, elimination, dose response relationships, neurotransmitter chemicals, and synaptic activity.

PCN 531         Family Issues and Addictive Disorders   Credits: 3  
This course examines the role of alcohol and/or drug addiction in family systems. Various modalities designed to intervene in the alcohol and/or drug addicted family system will discussed. The treatment roles and responsibilities of addicted persons and their families will also be examined.

PCN 535         Counseling Chemical Dependency Adolescents   Credits: 3  
This course provides an introduction to adolescent alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment techniques and interventions. Signs, symptoms, and patterns of adolescent alcohol and drug abuse/addiction will be examined. Students will also explore adolescent screening methods, and assessment tools.

PCN 605         Psychopathology and Counseling   Credits: 3  
 This course introduces the study of mental illnesses and the science of psychopathology. The goal is to provide counseling students a conceptual understanding of psychological and behavioral dysfunction that occur in mental illnesses. The course includes a survey of major psychiatric disorders and their causes.

PCN 610         Diagnostics, Assessment, and Treatment   Credits: 3  
This course provides a conceptual framework for the use of assessment and diagnostic tools for the development of appropriate treatment interventions for a variety of behavioral health disorders. Included is an introduction to the use of the diagnostic tools including the DSM-VI TR, and the integration of diagnostic and assessment information, in the development of treatment plans.