Individual Counseling Courses

Any course offered by Grand Canyon University (GCU) may be taken as an individual course. GCU is proud to offer a variety of individual counseling courses, available online for your convenience. Featured below are GCU's most popular counseling courses online.

For a comprehensive listing of individual counseling courses, review our Academic Catalog.

Counseling Courses Online at GCU






Biblical Foundations for Counselors: The Story of God
3 Credits

This online counseling course is a narrative approach to the theology of God, humanity and salvation. Learn to apply the story of the Bible to the life and practice of the Christian counselor.


Career Development and Counseling
3 Credits

This online counseling course provides a broad understanding of career development and related life factors including psychotherapy, career counseling techniques and processes, career development theories, decision-making models, issues of diversity and interrelationships between work and family.


Spiritual Formation: Becoming a Healthy Practitioner
3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to spiritual formation with attention to classical spiritual disciplines and stages of growth. This course includes an exploration into personal spiritual health and character development with implications for counseling practice. Prerequisite: CCN-601.


Psychopharmacology and Addictions
3 Credits

This course provides a broad understanding of psychopharmacology theories of drug use, addiction and treatment. You are introduced to the basic principles of pharmacology, anatomy and physiology as applied to the major classes of psychoactive drugs of use and addiction. It also examines the effects of various drugs on human behavior. The course introduces drugs to support drug treatment. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of drug ingestion, distribution, elimination, dose response relationships, neurotransmitter chemicals and synaptic activity.


Biblical Concepts-Health Relationships: Forgiveness & Healthy Spirituality
3 Credits

This online counseling course explores relational health in connection with topics including self-assessment, forgiveness, reconciliation with God and others and the pursuit of spiritual health. Emphasis is placed on personal practice and implementation in professional counseling are emphasized. Prerequisite: CCN-650.


Co-Occurring Disorders
3 Credits

This course introduces you to co-occurring disorders. Examine screening and assessment tools to reveal and evaluate the presence and severity of co-occurring disorders. Explore the treatment needs of persons with co-occurring disorders, and study strategies for risk management associated with treating individuals with co-occurring disorders.


Integration of Scripture with Counseling Theory
3 Credits

In this course, you explore the integration of the Christian worldview into counseling theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the nature and purpose of human beings from a biblical perspective as well as ethical issues pertinent to the Christian counselor, while critically evaluating contemporary secular theories and practices. Prerequisite: CCN-655.


Human Sexuality, Aging and Long-Term Care
3 Credits

This online counseling course is divided into two distinct and separate sections. The first part of the course examines human sexuality and systems of sexual therapy. Psychological, biological, social and moral perspectives on sexual development and functioning are also examined. The last part of the course provides an understanding of the nature of aging and the elderly. Theories and strategies for facilitating optimum care of the elderly are addressed. Elder abuse, dependent adult abuse and neglect of the aging and elderly are explored. Sexuality, mental health, physical health, the role of substance use disorders and family issues are also addressed.


Counseling Theories
3 Credits

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).


Family Issues and Addictive Disorders
3 Credits

This course examines the role of substance use disorders in family systems. Various modalities designed to intervene in the substance use disorders family system are discussed. The treatment roles and responsibilities of addicted persons and their families are also examined.


Introduction to Addictions and Substance Use Disorders
3 Credits

This course provides a broad understanding of the stages, processes and effects of substance use disorders, social and psychological dynamics of substance use disorders and the professional's role in prevention, intervention and aftercare. This course also explores theories of substance use disorders, drug classification, assessment and treatment. It also continues building foundational knowledge, utilization of professional resources and exploration of standards to help you prepare for licensure or certification within the counseling profession.


Research Methods
3 Credits

This course introduces research methods and basic statistical analysis, including the following: the importance of research, opportunities and difficulties in conducting research. Research methods such as qualitative, quantitative, single-case designs, action research and outcome-based research are addressed.


Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics
3 Credits

This online counseling course provides a broad understanding of ethics, legal standards and responsibilities, including professional identity, report writing, record keeping and service reimbursement. Also covered are the history of and current trends in counseling. Important goals of this course are to help you develop a strong personal and professional ethic, as well as an appreciation of the value of professional collaboration and identity.


Spousal and Child Abuse, Crisis and Trauma Counseling
3 Credits

This eight-module course is divided into three distinct and separate sections. The first three modules examine crisis intervention and trauma counseling; theories and strategies of trauma counseling and facilitating crisis interventions are also addressed. The second three modules examine spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection and intervention strategies. The legal and ethical issues, the role of substance use disorders and children in families where domestic violence and abuse occur are also addressed. The last two modules examine child abuse assessment and reporting. Legal and ethical issues and specific California child abuse assessment and reporting codes are also examined.


Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling
3 Credits

This online counseling course provides a broad understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society. Studies in this area 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; theories of multicultural counseling and identity development; and multicultural competencies. Examine a variety of cultural populations in multiple regions of the U.S., exploring issues and trends that are associated with each population. Cultural considerations for immigrants, refugees and undocumented citizens are also addressed.


Psychopathology and Counseling
3 Credits

This course introduces the study of mental illnesses and the science of psychopathology. The goal is to provide you a conceptual understanding of psychological and behavioral dysfunction that occurs in mental illnesses. The course includes a survey of major psychiatric disorders and their causes.


Counseling Skills in the Helping Relationships
3 Credits

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 techniques is emphasized, including establishing and maintaining the counseling relationship; diagnosing and identifying the problem; formulating a preventative, treatment or rehabilitative plan; facilitating appropriate interventions; and successfully terminating the counseling relationship.


Diagnostics, Assessment and Treatment
3 Credits

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 and the integration of diagnostic and assessment information in the development of treatment plans.


Human Growth and Development
3 Credits

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 lifespan, theories of learning, theories of personality development and strategies for facilitating optimum development over the lifespan are addressed.


Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Status
2 Credits

You are introduced to a variety of testing instruments used to determine a client's emotional or mental status. Assessment procedures are explored within the context of diagnosis and treatment planning. This course focuses on the administration and interpretation of individual and group standardized tests of mental ability, personality and measurement.


Group Counseling Theory and Practice
3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: PCN-500, PCN-501 and PCN-505.


Counseling Chemical Dependency Adolescents
3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to adolescent substance use disorders prevention and treatment techniques and interventions. Signs, symptoms and patterns of adolescent substance use are examined. You also explore adolescent screening methods and assessment tools.


Marriage and Family Therapy
3 Credits

This online counseling 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.


Tests and Appraisal in Counsel
3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to basic tests and appraisal in counseling. Individual and group approaches to testing, assessment, evaluation, behavioral observations, computer-managed and computer-assisted methods are addressed. The following statistical concepts are also addressed: scales of measurement, measures of central tendency and indices of variability, shapes and types of distributions, correlations, reliability and validity.