Addictions Counseling

Students pursuing the emphasis area in addictions counseling will complete the coursework for partial fulfillment of the educational criteria leading to eligibility for the Advanced Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor (ACADC) credential in the State of Idaho.  The Practicum/Internship requirement for an ACADC is 2000 hours.

Trauma, Grief, and Crisis

This specialization prepares students with the development of a greater capacity to counsel individuals through trauma, complicated bereavement, and crisis.  Student outcomes include gaining assessment and intervention skills to assist clients in working through theory and practice of trauma counseling, complicated bereavement, and understanding models of crisis training and intervention.  PTSD, mass disaster, sexual assault, domestic violence, mental illness, and suicide prevention are addressed in the coursework.

Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy

This emphasis area prepares students to use Viktor E. Frankl's Logotherapy in clinical practice.  The required courses are designed to increase knowledge and skill in addressing existential concerns of meaning in life, freedom and responsibility, uniqueness of the human condition, and death.  Upon completion of the curriculum in this emphasis area, students are eligible to apply for the Academic Associate credential from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

Play Therapy 

In order to satisfy its mission to promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists, the Association of Play Therapy (APT) wishes to increase the availability of play therapy instructions at colleges and universities.  This emphasis area provides part of the coursework needed to become a credentialed Play Therapist. Coursework includes essential elements and principles of play therapy, including history, theories, modalities, techniques, applications and skills.  Experiential components focus on basic play therapy skill development within the context of ethical and diversity-sensitive practice.