Counseling

Division: Student Services
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Counseling is an academic discipline and service area concerned with the study of career exploration, student success strategies, and transfer readiness.   The counseling department also serves a diverse student population with academic, career, transfer, vocational, and personal counseling needs. The counseling faculty and staff are committed to empower and educate students on how to achieve their academic goals by development of a student educational plan and referrals to campus and community resources.

The skills developed within this discipline's courses include personal responsibility, self-management, and decision making skills.

Transfer requirements vary among four year institutions. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Contact Information

For detailed contact information visit the Counseling Department page.

Student Services Division Chair

Adrienne Duarte | (559) 737-6175 | adrienned@cos.edu
Sequoia: 103 | Visalia Campus

Dean of Student Services

Michele Brock | (559) 737-5441 | michelebr@cos.edu
Sequoia: 10G | Visalia Campus 

Jessica Morrison | (559) 737-5443 | jessicamo@cos.edu
Sequoia: 101 | Visalia Campus 

COUN 025 Creating College Success 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: COUN 125
This course will focus on strategies and tools for college success, in addition to exploring culture and its impact on academic success. Students in this course will also be paired with a mentor from the professional community. Field trips to universities are a required part of this course.
Limitation on Enrollment: Participation in the Puente Project.
COUN 100 Career Planning 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
An introduction to career/life planning including an exploration of interests, skills, values, personality traits, past experiences and life stages. Students will develop a career/life plan using gathered self-information, decision-making strategies and an awareness of psychological, sociological and physiological factors related to career/life satisfaction. The course is approved for distance education format.
COUN 115 Transfer/Career Readiness 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This course is designed to be the cornerstone of a successful transition into the next stage of a student’s academic goal. Students will gain an understanding of the psychological, sociological and academic demands of college and employment as well as learn how to use tools available to search for employment and/or to apply for transfer to a university. Upon course completion, students will have created a transfer planner account on CSUMENTOR and/or UCTRANSFER and/or another university website. Students will also complete an employment portfolio which may include a cover letter, resume, personal statement, etc.
HDEV 121 Student Success 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Courses: HDEV 120, HDEV 120AB
This course will provide the student with an opportunity to learn and adopt techniques, tools, and methods that will enhance his/her success in college. In addition, this course will highlight key strategies for improving a student's understanding of personal responsibility and self- management.
IS 180 Freshman Science Seminar 1 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
An orientation to the strategies needed to successfully complete a major in mathematics, science or engineering. This course assists students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their educational objectives in highly technical fields. Topics include: career planning, educational and personal enrichment, study skills and habits, time management, academic preparation, and self-discipline. This course serves as the orientation requirement for MESA, but is open to all students. Approved for Distance Education format.
IS 210 Leadership Development 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Theory and practice of leadership. Prepares students for productive involvement in community service, college activities, and civic governance. Designed especially, but not exclusively, for students participating in student government and club activities.
IS 211 Student Governance 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This course is designed to familiarize students with the Student Senate Constitution and governance process within the community college system. Students will learn methods and techniques to conduct effective meetings and skills to serve as student representatives within the participatory governance structure. Students will develop an understanding of the community college culture, learn methods to lead with integrity and moral purpose, develop critical thinking skills, and strategies for active citizenship.
IS 212 Peer Mentoring and Leadership 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This course is designed to give students leadership, peer mentoring, and peer advising skills. Helping skills such as methods of problem-solving essential for the college student, communication, time management, knowledge of resources are emphasized, as well as leadership training. This course will prepare students to act as peer-mentors for the college student population.
IS 213 Student Senate Development 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
A class devoted to the practical application of the governmental process through participation in student government.
IS 220 Orientation/College Success 0.5 unit(s)
Hours: 0.5 Lecture/Discussion
This is a course for all new students designed to orient students to the college environment and educational opportunities. The class includes placement testing interpretation; introduction to academic procedures, policies, goal setting, educational planning, college services, college facilities and exploration of various opportunities for higher education. Students will develop an educational plan to achieve the goals identified in the class. Orientation Exemption: * You have previously participated in COS Orientation *You are transferring to COS from another college *You are enrolling in six units or fewer and have no plan to obtain a degree, certificate or participate in a transfer program.
IS 308 Instructional Support 1 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lab
This course provides instruction in applied study skills. Students will learn techniques to assist them with their current course of study or to prepare them for the ensuing semester.
LS 308 Instructional Support 1 - 2 unit(s)
Hours: 3 - 6 Lab
Equivalent Course: LS 308AD
Students will receive assistance with their academic courses and/or improve academic skills which may be affected by a disability.
LS 320 Personal Development 1 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
This course is designed to assist students in personal development and acquisition of social skills, including: awareness and investigation of self and others, self-advocacy, and techniques for interacting and engaging with others or groups of others. This course is recommended for students with social anxieties, phobias, or low self-esteem resulting from mental health conditions, Autism/Asperger’s, or other conditions. All students seeking support in socialization skills are encouraged to enroll. The class will emphasize discussion and creative thinking, as well as group collaboration and respect for others.
LS 321 Intro to Assistive Technology 1 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
This course in assistive technology will use text to speech software (such as Kurzweil 300 and Read & Write Gold), speech recognition (such as Dragon natually speaking), screen enlargement software (such as ZoomText), and other technologies. This course is recommended for students with low to no vision, who have processing or reading comprehension issues, or students with a learning disability. This class will emphasize finding the software that best suits the needs of each student.

Counseling

Aguilar-Jones, Belinda
B.A., Fresno Pacific University
M.S., California State University, Fresno

Alvarez Soto, Ambar, Ed.D.
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Fresno
Ed.D., California State University, Fresno

Brandis, Lisa
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Fresno

Briones, Emily
B.A., University Of Southern California
M.S.W., University Of California, Los Angeles

Duarte, Adrienne
A.A., Fresno City College;
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.S., California State University, Fresno

Garcia, Jennie
A.A., Reedley College
B.S., California State University, Fresno
M.S., M.A., National University

Hamid, Maria
A.A., College Of The Sequoias
B.S., California State University, Fresno
M.S., Wayne State College

Hodges, Kristie
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., California State University, Fresno

Litten, Lyndsi
B.S., California State University, Long Beach
M.S., California State University, Fullerton
M.S., Fresno Pacific University

Loewen, Lisa
A.A., San Joaquin Delta College
B.A., Fresno Pacific University
M.A., Fresno Pacific University

Roche, Robyn
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.S., California State University, Fresno

Rodarte, Catherine
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A, California State University, Fresno

Sanchez, Deysi
B.A., University Of California, Santa Barbara
M.S., National University

Shuman, Michael
B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.S., California State University, Fresno

Turk, Marvin
A.A., American River College
B.A., University Of Montana
M.S., California State University, Sacramento

Valenzuela, Sandy
A.S. College Of The Sequoias
B.A., California State University, Long Beach
M.A., California State University, Long Beach

Vang, Meng
B.A., University Of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., California State University, Fresno