Special Topics in Counseling–Summer 2017

Thank you for your interest in Wake Forest University’s Special Topics in Counseling courses!  These online courses may be used as continuing education, elective, or transfer credit only.

All courses require a minimum of advanced graduate standing and permission of the instructor. Prior to completing your application to the University, please contact the professor to obtain permission to enroll.    When you have obtained the professor’s permission to enroll, you may submit your unclassified, non-degree seeking student application here. and then contact the department at 336-758-2317 to request the application fee waiver.  Tuition for each 3-credit course will be $1560.  



CNS 766–Crisis Prevention and Response (3 credits,  5/8/17 through 6/25/17) is taught by Dr. Erin Binkley,  who earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Counseling at Idaho State University. Dr. Binkley has experience working with at-risk adolescents, and individuals of all ages who have been victims of domestic violence. She has presented at national and international conferences on the topic of creative strategies for treating victims of domestic violence.  

This course will explore the effective application of various assessment and intervention approaches to crises in counseling and human services situations. As students explore the characteristics and impact of trauma, crisis, and potential neurobiological responses, they will also examine theory-based prevention and response models and community-based strategies for a diverse society.

To request permission to enroll, please contact Dr. Binkley at binkleee@wfu.edu or 336-758-8623. 




Nations WFU

CNS 767–Human Sexuality  (3 credits, 6/26/17 through 8/13/17) is taught by Dr. J. Robert Nations, who earned his DMin  in Marriage and Family Counseling from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Dr. Nations has had extensive experience in marriage, couples and family counseling, as well as group counseling during his career.  

Designed for counseling professionals, this course will address issues in human sexuality as they pertain to professional counseling practice.  The course will develop the students’ identification, assessment and intervention skills involving sexuality issues, and will also address the awareness of personal perceptions and attitudes that may affect the counseling relationship.

To request permission to enroll, please contact Dr. Nations at nationjr@wfu.edu or 336-758-8625. 





CNS 768–Psychopharmacology for Counselors (3 credits, 5/8/17 through 6/25/17) is taught by Dr. Allison Forti, who earned her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education at UNC Greensboro. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Participants will learn the basic principles of psychopharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and neurobiology as they pertain to the role of a professional counselor. Participants will explore the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of psychopharmacological drugs—their classification, prescription, and management as part of an overall treatment plan.  

To request permission to enroll, please contact Dr. Forti at fortiam@wfu.edu. 



Thank you again for your interest in Wake Forest University’s Special Topics Summer Courses!