To complete the master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, students will complete the Core Counseling Curriculum below as well as the specialized training in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Also, there is the option to take additional courses as electives (to reach the required 60 credit hours). Finally, clinical courses (practicum and internship) will help each student become competent and confident to be an effective counselor. See below for the required courses.
Core Counseling Curriculum
Counseling Orientation and Ethics
A review of the historical, philosophical, societal, cultural, economic and political dimensions of and current trends in the community mental health movement; a historical perspective of the counseling profession, counselor roles and functions, professional affiliations, and professional legal and ethical decision-making skills.
Social and Cultural Counseling
Present the cultural context of the counseling relationship; examination of issues and concerns related to such factors as culture, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status and other various unique characteristics.
Theories of human development; developmental crises, tasks and transitions across one’s lifespan; theories of learning and personality development; strategies for facilitating optimal human development.
Research Methods and Program Evaluation
An overview of the qualitative and quantitative research methods, including the ability to critically examine research and the basic principles of disseminating professional knowledge.
Exploration of educational and career planning – theories, decision-making models, assessment inventories, and resources, and its integration with human development.
Assessment and Testing
Examination of the most frequently used assessment and testing procedures in counseling, outcome evaluation, multicultural issues, ethical and legal issues.
Examination of the development of diagnostic and case conceptualization skills, major theories of etiology & treatment, and diagnostic principles and skills.
Crisis, Trauma and Suicide
An introduction to the theories, principles and concepts of crisis intervention; contemporary techniques of crisis intervention and resolution used in community, school, family and individual counseling settings and the prevention and treatment of trauma.
Substance Abuse and Addictions
Examination of substance abuse and process addictions in multiple populations - the effects of drugs and/or other addictive behaviors on the client and others. The various etiologies – including diagnosis and implications for counseling and treatment.
Introduction to the knowledge, techniques, skills, and processes basic to initiating and conducting an effective counseling relationship; discussion and attention to the specific nature and process of helping, as well as the unique attitudes and skills required of the effective helper.
Theories in Counseling
Examination of the major models of counseling and psychotherapy, theoretical integration, review of outcome research, and its implication with the counseling relationship.
Overview of the theoretical and experiential components of the nature of group counseling, group dynamics, and group leadership.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Mental Health Care Systems
Overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully operate in mental health care treatment systems.
Psychopharmacology and Treatment Planning
Introduction to the field of psychopharmacology. Integration of diagnostic, case conceptualization, and treatment planning skills; review of best practice guidelines.
PLEASE NOTE: The specialized didactic courses for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis include the two above as well as one from the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling emphasis below
Systems Theory for Families and Couples
An in-depth review of general systems theory and the theoretical foundations of counseling family and couple systems.
Practice of Marriage and Family Counseling
The practical application of system theory in use with counseling couples and families with a focus on effective skills and techniques.
Counseling Children and Adolescents in the Family System
The application of development and system theory in counseling children and adolescents and circular causality with the family and other systems.
Supervised counseling with clients, including development of counseling skills through intensive weekly group and individual supervision. Completion of a minimum of 100 clock hours, with at least 40 client contact hours. Students develop conceptual and professional skills related to their practice at a clinical placement site and practice various specified counseling- and related-activities.
Supervised counseling with clients, continued development of student counseling skills. Includes weekly group and individual supervision. Must complete a minimum of 600 clock hours including at least 240 client contact hours in each specialized area (Mental Health, School, Addictions, Clinical Rehabilitation or Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling). Students develop conceptual and professional skills related to their specialty at an approved placement site and practice various specified counseling- and related-activities. Students must demonstrate competence of the integration of all knowledge and skills in counseling.
Other Courses (Electives)
Special Topics in Counseling
Special topics course will address current developments or special-interest topics within the counseling profession. Each offering will include section-specific learning objectives. Students may repeat this course by taking different sections. Topic, learning objectives, and credits will be determined prior to registration and outlined in a unique section-specific syllabus.