Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts

Purpose

The MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to develop skilled clinicians and well-educated leaders in the mental health field. Within a caring and challenging environment, this 60-credit-hour program is designed to facilitate the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills to prepare counselor trainees to effectively practice in diverse settings. Utilizing a scientist practitioner model, the program emphases include integration of theory and practice, critical thinking, and decision making, and examination of personal values and experiences as they influence clinical practice. Students obtain strong theoretical and technical training which is applied during field-based counseling practicum and internships.

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO 1a: Identify and develop professional and ethical behaviors consistent with those defined and demonstrated within professional counseling associations such as the American Counseling Association.

SLO 1b: Examine the cultural contexts of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society and generate therapeutic conceptualizations and interventions.

SLO 1c: Examine the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and generate appropriate therapeutic conceptualizations and interventions.

SLO 1d: Evaluate career development and related life factors as part of clinical assessment of clients’ therapeutic needs.

SLO 1e: Evaluate the counseling process for diverse client populations and demonstrate helping skills needed for successful professional practice.

SLO 1f: Examine and apply theoretical and experiential understandings of group process as a means of promoting therapeutic change.

SLO 1g: Examine and apply individual and group approaches to assessment.

SLO 1h: Examine and apply research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessments, and program evaluation.

SLO 2a: Understand the history and development of the clinical mental health counseling profession and current models of case conceptualization and treatment planning, including attention to assessment as well as school-community-college collaboration and consultation.

SLO 2b: Understand the effective and ethical functioning of mental health counselors in their varied roles in serving the mental health needs of client populations using appropriate diagnostic principles and tools while considering multicultural factors and legislative policy as a backdrop to practice.

SLO 2c: Understand the elements of mental health counseling program development and implementation that contribute to the effective provision and management of competent counseling services to a variety of client populations with specific attention to assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and advocacy.

SLO 3: Demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of a variety of client populations.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum (60 hours)

Graduate students should talk with their advisors when planning a course of study to be sure that they include courses required to become licensed as professional counselors. Students are cautioned that deviating from the established sequence of courses may result in extending the time to complete the program. Your advisor should be consulted about any required change in your course of study.

A. Theoretical Component

CEDU 601Counseling Theories and Techniques I

3

CEDU 602Counseling Theories and Techniques II

3

B. Professional Component

CEDU 620Methods of Research and Program Evaluation

3

CEDU 650Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling

3

CEDU 665Multicultural Counseling

3

CEDU 635Advanced Psychopathology

3

CEDU 605Advanced Human Growth and Development

3

CEDU 640The Counselor as Professional, Practitioner, and Consultant

3

CEDU 699Professional Development of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor

3

C. Skill Component

CEDU 616Methods of Assessment and Evaluation

3

CEDU 625Group Counseling

3

CEDU 645Career Development: Theory and Practice

3

CEDU 621Crisis Intervention Counseling

3

CEDU 655Psychodiagnostics and Treatment Planning

3

CEDU 646Couples and Family Counseling (Elective)*

3

 

CEDU 647Child and Adolescent Counseling (Elective)

3

OR

CEDU 667Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Counseling (Elective)

1-3

 

CEDU 660Substance Use Disorders Counseling

3

D. Applied Component

CEDU 670Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

CEDU 690Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

CEDU 691Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

All core courses should be completed before any student enters practicum or internship and may be required for other courses. Graduate students should talk with their advisors when planning a course of study to be sure that they include courses required to become licensed as professional counselors. Students are cautioned that deviating from the established sequence of courses may result in extending the time to complete the program. A long-range schedule is available from the School of Graduate Studies, and your advisor should be consulted about any required change in your course of study. 

*Please note that CEDU 646 is a required prerequisite for courses in the optional Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling concentration below and should be taken by students interested in that concentration in lieu of another elective.

Optional Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling Concentration (9 hours)

Within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, the optional Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (MCFC) concentration courses will prepare graduates to holistically assess and treat the therapeutic needs of couples and families. As part of the 69 credit hours of graduate-level training (60 hours in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program plus nine hours of MCFC courses), students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that equip them to understand and intervene in their clients’ lives. The concentration prepares students for pursuit of the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in addition to the Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). Students choosing to pursue licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in addition to an LCMHC will need to work closely with their program advisor to ensure that they meet requirements unique to the LMFT credential.

CEDU 656Theoretical Foundation of Marriage and Family Therapy

3

CEDU 657The Practice of Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (Part I)

3

CEDU 658The Practice of Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (Part II)

3

Total Credit Hours: 60-69