Wilmington University’s CMHC program seeks to prepare students to be effective counselors in a diverse world and profession. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Consistent with the values of the counseling profession, the CMHC program seeks to infuse multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills throughout the curriculum. The program is structured to ensure that students will develop a professional identity as a mental health counselor and will master the knowledge and counseling skills needed to practice effectively. Students are trained for careers in community mental health and human service agencies, educational institutions, private practices, as well as government, business and industrial settings. Two field experiences (practicum [100 hours] and internship [600 hours]) are required. Students are prepared to sit for the National Counseling Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) which awards the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. Following 3200 hours of post-master’s supervised experience by licensed, professional, individuals who have NCC status may apply for state licensure to become a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) in the state of Delaware.
CMHC Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies
The CMHC Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies are based on the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Goal # 1 Knowledge in Core Counseling Subject Areas
Objectives for Goal #1:
Become knowledgeable about the counseling profession and ethical practice in counseling
Become knowledgeable about social and cultural diversity
Become knowledgeable about human growth and development
Become knowledgeable about career development
Become knowledgeable about helping relationships, counseling theories and the counseling process from individual and family system perspectives
Become knowledgeable about group work
Become knowledgeable about assessment
Become knowledgeable about research and program evaluation
Competencies Expected for these Objectives:
Proficient knowledge base in each subject area
Proficiency in the application of subject area knowledge
Proficiency in oral and written communication related to subject area knowledge
Goal #2 Knowledge, Development and Demonstration of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Skills and Practices
Objectives for Goal #2:
Demonstrate foundational knowledge regarding the provision of mental health treatment services including treatment models, agency operations, and clinical supervision
Develop and demonstrate skills in mental health counseling, prevention and intervention
Develop and demonstrate skills in addressing issues of diversity and providing advocacy
Develop and demonstrate skills in assessment and clinical evaluation
Develop and demonstrate skills in research and evaluation of counseling programs and outcomes
Develop and demonstrate skills in clinical diagnosis
Proficiency in developing counseling relationships, performing culturally competent counseling interventions, and advocating
Proficiency in performing intake interviews, assessing clinical information, and writing professional clinical case notes and reports
Proficiency in conceptualizing cases, developing treatment plans, and evaluating treatment outcomes
Proficiency in applying evidenced based practices in counseling
MHC 6401 Theories of Counseling
MHC 6402 Human Development
MHC 6501 Tools, Techniques, and Strategies of Counseling I
MHC 6502 Tools, Techniques, and Strategies of Counseling
MHC 6505 Ethics and Practices of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
MHC 6901 Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology
MHC 7202 Group Counseling
MHC 7203 Counseling for Career Development
MHC 7501 Family Counseling
MHC 7605 Counseling Diverse Populations
MHC 7805 Appraisal Techniques
MHC 7806 Methods of Research and Program Evaluation
MHC 8020 Addictions Counseling
MHC 8092 Seminar: Consultation for Counselors
MHC 8093 Seminar: Supervision for Counselors
MHC 8094 Psychopharmacology for Counselors
MHC 7905 Practicum
MHC 9001 Internship
MHC 9002 Internship II
MHC 7905, MHC 9001, MHC 9002: Community Site
The practicum and internship field experiences are supervised by experienced professionals at the field sites in conjunction with the CMHC program faculty.
MHC 8011 Advanced Seminar: Counseling Children & Adolescents
MHC 8012 Advanced Seminar: Evidence Based Family Treatment
MHC 8061 Advanced Seminar: Humanistic Counseling
MHC 8062 Advanced Seminar: Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling
The total number of credits required for the Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is 60 in the required and elective courses identified above. Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned an academic advisor who guides and assists the student with the varied demands of the program, including curricular decisions.
Qualifications for the Master of Science Degree
To qualify for the Master of Science degree, a student must complete the prescribed 60 credit hours (including practicum and internship) with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). The program is designed such that all course work, practicum, and internship can be completed within three years of starting the program, but must be completed within five years. Re-application to the program is required if the program is not completed within a five-year period. Students are expected to demonstrate competencies in the eight core areas required by CACREP and the NBCC. The CMHC program requires completion of a comprehensive examination as part of the graduation requirements. Students are evaluated throughout the program in three major areas:
a. Effectiveness in close interpersonal relationships.
b. Ability to establish facilitative relationships with many different kinds of people.
c. Flexibility and openness to feedback and learning.
d. Amenability to clinical supervision during the Practicum and Internship process;
e. Self-awareness, openness to self-examination, and commitment to personal growth.
f. Appropriate attitudes.
3. Ethical Behavior: Each student is expected to demonstrate awareness of and concern for the ethical standards of mental health and all other disciplines within the counseling field. Ethical behavior will be monitored and assessed in several venues throughout the student’s academic career, including:
a. In the classroom, as evidenced by ethical conduct in issues concerning peer relationships and works scholarship; and
b. In the community, as evidenced by ethical conduct at Practicum and Internship agency placements, including adherence to the employment policies of said agencies.