Mental Health Counseling
Theories of Counseling
Classic and contemporary theoretical approaches to counseling are examined in this course including major personality theories, counseling theories and learning theories. Clinical applications incorporating the influence of cultural diversity are also emphasized as well as the formation of a personal theory of counseling.
This course explores developmental processes from conception through adulthood. The interaction of environmental and genetic factors is stressed. Theories of individual and family development and transitions across the life span are considered with an emphasis on the nature and needs of persons at various developmental stages and cultures and the impact of these stages on mental health.
Tools, Techniques, and Strategies of Counseling I
This course teaches introspective skills in order to develop a therapeutic relationship, maintain ethical boundaries, interview and counsel, and to cultivate self-awareness within the field of clinical mental health counseling. The course emphasizes the centrality for students to be nonjudgmental, reflective, and authentic towards one’s internal perceptions of self, others, values, beliefs, and environment in order to fully engage in the helping profession. Specific learned skills are basic listening, self-awareness, stress management, self-care, mindfulness, empathy, and other practices that promote positive counseling outcomes.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6402 and MHC 6505
Tools, Techniques, and Strategies of Counseling
This course teaches the principles of helping relationships, essential interviewing and counseling skills, and general intervention strategies relevant to the provision of culturally responsive clinical mental health counseling services. Emphasis is placed on skills and strategies that promote psychological resilience, enhance motivation, and assist clients in the prevention, management, and/or remediation of various issues including crises, developmental transitions, and ongoing dysfunctional behaviors
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401
Ethics and Practices of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This course focuses on ethical practice and mental health law to help develop a deep understanding of legal and moral issues involved in professional practice. Ethical issues related to gender, sexual, racial, cultural and generational diversity will be discussed. This course also covers the history and philosophy of clinical mental health counseling including professional roles, functions and responsibilities with respect to interagency and interdisciplinary collaboration. Professional issues including the management of mental health services and programs, licensure, funding, records, expert witness status, and managed care are discussed.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology
The classification system of psychopathology is studied with emphasis on symptomatology, etiology, and implications for treatment modalities with special emphasis given to multiaxial diagnosis. Various treatment interventions, including the adjunctive use of medications, are presented.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6505
This course introduces students to the theory, research, ethics, and practice of group counseling. Basic principles of group formation, group dynamics, group process, group development, and group leadership are emphasized for various types of groups. Students participate in an experiential group activity for a minimum of 10 hours.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6502
Counseling for Career Development
This course provides a lifespan perspective on work/career. The impact of career development theory on the counseling process and the relationship of career guidance and development to college, vocational/technical schools, and job placement in community and school-based settings are studied and discussed. The availability of specialized career counseling resources for diverse client populations and those with special needs is investigated.
This course recognizes the importance of the family and family counseling as a viable modality in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Major areas of study include the history and development of family counseling, classic and contemporary theoretical approaches, key concepts, skills and techniques used in the assessment and treatment of a family. Characteristics of healthy and dysfunctional family systems are explored as well as special concerns such as the impact of divorce, abuse, addictions, domestic violence, single-parent households, minority stress, poverty, etc. on a family system. The concept of family-of-origin and the use and development of a genogram is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6502
Counseling Diverse Populations
This course explores the social, psychological, cultural, economic, and environmental influences that affect various client populations. Counseling tools to meet the special needs of women, men, racial and ethnic minorities, the disabled, and other diverse groups are examined.
This course is a survey of psychological tests and instruments used in clinical mental health counseling settings. Principles of statistics and measurement, administration, scoring, interpretation, and use of various appraisal instruments are covered. Specific skill training in conducting clinical counseling intake interviews is addressed. Cultural biases that occur in the assessment and testing of clients is also discussed.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6505
Methods of Research and Program Evaluation
This course covers the principles and practice of counseling research and program evaluation. Qualitative, quantitative, and single-case design research methods are covered. Statistical methods used in conducting research and program evaluation are presented in addition to models of needs assessment and program evaluation. The use of research to inform evidence-based practice and ethical and culturally relevant strategies for interpreting and reporting the results of research and/or program evaluation studies are discussed.
The Practicum clinical field experience is comprised of 100 total clock hours of supervised counseling experience in a mental health agency setting, a group supervision seminar, site supervision, and faculty supervision. The focus is a broad orientation to the clinical aspects of the field of mental health counseling with strong emphasis being placed on personal and professional identity and self-development. The course consists of basic/core counseling skills and intervention strategies and techniques, and exploration of the role of the clinical mental health counselor in a mental health agency setting.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6502, MHC 6901, MHC 7202, MHC 7805, MHC 8020, MHC 8061, MHC 8062 or MHC 8011, MHC 8012, plus 18 additional credits, "B" average for all previous work.
Advanced Seminar: Counseling Children & Adolescents
This course teaches students the basic principles of assessment, conceptualization, and intervention skills with children and adolescents.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6502, MHC 6505
Advanced Seminar: Evidence Based Family Treatment
.) This course introduces students to a variety of empirically supported multi-systemic treatment modalities. Discussion topics include family and school consultation, strength-based approaches to treatment, and counseling youth in community based and hospital settings.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6502, MHC 6505, MHC 7501
This course introduces students to the basic principles of chemical dependency and "process addictions," including issues associated with gambling and sexual addictions counseling and the impact of addictions on co-occurring psychiatric disorders. This course will present the Disease Model of addiction and other etiological models, and the range of treatment options, counseling strategies, and prevention techniques available for treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Screening and assessment instruments are introduced, with an emphasis on correct diagnosis and application of the Stages of Change Model.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6502
Advanced Seminar: Humanistic Counseling
This course provides an advanced exploration of the theories, principles, and skills of humanistic approaches to counseling.
Advanced Seminar: Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling
This course provides an advanced exploration of the theories, principles, and skills of cognitive and cognitive behavioral approaches to counseling.
Professional Counselor Orientation and Advocacy
This course introduces students to the history, philosophy, and scope of professional counseling including professional organizations and the principles and roles of professional advocacy. Students are also introduced to the academic, clinical, and personal growth expectations of the MHC program. An educational and personal growth plan for their professional portfolio is developed which includes an advocacy project. Students are assisted in developing self care strategies appropriate to the counselor role.
Seminar: Consultation for Counselors
This course introduces students to the theory, research, and practice of professional consultation. Students develop, implement, and evaluate a consultation project to be included in their professional portfolio. Students participate in a consultation exercise to enhance their academic performance.
Seminar: Supervision for Counselors
This course introduces students to the methods, models, and practices of clinical supervision. Students will participate in a supervision project to practice basic supervision skills and evaluate the performance of counselors which will be included in their professional portfolio.
Psychopharmacology for Counselors
This course is an introduction to psychopharmacology, the types of medications used in clinical mental health settings, and their side effects. Practical issues of clinical assessment, client referral, and strategies for coordination of treatment involving medication are discussed.
Internship I clinical field experience is comprised of 300 total clock hours of supervised counseling experience in a mental health agency setting, a group supervision seminar, site supervision and faculty supervision. Internship I focus is on advanced counseling and differential diagnostic interviewing skills, appropriate professional documentation, case conceptualization, treatment of high risk clients and treatment planning. The course also discusses personal and professional issues, ethics, and evidence-based models/theories related to clinical mental health.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 7905, "B" average for all previous coursework
Internship II clinical field experience is comprised of 300 total clock hours of supervised counseling experience in a mental health agency setting, a group supervision seminar, site supervision and faculty supervision. Internship II is designed to prepare students for counseling practice and future professional licensure. This course highlights the importance of knowledge and application of the current research literature which surveys counseling treatment modalities, strategies and outcome evaluation.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 9001, "B" average for all previous coursework