Counselor Education with Mental Health Counseling Emphasis, Master of Science (MS)
The Master of Science in Counselor Education: Mental Health Counseling emphasis is designed for students wishing preparation as counselors or therapists in settings such as: mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment centers, employment services and vocational rehabilitation services. Mental health counselors are also frequently found in the juvenile correction facilities, community colleges, pastoral services and business and industry.
Classes and experiences are organized around four objectives:
- a thorough preparation in foundation skills and principles;
- a functional mastery of techniques in various therapy modes; e.g., cognitive, affective, behavioral;
- coverage of principles, issues and trends in the psychology of counseling; and
- self awareness as it relates to the counseling process.
Practical application is stressed. Students are provided early and continuous skill practice with personalized feedback and coaching. Continuous opportunities for expanding awareness of the self of the counselor will be provided.
The program is both extensive and comprehensive. It is nationally accredited by CACREP and fulfills education requirements for licensure for mental health counselors. Graduates will complete the NBCC exam for National Counselor Certification.
Note: successful completion of both a written comprehensive examination of conceptual attainments and an oral interview of practical applications is required.
|PSYC 506||COUNSELING DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSITION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN||4|
|PSYC 520||TACTICS PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH||4|
|PSYC 535||INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING||4|
|PSYC 539||SEMINAR IN SPECIAL TOPICS (variable 1-5 credit)||1|
|PSYC 542||CAREER COUNSELING||4|
|PSYC 544||COUNSELING THEORY AND TECHNIQUES||4|
|PSYC 545||APPRAISAL IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING||4|
|PSYC 548||COUNSELING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS||4|
|PSYC 569||FAMILY SYSTEMS||4|
|PSYC 575||DSM TREATMENT ISSUES FOR COUNSELORS||4|
|PSYC 576||PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING||3|
|PSYC 580||CONSULATION IN THE COUNSELING PROFESSION||2|
|PSYC 583||GROUP EXPERIENCE||1|
|PSYC 584||GROUP THEORY||2|
|PSYC 585||GROUP PROCESS IN COUNSELING||2|
|PSYC 587||ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR COUNSELING||4|
|PSYC 588||CRISIS INTERVENTION AND TRAUMA COUNSELING||4|
|PSYC 590||DIVERSITY COUNSELING||3|
|PSYC 592||SUICIDE ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT||1|
|PSYC 603||PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING PORTFOLIO (must be repeated for three quarters at 1 credit per quarter)||3|
|PSYC 694||PRACTICUM (1-8 must be repeated)||12|
|PSYC 697||INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-10 must be repeated)||20|
- assess community needs, design, implement and evaluate mental health programs and systems-Mental Health Counseling Emphasis;
- describe and apply the counseling theories and techniques that have proven to be the most applicable to the K–12 school population-School Counseling Emphasis;
- describe and utilize the laws and ethics that govern the school counseling profession -School Counseling Emphasis;
- describe the ethical and legal considerations that govern the practice of mental health counseling-Mental Health Counseling Emphasis;
- provide accurate assessment, diagnosis (where appropriate) and treatment planning for a diverse client population-Mental Health Counseling Emphasis;
- utilize the American School Counseling Association’s National Model (a framework for school counseling programs) to develop an individual school’s comprehensive program -School Counseling Emphasis.