Counselor Education with Mental Health Counseling Emphasis, Master of Science (MS)

This is an archived copy of the 2016-2017 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.ewu.edu.

The Master of Science in Counselor EducationMental 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:

  1. a thorough preparation in foundation skills and principles;
  2. a functional mastery of techniques in various therapy modes; e.g., cognitive, affective, behavioral;
  3. coverage of principles, issues and trends in the psychology of counseling; and
  4. 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.

Required Courses
PSYC 506COUNSELING DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSITION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN4
PSYC 520TACTICS PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH4
PSYC 535INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING4
PSYC 539SEMINAR IN SPECIAL TOPICS (1-5)1
PSYC 542CAREER COUNSELING4
PSYC 544COUNSELING THEORY AND TECHNIQUES4
PSYC 545APPRAISAL IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING4
PSYC 548COUNSELING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS4
PSYC 569FAMILY SYSTEMS AND PARENT EDUCATION4
PSYC 575DSM TREATMENT ISSUES FOR COUNSELORS4
PSYC 576PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING3
PSYC 580CONSULATION IN THE COUNSELING PROFESSION2
PSYC 583GROUP EXPERIENCE1
PSYC 584GROUP THEORY2
PSYC 585GROUP PROCESS IN COUNSELING2
PSYC 587ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR COUNSELING4
PSYC 588CRISIS INTERVEN AND TRUAMA COUNSEL4
PSYC 590DIVERSITY COUNSELING3
PSYC 602SCHOOL PSYC PORTFOLIO (1-6)3
PSYC 694PRACTICUM (1-8 must be repeated)12
PSYC 697INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-10 must be repeated)20
Total Credits93

Student Learning Outcomes—students will:

  • assess community needs, design, implement and evaluate mental health programs and systems-Mental Health Counseling Emphasis;
  • provide accurate assessment, diagnosis (where appropriate) and treatment planning for a diverse client population-Mental Health Counseling Emphasis;
  • describe the ethical and legal considerations that govern the practice of mental health counseling-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;
  • 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.