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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Course Descriptions

CMH 5000: Counseling Theory

This course introduces students to major counseling theories that inform case conceptualization and practice in clinical settings. Students will learn to distinguish between different counseling interventions based upon client need and evidence-based research practices. Students will also examine how a counselor’s self-awareness, self-reflection and self-care impact both treatment and establishing a strong therapeutic alliance. 4 credits  

CMH 5010: Psychopathology

This course introduces students to the etiology, presentation and treatment of mental health conditions that are stated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Students will learn strategies for differential diagnosis as well as how to work with diverse client populations to create effective, strength-based treatment plans. 4 credits  

CMH 5020: Research and Evaluation

This course trains counselors to be practitioner-scientists who are able to evaluate the efficacy of research studies and to understand study results as a way that informs evidence-based practice. Topics will include statistical analysis, needs assessment, program evaluation, and differing research methodologies. Students will examine studies from recent journals as a way to further analyze recent developments in the fields that impact counseling practice. This course also will examine the ethical and legal obligations of researchers. 4 credits

CMH 5030: Group Counseling

This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about the processes of group counseling by participating in experiential activities that demonstrate the basic principles of group counseling. Students will examine the various types of groups and the different techniques appropriate to each. The course also teaches students to understand the specific roles of group leaders and members. Emphasis will be placed on the ethical guidelines related to group work. 2 credits


CMH 5040: Advanced Group Counseling

This course builds upon the guiding principles of group counseling that were introduced in MHC 503G: Group Counseling. Topics will include a more in-depth examination of group dynamics, facilitation techniques, group process, methods for selecting group members, counseling theories for group application, and meeting the needs of population-specific groups (e.g., AA, domestic violence survivors, etc.) as well as types of groups (e.g., psychoeducational). 2 credits  

CMH 5050: Positive Psychology

This course will teach students to examine the growing literature in the field of positive psychology with particular emphasis on how this research can inform strength-based, client-centered clinical interventions. 4 credits  

CMH 5060: Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling

This course teaches students of their ethical and legal duties as a counselor. Students will engage in a case study method to understand how to apply the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselors Association Codes of Ethics to ethical dilemmas. Topics will include informed consent, mandated reporting, confidentiality, record keeping, distance counseling, duty to warn, family rights and special education. Standards for working with diverse and multicultural clients will be discussed. 4 credits

CMH 5070: Psychological Assessment

This course provides students with an understanding of the process of psychological assessment, in both group and individual modalities. Students will learn about the assessment of interest, career, personality, intelligence, achievement, and aptitude. In addition to this overview of the assessment, process, students will learn about the conceptual underpinnings of assessment as well as the statistical analysis of such assessment, including basic concepts like measures of central tendency, validity, reliability, norm and criterion referenced tests. Ethical guidelines, issues of diversity, and procedural considerations will be discussed. Administration, scoring, and interpreting test results for report writing will be considered along with the writing of assessment reports. 4 credits

CMH 5080: Advanced Counseling Techniques

Students will engage in experiential exercises, including role plays, to develop the skills needed to create client-centered helping relationships that adhere to ethical standards. Individuals will learn to foster a therapeutic alliance, conduct an intake interview, and construct evidence-based treatment plans. Prevention strategies and strength-based approaches also will be examined. The various techniques will be discussed in reference to the diagnosis and treatment of the DSM classifications. 4 credits  

CMH 5090: Mindfulness-based Interventions

This course provides students with an understanding of growing body of research documenting the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions to aid in the treatment of physical and mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, as well as general stress reduction. Students will learn and discuss mindfulness-based practices, develop an understanding of evidence-based mindfulness protocols, such as MBSR, and learn how to implement mindfulness-based interventions in both individual and group formats. Pedagogical techniques will include lecture, small group work, discussion, literature review, and experiential exercises involving the mindfulness interventions. Students also will learn when mindfulness techniques are contra-indicated. Daily meditation practice is required for the duration of the course. 4 credits

CMH 5110: Evaluation and Treatment of Addictions

This course examines the etiology, prevalence, treatment and consequences of substance addictions, including process addictions (i.e., behavioral addictions). Students will learn about assessing and treating co-occurring disorders. The course considers a strength-based, holistic model for assessment, conceptualization, and treatment planning. Pharmacological, physiological, and medical aspects of addictions along with current evidence-based research and treatment care models are reviewed. In addition, the course examines the role of trauma in addictions and mental health issues. 4 credits

SC 5020: Diversity & Culture in Counseling

This skill-based course will further develop the students’ working knowledge and basic competency in multicultural counseling theory and application. To this end, the course will focus on the counselor on both a professional and personal level. Additionally, the course will examine salient client population-specific issues related to the life experiences and world view of the culturally different client and how such experiences impact on the counseling relationship and therapeutic process. Underlying values and assumptions associated with widely used traditional counseling interventions and their appropriateness with disenfranchised populations will be explored. Traditional and nontraditional culturally competent counseling approaches will also be discussed. 4 credits  

SC 5050 Human Growth and Development

This course provides an overview of biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of individual and family development from conception through elder adulthood in a multicultural context. The course is taught from perspectives of cognitive science and behavioral systems as well as sociological, cultural, life span developmental, and comparative approaches. The focus of the course is on normative development; developmental disorders are used to elucidate normative developmental and adaptive processes in language, cognition, and behavioral self-regulation that will serve to introduce students to behaviors and concepts relevant to clinical practice with both children and adults. 4 credits

SC 6010: College & Career Counseling

This course will review concepts, issues, trends and tools as they relate to career development. It is designed to consider the role of the professional counselor in the career decision-making process embedded within lifestyle and life-stage factors. Topics will include, but not be limited to, career development theory, career assessment tools, interest, skills and personality inventories, career resource materials, technology and the implementation of career counseling strategies. 4 credits

CMH 5100G: Trauma: Crisis and Interventions

This course equips students with an understanding of the different forms of trauma clients might experience and how these different experiences impact decisions regarding trauma-informed care. Topics will include the following: the neurobiology of trauma, attachment theory, understanding trauma through a developmental lens, stabilization, complex and acute trauma, trauma theories, dissociation, trauma processing techniques, vicarious trauma and self-care. 4 credits

CMH 6000: Practicum

This course is distinctly defined as the practicum experience during the fall semester of the second year of the program. Students provide 100 hours of clinical work. The practicum provides the opportunity to integrate learning and develop skills in providing individual and group counseling, case conceptualization, treatment planning, as well as facilitative skills such as warmth, genuineness, and empathy. Students will engage in the supervision process both on site and on campus. Students will co-register for Internship I. 2 credits

CMH 6010G: Internship I 

This course is distinctly defined as the clinical experience during the second year of the program. Students provide 250 -300 hours of clinical experience after completing 100 hours of practicum. Students work in a wide variety of clinical settings and engage in on-site clinical supervision. Students meet weekly on campus with a faculty clinical supervisor to discuss experiences in a seminar format with other graduate students/interns. This course enables students to further hone their skills and to evaluate their performance through self-critique and formal clinical case presentations. 4 credits

CMH 6020G: Internship II

This course is a continuation of CMH 6010 and takes place during the second year of the program. Students provide 300-350 hours of clinical experience, and by the end of the internship sequence, they will have completed 240 direct clinical care hours. Students continue at their Internship I placement during this course. Students continue to meet weekly on campus with a faculty clinical supervisor to discuss their experiences in a seminar format with other graduate students/interns. This course enables students to further hone their counseling skills and to evaluate their own performance through self-critique and formal clinical case presentations. 6 credits

 

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