CMHC Course Descriptions

Catalog Descriptions for all Graduate Courses for the M.S. in CMHC

Below are the Catalog Description, Prerequisite(s), and Credit Hours for each course. All courses require Graduate Standing and Permission of the Instructor. Students will choose 3 out of the 5 elective courses offered, but all other courses are mandatory.

MHC 510 Counseling Orientation and Ethics
This course is a prerequisite for all other courses.
Professional orientation, personal characteristics, responsibilities, legal and ethical issues relating to professional counseling will be explored.  (3)

MHC 512 Counseling Theories
This course will examine a variety of counseling theories to provide a foundation for practice for professional mental health counselors. The course focuses on the philosophical and theoretical foundations of counseling theory and practice, as well as how these are applied to prevention, development, empowerment and change in individuals. Counseling practices related to specific theoretical orientations will be presented and discussed.  (3)

MHC 514 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Foundations
This course will provide a thorough overview of the role and scope of the mental health counselor, the community counseling agencies, and the counseling service programs.  (3)

MHC 516 Developmental Theories in Counseling
This course will explore the knowledge and understanding of different developmental levels, human behavior, personality and learning theory.  (3)

MHC 518 Counseling Skills
This course will examine the knowledge and application of counseling techniques and helping skills with an emphasis on experiential learning and preparation for practicum.  (3)

MHC 520 Methods of Research
In this course, the knowledge and understanding of research methods and program evaluation as it relates to the counseling profession will be covered. It includes a review of various research methods, statistical analyses, needs assessment, and program evaluation. The course will explore how research informs evidence-based practice. It will review ethical and culturally relevant strategies for interpreting and reporting the results of research and/or program evaluation studies.  (3)

MHC 522 Social and Cultural Aspects of Counseling
The course will review the study of social changes and trends in stereotyping, societal subgroups, and different lifestyles and how this is incorporated in counseling.  (3)

MHC 524 Psycho-diagnostics and Treatment in Counseling
The course will cover the knowledge and application of psycho-diagnostics using the DSM and ICD classification systems. Subsequent treatment plan development, including an introduction to psychopharmacology will be reviewed.  (3)

MHC 525 Psychopathology
This course will introduce participants to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, DSM-5, (2013) classification system. In addition to differential diagnosis using the DSM-5, the course will address the current understanding of etiology, prevention, and treatment issues related to psychopathology.  (3)

MHC 526  Assessment in Counseling
This course will review the application of psychometric assessment techniques to increase the understanding of the client and develop an individualized plan of assistance.  (3)

MHC 528 Community Mental Health Counseling
This course includes theoretical and applied information regarding community counseling services. A variety of delivery systems, staffing procedures, emergency services, treatment paradigms, and the need for collaboration among mental health professionals in the community counseling setting will be presented and discussed.  (3)

MHC 530 Group Counseling
Prerequisite: MHC 518
This course is both theoretical and experiential. The knowledge and application of group counseling theory skills and techniques will be examined closely. The course includes a personal small group experience.  (3) 

MHC 532 Career and Vocational Counseling
The knowledge and application of career development theories and vocational counseling will be covered in this course. A review of modern decision-making models, career planning, career education, sources of educational and occupational information will be covered in depth.  (3)

MHC 534 Crisis Intervention and Consultation
In this course the knowledge and application of crisis intervention and consultation theory in community and school settings will be examined. Diverse crisis situations are explored as well as the assessment and treatment strategies used by counselors to assist individuals, groups and organizations manage and resolve those crises.   (3)

MHC 540 Elective: Spirituality and Counseling
This course covers the study and application of the theory and techniques to assist a counselor in the appropriate integration of spirituality into the counseling process. Reviews the skills that counselors possess to effectively engage clients in the exploration of their spiritual and religious lives, as it relates to other mental health concerns. An examination of spiritual diversity in the helping professions and the contribution of spirituality to culture and individual human development is included. The course reviews the ethical standards in regard to spiritual/religious issues.  (3)

MHC 542 Elective: Social Justice and Advocacy Issues in Counseling
This course will follow an experiential/lecture format to explore issues that may arise in organizational settings requiring a social justice analysis and advocacy approach (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism).The theory, research, and practice on social justice and advocacy issues in organizational settings will be reviewed from a multidisciplinary perspective. Ethical and legal issues (e.g., confidentiality, informed consent, boundaries, competence) that are unique to advocacy and work in organizational settings will be covered. The course will emphasize leadership for equity, social justice, and advocacy in counseling with underrepresented and oppressed populations.  (3)

MHC 544 Elective: Marriage and Family Counseling
This course provides an exploration of the historical development and principal conceptualizations of marital and family counseling.  (3)

MHC 546 Elective: Psychopharmacology for the Mental Health Counselor
The course will provide students with an introduction to psychopharmacology, summarizing the basic concepts of the functions of the organs and systems of the human body and brain. This course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to identify and assess the actions, effects, uses and abuses of legal and illegal drugs.  (3)

MHC 548 Elective: Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling
This course covers the techniques which are useful for adapting existing counseling skills to the special needs of substance abusing clients.  Students will learn the various theories supporting both individual and group counseling work with clients who abuse drugs or alcohol. Special attention will be given to differentiate the needs among various age populations, such as adolescents, university students, and adult clients with addictions.  (3)       
  
MHC 550 Counseling Practicum (100 hours)
Prerequisite: MHC 518, MHC 530
This course focuses around a supervised practical experience which emphasizes the application of knowledge gained with clients and mental health agencies.  Students complete 100 hours at a site pre-approved by the college. Students are supervised by an on-site supervisor and meet weekly with the professor of this course in a seminar format to review and discuss their internship experiences.  (3)

MHC 554  Internship in Counseling I (300 hours)
Prerequisite: MHC 518, MHC 550
The first semester of the field based counseling internship designed to give the student instruction and practical learning in a chosen Mental Health counseling environment.  Students complete 300 hours at a site pre-approved by the college. Students are supervised by an on-site supervisor and meet weekly with the professor of this course in a seminar format to review and discuss their internship experiences.  (3)

MHC 556 Internship in Counseling II (300 hours)
Prerequisite: MHC 518, MHC 550, MHC 554
The second semester of the field based counseling internship designed to give the student instruction and practical learning in a chosen Mental Health counseling environment.  Students complete 300 hours at a site pre-approved by the college. Students are supervised by an on-site supervisor and meet weekly with the professor of this course in a seminar format to review and discuss their internship experiences.  (3)

MHC 595 Comprehensive Exam/Professional Portfolio
MHC 595 is a zero credit course that all third year students must take in the spring semester of their final year. Students must pass a comprehensive exam which will be taken at a scheduled time uring the spring semester of their final year. Students will also present an e-portfolio through Chalk & Wire highlighting all of their key assignments from courses they have taken in the program. The portfolio will be submitted in the spring semester of the final year and be graded on a pass/fail system. Pass/Fail. 0 credit

 

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