Course Descriptions

CMHC605 Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a Profession

Focuses on ethical, legal, and professional issues in clinical mental health counseling. The various roles of clinical mental health counselors and issues facing the practice of mental health counseling will also be explored in this context. The profession of mental health counseling will be examined from both a historical standpoint and in light of current trends. Professional codes of ethics will be discussed as will critical legal cases and rulings. Professional credentialing and licensing requirements will be covered.

CMHC610 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Introduces students to theories and models of counseling and psychotherapy that are consistent with current professional practice and standards. The implications of various theories for conceptualizing client problems and generating intervention techniques will be highlighted. The course focuses upon counseling strategies whose efficacy is supported by empirical evidence.

CMHC615 Assessment and Testing in Mental Health Counseling

Designed to provide an overview of the assessment procedures and tools used by clinical mental health counselors. Students will learn to select, administer, and interpret tests of cognitive ability, achievement, aptitude, memory, personality, and mental and behavioral functioning. Additionally, students will learn to assess suicidality, lethality, and mental status. Emphasis will be placed on integrating the findings of various instruments and communicating the results via oral or written reports.

CMHC620 Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling

Designed to examine theories of human development across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of understanding developmental norms in conceptualizing the needs of clients and challenges they may be facing. Additionally, the importance of understanding typical human development in determining whether particular behaviors or responses are normative or whether they represent a need for intervention, will be covered.

CMHC625 Skills and Techniques in Mental Health Counseling

Designed to focus on interpersonal and counseling skills and techniques that characterize successful counseling interventions within and across various theoretical models. Evidence-based counseling interventions will be emphasized. The importance of various components of counseling such as goal-setting, developing a treatment plan, dealing with resistance, making a referral, and terminating the counseling relationship will be covered.

CMHC630 Research and Evaluation

Designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to critically evaluate research in the practice of clinical mental health counseling. The course will focus on research methods, statistical analyses, ethical and multicultural guidelines for conducting research, developing measurable outcomes to determine therapeutic effectiveness and models for evaluation of counseling services. Students will learn to critically evaluate research articles.

CMHC635 Multicultural Counseling

An examination of the importance of cultural context in the process of counseling. Emphasis will be placed on developing cultural self-awareness as a foundation for becoming a culturally competent and responsive professional. The culturally sensitive application of counseling techniques and therapeutic interventions and the effects of racism, discrimination, sexism, power, privilege, and oppression on one's own life and career and those of the client will be discussed in depth. Prerequisite: CMHC605

CMHC640 Career Development and Counseling

An overview of career development theories and decision-making models. Students will learn to identify and utilize appropriate assessment and counseling strategies. Career and educational planning across the lifespan will be emphasized.

CMHC645 Addiction Counseling

An introduction to the assessment, etiology, understanding, and treatment of addictions, including substance abuse, gambling, shopping and other behavioral addictions. Prevention, dual diagnosis, risk assessment, crisis intervention and issues related to diagnosis and treatment in multicultural, rural and veteran populations will be covered. Empirically supported models of understanding and treating addictions will be emphasized.

CMHC650  Psychopathology, Differential Diagnosis, and Intervention (3.0 sh)

An explication of diagnostic classification using the DSM-5.  Students will gain an understanding of the etiology, symptoms, and clinical presentation of various mental disorders to facilitate differential diagnosis and treatment.  The course also covers the basic classes and uses of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications.  The importance of differential diagnosis in developing a treatment plan and selecting appropriate interventions will be emphasized.

CMHC655  Advanced Counseling Skills (3.0 sh)

Allows students to practice their newly developed differential diagnosis, treatment planning and counseling skills through role-playing to practice before entering the field experiences working with real clients.  Direct supervision and feedback will enhance the students' abilities to become effective counselors.

CMHC660 Family and Couples Therapy

An introduction to family and couples therapy from a systemic perspective. Focus on current evidence-based models commonly used in counseling families and couples will be emphasized. Approaches to assessment and treatment planning as well as ethical, legal and professional issues will be covered.

CMHC662 Child and Adolescent Counseling 

An introduction to child and adolescent counseling.  Common disorders and issues for this population will be explored, along with an overview of evidence-based interventions, strategies, and approaches to working with children, adolescents, and their parents/guardians.  Ethical and legal considerations for counselors working with children, adolescents, and their families will be emphasized. 

CMHC664 Creative Therapies for Children and Adolescents

This course provides an overview of creative therapeutic techniques such as play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training, art therapy and other types of interventions designed to engage children and adolescents into the therapy process. Discussion, demonstration and practice of a variety of techniques and strategies will be the focus.

CMHC665 Group Counseling

Provides didactic and experiential training in group counseling. Critical aspects of group processes and dynamics, including group formation, group stages, cohesion, norms, decision-making, and leading/co-leading will be emphasized. Issues related to confidentiality, client selection, ethics and diversity will be covered. Students will be introduced to and practice the skills required to lead counseling groups.

CMHC670 Diagnosis and Treatment of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder

An in-depth examination of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Evidenced-based treatment modalities will be emphasized. There will be a special focus on diagnosis and treatment of PTSD in military veterans as well as survivors of natural disasters, wars, school and community violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse.

CMHC675 Issues Facing Military Veterans

An introduction to the military culture. Stages of a military deployment will be assessed along with the common psychological and/or behavioral issues that veterans may experience during these stages. Psychological issues facing the veterans including dual diagnosis, risk assessment, crisis intervention, and issues related to diagnosis in multicultural veteran populations will be appraised. Considerations for counselors working with military veterans will be emphasized.

CMHC680 Reintegration and Recovery for Veterans and their Families

A review of the post-deployment stage and issues facing military veterans and their families during reintegration and recovery. Empirically supported techniques and interventions for veterans and their families will be analyzed. Issues facing military veterans and families once discharged will be discussed as well as advocacy processes to address challenges faced by the veteran population. Implications of vicarious trauma will be discussed along with individual and organizational strategies to mitigate the potential for vicarious trauma.

CMHC685 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling

This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding and application of ethical, legal, and professional issues for counselors. Current professional issues within the field will provide a framework to thoroughly review the ACA Code of Ethics. An emphasis will be placed on the wellness model and self-care issues as related to ethical decision making. Focus will be placed on advocacy efforts for both the profession and the client.

CMHC690 Practicum

The practicum experience is intended to introduce the student to the work experience of a professional clinical mental health counselor. Student will complete the practicum in a setting that reflects his/her career interests under the supervision of an on-site supervisor and a faculty member. The total practicum experience must yield 100 on-site clock hours, of which at least 40 will be spent providing direct clinical service, including experience leading groups. Student will receive at least one hour of weekly individual supervision from the on-site supervisor, and 1.5 hours of group supervision per week from program faculty.

CMHC695 Internship I

Students complete a 300 on-site clock hour (120 hours providing direct clinical service, including leading groups) internship in a setting that reflects their career interests. Students receive one hour of weekly individual site supervision and 1.5 hours of group supervision from the program faculty.

CMHC696 Internship II

This course is a continuation of Internship I. Students complete another 300 on-site clock hour (120 hours providing direct clinical service, including leading groups) internship in a setting that reflects their career interests. Students are encouraged to work at a different site from Internship I to reflect the comprehensive work experience of a professional clinical mental health counselor. Students receive one hour of weekly individual site supervision and 1.5 hours of group supervision from the program faculty.