MHC-501 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
This course introduces the history and development of clinical mental health counseling, theories and models related to clinical mental health counseling, principles of clinical mental health counseling, including prevention, intervention, consultation, education, and advocacy, and networks that promote mental health and wellness.
MHC-527 Human Growth and Development
This course is designed to enhance understanding of how we develop and change across the life span both as individuals and within a family context. Course materials include the study the characteristics of various aspects of development at different ages and the influences and factors that produce change and stability as well as crisis, disability and psychopathology. This course is structured by topic versus by chronology, thereby lending the learning process to a greater in depth understanding of areas of development (e.g. intelligence, language, gender identification and other topics). Course materials also consider controversies associated with our understanding of development. Examples include the nature nurture debate, the continuity (or lack of continuity) in development, the value and limitations of various theories of development. The range of developmental theories covered in this course includes learning theory, theories that emphasize biology and theories of personality development. In the consideration of situational and environmental factors that influence development course materials will contrast those factors that contribute to both abnormal and normal behavior with particular emphasis on strategies that facilitate optimum development. Ethical and legal considerations that health professionals need to consider will also be covered. 3 credits.
This seminar course provides an examination of substance use and abuse and the progressive nature of addiction. Effects on the user, children, and family are explored. An overview of the models of chemical dependency, dually diagnosed clients, intervention, treatment, DSM criteria and assessment tools are examined.
MHC-539 Psychology of Stress & Coping
In this course the student will learn basic principles related to the psychobiology of stress & coping. Current psychological research regarding stress & coping will be examined. A variety of coping strategies will be outlined. The use of stress reduction techniques in therapy and in one’s own life will be highlighted. 3 credits.
MHC-558 Child Psychopathology
A study of behavioral, developmental, and psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the assessment and treatment of child psychopathology. 3 credits.
MHC-561 The Psychology of Gender
A cross-disciplinary examination of how gender influences and shapes the lives of women and men. Topics include: the process and history of gender socialization; gender in the workplace; gender images in the media and literature; differences and similarities in cognitive styles and moral reasoning. 3 credits.
MHC-595 Special Topics in Psychology
Flexible offerings that allow students an opportunity to explore, with a professor and other students, an area of mutual interest. The students for these courses are screened by the teacher(s) to ensure their potential for course contribution, since students as well as teachers are expected to present positions in the area to be studied. 3 credits.
MHC-605 Research and Program Evaluation
This course is designed to provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation. It will include an awareness of the importance of research as well as the limitations and difficulties in conducting research in the counseling field. Course materials will include information about specific methods such as single case designs, action and outcome-based research as well as both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students will be able to demonstrate basic computer literacy and access technological tools for conducting research. Program evaluation is a major component of the course and includes awareness of needs assessment, outcome evaluation and program modification strategies. A consideration of the application of research findings to improving counseling effectiveness is also a component of the course. Relevant legal and ethical issues will be considered in all aspects of the course. 3 credits.
MHC-612 Professional Identity
This course provides an overview of counseling profession: its history and its connection to other human and health service providers. The course materials will include an understanding of ACA, its activities and services as well as its overall structure and philosophy. Students will learn about credentialing, licensure and accreditation procedures as well as public and private policy processes that constitute the professionalization of mental health work. The value of technological competence and computer literacy will be emphasized. In becoming aware of rights and privileges accorded to mental health professionals students will also learn about the importance of advocating for clients in addressing institutional and social barriers that limit or impede success. Course materials will include a thorough review of the ACA ethical code as well as code of other related professions as they contribute to and promote sound ethical and legal decisions making in professional counseling. 3 credits.
In this course students be provided and understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment. Course materials include a consideration of historical perspectives on assessment, basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized testing including norm and criterion referencing, environmental and performance evaluation, individual and group testing, behavioral observation, and computer bases methods of assessment. There will be a review of statistical concepts central to the assessment process with an emphasis on concepts of reliability and validity. Person and environmental variables such as age, gender, culture and other variables related to accurate assessment processes will be considered thoroughly. Students will become familiar with strategies for selecting, administering and interpreting assessment instruments as they relate to case conceptualization, diagnosis and the overall counseling process. Ethical and legal considerations will be considered throughout all aspects of the course. 3 credits.
MHC-623 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
A survey of modern knowledge about the processes of becoming old (aging) and old age itself. Emphasis is placed on cognitive processes, personality, and mental health. 3 credits.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of mental disorders experienced by persons across the life span. It will include consideration of the characteristics of disorders as well as common categorizations of disorders utilized by the U.S. health care system. The course will emphasize the role of adaptation and stress mechanisms in the developments of disorders. The course materials will review genetic, physiological, cognitive, environmental and other variables as to their impact on the development, severity, course, and persistence of various types of disorders. Students will consider theoretical underpinnings/perspectives as well as various research methods and how they contribute to our understanding various aspects of disorders. A review of methods of prevention and intervention that can be used to minimize and modify the severity of disorders will also be included as a focus of this course. 3 credits.
MHC-626 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
This course will familiarize students with the principles of the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis and the use of tools such as the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. This objective includes awareness of treatment modalities and placement criteria within the continuum of care. In this course there will be consideration of the impact of co-occurring substance use disorders on medical and psychological variables and also a consideration of potential bias in assessment related to multicultural identity factors. There will be an emphasis on accurate conceptualization of multi-axial diagnosis using appropriate diagnostic tools including the DSM. We will also consider strategies for effective communication of differential diagnosis to clients and third party payers. 3 credits.
MHC-633 Physiological Psychology
Neuroanatomical and neuro-physiological basis of behavior, relationships among anatomy and physiology, and motivation, emotion, learning, memory, and sleep. This course will also include a consideration of current major psychotropic medications, their use and impact on behavior. 3 credits.
MHC-635 Social and Cultural Diversity
This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural issues involved in counseling. The course will emphasize both the cultural components and the social/political nature of groups nationally and internationally based on nationality, culture, age, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability. Topics of prejudice and discrimination as well as multicultural and pluralistic trends among and within these groups will be discussed. Course material will include theories of multicultural counseling, identity development and multicultural competency and also ethical and legal considerations. The course will consider the process of becoming an effective multicultural counselor in terms of becoming familiar with strategies for working with diverse populations and ethnic groups, individuals, couples, families and communities. Self-awareness of one’s perceptions, preconceptions, expectations, and behaviors towards various social groups, including one’s own groups, will be explored through experiential learning activities. 3 credits.
MHC-637 Career and Lifestyle Development
The course is designed to create an understanding of career development theories and decision-making models. Course materials will incorporate information about career information systems including technology-based career development applications and strategies, computer-assisted career guidance, relevant Web sites, labor market information resources, visual and print media and other relevant resources. The course will include information about career and educational planning, placement, and follow up evaluation. Students will become familiar with career assessment instruments, evaluation techniques and other resources which incorporate an awareness of the needs of specific populations. Students will also learn about the interrelationships among and between work, family, life roles and the influence of diversity and gender in career development. An emphasis on career program development, implementation and evaluation will also be included. Throughout the course there will be a consideration of ethical and legal issues associated with all aspects of career development. 3 credits.
MHC-643 Group Work
This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of group work. Course materials will include a review of theories of group counseling, principles of group dynamics from the perspective of leader development as well as the roles and behaviors of group members. Students will learn about the therapeutic factors, stages of group development, selection criteria, group leader orientation and training, and methods for evaluating group effectiveness. The course will also include a consideration of relevant research pertaining to group processes and development and the various applications and types of group work. Ethical and legal considerations concerning the use of group practice and the professional development of group leaders will also be explored throughout all aspects of the course. 3 credits.
MHC-645 Criminal Justice Risk Assessment
Examination of the historical context of risk assessment and the discovery of the principles of risk, need, and responsivity provide the backdrop for an understanding of the necessity of including risk assessment in the correctional system for purposes of prediction of recidivism and case management. Course work further extends the risk, need, and responsivity concepts in an examination of the three major types of risk assessments (adult male, adult female, and juvenile). In addition, the impact of age, race, and gender on the validity of risk assessment is examined. Finally, the course allows students to connect the academic material in the course to practical application as the theories, principles, and concepts learned during course discussions are applied to practical role modeling of risk assessment. Students completing the course will have competency in the field of risk assessment and the ability to assess male and female offenders and juvenile delinquents in the correctional and juvenile justice systems in the United States. 3 credits. As needed.
MHC-647 Helping Relationships
This course is designed to provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes including an awareness of both counselor/consultant characteristics (such as age, gender, ethnicity, personal values and skills) and behaviors that influence the helping process as well as a knowledge counseling theories. The consideration of counseling theories will include an examination of the historical developments and an exploration of affective, behavioral, and cognitive theories that are consistent with current professional research and practice in the field. This course will incorporate an awareness of systems theory particularly as it applies to family systems. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal model of counseling based on an understanding of essential interviewing and counseling skills. These skills will include the ability to establish appropriate goals, effective strategies for accomplishing those goals and clarity about the components of therapeutic relationships especially the importance of maintaining professional boundaries. An awareness of technological strategies and applications and their usefulness in developing outcome assessment will also be emphasized. The course will include a consideration of the major models of consultation, their history, and an awareness of the appropriate application of those models. Legal and ethical consideration will be integrated into all aspects of the course. 3 credits.
MHC-648 Marriage and Family Counseling
A course intended for those who plan to be involved in dealing with couples whose marriages are either in trouble or who wish to actualize their marriage to a high level of fulfillment and functioning. The student will be taught how to utilize family systems theory in resolution of conflicts, communications, achieving compatibility, and in handling the spouse’s anger. The student will also acquire diagnostic and interpretive skills in uncovering underlying dynamics in marriages. 3 credits.
MHC-649 Techniques of Psychotherapy (PREQ 647)
This course is intended to develop a critical assessment of existing techniques in psychotherapy. The chief aim is to develop the student’s ability to build successful methods of intervention for psychotherapy. Being able to adequately express all of the basic techniques of psychotherapy is stressed. Prerequisite: L.PSY-647 Open to degree candidates only. 3 credits.
MHC-650 Research Project
Under the direction of a faculty advisor the student designs, conducts, and interprets a research study. Prior to conducting the study the student presents a research proposal. Upon acceptance of the proposal, the student proceeds with the study. The course is completed with a final oral presentation. The research project must be completed no later than July 1 for summer graduation, November 15 for fall graduation, or April 15 for spring graduation. Open to degree candidates only. 3 credits.
MHC-655 Crisis and Trauma Counseling
Studies that include counseling approaches that effectively address crises and trauma, the impact of trauma and crisis and potential neurobiological responses; skills and techniques for assessing and intervening in specific crisis or trauma situations including suicide assessment and intervention.
MHC-694 Practicum (CR)
A graduate-level clinical supervised counseling practicum in which students complete supervised practicum experiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours. The practicum will include:
- Forty hours of direct service with clients including both individual and group work.
- Weekly interaction with an average of one hour per week of individual and triadic supervision by a program faculty member or a supervisor working under the supervision of a program faculty member.
- An average of one and one-half hours per week of group supervision that is provided regularly over the course of the practicum by a program faculty member or a supervisor under the supervision of a program faculty member.
- Evaluation of the student’s performance throughout the practicum including a formal evaluation after the student completes the practicum. 3 credits
Special topics in Psychology. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor. Primarily for master’s candidates in Psychology. 3 credits.
MHC-696 Clinical Internship I (CR) (PREQ MHC-694)
A graduate-level clinical supervised counseling internship of 600 clock hours. Students need to take, at a minimum, two 3-credit internships as a part of their degree program. This experience provides an opportunity to perform, under supervision, counseling activities similar to those professional counselors are expected to perform. The internship includes:
- A minimum of 240 hours of direct service to clients.
- A minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision or triadic supervision, usually performed by the on-site supervisor.
- A minimum of one and one-half hours per week of group supervision, throughout the internship usually performed by a program faculty member supervisor.
- Exposure to collateral professional activities (e.g. record keeping, information and referral and staff meetings).
- An opportunity for students to develop program-appropriate audio and/or videotapes of client interactions.
- An opportunity for students to gain supervised experience in the use of professional resources (e.g. assessment instruments, professional literature and research etc.)
- Formal evaluation of the student’s performance by a program faculty member in consultation with the site supervisor. 3 credits.
MHC-698 Clinical Internship II (CR) (PREQ MHC-694, 696) 3 credits.
MHC-699 Clinical Internship III (CR) (PREQ MHC-694, 696, 698)
Students are not required to take Clinical Internship III. If they do not they will need to choose an elective course to meet the credit requirement for the clinical-counseling program. 3 credits.
MHC-697 Independent Study
Primarily for master’s candidates in psychology. Individual investigation of a special topic under the direction of a faculty member. Permission of the Graduate Coordinator required prior to registration. Only open to degree candidates. 3 credits.