Master's in Mental Health Counseling

Program Requirements

(Formerly Community Counseling)

The 60-credit Master's of Science program in Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare counselors to assume the full range of professional responsibilities required to function in a wide array of community human service agencies and organizations, including psychiatric and substance abuse settings. Our training model, which integrates behavioral science theories with practitioner skills, is based on the assumption that the effective counselor has a strong understanding of the theoretical and scientific bases of professional concepts and techniques.

Two other assumptions underlie the program. The first assumption is that counselors are involved in facilitating positive interactions between individuals and their environments. For this reason, counselors work within a variety of client "systems" such as families, peer groups, job settings, educational settings, and any other significant interpersonal or organizational contexts. Contemporary counseling is not solely based on one-to-one counseling relationships but also involves the use of group methods, consulting relationships, community resources, and training. Counselors are prepared to intervene effectively in these contexts using skills and perspectives derived from various theoretical orientations.

The second major assumption is that one of the counselor's primary goals is to facilitate human growth and development. The goal of enhancing development is applicable to all human beings. As such, our training program focuses on the developing skills and knowledge for educational and preventive roles as well as for the more traditional remedial or therapeutic roles. In addition, our program's commitment to human diversity is manifested in coursework as well as fieldwork placements. A dedication to facilitating development in a culturally sensitive fashion underlies our training philosophy.

Given these program goals and assumptions, the curriculum must include both comprehensiveness and depth. To these ends, admission requirements include 15 credit hours of psychology including statistics, abnormal psychology, and personality. The full-time program curriculum includes a research/assessment sequence, an intervention theory/techniques sequence, a fieldwork sequence, and electives.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAM
TYPICAL COURSE SEQUENCE

SUMMER I    
ECPY 521 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling (3)
ECPY 630 Behavioral Disorders (3)
ECPY 667 Research Principles and Methods in Counseling (3)
EPSY 522 Adolescent Development (3)
    12 credits
FALL I    
ECPY 601 Introduction to Counseling Theory and Practice (3)
ECPY 604 Career Development (3)
ECPY 608 Foundations and Techniques of Group Counseling (3)
ECPY 612 Intermediate Counseling Theory and Practice (Pre-practicum) (3)
    12 credits
SPRING    
ECPY 602 Practicum in Counseling (approx. 15 hours/week in comm. agency) (3)
ECPY 603 Assessment Techniques in Counseling and Rehabilitation (3)
ECPY 614 Psychology of Chemical Dependency: Theory and Practice (3)
ECPY 627 Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice (Multicultural) (3)
    12 credits
SUMMER II    
ECPY 606 Internship in Counseling (half-time; mid-May to end of August) (6)
*ECPY 611 Counseling Children, Adolescents & Families in Crisis (3)
*ECPY 650  Preventive Counseling:  School & Comm. Based Wellness Promotion (3)
    12 credits
FALL II    
  Comprehensive Exam in October  
ECPY 606 Internship in Counseling (half-time; September to mid-December) (6)
ECPY 607 Techniques of Consultation & Supervision (3)
*ECPY 809 Systems Interventions:  Families (3)
    12 credits


Total Minimum Credit Hours = 60

*Recommended Electives