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Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Master of Health Science (MHS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

The Master of Health Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Catawba College is approved by the United States Department of Education and SACSCOC.

Accepting Applications starting October 15,2020

Soft Deadline: April 15, 2021 or until filled  

Master of Health Science (MHS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Catawba Counseling: A transformative journey into a profession aimed to bring hope and healing to those in need. co-catcounseling.png

The Master of Health Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) degree program has been designed with the current Catawba College mission statement in mind, specifically, “An education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation.” 

This graduate degree program is a unique experience grounded in the core tenets of our Institution: Scholarship. Character. Culture. Service. 


Program HIGHLIGHTS

A maximum cohort size of fifteen students and individualized advising by CMHC faculty will ensure an experience rich in personal attention. Students will acquire clinical skills and competencies through comprehensive approaches within counselor education and student-specific experiential learning, including an Internship working with actual clients under clinical supervision.

Fully online, the CMHC program is available, accessible, and accommodating.  

In the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance graduate programs at Catawba, students become credentialed to serve those in need in our community and beyond. Mental Health Counseling is needed more than ever in these ever challenging times, and our faculty and students serve locally in Rowan County as part of the required curriculum.

Experiential Learning and Internships.

Students earning the MHS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will gain real world skills and experience while working with actual clients under clinical supervision. 

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CMHC Faculty 

Chad Betters, PhD, LCMHC, BCPCC

Chad Betters, PhD, LCMHC, BCPCC

Dr. Betters is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in North Carolina and nationally board certified Christian counselor, and has over twenty years of experience, academically and clinically, in the counseling arena. Dr. Betters has served the academy teaching counseling and health science curriculum and conducting scholarly work resulting in over a dozen publications and over fifty local, regional, and national presentations. 

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Professor Lindley Cherry

Lindley Cherry

Lindley Cherry MS, LCAS, LCMHC, CCS, is an Assistant Professor & Fieldwork Coordinator in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Catawba College. In addition to teaching, she is also the Fieldwork Coordinator for the program’s master’s level practicum and internship courses. Professor Cherry is a clinical mental health counselor, addictions counselor, and certified supervisor specializing in Substance Use Disorders. 

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Curriculum

Required Courses for M.H.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Required Courses for M.H.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The MHS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a 60 credit hour fully online program, including 45 didactic course hours and 15 experiential hours providing clinical services to actual clients under direct clinical supervision. 

The program admits new counseling students each fall, with a maximum cohort size of 15 students. The following outlines the typical course sequencing: 

CMHC COURSE SEQUENCING

FALL YEAR 1 (12 credits)

First Eight Weeks      CMHC 5000 Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)
    CMHC 5200 Principles of Addiction (3 credits)
     
Second Eight Weeks   CMHC 5100 Counseling Theories (3 credits)
    CMHC 5300 Counseling Skills & Techniques I (3 credits)
     

SPRING YEAR 1 (12 credits)

First Eight Weeks   CMHC 5400 Counseling Skills & Techniques II (3 credits)
    CMHC 5600 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
     
Second Eight Weeks   CMHC 5500 Multicultural Diversity in Counseling (3 credits)
    CMHC 5700 Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Health Disorders (3 credits)
     

SUMMER YEAR 1 (9 credits)

Eight Weeks   CMHC 6100 Research Methods & Program Evaluation (3 credits)
    CMHC 6200 Assessment & Evaluation in Counseling (3 credits)
    CMHC 6300 Case Management (3 credits)
     

FALL YEAR 2 (15 credits)

Sixteen Weeks   CMHC 6500 Counseling Practicum (3 credits)
     
First Eight Weeks   CMHC 5800 Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
    CMHC 6000 Group Counseling (3 credits)
     
Second Eight Weeks   CMHC 5900 Career Development (3 credits)
    CMHC 6400 Counseling Couples & Families (3 credits)
     

SPRING YEAR 2 (12 credits)

Sixteen Weeks   CMHC 6900 Counseling Internship (12 credits)
Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

CMHC 5000 Introduction to Counseling
The purpose of this course is to introduce the counseling profession, specifically examining the roles and functions of clinical mental health counselors and various other counseling professionals. Orientation to the professional counselor identity and the professional counselor culture is provided, as well as an introduction to the curriculum for professional counseling.


CMHC 5100 Counseling Theories
The purpose of this course is to introduce the theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior and the application of theory-driven practice in psychotherapy. Traditional theoretical orientations, as well as postmodern eclectic models, will be examined, and connection to clinical objectives within the counseling experience will be addressed.


CMHC 5200 Principles of Addiction
The purpose of this course is to introduce principles of addiction, specifically substance use and misuse disorders. Co-occurring disorders and the impact of chemical dependency on self, family, and social dynamics are also addressed, as well as treatment modalities and recovery models.


CMHC 5300 Counseling Skills & Techniques I
The purpose of this course is to introduce the foundational skills and techniques for effective counseling and psychotherapy. The counselor-client therapeutic relationship and the mechanisms to promote client autonomy within the clinical context are addressed. This course is followed by CMHC 5400 for theoretical application.


CMHC 5400 Counseling Skills & Techniques II
The purpose of this course is to introduce counseling skills and techniques acquired in CMHC 5300 and utilize theoretical application for specific clinical needs. The implementation of counseling skills and techniques associated with both traditional and postmodern approaches will be demonstrated, as well as development of an eclectic counseling orientation for clinical service delivery.


CMHC 5500 Multicultural Diversity in Counseling
The purpose of this course is to examine cultural diversity with respect to ethnographic, demographic, and status variables, and challenge culturally biased assumptions which influence the provision of mental health services. Specific attention to cultural identity of the client and mechanisms for appropriate service delivery will be addressed.

 

CMHC 5600 Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling
The purpose of this course is to introduce ethical principles and facilitate critical thinking to establish a basis for the development of an ethical framework within the counseling profession. Utilization of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics within ethical dilemmas will be addressed, as well as mechanisms for appropriate care when ethical standards are not sufficient.


CMHC 5700 Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
The purpose of this course is to introduce the DSM-5 and its utilization for mental health disorder diagnostics. Mental health disorder etiology, epidemiology, and diagnostic criteria will be addressed, as well as psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatment modalities. Clinical considerations for mental health diagnosing, including dual diagnosis, will also be included.


CMHC 5800 Human Growth & Development
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of major developmental theories with emphasis on their application to counseling across the lifespan from birth to death. Both prevention and intervention will be discussed as it relates to the specific developmental needs of individuals throughout the lifespan.


CMHC 5900 Career Development
The purpose of this course is to examine topics concerning counseling research, methods for conducting counseling research, and the application of counseling research. Details regarding the research methodology process, scientific literature review and critique, and proposal drafting will be covered. Program evaluation will also be addressed for clinical research needs.


CMHC 6000 Group Counseling
The purpose of this course is to introduce the principles of group counseling, as well as the skills and techniques utilized for effective group work. The group process, from initiation to finalization, will be explored, and experiential learning via group participation will provide a group member perspective as a function of the learning context.


CMHC 6100 Research Methods & Counseling Program Evaluation
The purpose of this course is to examine topics concerning counseling research, methods for conducting counseling research, and the application of counseling research. Details regarding the research methodology process, scientific literature review and critique, and proposal drafting will be covered. Program evaluation will also be addressed for clinical research needs.


CMHC 6200 Assessment & Evaluation in Counseling
The purpose of this course is to examine variouscounseling assessment and evaluation approaches, techniques, interpretation, and available resources. These include paper and pencil inventories and observational assessments that provide information to assist in the development of the treatment plan. The course will also examine psychometrics and assessment development, as well as diagnostic report writing.


CMHC 6300 Case Management
The purpose of this course is to develop case management skills utilized within the counseling profession, including case conceptualization, clinical note documentation, treatment planning, and progress note management. 


CMHC 6400 Counseling with Couples & Families
The purpose of this course is to introduce the theoretical concepts and intervention strategies associated with traditional, systemic, and post-modern theories of couples and family therapy. Interventional strategies derived from couples and family counseling theory will be examined, and multicultural considerations for couples and family counseling will be addressed.


CMHC 6500 Counseling Practicum
The purpose of this course is to introduce students into actual counseling service delivery under close supervision. Students will receive feedback during supervision via modeling, peer counseling, live observation, and electronic recording of sessions. 


CMHC 6900 Counseling Internship
The purpose of this course is to introduce students into actual counseling service delivery under close supervision. Students will receive feedback during supervision via modeling, peer counseling, live observation, and electronic recording of sessions.