Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses
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.
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.
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.
Couns Skills & Tech 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.
Couns Skills & Tech 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.
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.
Ethical, Legal & Prof Issues
Diagnosis & Treatment
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.
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.
The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship of career and vocational concerns with the emotional, mental, and behavioral aspects of the human condition. Specific career theories will be discussed, and application of career development counseling will be experienced, including psychometric assessment and vocational evaluation.
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.
Res Methods & Couns Prog Eval
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.
Assessment & Evaluation
The purpose of this course is to examine various counseling 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.
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.
Couns 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.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students into actual counseling practices, under close supervision, with an emphasis on professional development and clinical skill implementation. Students will receive feedback during supervision via modeling, peer counseling, live observation, and electronic recording of sessions. A total of 100 hours of counseling experience, with 60 direct hours of clinical service delivery, is required.
The purpose of this course is to integrate students into independent counseling service delivery and case management practices while remaining under close supervision. Students will receive feedback during supervision via modeling, peer counseling, live observation, and electronic recording of sessions. A total of 600 hours, with 480 hours of direct clinical service delivery, is required. All CMHC program courses must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in CMHC 6900.
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