Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses

 
CMHC605 Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3.0 sh)

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, licensing requirements, and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) will be covered.

Offered: Every fall

Synchronous Requirement:  Yes


CMHC610 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3.0 sh)

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.

Offered: Every fall

Synchronous Requirement:  No


CMHC615 Assessment and Testing in Mental Health Counseling (3.0 sh)

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.

Offered: Every spring

Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

 
CMHC620 Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling (3.0 sh)
 
An examination of human development theories 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 represent disorders or are normative will be covered.
 
Offered: Every fall
 
Synchronous Requirement:  No


CMHC625 Skills and Techniques in Mental Health Counseling (3.0 sh)
 

Designed to focus on interpersonal and counseling skills that characterize successful counseling interactions 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, referral, and termination will also be covered.

 
Offered: Every spring
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

 
CMHC630 Research and Evaluation (3.0 sh)
 
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.
 
Offered: Every spring
 
Synchronous Requirement:  No

CMHC635 Multicultural Counseling (3.0 sh)
 
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 teh 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.
 
Offered: Every fall
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

 CMHC640 Career Development and Counseling (3.0 sh)
 

Reviews 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. 

Offered: Every summer 1
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

CMHC645 Addiction Counseling (3.0 sh)
 
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.
 
Offered: Every summer extended
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

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.
 
Offered: Every fall
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

CMHC652  TeleMental Health (3.0 sh)
 
 

Explores technology-assisted mental health services.  Students will examine the ethical and legal implications of telemental health, crisis and risk management strategies, and best practices to ethically and legally engage in telemental health and stay current on this rapidly emerging modality.

 

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.
 
Offered: Every fall
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

 CMHC660 Family and Couples Therapy (3.0 sh)
 

Introduces family and couples therapy from a systemic perspective.  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.

Offered: Every summer 2
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

CMHC662 Child and Adolescent Counseling (3.0 sh)
 
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.
 
Offered: Every summer 1
 
Synchronous Requirement:  No

CMHC664 Creative Therapies for Children and Adolescents (3.0 sh)
 
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.
 
Offered: Every summer 2
 
Synchronous Requirement:  No

CMHC665 Group Counseling (3.0 sh)


 
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.
 
Offered: Every spring
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

CMHC670 Trauma and Crisis Counseling (3.0 sh)

 
Addresses trauma-causing events, disasters, and crises in diverse populations across the lifespan.  Identification, conceptualization, and assessment techniques for individuals impacted by crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events will be emphasized.  In addition, students will explore the principles of crisis intervention, diagnosis, theories and models of intervention to enhance individual, family, group, and community resilience.  They will also emphasize the need for clinical mental health agencies, emergency management systems, and other crises intervention teams to address self-care.
 
Offered: Every spring
 
Synchronous Requirement:  Yes

 
CMHC675 Issues Facing Military Veterans (3.0 sh)
 
An introduction to psychological issues facing the veterans including dual diagnosis, risk assessment, crisis intervention, and issues related to diagnosis in multicultural veteran populations.  Stages of military deployment will be assessed along with the common psychological and/or behavioral issues that veterans may experience during these stages.  Considerations for counselors working with military veterans will be emphasized.
 
Offered: Every summer 1
 
Synchronous Requirement:  No
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