M.A. in C.H.D. - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

In accordance with the CACREP accreditation standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the Counseling and Human Development program with Clinical Mental Health concentration consists of 20 courses totaling 60 semester hours. Coursework is divided into three areas:

  • FOUNDATIONS (3 courses) that must be taken early in the program and are prerequisites to higher level courses;
  • AREA OF CONCENTRATION (15 courses) that are sequenced to build a strong mental health skill base;
  • ELECTIVES (2 courses) that allow students to pursue further course work in an area of interest (for the clinical mental health emphasis all electives must be in "clinical" areas).

Prerequisites are specified within the course descriptions listed in this catalog. "Practice oriented" courses (related to field experience) included in the curriculum are: CHD 790 Practicum, CHD 796I Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I and CHD 796II Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II. The Practicum course is designed to provide students with counseling experience under the supervision of the Practicum instructor and the individual clinical mental health site supervisor. This experience is necessary to enhance counseling competencies in practitioners. Practicum requires 100 hours of work, of which 40 hours must involve direct client service (Note: Students pursuing both Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling concentrations are required to obtain 120 hours of work, of which 40 hours must involve direct client/student service).  Students must obtain Professional Liability Protection prior to starting the Practicum course.

Clinical mental health internship is served in an "out placement" setting. Examples of settings include the University Counseling Services, community clinical mental health agencies, hospitals, family services, substance abuse agencies, crisis centers, private practices, and others. Requirements for Clinical Mental Health Counseling students include a total of 600 hours of internship with at least 240 hours of direct client service. The 240 hours of direct client service contact must include a range of activities such as individual, couple, family and group counseling as well as diagnostic assessment, diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders, and treatment planning. The hours must be distributed among a broad range of clinical activities.

BSC 560DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof3
CHD 602Research Methods/Prog Eval3
CHD 603Assessment in Counseling 13
Area of Concentration
CHD 610Prin/Tech/Theories of Coun/Dev3
CHD 612Lifepsan Development3
CHD 624Career Counseling 23
CHD 626Group Process3
CHD 635Addictions3
CHD 730Soc/Cult Diversity in Coun3
CHD 740Ethics/Issues in Counseling3
CHD 665CMHC:Foundations for Practice3
CHD 772Advanced Abnormal Behavior3
CHD 775Diag Mental/Emot Disorders3
CHD 777Treat Mental/Emot Disorders3
CHD 780Personality Assessment 23
Field Experience
CHD 790Practicum: Counseling Tech3
CHD 796IInternship in MH Counsel I3
CHD 796IIInternship in MH Counsel II3
Select two of the following (not all courses will be offered every semester):6
Marriage/Family Counseling
Theo & Prac of Add Counseling
Assess/Treat Plan Addict Couns
Evid Based Pract Addict Counsl
Counseling Adolescents
Counseling Children
Spirituality in Counseling
Cross Cult Coun Interve-Uganda
Counseling in Military Culture
Conflict Resolution
Counseling Families
Group Counsel in Clin Practice
Cons Old Adults & Families
Narrative Counseling Methods
Art Ther & Neuro Basd Trauma T
Crisis Intervention
Grief and Loss Couseling
Trauma Assessment/Treatment
Relational Cultural Therapy
Supervision and Consultation
Art Therapy 3
Couples Therapy
Eating Disorders
Motivational Counseling
Art Therapy II 3,4
Cognitive Behavior Intervent
Individ Study: Counsel/Dev
Total Hours60

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Prerequisite course is CHD 756