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MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Required Courses
MHCK 500Behavioral Statistics3
MHCK 501Research Methods3
MHCK 504Human Development3
MHCK 505Practicum I: Field Experience3
MHCK 511Culture, Minority, Gender Iss3
MHCK 513Crisis Intervent & Manage Indv3
MHCK 550Foundations of Counseling3
MHCK 551Career Counseling and Guidance3
MHCK 553Per & Counseling Theory & Appl3
MHCK 554Group Procedure for Counselors3
MHCK 556Introduction to Family Counsel3
MHCK 557Methods & Practices in Counsel3
MHCK 558Counsel Persp on Psycho3
MHCK 581Assess & Eval fundamentals3
MHCK 583Consultation and Supervision3
MHCK 591Ethical Foundation of Counsel3
MHCK 594Substance Abuse3
MHCK 595Internship in Counseling3
MHCK 596Internship in Counseling II3
MHCK 577Comprehensive Exam0
Graduate level elective3
Total Semester Credit Hours60

MHCK 500. Behavioral Statistics. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Review of descriptive statistics with emphasis on inferential statistics. Includes correlation, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, regression analysis and experimental design. Use of computer software with emphasis on experience with SPSS.

MHCK 501. Research Methods. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A study of the scientific method of research, types of research and research design. Students are required to review, analyze and interpret research finding in their major field and develop a research project with the assistance of their instructor. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 500 or equivalent graduate statistics course or approval of Department Chair.

MHCK 504. Human Development. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A lifespan survey of the development of human beings from conception to death. Topics included will be research and theory into physical, cognitive, social and personality development in each of the different age groups: prenatal, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Covers related ethical concerns.

MHCK 505. Practicum I: Field Experience. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Provides supervised experience in settings such as marriage and family, mental health and/or counseling and guidance placements in the Community Counseling and Family Therapy Center; as well as, other placements outside the university. The field experience will consist of 100 clock hours with 40 client contact hours. Weekly individual and group supervision is included. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 550, MHCK 553, MHCK 554, MHCK 557, MHCK 558, and MHCK 591 with a B or better in each course; and consent of the practicum/internship director. Field Experience fee $75.

MHCK 511. Culture, Minority, Gender Iss. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study of interaction of social/cultural groups in America, problems of minorities and ethnic groups, problems related to gender and age, problems within family systems and contemporary sources of positive change. Covers related ethical concerns.

MHCK 513. Crisis Intervent & Manage Indv. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examination of the dynamics and treatment of situation crises in various settings. Theories and approaches to crisis intervention and management are described and discussed. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 550 or approval of Department Chair.

MHCK 550. Foundations of Counseling. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Overview of counseling services commonly found in a variety of settings. Includes individual and group counseling, testing career planning and placement, referral, and consultation. Examines related theories and concepts with emphasis on counseling skills, as well as history and ethical and professional issues.

MHCK 551. Career Counseling and Guidance. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An in-depth study of career counseling and guidance services that focuses on occupational, educational, and personal/social issues for general and special populations. Includes examination of theoretical bases for career counseling and guidance, study of organization and delivery of information through individual and group activities. Covers related ethical concerns. Students will be required to purchase occupational and education information materials.

MHCK 553. Per & Counseling Theory & Appl. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Surveys and investigates personality and counseling theories with an emphasis on how theories influence practice. Special emphasis on applications to various populations. Includes role plays and other experiential methods. Covers related ethical concerns. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 550 or approval of Department Chair.

MHCK 554. Group Procedure for Counselors. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An introduction to group therapy and group procedures with special emphasis on the development of group counseling skills with children adolescents, adults, and special populations. Supervised experience in group memberships is included. Covers related ethical concerns. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 550 and MHCK 557 or approval of Department Chair.

MHCK 556. Introduction to Family Counsel. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Familiarizes the student with family systems theory as applied to the study of family dynamics, family development, and the resolution of both family and ethical concerns.

MHCK 557. Methods & Practices in Counsel. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The course is designed to introduce Counseling pre-interns to methodology that goes beyond building basic counseling skills and techniques. The course will also teach students the basics of professional documentation and treatment planning. It will also include legal issues related to counseling and psychological services and introduce basic business practices. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 550 or approval of Department Chair.

MHCK 558. Counsel Persp on Psycho. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An overview of psychopathology that includes the history of abnormal behavior and an in-depth study of the specific diagnostic psychological disorders. Emphasis will be on classification systems currently used in clinical settings and treatment alternatives from a counseling perspective. Covers related ethical concerns. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 550 or approval of Department Chair.

MHCK 581. Assess & Eval fundamentals. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines the nature and development of standardized tests, with emphasis on ethical standards, psychometric theory, test standards, and test construction. Selection criteria and utilization of standardized or other instruments in various environments are considered. Includes evaluations and critiques of published tests and experiential exposure to different types of psychological tests. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 500 or approval of Department Chair.

MHCK 583. Consultation and Supervision. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Introduces the application of psychological principles of consultation and supervision in selected settings. Emphasis is on analysis of client and consultee/supervisor behaviors, individual and group communications, program evaluation and possible intervention options in selected environments. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 505, MHCK 550, and MHCK 553.

MHCK 591. Ethical Foundation of Counsel. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An exploration of the ethical principles of counselors and related codes of ethics. Covers models for ethical decision making and how to apply to counseling practice. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 550.

MHCK 594. Substance Abuse. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An introduction to addiction counseling. Special attention is given to models of addiction, chemical dependence, process addictions, and co-dependence. Covers related ethical concerns.

MHCK 595. Internship in Counseling. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Supervised professional activities in counseling where students become familiar with a variety of professional activities and resources. Students are required to complete 600 clock hours, of which at least 240 are direct client contact, in no less than two semesters and no more than three semesters. Interns will receive a minimum of 1.5 hours per week of group supervision and 1 hour per week of individual/triadic supervision. Prerequisite(s): MHTK 505 and approval of the Practicum/Internship Director. Field experience fee $75.

MHCK 596. Internship in Counseling II. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Supervised professional activities in counseling and group counseling. Major emphasis is placed on the student’s involvement in successful practices at the educational level of interest. Students must have met all academic and professional standards of practice before placement. Students are required to complete 300 clock hours, of which at least 120 are direct client contact. Weekly supervision is provided by the on-site supervisor and the faculty supervisor. Prerequisite(s): MHCK 505. Field experience fee $75.

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