Counseling and Student Personnel (MS)

Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling program prepares individuals through coursework and supervised experience to become eligible for licensure. Graduates are prepared to serve in a variety of clinical settings such as mental health centers, family counseling and community agencies, hospitals, correctional facilities, treatment centers, college counseling centers, career counseling settings, and private practice.

Program Requirements

Common Core

Focus on helping skills model, professional issues, and skill acquisition of basic listening responses.

Prerequisites: none

A combination of classroom lecture and interaction with community professionals involved in crisis intervention. Designed to give students practical experience in distinguishing between crisis intervention, theory, and practice.

Prerequisites: none

This course is specific to the counseling profession, focusing on both the cultural and sociopolitical forces influencing people in a multicultural society, as well as the microskills necessary for engaging in cross-cultural counselor-client interactions.

Prerequisites: none

Theories of human development and the family cycle are presented as the basis for multi-contextual assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment skills when working with contemporary families.

Prerequisites: none

Overview of theories of career development, career guidance, career choice, and decision-making. Career counseling interviews and assessment techniques are also emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

A review and analysis of major counseling theories coupled with empirical support and specific counseling theory techniques and theoretical case analysis.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis on knowledge and skill acquisition of advanced listening responses, helping interventions, and counseling strategies.

Prerequisites: CSP 645

Major theories of group development are presented along with analysis of group notes, group techniques, and groups for special populations. An experiential component is included for experience in group processes.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

This course will prepare students to effectively understand and utilize the results of research and will provide an understanding of the processes involved in the conceptualization, design, implementation, and reporting of research, including program evaluation research.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis Common Core

Understanding the impact of chemical dependency on the family. Family counseling skills and relapse prevention strategies will also be included.

Prerequisites: none

Philosophies and strategies of professional counseling. Overview of counseling literature, field of counseling, and development of the professional counselor.

Prerequisites: none

Provides an overview of theory, research, and practice regarding counseling with children and adolescents. Developmentally and culturally appropriate counseling strategies are stressed. Relevant current topics are examined.

Prerequisites: none

An overview of professional issues for mental health counselors providing individual, couples, and family counseling, including certification/licensure, professional development, ethical guidelines, multicultural issues, and recent developments in theory, research, and practice.

Prerequisites: none

Basic appraisal principles and applications of projective and objective personality assessment tools in counseling practice.

Prerequisites: none

Overview of family theories and family functioning. Focus on techniques and skills to address issues of contemporary families.

Prerequisites: none

Overview of major theories of marriage counseling; skill and strategies for effective marital counseling and case analysis.

Prerequisites: none

Fundamentals of treatment plan development in counseling, with particular focus on the integration of personality assessment, intake interviewing and diagnostic classification data.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative practicum experiences. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: CSP 618 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling. CSP 645 Counseling Procedures and Skills I, CSP 665 Counseling Theories, CSP 666, Counseling Procedures and Skills II, CSP 673 Group Counseling

Supervised integrative practicum experiences. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative internship experiences. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: none

The course provides an introduction to the use and applications of hardware and software in the fields of counseling and student affairs. The course is based on the technology standards that are identified by the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES) and the literature on the application of technology to the fields of counseling and student affairs.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis Restricted Electives

Choose 0 - 11 Credit(s). Courses are not required, but may support professional certifications. Consult with your advisor.

Major theories of play therapy and play therapy techniques are reviewed and applied to a range of mental health, learning, and developmental needs of children. Readings, lectures, class demonstrations, and role-play experiences are included.

Prerequisites: none

Students through classroom and online experiences will learn the theoretical bases and therapeutic strategies for individual, group, and family interventions for play therapy theories including Ecosystematic, Developmental, Filial, Gestalt, Experiential, and Family Play Therapy.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an introduction to the developmental, socio-cultural, and psychological issues unique to women and explores the ways in which such issues affect women's mental health. The course includes an introduction to the basic helping skills necessary to effectively respond to women's developmental and mental health needs.

Prerequisites: none

This course will provide students with an awareness of best practices and current issues in the assessment of intellectual functioning. Students will receive training in the administration, interpretation, and responsible use of selected intellectual assessment measures.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative internship experiences. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: none

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Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course