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Clinical Counseling

Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling is a 60-credit hour graduate program modeled on national licensing standards for those who are preparing to deliver direct mental health services and who are pursuing mental health licensure to deliver these services.

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Courses in the major include:

This course assists the student in obtaining and demonstrating proficiency in basic helping skills associated with the practice of professional counseling and helping relationships. In addition, the course will address the history, philosophy, and trends associated with the field of professional counseling. Personal characteristics influencing the helping process, as well as self-care strategies of the professional counselor are explored in this course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course surveys major conceptual and theoretical perspectives and practices commonly associated with the field of professional counseling. Students explore psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, Gestalt, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, reality, feminist, post-modern, and general family systems theories. This course addresses the historical and philosophical development of counseling theories, and how they impact current practice. Students are provided opportunities to reflect upon how to best match counseling theories based upon specific client issues, concerns, and characteristics for case conceptualization. Students identify how their own personal experiences, biases, and preferences impact theory selection, while developing their own personal style of counseling. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course orients the student to statistical concepts and measurements including scales of measurements, distributions, central tendency, validity, and reliability. Quantitative research method design is addressed. Students explore the role of research as it relates to evidenced-based practice as professional counselors. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director. For students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Human Services, the prerequisite is none. For students enrolled in the Master of Science in Human Service Administration, the prerequisite is none.
This course integrates and expands upon the content in MCC 503, while further expanding the discussion of research methods to include qualitative research, mixed-methods design, and program evaluation. Grounded theory research; single-case study design; phenomenological principles; and qualitative interviewing techniques, data collection, coding, and analysis are addressed. Students explore program evaluation concepts, including needs assessment, study design, outcome measures, and integration of data into program modification and improvement. Prerequisites: Completion of MCC 503 or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course surveys theories, scholarship, and research on human development throughout the lifespan. Students examine biological, neurological, cognitive, emotional, and social-cultural factors influencing individual development within a multicultural framework. The reciprocal influences of crises; transitions; normal and abnormal development; psychopathology; and familial and community relationships are addressed. Particular attention on the application of these concepts to the work of professional counselors is explored. Prerequisite: MCC 501 or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course addresses ethical, legal, and professional issues commonly associated with the practice of professional counseling consistent with Council on Accreditation for Counselor and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards and the American Counseling Association's (ACA) Code of Ethics. National, regional, state licensure, and credentialing issues are addressed. This course identifies the systematic processes of identifying, implementing, and resolving ethical dilemmas mindful of various stakeholder concerns, including acting in the best interests of the client. The course explores personal and professional value systems, standards of practice, and legal issues in terms of how they impact decision-making processes and professional behavior. Prerequisite: MCC 501 or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course explores the history, development, and effective use of various types of assessment tools for evaluation and diagnosis purposes within a variety of professional counseling settings and applications. Students explore the ethical use and interpretation of standardized and non-standardized assessment tools including conducting behavioral observations, clinical interviewing, mental status examinations, symptom inventories, suicidal assessments, and personality assessments. Students further examine various factors influencing the use of assessment tools with multicultural and diverse populations. Prerequisites: MCC 501, MCC 502, MCC 504, and MCC 520
An examination of the evidence-based understanding of both normal and disordered mental states are conducted. The etiology, development, manifestation, and potential treatment of mental disorders in infants, children, adolescents, and adults are emphasized. Current theoretical and evidence-based models are explored including bio-medical, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, humanistic, interpersonal, psychoanalytic, and trait models. Prerequisite: MCC 540
The taxonomy and nosology of psychopathology are reviewed using the structure and guidelines of the current editions of both the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Manual. This course examines the disorders of infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Emphasis is placed upon differential diagnosis for the purposes of case formulation and treatment planning. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all foundation courses with an earned grade of C or higher or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course assists the student in obtaining and demonstrating proficiency in basic helping skills associated with the practice of professional counseling and helping relationships. In addition, the course addresses the history, philosophy, and trends associated with the field of professional counseling. Personal characteristics influencing the helping process, as well as self-care strategies of the professional counselor are also explored in this course. Prerequisites: Completion of all Foundational Coursework in the Clinical Counseling program (24 hours), Permission of the Clinical Coordinator or designee, and proof of professional liability insurance.
This course provides students with grounding in the principles of group dynamics, group facilitation styles and approaches, and theories and methods of group counseling essential for a professional counselor in a multicultural society. In a workshop environment, students develop the ability to assess how their own methods and the dynamics of group interaction facilitate cognitive, emotional and behavioral change. Students are provided with a minimum of ten hours of group experience, with at least one hour of group facilitation experience. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all foundation courses with an earned grade of C or higher or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course explores how cultural factors, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, and disability status, shape, inform, and impact minority populations, marginalized populations, diverse groups, and dominant culture. Experiential methods of learning are emphasized, including the development of self-awareness in the counselor, along with an appreciation for the experiences of others from different backgrounds and experiences. Traditional counseling theories, as well as more recent approaches to counseling diverse groups, are analyzed for ethical and practical implications including their integration into assessment, diagnosis, and treatment issues. The counselor's role in addressing advocacy and justice is explored including issues of power and privilege. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all foundation courses with an earned grade of C or higher or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course provides counselors in training with an overview of the addictive process and the practice of addiction counseling. Students develop conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and self-awareness concerning the etiology of addiction and its impact across the life-span. Models of addiction and professional issues in Addiction Counseling such as co-occurring disorders, process addictions, and mental illnesses are addressed. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addictions with diversity and advocacy issues are also explored. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all foundation courses with an earned grade of C or higher or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course introduces students to the theories of career development as well as the assessment tools and counselor practices associated with helping clients achieve congruence in their career development pattern. Students explore interrelationships between factors such as age, gender, family, life roles, and multicultural issues as they relate to career and educational planning. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all foundation courses with an earned grade of C or higher or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course introduces students to a broad range of theoretical approaches and interventions in the field of couples and family counseling with an emphasis on the systemic and relational components commonly associated in working with couples and families. The impact of societal changes, trauma, and mental health disorders on the family system are studied. Theories and models of couple and family resilience as well as the promotion of wellness over the family life span are introduced. Knowledge of how to effectively counsel couples and families, including problem identification, treatment planning, intervention, family wellness education, and relapse prevention are emphasized. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all foundation courses with an earned grade of C or higher or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.
This course builds upon foundational and advanced coursework reinforcing the applied aspect of counseling skills, techniques, and evidenced-based intervention. Topics include case conceptualization, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, termination, and documentation. Students examine and discern how personal counselor characteristics, belief systems, bias, and attitudes influence the overall therapeutic process; and, students discuss effective strategies for monitoring and managing these issues. Students demonstrate the successful use of counseling skills and techniques appropriate for varying client issues, needs, and situations. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all foundation courses with an earned grade of C or higher or written permission of the Clinical Counseling Program Director.

Advanced Elective Course (3 credit hours, choose one):

  • MCC 661 Applied Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology
  • MCC 662 Treatment of Child and Adolescent Disorders
  • MCC 663 Human Sexuality
  • MCC 665 Orthodox Judaic Theoretical Perspectives
Internship Courses (9 credit hours):
  • MCC 691 Clinical Internship I
  • MCC 692 Clinical Internship II
  • MCC 693 Clinical Internship III
And if needed (3 credit hours):
  • MCC 694 Clinical Internship IV

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