Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

mental health counseling

Program Curriculum

The curriculum for the MSMHC is sixty credits (60) comprised of core and elective courses. Clinical experiences are integrated into the program in the following areas: individual and group counseling; career and employment counseling; addictions and court-related issues; and consultation with universities, community agencies, and schools. Students can graduate with a concentration in a specialty area (i.e., addiction counseling, integrative health, or child and adolescent counseling).

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Learning Outcomes

The objective of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to provide students with both the knowledge and skills for the practice of mental health counseling. The curriculum is designed to meet the disciplinary standards across 11 student learning domains to ensure that our graduates are competent mental health professionals and meet the necessary licensure requirements of the profession. These domains are:

  1. Professional Orientation: Students will construct a philosophy of counseling based on the history and future trends of the profession, professional roles and responsibilities, with an emphasis on ethical practice within the framework of American Counseling Association Ethical Guidelines.
  2. Ethics: Students will generate appropriate ethical responses within the framework of American Counseling Association Ethical Guidelines.
  3. Diversity and Advocacy: Students will prioritize and respond to all aspects of social and cultural diversity, optimizing human development for clients.
  4. Human Growth and Development: Students will compare and contrast theories of human development across the life-span and the full continuum of mental health issues to facilitate effective life transitions.
  5. Career and Life Planning: Students will utilize theories and skills to facilitate client career and life decisions.
  6. Helping Relationships: Students will demonstrate the foundational framework for establishing a therapeutic alliance with clients.
  7. Counseling Continuum: Students will be able to work effectively in a variety of modalities (individual, group, family) and to use crisis intervention, brief counseling, and long term mental health approaches with clients.
  8. Group Work: Students will articulate group theory and assess their ability to deliver effective group therapy with clients.
  9. Research and Evaluation: Students will utilize relevant research strategies within an evidence-based counseling perspective.
  10. Assessment: Students will accurately select assessment instruments for client needs and program evaluations.
  11. Diagnosis: Students will conceptualize and apply relevant diagnostic procedures for clients.

Required Courses

COUNSELING CORE COURSES (18 semester credits)
COUN 510: The Counseling Profession and Ethics, 3 cr.
COUN 520: Multicultural Perspectives and Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 530: Human Development in Social Context: Lifespan Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 540: Theories of Mental Health Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 550: Career Development and Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 570: Couples and Family Counseling, 3 cr.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING COURSES (18 semester credits)
COUN 580: Trauma and Crisis:  An Integrated Approach, 3 cr.
COUN 590: Models of Addiction Counseling and Co-occurring Disorders Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 640: Psychodiagnostics and Treatment Planning, 3 cr.
COUN 665:  Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 675: Techniques of Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 680: Group Counseling, 3 cr.

CLINICAL AND RESEARCH COURSES (18 semester credits)
COUN 565:  Behavior Disorders
COUN 595:  Testing and Assessment in Counseling
COUN 660: Research, Evaluation, and Evidenced-Based Practices, 3 cr.
COUN 690: Counseling Practicum, 3 cr.
COUN 695: Counseling Internship, 3 cr.
COUN 696: Advanced Counseling Internship, 3 cr.

CONCENTRATION COURSES (additional 6 semester credits required)
Concentration Area 1: Wellness and Integrative Health Care                
COUN 581: Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choice and Interventions, 3 cr.
COUN 582: Integrative Health Care, 3 cr.

Concentration Area 2: Child and Adolescent Counseling
COUN 571: Techniques in Counseling Children and Adolescents, 3 cr.
COUN 572: Advanced Child and Adolescent Counseling Skills, 3 cr.

Concentration 3: Substance Abuse Counseling (AODA Specialty)
COUN 591: Substance Abuse Disorders Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 592: Fieldwork in Substance Abuse Disorders, 3 cr.
To fulfill requirements for Substance Abuse Counselor (in WI) an additional course is required:
COUN 650: Psychopharmacology for Counselors, 3 cr.