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Mental Health Counseling Courses and Concentrations

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program prepares graduates with the attitudes, knowledge and skills to pursue credentialing as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in many states. Graduates may also elect to pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education, counseling, psychology or a related field. The program offers concentrations in clinical mental health; marriage and family counseling; and addictions and correctional counseling.

Curriculum Overview

The information listed below is from the current course catalog. Terms, sequences, courses and credit hours are subject to change at any time without notice.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
COUN 501 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 505 Counseling Skills 3
COUN 510 Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
 Hours9
Term 2
COUN 506 Foundations of Psychotherapy 3
COUN 508 Lifespan Development 3
COUN 552 Program Evaluation Research Methods and Statistics 3
 Hours9
Term 3
COUN 503 Counseling Perspectives on Psychopathology 3
COUN 507 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 509 Tests and Measurements 3
 Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
COUN 504 Group Therapy 3
COUN 561 Practicum Seminar Note: Students whose Practicum/Internship placement begins during the fall term of year two will register for the Practicum/Internship course sequence (COUN 561, 562, 563) in the fall, winter, and spring terms. These students will not take COUN 585: Clinical Field Placement in the spring term, and will instead complete an elective to fulfill the remaining required 3 credits. 2
COUN 590 Objective Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours5
Term 2
COUN 520 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 3
COUN 562 Internship Seminar I 2
COUN 581 Professional Development I 1
Elective in concentration of study 3
 Hours9
Term 3
COUN 571 Career & Lifestyle Development 3
COUN 563 Internship Seminar II 2
COUN 582 Professional Development II 1
Elective in concentration of study 3
COUN 591 Case Conceptualization Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours9
Term 4
COUN 585 Clinical Field Experience Elective Note: Students whose Practicum/Internship placement begins during the fall term of year two will register for the Practicum/Internship course sequence (COUN 561, 562, 563) in the fall, winter, and spring terms. These students will not take COUN 585: Clinical Field Placement in the spring term, and will instead complete an elective to fulfill the remaining required 3 credits. 3
COUN 583 Professional Development III 1
Elective in concentration of study 3
COUN 593 STEPPS VI Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours7
Third Year
Term 1
Elective in concentration of study 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours60
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