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Clinical Counseling Degree - Master of Science

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Curriculum

Major Requirements (60 credit hours)

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Foundation (27 credit hours)

  • MCC 501 Helping Relationships and Orientation to the Counseling Profession

    This course assists the student in obtaining and demonstrating proficiency in basic helping skills associated with the practice of professional counseling and helping relationships. Students explore how these skills relate to their roles as members of interdisciplinary emergency management teams, including providing crisis intervention, disaster relief, and psychological first aid within the communities they serve. This course further explores 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 addressed.

  • MCC 502 Introduction to Counseling Theories

    This course addresses major theoretical perspectives, practices, and their applications commonly associated within the field of professional counseling. Students explore applying counseling theory based on an examination of client factors, issues, and presenting concerns within a multicultural context. This course further explores the history, philosophy, and trends associated with the field of professional counseling.

  • MCC 503 Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods

    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.
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  • MCC 504 Qualitative Research Methods and Program Evaluation

    This course integrates and expands upon the content in MCC 503 addressing qualitative research methods, single-case design, action oriented, and outcome-based research. Needs assessment and program evaluation techniques are addressed, including their role in program development, improvement, and modification for clinical mental health programs. Prerequisite: MCC 503

  • MCC 506 Counseling Practicum

    In the counseling practicum, students demonstrate knowledge of and skills in personal/social, academic, and career development domain assessments and individual and group interventions appropriate to a variety of adult counseling settings. Course includes a minimum of 100 clock hours of practicum. At least 40 hours of the practicum experience involved direct client contact.

  • MCC 520 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan

    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.

  • MCC 530 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in the Practice of Counseling

    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.

  • MCC 540 Assessment

    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. Prerequisite: MCC 501, MCC 502, MCC 504, and MCC 520.

  • MCC 550 Theories of Psychopathology

    This course will explore evidence-based conceptualizations of both normal and disordered mental states, together with an examination of the etiology, development, manifestation, and potential treatment of mental disorders in infants, children, adolescents, and adults. Prerequisite: MCC 540.

Advanced Courses (21 credit hours)

  • MCC 600 Diagnosis of Mental and Behavioral Disorders

    The taxonomy and nosology of psychopathology will be 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 will be placed upon differential diagnosis for the purposes of case formulation and treatment planning. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses - this prerequisite applies to MSCC students. For MSCCY student’s the prerequisite is none. For MAHS student’s the prerequisite is none. For MSHSA student’s the prerequisite is none.

  • MCC 610 Group Processes and Facilitation

    This course is an experiential study of group dynamics, processes, and application within a legal and ethical framework. Group stages, tasks and skills of group members and leaders, and the importance of developing an understanding of the therapeutic value of group, are covered. This course involves role-played participation in a group designed to closely resemble a real-life group experience as leaders and group members. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS student’s the prerequisite is none. For MSHSA student’s the prerequisite is none.

  • MCC 638 Social and Cultural Diversity

    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 will be 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, will be analyzed for ethical and practical implications including their integration into assessment, diagnosis, and treatment issues. The counselor’s role in addressing advocacy and justice will be explored including issues of power and privilege. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS student’s the prerequisite is none. For MSHSA student’s the prerequisite is none.

  • MCC 640 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Alcohol/Drug Use

    This course addresses the physiological, psychological, and sociological impact of alcohol/drug use, abuse and dependence including signs, symptoms, and behavior patterns. The basic classifications and pharmacological action of drugs on human body systems will be covered as well as the etiological, behavioral, cultural, and demographic aspects and belief systems associated with alcohol/drug use. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS student’s the prerequisite is none. For MSHSA student’s the prerequisite is none.

  • MCC 645 Career Development

    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 will explore interrelationships between factors such as age, gender, family, life roles, and multicultural issues as they relate to career and educational planning. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS student’s the prerequisite is none. For MSHSA student’s the prerequisite is none.

  • MCC 650 Couples and Family Counseling

    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 will be studied. Theories and models of couple and family resilience as well as the promotion of wellness over the family life span will be introduced. Knowledge of how to effectively counsel couples and families, including problem identification, treatment planning, intervention, family wellness education, and relapse prevention will be emphasized. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS student’s the prerequisite is none. For MSHSA student’s the prerequisite is none.

  • MCC 670 Advanced Counseling Skills, Techniques, and Practices

    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: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS student’s the prerequisite is none. For MSHSA student’s the prerequisite is none.

Advanced Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

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  • MCC 661 Applied Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology

    This overview and introduction to the role and function of the central nervous system in psychopathology, and its pharmaceutical treatment, will prepare the mental health professional to both have a basic understanding of psychopharmacology, and to work with prescribing physicians to maximize the effectiveness of medication, and to quickly detect adverse effects. This course is one of three elective courses that can be used to meet clinical counseling degree requirements. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC degree plan. For MAHS Students the Prerequisite is none, and for MSHSA Students the Prerequisite is none.

  • MCC 662 Treatment of Child and Adolescent Disorders

    Treatment methods for children and adolescents, both historical and those that are well established and/or based upon evidentiary support are reviewed. The applications of specific techniques are examined with respect to specific diagnoses, and practice in their application is provided. Included are cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior modification, token economy programs, habit reversal and control, parent training programs, and play therapy. The pros and cons of “manualized treatment” for children and adolescents will be examined, as will be concerns regarding ethics and multicultural issues with respect to children and adolescents. This course is one of three elective courses that can be used to meet clinical counseling degree requirements. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC degree plan. For MAHS Students the Prerequisite is none, and for MSHSA Students the Prerequisite is none.

  • MCC 663 Human Sexuality

    This course is designed for counseling and human service professionals whose work will bring them into contact with clients experiencing problems and concerns with their sexuality. Information about human sexuality across the lifespan will be included. The course is designed to develop: a) students’ knowledge base related to human sexuality, b) an understanding of the varied sexuality issues which may be encountered in professional counseling practice, c) students’ skills in assessment and intervention techniques with sexuality issues, and d) increased awareness of one’s personal perceptions, attitudes and affect related to sexuality issues. Course participants will become more effective in identifying, assessing and intervening with human sexuality related clinical counseling issues. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC degree plan. For MAHS Students the Prerequisite is none, and for MSHSA Students the Prerequisite is none.

Internship Courses (9 credit hours)

  • MCC 691 Clinical Internship I

    The internship is an arranged, supervised opportunity for the student to perform all the activities that a regularly employed clinical mental health counselor would be expected to perform. The internship requires a minimum of 300 clock hours on site each semester with a minimum of 180 clock hours in direct service work. Direct service work includes: (a) individual counseling, (b) group counseling, (c) family counseling, (d) psycho-educational groups, and (e) consultation. Prerequisites: Foundation Courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher; students must provide proof of professional liability insurance. Director of Internship approval, or their designee, is required before being enrolled in this course. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses, Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS Students the prerequisite is: Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA. For MSHSA Students the prerequisite is: Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA.

  • MCC 692 Clinical Internship II

    The internship is an arranged, supervised opportunity for the student to perform all the activities that a regularly employed clinical mental health counselor would be expected to perform. The internship requires a minimum of 300 clock hours on site each semester with a minimum of 180 clock hours in direct service work. Direct service work includes: (a) individual counseling, (b) group counseling, (c) family counseling, (d) psycho-educational groups, and (e) consultation. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses, Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS Students the prerequisite is: Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA. For MSHSA Students the prerequisite is: Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA.

  • MCC 693 Clinical Internship III

    The internship is an arranged, supervised opportunity for the student to perform all the activities that a regularly employed clinical mental health counselor would be expected to perform. The internship requires a minimum of 300 clock hours on site each semester with a minimum of 180 clock hours in direct service work. Direct service work includes: (a) individual counseling, (b) group counseling, (c) family counseling, (d) psycho-educational groups, and (e) consultation. Prerequisite: All Foundation Courses, Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA. This prerequisite applies to the MSCC and MSCCY student’s. For MAHS Students the prerequisite is: Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA. For MSHSA Students the prerequisite is: Program Director approval, and a 3.0 GPA.

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