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Counseling & Human Services (60hrs)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Course # Course Title Hours
Core Courses (46hrs):
CN6354Introduction to Counseling3
CN6150Practicum in Group Process1
CN6253Group Process2
CN6321Assessment & Appraisal in Counseling3
CN6352Career Planning3
CN6355Theories of Counseling3
CN6381Methods of Research3
CN7301Professional & Ethical Issues3
CN7302Social/Cultural Issues in Counseling3
CN7351Human Growth & Development3
CN7377Sexuality Counseling & Somatic Issues3
CN6361Crisis Counseling3
CN6369Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy3
CN7333Mental Health & Psychopathology3
CN7267Community Counseling and Social Justice2
CN6382Hope Resilience and Human Transcendence2
CN6251Advanced Professional Issues in Organization & Administration of Counseling Services2
CN7199Clinical Mental Health Capstone1
Elective Courses (totaling at least 5 credit hours)5
Clinical Courses (9hrs):
CN6357Counseling Practicum3
CN7359Counseling Internship I3
CN7360Counseling Internship II3
Total hours60

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
CN 6150 Practicum in Group Process (1)
Theory and practice in group work. Psychological foundations of group work, including group guidance, growth groups and group counseling and therapy, with an opportunity to apply experientially the basic principles of group leadership. Limited enrollment.

CN 6251 Advanced Professional Issues and Organization/Administration (2)
Introduction to counseling services in schools, community centers and other helping agencies and private practice. Basic philosophy and objectives of guidance, counseling and therapy programs. Overview of roles, structures, functions, resources and other topics related to the organization of human services programs.

CN 6253 Group Process(2)
Theory and practice in group work. Psychological foundations of group work, including group guidance, growth groups and group counseling and therapy, with an opportunity to apply experientially the basic principles of group leadership. Limited enrollment.

CN 6321 Assessment and Appraisal in Counseling (3)
This course instructs students in how to learn how to measure healthy human processes, optimal mental health, vital balance and life-impeding factors. It will provide students with a basic framework for understanding the functions and limits of testing and measurement. Basic principles, research, and theories on the measurement of psychological constructs and clinical diagnosing and their significance of treatment will be covered. Theories and techniques of administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological tests within the cultural context will be emphasized.

CN 6352 Career Planning (3)
Selection and use of the career information; community resources; survey of theories of vocational choice; use of interest and aptitude inventories in career development; personnel selection procedures; individual and group vocational counseling; placement and follow up procedures.

CN 6354 Introduction to Counseling (3)
This course is designed to review intensively each student's basic counseling micro skills via role play and video tape. In addition, the course presents a general model of counseling. Classes maintain a 5 to 1 student/teacher ratio.

CN 6355 Theories of Counseling (3)
This course provides a detailed review of the theoretical foundations of major counseling theories. Reviewed theories include Psychoanalytic, Neo-Freudian, Person-Centered, Gestalt Therapy, Existentialist, Behaviorist, Transactional Analysis, Rational Emotive Therapy, and Reality Therapy.

CN 6357 Counseling Practicum (3)
Students apply counseling principles and procedures to develop skills in the treatment of individuals with emotional and behavioral problems. Students learn under the direction of doctoral qualified supervisors at an approved site. Case experiences are further analyzed and discussed under the supervision of faculty in weekly class meetings. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours on site, 20 client contact hours, and 15 hours of supervision. Favorable final evaluations by the site supervisor and faculty are required for credit. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: CN6354.

CN 6361 Crisis Counseling (3)
This course will be an introduction to the fundamental concepts and theories of crisis and crisis counseling. Special attention will be paid to the ecosystemic and multicultural considerations involved in providing crisis intervention as well as developing effective counseling crisis strategies. Students will be exposed to the most prevalent types of crises and to the current intervention methodologies used in crisis counseling.

CN 6369 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy (3)
An overview of the techniques and strategies used in marriage and family therapy with special emphasis for those students who are not seeking a degree specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Required for the Marriage and Family Relations Certificate Program.

CN 6381 Methods of Research (3)
Methods and tools of research in behavioral sciences. Emphasis on practical application of basic concepts in producing and consuming research. Prerequisite: A course in introductory and inferential statistics.

CN 6282 Hope, Resilience and Human Transcendence (2)
This course will cover man aspects of positive and existential counseling including the emphasis on character strengths, total wellbeing, self and group efficacy, happiness and life satisfaction as well as human resilience and flow. It will examine how human thoughts, emotions, spirit, behaviors, and social connections contribute to a life worth living. Hope-instilling intervention skills designed to assist clients view and transform stressful circumstances into growth experiences and regard daily experiences as meaningful will be covered. The emphasis will be on learning about what is right with people, their resilience, their spirituality, their character strengths, their willingness to serve, their capacity for doing evil, their sources of happiness, their life-impeding social realities, their empowering connections, their life-enhancing social structure, and their human potential.

CN 7199 Clinical Mental Health Capstone (1)
This course is designed to assess students' overall professional knowledge, clinical skills and practices, and multicultural and advocacy competencies in their work with individuals, families, groups and/or communities. Under the supervision of the students' faculty advisor, students will demonstrate their ability to conceptualize cases; utilize diagnoses (or not); create treatment plans; assess client/familial progress; work with other mental health professionals in an interdisciplinary context; determine when to refer for an evaluation for psychotropic mediations; understand the usage of such medications, their side effects, and how to consult with a client's respective medication provider; monitor and assess the impact of traumatic events; and terminate therapeutic relationships. Students will also be required to assess their strengths and weaknesses, and develop plans for continued professional development and a long-term self-care plan.

CN 7267 Community Counseling and Social Justice (2)
The roles of counselors in community agencies, private practice, in litigation and consulting processes, and in client advocacy will be explored with the intent of assessing means by which counselors can provide access to and delivery of optimal mental health services. Counselors' roles and responsibilities in promoting fair and equitable mental health policy and legislation in a variety of contexts will be examined. Special attention will be paid to how the confluence of social and political barriers impact counselors' ability to assess and advocate for individual and community needs, facilitate conflict resolution, and secure resources for programs designed to empower and serve oppressed populations. Such oppressed populations include those individuals dealing with racism, sexism, religious persecution, poverty, immigration issues, language barriers, trauma (i.e. natural disaster, domestic violence etc.), heterosexism, physical disabilities, mental illness and interpersonal and/or institutional rankism.

CN 7301 Professional and Ethical Issues (3)
Problems in professional practice of guidance, counseling, marriage and family therapy and research. Professional ethics, relations to other professionals and the public. Liability issues.

CN 7302 Social/Cultural Issues in Counseling (3)
The effects of social change, cultural patterns, roles of men and women, different lifestyles, ethnic groups, and other special populations in the counseling process.

CN 7333 Mental Health and Psychopathology (3)
Reviews the healthy personality and various models of psychopathology, including the DSM IV and organic diseases that masquerade as psychological problems.

CN 7351 Human Growth and Development (3)
Survey of human growth and development from birth through adolescence to maturity. Special emphasis on biophysical, cognitive, affective, and psycho-social domains. Prerequisite for CN7373.

CN 7359, 7360, 7361 Internship in Counseling I, II, III (3, 6, 9)
The internship provides the opportunity to develop skills in the treatment of individuals with emotional and behavioral problems, under the direction of doctoral qualified supervisors at an approved site. Case experiences are further analyzed and discussed under the supervision of faculty in weekly class meetings. Students complete a minimum of 300 hours on site, 120 client contact hours, and 15 hours of supervision. Favorable final evaluations by the site supervisor and faculty are required for credit. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: CN6150/6253, 6352, 6354. 6355, 6357, 7301, 7302, 7351, or permission of instructor, and, completion of 30 semester hours in the program, and admission to candidacy for the Master's degree.

CN 7377 Sexuality Counseling and Somatic Issues (3)
This class will explore the physiological, psychological, sociological, and theological aspects of human sexuality. Special emphasis will be given to the connection of sexual desire with love and intimacy. This course will include discussion of sexual arousal and response, nature, origin, treatment of sexual difficulties and sexual disorders.

CN 7399 Thesis Direction (3)
The thesis is the culminating experience which provides a record of a student's achievement in the program. The thesis requires research leading to the discovery or new knowledge or enhancement of existing knowledge in the field of interest. A project that helps solve a practical problem may also be acceptable. The thesis is a complete documentation of the research study, including theoretical background, description of the problem, the method used to investigate or solve the problem, presentation of results, interpretation of results, and explanation of the significance of the results.

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