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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

UW-PARKSIDE 2019-21 CATALOG
Molinaro 275 – 262-595-2316

College:
Natural and Health Sciences

Degree Offered:
Master of Science

Program Overview

This program is housed within the psychology department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and serves as the pre-credential educational requirement for licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin. This 60-credit hour counseling program supports students’ development of the knowledge and skills needed for practice as clinical mental health counselors by adhering to the core general counseling competencies outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). The program is distinguishable by low student/faculty ratios, which offer students opportunities for supervision, consultation, and mentorship. Students will be able to complete the program in two-and-a-half years if they follow the recommended semester plan.

Goals of the Program

The program integrates core standards of CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs) into curriculum and practice. Students complete 700 hours of counseling and related work in placement sites that match their clinical interests and future career paths. Students develop skills and knowledge in areas across the domains of clinical mental health counseling, including assessment, diagnosis, intervention, advocacy, and evaluation. In addition, students have the opportunity to work alongside program faculty in research closely tied to their future work as professional counselors. 

Admission Requirements to the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Applicants are required to have a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate course work in the social sciences or related areas, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. No graduate exam scores will be required, but students who do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement may submit GRE or MAT scores for consideration. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75-2.99 may be admitted on a probationary status (without submitting GRE or MAT scores).

Requirements for the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits)

Students are required to earn a minimum grade of B in all courses. Students who do not meet this requirement will be given the opportunity to remediate the particular course(s). Additionally, students are required to maintain high levels of professional and ethical behavior. Students who demonstrate problematic behaviors, ethical violations, incompetence, or impairment will be given an opportunity for remediation, if remediation is possible, or dismissed from the program. Remediation may include that students are unable to follow the recommended semester plan, which may result in additional time to graduation.

The curriculum is divided into two components: required courses and elective courses. Students are required to complete 54 credits of required courses, a minimum of 6 credits of elective courses, and a final project.

  1. Required Courses (54 credits)
    CMHC 700 Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics 3 cr
    CMHC 702 Counseling Skills and Strategies 3 cr
    CMHC 704 Counseling Theories 3 cr
    CMHC 706 Group Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 714 Lifespan Development in Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 716 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 720 Assessment Procedures in Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 722 Research and Evaluation in Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 740 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 742 Abnormal Behavior and Psychopathology 3 cr
    CMHC 750 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 3 cr
    CMHC 752 Crisis and Trauma Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 754 Addictions Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 756 Family and Couples Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 758 Counseling for Work and Career 3 cr
    CMHC 794 Counseling Practicum 3 cr
    CMHC 795 Counseling Internship I 3 cr
    CMHC 796 Counseling Internship II 3 cr
  2. Elective Courses (6 Credits)
    Choose two courses:
    CMHC 770 Advanced Counseling for Work and Career 3 cr
    CMHC 771 Supervision and Consultation 3 cr
    CMHC 772 Advanced Crisis and Trauma Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 773 Clinical Health Counseling I 3 cr
    CMHC 774  Clinical Health Counseling II 3 cr
    CMHC 790 Special Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 cr
    CMHC 798 Independent Reading or Resarch* 3 cr
    CMHC 799 Thesis* 3 cr
  3. Final Project
    During students’ final semester in the program they must complete one of two final projects. Students will complete either:
    Option A: Written Comprehensive Examination
    Students selecting this option will complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), which is a standardize, multiple choice, computer-administered exam that covers the eight CACREP core areas.
    Students must complete the minimum of 6 credits of courses listed as elective courses above.
    OR  
    Option B: 
    CMHC 799 Thesis 3 cr
    Students must complete a minimum of 3 credits of courses listed as elective courses above and the 3 credits of CMHC 799.

     

*Students may complete both CMHC 798 and CMHC 799 and repeat CMHC 798. However, only 3 credits from CMHC 798 or CMHC 799 will count toward the 6 credits of the Elective Requirement.

Courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

700

Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Fall.
Provides an orientation to professional counseling, ethical standards, and wellness model. Explores the role of advocacy and social justice in the counseling field, and includes orientation to reflective counseling practice.

3 cr
702

Counseling Skills and Strategies
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Fall.
Provides an in-depth orientation to skills and strategies of intervention used in professional counseling settings. Offers students the opportunity to practice and apply skills in triads with peers. Utilizes assignments to develop competencies in counseling practice.

3 cr
704

Counseling Theories
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Fall.
Provides an introduction to the major, systematic approaches to clinical mental health counseling. Examines theoretical case conceptualization and interventions, psychotherapy research and integration.

3 cr
706

Group Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Fall.
Provides an in-depth orientation to group counseling leadership skills and strategies for management of group counseling. Offers students an opportunity to experience being a group member while simultaneously developing knowledge in group theories and group leadership skills.

3 cr
714

Lifespan Development in Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Fall.
Provides an introduction to human growth and development across the lifespan. Examines influences on multiple domains of human development and implications for professional counseling practice.  

3 cr
716

Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Spring.
Provides an introduction to social, cultural, and diversity issues in professional counseling. Examines multiculturally competent professional counseling practice, counselor cultural self-awareness, the socially and culturally diverse society in which professional counselors work and roles of professional counselors to promote social justice and advocacy.   

3 cr
720

Assessment Procedures in Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Summer.
Introduces assessment procedures in professional counseling. Focuses on different domains and procedures of assessment, psychometrics, test scores, integration of assessment results in counseling, and ethical use of assessment procedures.

3 cr
722

Research and Evaluation in Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Fall.
Introduces research and evaluation in professional counseling. Presents the types of research designs, basic statistics, research implementation, research report development, and publication of research information relevant to clinical mental health counseling.

3 cr
740

Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Spring.
Provides an orientation to clinical mental health counseling, roles of clinical mental health counselors in employment settings, and functions of counselors in professional counseling settings. Introduces crisis intervention models and the role of advocacy and social justice in the field.

3 cr
742

Abnormal Behavior and Psychopathology
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Spring.
Provides an overview of abnormal behavior and psychopathology consistent with the current DSM manual. Offers a framework to consider pathology in the context of the counseling profession, including the wellness model, strengths-based assessments, and trauma-informed care.

3 cr
750

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program; and CMHC 742 or concurrently.  Freq: Spring.
Examines diagnostic assessment and treatment planning consistent with the current DSM manual utilizing evidence-based assessment and diagnosis procedures to develop diagnosis skills. Addresses diagnosis, treatment planning, and policy/advocacy issues associated tihe various disorders.

3 cr
752

Crisis and Trauma Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and CMHC 740.  Freq: Summer.
Focuses on both theory and skill development of crisis and trauma counseling across the lifespan in a range of settings.

3 cr
754

Addictions Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program; and CMHC 740 or concurrently.  Freq: Spring.
Explores addictions theories and counseling for individuals with substance use disorders including assessment measures, treatment approaches, theory of addiction, and implications for substance use as a comorbid condition.

3 cr
756

Family and Couples Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Fall.
Examines major systemic theories and issues of family and couples counseling within a multicultural society. Explores issues, assessment and treatment of dysfunctional partner, marital, family, and system relationships.

3 cr
758

Counseling for Work and Career
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Spring.
Applies career development theories, research, assessments, interventions, and information resources to meet the educational and work needs, planning, and decision-making of clients across the lifespan.  

3 cr
770

Advanced Counseling for Work and Career
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program; and CMHC 758.  Freq: Occasionally.
Examines implications of research, underlying assumptions of techniques and theories, multicultural considerations, and changing nature of the world of work for professional counseling practice related to work and career.

3 cr
771

Supervision and Consultation
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program; and CMHC 740.  Freq: Occasionally.
Offers an in-depth review of management, administration, supervision, and consultation roles of mental health counselors. Includes an opportunity to interview supervisors in the field of clinical mental health counseling.

3 cr
772

Advanced Crisis and Trauma Counseling
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program; CMHC 752; and concurrent registration in CMHC 794 or 795 or 796.  Freq: Occasionally.
Provides an in-depth review of trauma theories, evidence-based outcomes measures, and trauma-specific treatment models utilized by mental health counselors. Includes research projects regarding trauma, specific populations, and treatment practices.

3 cr
773

Clinical Health Counseling I
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Freq: Occasionally.
Introduces clinical health counseling. Examines factors that influence wellness and illness, health and wellness promotion, treatment of health problems, and roles of clinical mental health counselors in providing related services.

3 cr
774

Clinical Health Counseling II
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and CMHC 773.  Freq: Occasionally.
Covers advanced treatment of clinical health counseling. Examines health behavior change techniques, treatment of health conditions, role of behavioral health professionals in primary care settings, ethical and legal issues, social and cultural contexts of health, and public policy.

3 cr
790

Special Topics in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Prereq: Varies by topic.  Freq: Occasionally.
Delves into special topics in clinical mental health counseling.

3 cr
794

Counseling Practicum
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, CMHC 740, and satisfactory ratings of program evaluation metrics.  Freq: Spring.
Offers a closely supervised training setting to enhance skill level and broaden the array of skills. Students will receive weekly supervison by both site supervisor and university supervisor. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of practicum experiences with at least 40 hours of face-to-face client contact.

3 cr
795

Internship in Counseling I
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program; CMHC 740, 794; and satisfactory ratings of program evaluation metrics.  Freq: Summer.
Provides an opportunity for supervised counseling experience in which students serve as counselors at pre-arranged sites. Students complete a minimum of 300 hours of supervised internship experiences with at least 240 hours of face-to-face client contact.

3 cr
796

Internship in Counseling II
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, CMHC 740, 794, 795, and satisfactory ratings of program evaluation metrics.  Freq: Fall.
Provides an additional opportunity for supervised counseling experience in which students serve as counselors at pre-arranged sites.

3 cr
798

Independent Reading or Research
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Offers independent reading or research activities under the direction of a faculty member.

3 cr
799

Thesis
Prereq: Admission to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Provides supervision of thesis under the direction of a faculty member.

3 cr
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