Master of Arts in Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program offers a Master of Arts in Education. This degree program requires the successful completion of 60 course credits of graduate education. EDCI 631 RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS should be completed within the first 12 course credits of a student’s program of study.

Graduate Counseling Program Mission

The mission of Graduate Counseling Program is to prepare quality professional counselors for careers with state, regional, or national public and private mental health agencies, mental health institutions, and educational systems.

We are committed to producing ethically and culturally competent counselors who demonstrate professional leadership with a purposeful commitment to client advocacy, and social justice, for the western High Plains States and the broader pluralistic nation.

Graduate Counseling Program Objectives

As a result of successfully completing the Graduate Counseling Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice: Develop a professional identity as a counselor, demonstrate an understanding of the counseling profession, and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling services within the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession.
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity: Demonstrate an understanding of the social and cultural influences, the effects of power and privilege, and the impact of acculturative experience on the counseling process.
  3. Human Growth and Development: Develop an understanding of developmental aspects of human growth and appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process.
  4. Career Development: Develop an understanding of career development and approaches for conceptualizing the interrelationships between work, mental wellbeing, and other life roles within counseling.
  5. Counseling and Helping Relationships: Gain significant knowledge and application of major counseling theories in the context of individual, family, group, and crisis counseling. Demonstrate effective individual counseling techniques that facilitate client growth and the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals.
  6. Group Counseling and Group Work: Develop both experiential and theoretical understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
  7. Assessment and Testing: Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques and apply basic concepts to individuals and group appraisal.
  8. Counseling Research and Program Evaluation: Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature.

Program of Study

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares students to work professionally in various public and private counseling agencies. In Nebraska, as well as most states, counselors must be licensed by the state to engage in counseling or therapy. A teaching degree is not required for admittance into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Courses

Listed below is the course work required by the Program:

COUN 523DIAGNOSES AND THE DSM3
COUN 531COUNSELING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS3
COUN 532TREATMENT ISSUES IN ADDICTIONS3
COUN 533COUNSELING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY3
COUN 534FUNDAMENTALS OF ASSESSMENT3
COUN 535MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING3
COUN 536FAMILY DEVELOPMENT3
COUN 541COUNSELING THEORIES3
COUN 629COUNSELING CHILDREN3
COUN 630CRISIS COUNSELING3
COUN 631PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING3
COUN 632CAREER AND LIFESTYLE DEVELOPMENT3
COUN 634GROUP COUNSELING3
COUN 636FAMILY COUNSELING3
COUN 637ADVANCED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
COUN 639APRACTICUM IN COUNSELING3
COUN 639BPRACTICUM IN COUNSELING3
COUN 640INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING6
EDCI 631RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS3
Total Credits60

Counseling Practicum

Counseling Practicum is a key course in the curriculum of the counseling program. Therefore, certain courses are instrumental for the experience of practicum. Because practicum is a developmental process, it is offered for three course credits both fall and spring. In order to register for COUN 639A PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING OR COUN 639B PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING, a student must first complete with a grade of A or B the following courses:

COUN 531COUNSELING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS3
COUN 533COUNSELING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY3
COUN 541COUNSELING THEORIES3
The following courses may be taken concurrently with COUN 639A: Practicum I only:
COUN 535MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING3
COUN 634GROUP COUNSELING3
Total Credits15

All other courses may be taken at any point in the program prior to COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING, which is the capstone course and must be the last course completed. Exceptions to this rule may be made on an individual basis. Pelase see your advisor.

Note: Students who are unable to finish their practicum in six course credits may need to enroll in additional credits for completion of this requirement. The Credentialing Division of the Department of Regulation and Licensure, Nebraska Health and Human Services System, generally approves CSC counseling courses for professional counseling continuing education (CE) credit. All students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must pass a comprehensive examination prior to receiving their degree. Please see your Graduate Counseling Student Handbook for information about this comprehensive examination.