This course provides an overview of mental health counseling. The texts and assignments are designed to introduce students to the field. Topics include: history of counseling, the scope of MH counseling, MH counselor’s activities, settings, theories, interventions, professional issues, consultation and ethical considerations. The eight core areas of the Standards of Practice for Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) also will be presented: human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career development, appraisal, research and program evaluation, and professional ethics.
This course will provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels during their life-span. Particular emphasis will be devoted to the following areas: (1) theories of individual and family development and transitions; (2) theories of learning and personality development; (3) human behavior including an understanding of developmental crises, disability, exceptional behavior, addictive behavior, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior; (4) strategies for facilitating optimum development over the life-span; and (5) ethical and legal considerations
This course provides mental health counseling students with basic knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to understand and implement counseling assessment tools to identify and evaluate various mental health dysfunctions and disorders. Students will administer, score and interpret select assessment tools appropriate for mental health counseling practice, and will learn to utilize assessment and diagnostic information from the DSM for treatment planning. Students will study practical implications of psychometrics, biopsychosocial assessment, and clinical principles relevant to understanding and treating mental health-related problems. In addition, assessment issues will be reviewed within the context of cultural and special populations as well as legal and ethical considerations.
Locations, case load, and work assignments will be based on the specialization of mental health counseling. The internship requires the completion of work hours and the achievement of performance/experience standards. Weekly in-person supervision will be provided by approved agency personnel. In person or virtual real-time weekly meetings for discussion of clinical issues and skill development are also required with the university supervisor/course instructor. A minimum of 600 hours of site experience is required, with a minimum of half of the hours delivering direct service to clients. All supervisory and experience requirements for this course will meet, or exceed, NYSED.
The course will focus on the fundamentals of psychopathology, diagnosis, and the integration of evidence-based biopsychosocial interventions in professional practice. Students will review and discuss the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) and consider the benefits and limitations of the DSM. A major emphasis of the class is the review and application of evidence-based therapeutic interventions.