Students gain an understanding of the clinical mental health counseling process, from engagement to assessment, intervention, and evaluation. The focus is on the development of culturally relevant communication and counseling skills, in the context of major counseling theories. Skills are practiced in relation to working with individuals with significant mental health and substance abuse problems, their families, and other professionals. Areas covered include: ethical considerations; values clarification; evidence-based helping strategies; working with natural supports. 01/02/2019-02/27/2019
This course provides an overview of standard assessment and diagnostic methods in clinical mental health counseling, which includes the classification, description, and differential diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders. Students will develop the capacity to use a systematic inquiry process for obtaining and evaluating important and accurate information during assessment. Students will gain a practical, working knowledge of the DSM-V, as well as skills to assess strengths, mental status, and trauma. The role of hypothesis formulation and hypothesis testing will be considered, along with the etiology and treatment indications for various disorders. Ethical, cultural, and other issues and biases related to assessment and psychopathology are discussed. 03/01/2019-04/26/2019
Provides students with an orientation to the program, including an overview of philosophy and content and information on how the program runs. Students create an Individual Professional Development Plan, outlining their learning and career goals. The IPDP is a means of communication between the student and his/her advisor as the student progresses through the program. 01/01/2019-02/27/2019