This is a graduate seminar that is intended to assist the student in the preparation of a Master's project that is relevant to the student's goals as an emerging leader in clinical mental health and substance abuse counseling and community mental health. The Master's project is written in the form of a major paper that includes a comprehensive literature review. The paper may be focused on an emerging area of best practice, a policy issue or trend, program design/development with outcome measures, or a systems change strategy. With instructor approval, students may design and carry out a research project. Students are expected to integrate the relevant literature, concepts, and theories from their courses into their project. 01/02/2019-05/16/2019
This innovative course provides an overview of the latest assessment and intervention techniques used with infants, very young children, and their families, with a strong emphasis on social and emotional development and mental health. Students will gain an understanding of the impact that early trauma, family violence, poverty, and developmental disabilities can have on young children. Students will establish a context for working with young children in various community settings. 01/02/2019-02/27/2019
This course provides students with an overview of several formal theories of clinical mental health counseling and psychotherapy, including implications for research and practice. Many of the major theories are discussed, such as Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Experiential, and Behavioral. Focus is on the theories' historic and functional connection to specific approaches, such as CBT, REBT, Solution-Focused and Narrative. Family Systems approaches are discussed as well. Course involves multiple modalities, including case-study reviews and skill-based applications 01/22/2019-05/16/2019
Americans over the age of 65 are a fast growing segment of the population. A significant percentage of elders have mental health or substance abuse concerns. This course is designed to better prepare clinical mental health and substance abuse counselors and other related professionals for the treatment and support of elders. Students will gain knowledge of specific strategies for screening and assessment and treatment of elders, including attention to: situational concerns such as loss, grief and social isolation; issues of trauma and elder care; differential diagnosis of new vs. existing conditions; symptoms related to dementia and Alzheimer's; mental health issues related to depression, mental illness and changes in executive function; and substance use issues, including interactions with medications, and other related medical conditions. Students also will gain an understanding of the larger service systems and community resources available to elders. 01/02/2019-02/27/2019
In this course, students gain an understanding of the foundations of clinical mental health and substance abuse counseling, the people served, and the history and current state of public and private systems of care. One focus is an understanding of co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders, across the lifespan, and their impact on the lives of people diagnosed with these disabling conditions. This course also provides an overview of emerging issues in mental health and substance abuse counseling, policy and practice in behavioral health and integrated health care; current approaches to prevention, comprehensive treatment and support; the impact of managed care; community-building, education, advocacy, and systems change. Topics are addressed from multiple perspectives, with a strong emphasis on the perspective of service recipients and their families, as well as service providers, policy makers, and the community at large. 01/02/2019-05/16/2019
Students in the master's program complete a second 300-hour internship (a minimum of 100 hours per credit awarded) that focuses on the development of advanced clinical and counseling skills, reflecting the comprehensive work experience of a clinical mental health or professional counselor, in a relevant program or agency, under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. The field experience includes a minimum of 130 hours of direct service to actual clients, but more is recommended. A learning contract is developed by the student with the internship supervisor. PCMH faculty provide supervision for the internship process, individual and group instruction for the students, and serve as liaison to the internship sites. Offered on a pass/no pass basis only. 01/02/2019-05/16/2019
This is a graduate seminar that is intended to assist the student in the preparation of a Master's project that is relevant to the student's goals as an emerging leader in clinical mental health and substance abuse counseling and community mental health. The Master's project is written in the form of a major paper that includes a comprehensive literature review. The paper may be focused on an emerging area of best practice, a policy issue or trend, program design/development with outcome measures, or a systems change strategy. With instructor approval, students may design and carry out a research project. Students are expected to integrate the relevant literature, concepts, and theories from their courses into their project. 01/02/2019-05/16/2019
Students in the master's program complete a second 300-hour internship (a minimum of 100 hours per credit awarded) that focuses on the development of advanced clinical and counseling skills, reflecting the comprehensive work experience of a clinical mental health or professional counselor, in a relevant program or agency, under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. The field experience includes a minimum of 130 hours of direct service to actual clients, but more is recommended. A learning contract is developed by the student with the internship supervisor. PCMH faculty provide supervision for the internship process, individual and group instruction for the students, and serve as liaison to the internship sites. Offered on a pass/no pass basis only. 01/02/2019-05/16/2019