Students complete a 300-hour clinical internship, 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 gain a working knowledge of major medications used to treat psychiatric, substance use, and co-occurring disorders, and their actions and side effects, as well as basic medical problems for which referrals should be made. Issues specific to children and youth, adults and elders are addressed. This course also covers the physiology of addictions and the effects and prevalence of the major addictive substances of abuse. Students develop an understanding of withdrawal symptoms and detox protocols. Educating individuals and their families on medication benefits and side effects is emphasized. 01/02/2019-02/27/2019
Students in the master's program may complete a third 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/fail basis only. 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
Students complete a 100-hour practicum in basic counseling skills, in a relevant program or agency, under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. A learning contract is developed by the student with the practicum supervisor. PCMH faculty provide supervision for the practicum process, individual and group instruction for the students, and serve as liaison to the field sites. The field experience consists of at least 40 hours of direct service to actual clients. Offered on a pass/no pass basis only. 01/02/2019-05/16/2019