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Mental Health Counseling - Counselor Education


Program Curriculum

Emporia State University's program is unique in that its 60 hours meet the core requirements of both Kansas and national certifying and licensing boards. In addition, the elective and clinical experiences allow for diverse interests.

Most of our classes are taught face to face in the classroom; a few are taught online.

Clinical Experience

Practical experience in a counseling setting is an essential part of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to obtain their counseling experience in a variety of settings suited to their career interests. The practicum experience is gained through the on-campus Community Counseling Services Clinic which has state of the art digital video recording equipment for use in supervision of students’ counseling sessions. The internship experience is an in-depth, on-the-job experience geared to a specific interest and/or a career objective of the student. Students are able to obtain internship experiences in numerous counseling agencies. Practicum and internship students receive weekly clinical supervision on campus from full-time faculty in the Mental Health Counseling Program.

Core Courses

 
CE 708 MULTICULTURAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING AND RELATED FIELDS 3
CE 810 PRE-PRACTICUM: COUNSELING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 2
CE 820 CAREER COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT 3
CE 825 COUNSELING THEORIES 3
CE 830 GROUP PROCESSES IN COUNSELING 3
CE 833 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDERS 3
CE 835 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF APPRAISAL IN COUNSELING 3
CE 893 ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND LEGAL ISSUES 3
ER 752 ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH (non-thesis option) 3
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ER 851 RESEARCH DESIGN AND WRITING (thesis option) 3
MH 700 INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 3
MH 770 RELATIONSHIP AND FAMILY COUNSELING 3
MH 880 THESIS IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 3
MH 890 ADMINISTRATION IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAMS 2
MH 898 PRACTICUM IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 3
MH 899 MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERNSHIP 1-6
RE 670 ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE IN COUNSELING 3
RE 746 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY II 3
RE 832 PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY 3
ELECTIVES (Non-Thesis Option) 8
ELECTIVES (Thesis Option) 5
Total Hour Required
60

 

CE 708 MULTICULTURAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING AND RELATED FIELDS: 3 HRS.
This course is designed to meet growing demand for culturally competent mental health service providers by providing graduate students in Art Therapy, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation Counseling with a foundation in multicultural counseling. The text provides interpretation, examination, and information on a broad range of cultures and potential views of therpay and treatment. Students are expected to comprehensively evaluate their own ethnic upbringing and belief systems, as well as a broad range of other cultural value systems to enhance their level of understanding. Course material will be experienced through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including: reading, discussion, verbal presentation and experiential. This course will highlight the use of imagery and metaphor with counseling and art therapy settings. Given the language barriers which may inhibit conventional verbal counseling and therapeutic approaches, the non-verbal symbol systems in arts-based intervention can prove to be extremely effective with diverse cultures.

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CE 810 PRE-PRACTICUM: COUNSELING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: 2 HRS.
A study of characteristics of and techniques for establishing effective counseling relationships. The class provides an opportunity for personal growth, development of basic counseling skills, and improved interpersonal counseling relationships. This will be accomplished through group exchange of ideas, feelings, and attitudes through didactic and experiential activities.

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CE 820 CAREER COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, SC810, or concurrent.) An introduction to career counseling with various types of clientele. The theoretical emphasis is on the development aspects of career decision making from childhood through adulthood. Attention is given to various information sources and techniques for counselors to use in assisting clients with appropriate approaches to decision making.

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CE 825 COUNSELING THEORIES: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, SC810 or concurrent.) A close look at various theories of counseling and their applicability to the individual counselor and his/her prospective counseling situation. The use of various tools in the specific approaches to counseling. The application of theory in dealing with personal concerns in education, private practice, rehabilitation and other agency settings will be examined.

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CE 830 GROUP PROCESSES IN COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisite, 9 graduate hours in MHC or permission required.) This course provides an understanding of group dynamics, stages of group development, group leadership styles, group counseling methods and skills, and presents group process theories and methods applicable in all group counseling settings. Specifically, this course is designed to provide experiential techniques and intervention strategies essential for counselors treating mental disorders in therapeutic groups in mental health settings. Part of this course provides students the opportunity to participate in brief counseling groups facilitated by the professor during which techniques and interventions reflecting various group counseling theorists and group processes are implemented.

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CE 833 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDERS: 3 HRS.
This course provides an overview of the diagnostic criteria utilized in the diagnosis of mental illness. Assessment, psychopharmacology, treatment and rehabilitation modalities will be explored. Using lecture and case studies, students will be provided with experience in diagnosing mental disorders and developing appropriate treatment/rehabilitation plans.

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CE 835 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF APPRAISAL IN COUNSELING: 3HRS.
This course focuses on the theory, standardization, and application of various assessment instruments necessary for conducting a comprehensive Mental Health Evaluation and doing mental health counseling. These assessment instruments include projective and standardized personality tests, aptitude, intelligence, achievement, and interest inventories. Administering, analyzing, and interpreting the findings of assessment instruments and the writing of comprehensive mental health evaluations is the major emphasis of this course

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CE 893 ETHICAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND LEGAL ISSUES: 3HRS.
This course will examine codes of ethics, professional behavior, ethical issues, and legal and liability concerns facing practitioners working in art therapy and mental health counseling. This course introduces codes of ethics, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical supervision, practice and research, the development of a professional attitude and identity by examining the role of professional socialization, the development of cultural competence, professional organizations, licensure, and certification. The course places particular emphasis on issues of confidentiality, child abuse, elder abuse, and ethical dilemmas associated with dual-role relationships, as well as the use of creative arts within art therapy or the counseling setting. Other topics include issues associated with psychotherapy, multiculturalism, research, advertising, and challenges related to specific work settings. Participants will examine professional credentialing specific to art therapy and mental health counseling. Art therapy and counseling techniques for addressing ethical issues and credentialing taught and demonstrated through experiential exercises along with written assignments and presentations.

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ER 752 ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH: 3 HRS.
An introductory graduate level course in research methodology designed to allow the student to function as a knowledgeable consumer of research in his/her field of endeavor. The content of the course should prepare the student to evaluate informal descriptive studies in their field.

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ER 851 RESEARCH DESIGN AND WRITING: 3 HRS.
Develop competencies in designing research proposals and writing of research work. Introduction to theoretical concepts and research. Investigate, evaluate and discuss various types of research studies and designs. A study of variables related to research problems and hypotheses. Development of first three chapters of thesis or research problem.

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MH 700 INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Consent of instructor) This course serves as the basic course introducing students to the theoretical and historical framework within which a mental health counselor functions. The student will be introduced to various mental health professions and to the interfacing of all mental health professions.

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MH 770 RELATIONSHIP AND FAMILY COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisite, 9 graduate hours in MHC or permission required.) This course serves as an introduction to marriage and family counseling. This course presents the basic theories, history, issues, and procedures followed in marriage and family counseling. In addition, this course focuses on giving the student experience in completing relevant documentation and appraisal instruments pertinent to marriage and family counseling. The ethical, legal, and related professional issues as well as implications of socio-cultural and lifestyle diversity relevant to the field will be covered. Major approaches will be demonstrated and discussed.

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MH 880 THESIS IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(ER851 or Consent of Thesis Chair) A student completes an important research study appropriate to Mental Health Counseling.

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MH 890 ADMINISTRATION IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAMS: 2 HRS.
(Permission required) This course will provide students with an understanding of various principles of mental health/human services administration and management, and supervision models. Students will explore their own management and supervisory styles as well as principles of effective leadership. Students will gain knowledge in understanding the necessary components for planning and evaluating in human service programming, customer satisfaction, organizational culture, funding resources, and regulations and laws. The impact of funding sources, e.g. Medicaid, Medicare, and JCAHO and accrediting agencies will also be examined.

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MH 898 PRACTICUM IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
(Prerequisites, SC805, SC810, SC825 and at least one of the following: SC820, SC710, MH830, RE832, or MH700, and permission is required.) This supervised practicum will assist students to improve their counseling skills through counseling sessions with clients. The course provides opportunities for students to obtain supervised practice in the area of group counseling, as well as experience in preparing case notes, consulting with other professionals, and critiquing audio and video tapes of counseling sessions. Students receive one hour of individual and one and one-half hours of group supervision each week. Liability insurance coverage is required.

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MH 899 MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING INTERNSHIP: 1-6 HRS.
(MH898) This course supports interns who are engaged in field experiences at a site or sites that offer opportunities for working with mental health clients. Over the course of their program, interns complete 900 clock hours of experience for 9 hours of academic credit. The intern will engage in individual and group counseling, and may engage in family counseling, substance abuse counseling and work with a variety of populations in various settings. In addition, interns will perform a variety of other activities that a regularly employed staff member in the setting would be expected to perform. The internship is a cognitive and skill-building opportunity that must extend the intern beyond her/his current skill and knowledge base. Each intern will learn experientially through their own site work, as well as from the insights, information, and evaluation of other sites from class peers.

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RE 670 ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE IN COUNSELING: 3 HRS.
This course will introduce the student to the different theories of addiction: (1) biological, (2) psychodynamic, (3) social learning, (4) systems, (5) sociocultural, and (6) spiritual, and their implications for counseling. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cultural variables that influence alcohol and substance use across the various microcultures. The phenomena of dual diagnosis (alcohol and substance abuse coexist with another disabling condition) will be explored. Culturally relevant counseling and rehabilitation strategies will be explored.

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RE 746 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY II: 3HRS.
This is a graduate level course addressing the application of psychopharmacologic interventions as a component of comprehensive mental health care. Initial emphasis placed on scientific study of the actions of drugs and their effects on mood, sensation, thinking, and behavior. The course assists the counselor in training understand their role in working with medical professionals in the concurrent treatment of mental health issues using an interdisciplinary approach. Additionally, students will examine the ethical uses of psychopharmacology within the context of consumer care and service planning. Students will examine their role in the process of referring consumers for prescription medications including identifying medical health professionals for referral, providing consumer information to the prescribing professional, and the collaborative relationship between the mental health professional and prescribing professional.

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RE 832 PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY: 3 HRS.
This course focuses on understanding the psychosocial process involved in adjusting to disability. The major characteristics of disability that impact adjustment will be explored as well as stage theories typically cited when referencing the adjustment to disability. Social, environmental, and political factors that impact how persons with disabilities are viewed in society will be discussed. A developmental approach will be taken as life stages will be explored. The impact that disability has on personality development, sexual functioning, families, and social functioning will also be covered.

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