Core Curriculum

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Well-structured and carefully crafted courses

The curriculum of the Limited-Residency Master of Science program in Counseling  consists of well-structured and carefully crafted courses. The exact number of core courses is dependent on which of the four specializations a student chooses. Delivery of the coursework is through a blending of face-to-face instruction during Colloquia visits and online learning. The content of the courses ensure that every student has thorough immersion in the most up-to-date foundational knowledge that constitutes the field of mental health counseling.

Learning platform

Our electronic learning platform is called Moodle, which is an abbreviation for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Moodle supports computer based courses with a focus on interaction and collaboration among students and Instructors.   This format insures that students are learning everything they need to know to master the foundational knowledge required of a Mental Health Counselor and to pursue licensure in this field.

This interactive classroom involves discussion forums, collaborative projects with peers, community engagement and observation and other experiential elements where possible.   Each course Instructor brings the same creativity to the Moodle based, cohort courses as they would to a traditional classroom setting.  This method of delivery also helps students to know the academic areas in which they are strong and those in which they need to focus their efforts toward improvement.

Elective coursework offers other rewards. Building on the fundamental theories and knowledge contained within the core required counseling courses, students have freedom to explore in greater depth, areas of passion and interest within the broad array of counseling electives.  Our elective courses are delivered in what we call a mentored; self-directed or independent study model. With the support and tutelage of qualified mentors who are experts in a particular area, students have greater freedom to design the content and focus within the topical area of an elective course.

This blending of learning environments maintains the professional and practical aspects of counselor training while encouraging each student to maximize their own competencies in diverse areas.  Whether the course is delivered via Moodle or through Independent Study, students are called upon to manage their time and to be responsible for graduate level scholarship and critical thinking in their academic work.

Core Counseling Courses (across all specializations)

For all specializations

  • Professional Orientation to Mental Health Counseling
  • Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
  • Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling
  • Counseling Methods: Prevention and Intervention
  • Helping Relationships: Basic Counseling Skills
  • Career and Lifestyle Development: Challenges of Adulthood
  • Group Work: Clinical Theory and Practice
  • Assessment: Psychological Testing and Appraisal in Counseling
  • Professional Counseling Ethics
  • Counseling Theories
  • Supervised Counseling Practicum
  • Supervised Counseling Internship (two 3-credit courses)

Additional Core Courses

Addiction Counseling

Students in this specialization must also complete 2 elective courses in the following three courses:

  • Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse
  • Advanced Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
  • Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Social Policy

Couple and Family Therapy

Students in this specialization must also complete 2 elective courses and the following three core courses:

  • Couple and Family Counseling
  • Advanced Counseling Skills in Couple and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Theories in Couple and Family Therapy

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Students in this specialization must also complete 1 elective course and the following four core courses:

  • Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • Foundations of the Rehabilitation Process
  • Applications of Rehabilitation Technology
  • Employment and Career Development

School Counseling

Students in this specialization must also complete 2 elective courses and the following 2 additional core courses:

  • K-12 Counseling Program Development & Administration
  • Couple and Family Counseling
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