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Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Statement of purpose

This area of study prepares counseling professionals to provide therapeutic services to individuals who seek relief from problems that vary from everyday worries and concerns to significant mental, behavioral, and relational problems. Graduates are prepared to work with community clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, disruptive behavioral problems, substance abuse, and excessive stress, using individual or group counseling formats.

Program overview

In addition to the common core of helping skills and professional preparation courses, coursework for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) track includes training in proper diagnostic techniques and procedures, comprehensive treatment planning, theoretical applications to various client problems, and a range of courses designed to help students develop skills in working with specific populations or in specific counseling approaches (e.g., substance abuse, counseling children, counseling adolescents, and spirituality in counseling, motivational interviewing). Courses are designed to incorporate both research and practical application, keeping consistent with the scientist-practitioner philosophy of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. This program of study meets the requirements for applying as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maine.  Passing the NBCC is a graduation requirement.

Potential career areas

Students who specialize in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling  track will be prepared to practice counseling in community settings including inpatient, outpatient, and private practice. Many of our CMHC graduates work for agencies that specialize in working with a certain problem or population (e.g., substance abuse settings, child and adolescent counseling). Through internship and practicum experiences, CMHC students will be exposed to a wide variety of settings and client issues to help them clarify their career path in clinical mental health counseling.

Courses for Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Core Courses

  • •    CEC 520 Multicultural and Social Foundations of Counseling
  • •    CEC 523 Use of Standardized Tests and Inventories
  • •    CEC 549 Developmental Theories in Counseling
  •     CEC 551 Intro to School Counseling
  •     CEC 552 Effective Group Work
  • •    CEC 553 Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling
  •     CEC 556 Established Theories in Counseling
  •     CEC 557 Intro to Play Therapy
  • •    CEC 559 Counseling for Career Development
  •     CEC 560 Pre-practicum
  • •    CEC 580 Principles and Practices of School Counseling
  • •    EDS 510 Intro to Educational Research

Specialized and Elective Courses

  • •  CEC 525 DSM Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • •  CEC 548 Intro to Mental Health Counseling
  • •  CEC 585 Substance Abuse
  •   CEC Youth in Vietnam
  •   CEC Creative & Expressive Art in Counseling
  •   CEC Crisis Intervention & Disaster Response

Supervised Practicum and Internships

  • •  CEC 655 Individual Counseling Practicum
  • •  CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
  • •  CEC 694 Advanced Counselor Education Internship
Course Sequence for 2014 Cohort (6 credits per regular semester)

Mental Health Counseling Concentration

Fall 2014

CEC 556 Established Theories in Counseling
CEC 548 Intro to Mental Health Counseling

Spring 2015

CEC 553 Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling
CEC 525 DSM Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Summer 2015

CEC 523 Use of Standardized Tests and Inventories
CEC 559 Counseling for Career Development

Fall 2015

CEC 520 Multicultural and Social Foundations of Counseling
CEC 585 Substance Abuse

Spring 2016

CEC 557 Intro to Play Therapy
EDS 510 Intro to Educational Research

Summer 2016

CEC 560 Pre-practicum
(Elective of Choice)

Fall 2016

CEC 655 Individual Counseling Practicum
CEC 552 Effective Group Work

Spring 2017

CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
CEC 549 Developmental Theories in Counseling

Summer 2017

CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
(Elective of Choice)

Fall 2017

CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
(Elective of Choice)


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