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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Curriculum

New Curriculum for Fall 2013

The Clinical Mental Helath Counseling Master's degree program is transitioning to 60 credits.  Students entering in Fall 2013 or later will follow this advisement sheet.

Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling - 54 Credits

Our curriculum will prepare you with appropriate academic preparation and personal growth opportunities to serve as a professional master's degree-level counselor. You are expected to develop a high level of self-awareness, a strong knowledge base and competent counseling skills in order to practice ethically and professionally within a diverse society.

Consistent with these expectations is the emphasis placed upon your growth in exhibiting the dimensions of warmth, empathy, unconditional positive regard, genuineness and congruence. During your time in the community and agency counseling program, you will gain an understanding of how humans grow and develop, how they learn, and how social, cultural, economic, religious, political, and educational systems impact personal development.

Get a description of each of Cal U's Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree.


 

Area I: Core Courses Required For Candidacy
Course NameCredits

CED 702 Counseling Theory

3

CED 710 Counseling Skills and Techniques

3

CED 724 Experiential Group Process

3

CED 789 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

Area II: Advanced Counseling Core
Course NameCredits
CED 705 Developmental Group Counseling3
CED 720 Cross-cultural Counseling3

CED 786 Career Counseling

3

Area III: Field Education
Course NameCredits

CED 711 Practicum in Counselor Education

3

CED 712 Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education

6

CED 787 Integration, Collaboration and Consultation

3

Area IV: Pyschological Foundations
Course NameCredits

CED 717 Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health

3

PSY 713 Psychology of Growth and Development

3

PSY 721 Advanced Tests and Measurements

3

Area V: Research
Course NameCredits

CED 785 Research Methods in Counseling 

 3

Area VI: Clinical Core
Course NameCredits

CED 708 Substance Abuse and Addiction

3

CED 735 Introduction to Family Therapy3
CED 791 Crisis Counseling and Disaster Preparedness3
Elective3
Elective3

Practicum/clinical field experience: Practicum and clinical field experience are taken near the end of the student’s program. Practicum requires a minimum of 150 hours on-site. The student will be supervised by a professional in his/her area of interest. The clinical field experience requires a minimum of 600 hours under the supervision of a professional in the student’s area of interest. This will be arranged in consultation with the field site coordinator.