About the Program
The MSMHC program offers a broad curriculum that balances theoretical study with practical experience. Based on a scientist-practitioner model, the program helps students understand the relationships between theory, research, and practice as they relate to effective mental health treatment.
What You'll Learn
- Articulate the fundamental knowledge of research and theory from a broad range of clinical perspectives.
- Assess individuals, families, and groups using appropriate theory and skills, and derive intervention strategies for your clients.
- Apply what you study in the field, providing high quality care alongside licensed professionals.
- Establish your identity as a professional counselor in the local community.
- Develop important ethical skills and an acute sensitivity to issues of diversity.
- Hone your professional skills with guidance from supervisors and colleagues.
Plan of Study
Throughout the program, you’ll study a broad range of theoretical perspectives, taking classes including Counseling Ethics, Individual Counseling, Statistics and Research Methods, Human Growth and Development, Substance Abuse, and Group Psychotherapy. To complete your degree, you’ll participate in clinical internships where you’ll receive on-the-job training from licensed professionals and expand your applied knowledge of mental health services.
An appreciation and understanding of diverse cultures and systems is critical to all mental health counseling fields. This course explores the complexities of culture and its influence on the client/therapist relationship. You’ll develop cultural sensitivity, learn culturally responsive intervention strategies, and increase your awareness of how cultural backgrounds, experiences, belief systems, attitudes, values, and biases influence the counseling process.
Human Sexuality and Counseling
This course examines the role of sexuality in human life, including the influences of cultural, familial, psychological, biological, and spiritual factors. We’ll explore the dynamic complexities of sexuality through a variety of mediums from text and film, to dialogue and experiential exercises.
Psychopathology and the DSM
In this course, we’ll provide an overview of adult psychopathology, including major psychological disorders, associated symptom clusters, etiological factors, accepted treatments, and relevant research findings. We will also examine the empirical challenges to diagnostic accuracy and the social and cultural factors that affect diagnosis and treatment.