About the Program
The MSMHC program offers a broad curriculum that meets Utah licensure requirements for clinical mental health counselors, and balances professional knowledge with practical experience and skill development. Based on a scientist-practitioner model, the program helps students understand the relationships between counseling theory, research, and practice as they relate to effective mental health counseling.
What You'll Learn
- Articulate the fundamental knowledge of research, theory, and practice in the field of counseling in areas including professional counseling orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, counseling and helping relationships, group counseling, assessment and testing, and research and program evaluation.
- Assess clients and apply appropriate intervention strategies to help clients resolve their problems of living.
- Establish your professional identity as a clinical mental health counselor.
- Engage in critical thinking and demonstrate a heightened self-awareness.
- Practice counseling with an acute sensitivity to issues of diversity.
- Seek ongoing professional consultation with colleagues and supervisors to foster the development of a professional network.
Plan of Study
Throughout the program, you’ll study a broad range of content areas in counseling, taking classes including Counseling Ethics, Individual Counseling, Statistics and Research Methods, Human Growth and Development, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Group Counseling. To complete your degree, you’ll participate in clinical training where you’ll receive supervised training from licensed mental health professionals and expand your applied counseling knowledge and skills.
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/counselor 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 counseling.