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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Course of Study

Master of Arts in Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration
(61 Semester Hours)

AREA I:  (28 semester hours)

EPR 590 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling (Spring, 2009)
EPR 614 Lifespan Human Development
ECG 612 Professional Orientation
ECG 621 Theories of Individual Counseling
ECG 624 Assessment: Individual & Group (Prerequisite EPR 590)
ECG 626 Group Counseling: Process & Procedures (Prerequisites ECG 621)
ECG 628 Social and Cultural Diversity
ECG 630 Career Development: Vocational & Life Planning
ECG 638 Practicum I: Clinical Skills & Techniques (Prerequisite ECG 621)

*Comprehensive exams must be taken upon completion of courses in area I.  Students, may, at their own risk, choose to take the comprehensive examination during a semester in which they are concurrently enrolled in the final core courses.  However, faculty does not endorse this practice and encourages students to complete all core courses prior to taking the comprehensive examination.  Students have three opportunities to pass the comprehensive exam.

AREA II: (24 semester hours)

ECG 650 Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
ECG 600 Introduction to Community Counseling
ECG 652 Advance Counseling Techniques (fall – Monday and spring – Tuesdays)
ECG 631 Suicide Prevention Intervention and Postvention (spring – Mondays)
ECG 691 Introduction to Families and Couples Counseling (summer – Thursday)
ECG 613 Foundations of Substance Abuse (fall - Mondays and Summer – Wednesday)
ECG 651 Human Sexuality for Counselors (fall – Tuesday)
ECG 653 Counseling Children and Adolescents (summer -Tuesday)

AREA III: (9 semester hours)

Proof of background check is required prior to beginning Clinical training
ECG 695 Practicum II: Supervised Field Experience
ECG 697 Counseling Internship
ECG 697 Counseling Internship (Fall, 2008)

Professional Experiences*

New Student Orientation Personal Counseling experience (8 sessions, Fall, 2008)
Local, regional presentation (Fall, 2008)
15 hours of Chi Sigma Iota sponsored professional development activities (Summer, 2009)

*These professional experiences are in addition to all academic requirements of the Counselor Education program, the Graduate School and the School of Education.  Students should attempt to make full use of their graduate experience and are required to demonstrate professional commitment to the field of Counseling.  Membership in professional organizations and attendance and local, state, and regional and national conferences and workshops are also encouraged.


About Counselor Education

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree has concentrations in the areas of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. These concentations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students acquire core knowledge and clinical skills which enable them to enter the profession of counseling. Both counseling concentrations are designed to meet the academic course work and field experience requirements for becoming a licensed professional counselor (LPC) as established by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC).

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Program Highlights

Community Counseling Clinic
Collaboration with Genetics Counseling Program
Hall of Fame