Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program Student Handbook

3. Program of Study and Curriculum

3.1 Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Description


Atthis time theClinical Mental Health Counselingprogram is a full-timecohort program with classes from 3:05-5:50 and 6:00-8:45 pm Mondaythrough Thursday. Every effort is made so students are on campus only two days per week for classes. The program is designed to provide comprehensivetrainingforindividuals who wish to counsel diversepopulations in a varietyofmental health settings. Curricular experiences encompass opportunities to explorethe developmental, social,and cultural foundations of behavior across the life span, practicepsychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills, and complete extensive field experiences inorderto applyknowledge and skills in professional settings.

3.2 Accreditation


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CMHC) is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The CMHC Program is a practitioner-scientist program consisting of 60 credit hours including 1,000 hours of clinical experience (330-hour practicum & two 335-hour internships). This program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). The program also offers elective courses required for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

3.3 Curriculum and Degree Requirements


The curriculum meets the 2009 CACREP Standards by integrating the eight core curriculum experiences and the six clinical mental health counseling domains.

Degree Requirements 

Grades of “B” or better are required in all graduate courses.

  

- Core requirements:  48 credit hours of graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling coursework

  

- Electives: 12 credit hours of graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling coursework

  

- Practicum: 330 contact hours

 

- Internship: 335 contact hours

  

- Passing score on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

 

Degree Evaluation

Major: Clinical Mental Health Counseling  

Degree: Master of Science

 

At this time the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a full-time cohort program with classes from 3:05-5:50 and 6:00-8:45 pm Monday through Thursday. The program is designed to provide comprehensive training for individuals who wish to counsel diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. Curricular experiences encompass opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings.

 

Major Requirements (48 hrs)

Grades of "B" or better are required in all graduate courses.

Students must apply to graduate by the published deadline during their final semester.

  • MHS 6486 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3 hrs
  • MHS: 6404: Theories in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6700: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6941: Clinical Counseling Skills 3 hrs
  • MHS 6876: Clinical Research & Outcome in Mental Health Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6070: Psychopathology 3 hrs
  • MHS 6428: Counseling Diverse Populations 3 hrs
  • MHS 6510: Group Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6205: Assessment and Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6305: Career Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6490: Sexual Issues in Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6401: Counseling in Community Settings 3 hrs
  • MHS 6450: Addictions Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6800: Practicum (330 contact hours) 3 hrs
  • MHS 6830: Internship (335 contact hours) 6 hrs

Electives (12 hrs)

see semester schedule for additional options

  • MHS Overview of Brief Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6430 Introduction to Family Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6431 Advanced Seminar in Family Counseling 3 hrs
  • MHS 6440 Counseling Couples 3 hrs
  • MHS 6500 Advanced Practice in Group Therapy 3 hrs
  • MHS 6930 Counseling Military Families 3 hrs

 Click here for the current graduate catalog's course listings and descriptions

CMHC Domains Core Curriculum Experiences
Foundations Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice; Human Growth and Development
Counseling, Prevention, and Intervention Helping Relationships; Group Work
Diversity and Advocacy Social and Cultural Diversity
Assessment Assessment; Career Development
Research and Evaluation Research and Program Evaluation
Diagnosis Embedded in all eight

 

 



3.4 Sample Timeline for Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Year 1

 

 

1st Semester (Fall)

2nd Semester (Spring)

3rd Semester (Summer)

- MHS 6486: Human Development Across the Lifespan 3hrs

 

- MHS: 6404: Theories in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3hrs

 

- MHS 6700: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling 3hrs

 

- MHS 6941: Clinical Counseling Skills 3hrs

 

 - MHS 6876: Clinical Research & Outcome in Mental Health Counseling 3hrs

 

- MHS 6070: Psychopathology 3hrs

 

- MHS 6428: Counseling Diverse Populations 3hrs

 

- MHS 6510: Group Counseling 3hrs

 

- MHS 6205: Assessment and Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling 3hrs

 

- MHS 6305: Career Counseling 3hrs

 

- MHS 6490: Sexual Issues in Counseling 3hrs

Semester Total: 12 credit hours

Semester Total: 12 credit hours

Semester Total: 9 credit hours

Year 2

 

 

 4th Semester  (Fall)

5th Semester (Spring)
6th Semester (Summer)

- MHS 6401: Counseling in Community Settings 3hrs

- MHS 6800: Practicum (330 contact hours) 3hrs

- Elective 3hrs

- MHS 6830: Internship (335 contact hours) 3hrs

  

- MHS 6450: Addictions Counseling 3hrs

  

- Elective 3hrs

 

- MHS 6830: Internship (335 contact hours) 3hrs

- Electives 6hrs

Semester Total: 9 credit hours

Semester Total: 9 credit hours

Semester Total: 9 credit hours

 



3.5 Practicum and Internship


Please refer to the Clinical Practicum/Internship Handbook for detailed information.

 

S tudents must complete all the first year courses as indicated above before theycanenroll in Practicum.  Enrollment in the first Internship class takes place in semester 5 which is the spring term of the second year.



3.6 Electives


All electives are 3 credit hours and some are subject to change during any academic year.  With advice of the student’s advisor and/or approval of the program director students may be allowed to take elective courses in other program areas.  Some of these areas include nutrition, public health, geriatric management, health administration and working with special needs individuals.  The list below reflects those CMHC courses currently offered as electives.

  • MHS6402 Overview of Brief Counseling
  • MHS6430 Introduction to Family Counseling
  • MHS6431 Adv. Seminar in Family Counseling
  • M HS6440 Counseling Couples
  • MHS6500 Advanced Practice in Group Therapy
  • MHS 6XXX Counseling Military Families
  • MHS6930 Special Topics in Counseling.  Special topics are subject to change.  Special topics offered in the past two years include Introduction to Coaching, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and Psychopharmacology.  Potential new electives may include Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability.


3.7 Independent Study


MHS 6905 Directed Independent Study in theClinical Mental Health CounselingProgram affords students an opportunityto work with a faculty on a topic of interest to both of them. Typically an independent study is reserved for doing research with a faculty or for working on a project that is not addressed in a traditional course.  If a student is interested in pursuing an independent study it is best that they outline their proposal, contact the professor or professors with whom they would like to work, and discuss the viability of the project.  If the professor believes the project to be viable and gives tentative approval, the student will then more thoroughly design theproposed work,specificallythesyllabus —and bring this to the professor(s) for final approval.   In the proposal the students will need to identify the following: 

  • thecorequestions orproblems being explored;
  • construction of a strategyfor investigatingthem;
  • a map of r e adings, writings, and discussions orotheractivities aimed at achieving the proposed goals.

AnIndependent study proposal must be approved priorto officiallyenrollingintheIndependentStudy. There is a formal independent study contract that must be signed by the sponsoring faculty, program director and department chairperson.  Once approved this contract is submitted to the advisement office so the student can register for the independent study. 

 


NOTE: the CMHC Program Director must clear Out-of-Program Independent Studies.


  
Theprimaryjob of the faculty with whom the student will be working on an independent study is to: 1) provide preliminary feedback onthe proposal and the accompanying assignments; 2) consulton revisionstotheoriginalproposal if necessary; 3) provide a preliminary end-of the-semester review; 4) meet regularly with the student during the semester of the independent study; 5) assist with research methodology if appropriate; and 6) discuss and evaluate the final product to include feedback and a final grade. 


3.8 Time Limits for Program Completion


Students must completetheirdegreewithin fiveyearsfrom the timetheyare admitted and begin their first semesterof coursework.  When coursework completed atUNFor elsewhere exceeds fiveyears, the credit hours are renderedinvalid.  In order to be possibly accepted the courses must be submitted for revalidation bytheProgramDirectoraccording to theprocedures foundin the GraduateCatalog.Ifa courseis not validated,additional courseworkwill be required andadded to theprogram ofstudy.Students should make everyeffort to completetheirdegreewithin thetime limits established.

3.9 Continuous Enrollment


Students who do not take classes for three consecutiveterms areautomaticallydroppedfrom the Clinical Mental Health CounselingProgram and must reapplyforadmission.Ifprogram requirementshavechanged afterthestudentis dropped, the student will beobligatedto meetnew program requirements upon re-admission.

3.10 Incomplete Grades


S tudents who encounterextenuatingcircumstances that precludetheircompleting all course requirements by theendoftheterm may, at theinstructor’s discretion, receiveagradeof Incomplete.” The student must completethe coursewithin thetimelimit set bytheinstructor, not to exceed one calendaryear. To extend an incompletebeyondoneyear, thestudent must petition for awaiverofUniversitypolicy.

 

University policy dictates that an"I" will be changed to afinal evaluativegrade of F after one year unless the student works with a faculty member to make a change. This “F” grade will be calculated into the student’s GPA.  Students cannot re-register for courses in which an incomplete grade is outstanding. 

 



3.11 Course Validation


Nocourse completed tenyears priorto thedateofgraduation can beincluded in the program of study. Courses that are fiveto ten years oldatthetimeofgraduation maybevalidated, but this is decided on acase-by-casebasis. Each student’smentor/adviserwill advise them on howto validatethesecourses, which mayinclude, but is not limited to, takingexams, retakingthe course,completingselected assignments, orbyinterviewand approval of theprofessorwho originally taught the course.

3.12 Student Evaluation


The CMHC faculty members havean ethical obligation to both thestudents and to students’future clients.As such, itis the responsibilityofthe facultyto preparestudents to becomeskilled and ethicalcounselors. Throughouteach students experience--from theinitial interview throughthe completion ofthe internships --facultymembers useboth formal and informal means of observing, intervening,and guidingthem in ordertoensurethat each students potential is maximized and thatfutureclients are protected. Students’competence and suitabilityfortheprogram aresubject to anon-going and broadlybased evaluation by program faculty.Inaddition toacademicperformance, students’ professional competenceand conduct will also beevaluated.  Decisions regarding continued study are basedupon demonstrated competencein eachofthefollowingareas: interpersonal skills, ethical judgment,andprofessional maturityand demeanor. 

3.13 Application for Graduation


S tudents must submit a formal graduation application to theRegistrar’s Officebythedeadline datelisted in theUniversityCalendaron the Universityweb site: www.unf.edu . The application can bedownloaded at: http://www.unf.edu/registrar/download.html .