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Clark Atlanta University
School of Education
323 Rufus E. Clement Hall
James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone:  404-880-8505
Email: counseloreducation@cau.edu

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 Credits)

 

Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare candidates for professional counseling positions in a variety of community settings, including clinical mental health agencies, hospitals, juvenile justice agencies, and substance abuse treatment facilities.  Graduates of the program are prepared to provide individual and group counseling, clinical counseling services, education and lifestyle development, and career planning, all in diverse settings. The curriculum of this program qualifies graduates to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE).

 

General Objectives

Upon graduation from the CAU counseling program, graduates should meet the following objectives:

  • Comprehend and adhere to professional ethical standards and identity, including: the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, professional roles and responsibilities.
  • Understand the uniqueness of human diversity and how it relates to the context of relationships, and issues in a pluralistic society.
  • Understand and apply scientific processes, theory, and concepts to human behavior, human service systems and problems in human behavior at all developmental levels.
  • Understand and integrate career theories, career decision making. Career planning and career assessment in counseling through work at an agency or school.
  • Understand and apply basic helping skills necessary for effective counseling and consultation with individuals and groups in schools or agencies.
  • Learn group theory and group practice as related to dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods, and group approaches,
  • Understand individual and group assessment approaches and their utility in a pluralistic society.
  • Understand appropriate research methods (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, case study), statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation methodologies, as well as ethical concerns for conducting research and evaluating research in a pluralistic society.
  • Understand and use basic technology: PowerPoint, Prezi, appraisal instruments, World Wide Web, e-mail, google docs and excel.

 

 

 

 

Program Objectives

  1. Facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the lifespan.
  2. Prevent, diagnose, and treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and associated distresses which interfere with mental health.
  3. Conduct assessments and diagnoses for the purpose of establishing treatment goals and objectives.
  4. Plan, implement, and evaluate treatment plan using counseling treatment intervention and practices consistent with the ethical and professional standards of the counseling professionals.

                 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students pursuing the Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will:

  1. Integrate conceptual theories and practical skills in counseling practices.
  2. Utilize individual and group appraisal approaches in clinical counseling services.
  3. Demonstrate professional disposition in carrying out the role and the responsibilities of a clinical counselor.
  4. Utilize statistical data, analysis and assessment methods to conduct research.
  5. Apply ethical standards in decision-making and counseling practices.
  6. Utilize current technology to access information, current trends, communicate effectively, and increase productivity and service delivery.

 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must meet the General Admissions Requirements of the University as published in this Catalog.

 

Endorsement

The Department of Counselor Education endorses the licensure requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

 

Degree Requirements

In addition to the General Degree Requirements as published in this Catalog and those specified by the School of Education, students pursuing the Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must complete the following course requirements:

 

  1. Common Core Courses: 30 Credits

COUN 501-Introduction to Counseling (3)

COUN 502-Helping Relationships Skills (3)

COUN 503-Human Growth and Development (3)

COUN 504-Theories of Counseling (3)

COUN 505-Group Counseling (3)

COUN 506-Career Counseling (3)

COUN 507-Research and Measurement (3)

COUN 508-Individual and Group Appraisal (3)

COUN 509-Counseling Diverse Populations (3)

COUN 510-Professional Ethics and Legal Application (3)

 

Specialty Courses: 15 Credits

COUN 531-Addictions Counseling (3)

COUN 532-Counseling Couples and Families (3)

COUN 533-Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)

COUN 534-Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)

COUN 535-Abnormal Psychology and Diagnostic Systems (3)

 

Professional Clinical Courses: 9 Credits

COUN 530-Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum (3)

COUN 542-Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I (3)

COUN 543-Clinical Mental Counseling Internship II (3)

 

  1. Qualifying Examinations

Must take after the completion of required Core Courses. The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination format consists of objective based questions.

 

Plan of Studyfor Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 Credits)

Year One

 

Fall Semester

Cr

 

Spring Semester

Cr

COUN 501

Introduction to Counseling

3

COUN 503

Human Growth & Development

3

COUN 502

Helping Relationship Skills

3

COUN 505

Group Counseling

3

COUN 504

Theories of Counseling

3

COUN 509

Counseling Diverse Populations

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

9

 

TOTAL

9

 

Summer Session*

 

 

 

 

COUN 510

Professional Ethics and Legal Applications

3

 

 

 

COUN 533

Counseling Children and Adolescents

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

6

 

 

 

Year Two**

 

Fall Semester

Cr

 

Spring Semester

Cr

COUN 506

Career Counseling

3

COUN 508

Individual & Group Appraisal  

3

COUN 507

Research & Measurement

3

COUN 532

Counseling Couples and Families

3

COUN 534

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

COUN 530

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum

3

 

TOTAL

9

 

TOTAL

9

 

Summer Session

Cr

 

 

 

COUN 535

Abnormal Psychology & Diagnostics

3

 

 

 

COUN 531

Addictions Counseling

3

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

6

 

 

 

Year  Three

 

Fall Semester

Cr

 

Spring Semester

Cr

COUN 536

Trauma and Grief Counseling

3

COUN 543

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II

3

COUN 542

Clinical and Mental Health Counseling Internship I

3

COUN 539

Theories of Personality I

3

 

                                                        TOTAL

6

 

TOTAL

6