Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Curriculum

Required Orientation Course: 1 course required
COU CP501 - Orientation to the Profession and its Practice (credits: 0) 

Required (Core) Courses: 16 courses required
COU CX510 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3) 
COU LS659 - Lifespan Development (credits: 3) 
COU PS635 - Professional Issues and Ethics (credits: 3) 
COU PA535 - Psychological Assessment for Counselors (credits: 3) 
COU CN520 - Psychopathology (credits: 3) 
COU SB515 - Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (credits: 3) 
COU CC524 - Diversity, Difference and Inclusion (credits: 3) 
COU CN501 - Clinical Skills and Practicum I (credits: 4) 
COU CN502 - Practicum II (credits: 3) 
COU CD501 - Career Counseling (credits: 3) 
COU FX510 - Introduction to Family Therapy (credits: 3) 
COU GR501 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3) 
COU CO500 - Consultation, Collaboration, and Community Partnerships 
Elective Courses: 3 courses required
Students who do not elect to have a concentration, may take 3 electives of 3 credits each from any of the concentrations (as long as they meet pre-requisites if needed), or from any of the following courses:
COU HU535 - Spiritually-Oriented Psychotherapy (credits: 3) 
COU SB631 - Eating Disorders (credits: 3) 
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment (credits: 3) 

Curriculum Summary:
Total number of courses required for the degree: 19 minimum
Total credit hours required for the degree: 60 minimum

Recommended Course Sequences:
Full-time Sequence (2 years)
Part-time Sequence (3 years)
Part-time Sequence January start (2.5 years)
Part-time Sequence January start (3.5 years)

Area of Emphasis Requirements

Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis: 12 credits
Degree Total: 63 credits
COU FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 3) 
COU FX650 - Therapy with Couples (credits: 3) 
COU FX670 - The Contemporary Family (credits: 3) 
COU FX690 - The Role of Intimacy and Human Sexuality in the Family (credits: 3) 
Note: Students in this area of emphasis also meet the requirements to obtain the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist credential in Massachusetts.

Expressive Arts Therapy Area of Emphasis: 9 credits
Degree Total: 60 credits
COU ET601 - Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 3) 
COU ET650 - Advanced Expressive Therapies: Theory and Practice (credits: 3) 
Plus one of the following 3-credit Expressive Therapy electives:
COU ET630 - Introduction to Play Therapy (credits: 3) 
COU ET640 - Psychodrama and Drama Therapy (credits: 3) 
COU ET670 - Multicultural and Trauma-Sensitive Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 0)

Forensic & Correctional Counseling Area of Emphasis: 9 credits
Degree Total: 60 credits
COU MH531 - Mental Health and Counseling in the Legal System (credits: 3) 
COU FS611 - Criminal Behavior (credits: 3) 
Plus one of the following 3-credit courses:
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment (credits: 3) 
COU FS501 - Sex Offender Evaluation and Treatment (credits: 3) 
COU FS616 - Human Trafficking: Introduction for Mental Health Providers (credits: 1) 

Health & Behavioral Medicine Area of Emphasis: 9 credits
Degree Total: 60 Credits
COU PC521 - Introduction to Counseling in Medical Settings (credits: 3) 
COU PC611 - Behavioral Medical Interventions (credits: 3) 
COU PC620 - Topics in Public Health: Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Program Design and Evaluation (credits: 3)

College-wide Concentration Requirements

African & Caribbean Mental Health Concentration: 5 credits + 1 immersion experience
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA: 60 credits
Degree Total: 65 credits*
*Add 3 credits if majoring in the Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis
COU AC600 - Mental Health Disparities: Multicultural & Global Perspectives (credits: 2)
Immersion Course (credits: 1)
Plus one of the following 2-credit courses:
COU AC620 - Introduction to African & Caribbean Mental Health (credits: 2)
COU AC700 - Cultural Foundations: The Experiences of African and Caribbean Groups in the U.S. (credits: 2)
Note: Students in this concentration need to have 25% of their total caseload experience working with African and Caribbean individuals or families. Students who take this concentration will add 5 credits to their program.

Global Mental Health Concentration: 5 credits + 1 immersion experience
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA: 60 credits
Degree Total: 65 credits*
*Add 3 credits if majoring in the Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis
COU AC600 - Mental Health Disparities: Multicultural & Global Perspectives (credits: 2)
Immersion course (credits: 1)
Plus one of the following 2-credit courses:
COU AC610 - Introduction to Global Mental Health (credits: 2)
COU AC710 - Fundamentals of Global Mental Health (credits: 2)
Note: Students in this concentration need to have 25% of their total caseload experience working with refugees or immigrants. Students who take this concentration will add 5 credits to their program.

Latino Mental Health Concentration: 4 credits
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA: 60 credits
Degree Total: 64 credits*
*Add 3 credits if majoring in the Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis
COU CC549 - Introduction Latino Culture (credits: 1) 
COU CC562 - LMH Summer Immersion I (credits: 0) 
COU CC560 - LMH Immersion Seminar (credits: 1) 
COU CC550 - The Experience of Latinos in the United States I (credits: 1) 
COU CC551 - Clinical Work with Latinos I (Clinical Work with Latinos in the United States) (credits: 1) 
Note: Students in this concentration need to have 25% of their total caseload experience working with Latinos. Students who take this concentration will add 4 credits to their program.

Military & Veterans Psychology Concentration: 5 credits
(8 credits if primary concentration does not include COU TR602)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA: 60 credits
Degree Total: 65 or 68 credits*
*Add 3 credits if majoring in the Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis
CLI TR540 - Meeting the Needs of Returning Veterans (credits: 2) 
CLI MV522 - Substance Abuse and Addictions in Military and Veteran Communities (credits: 1) 
CLI MV540 - Trauma and the Military (credits: 1) 
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1) 
Note: Students in this concentration need to have caseload experience working with veterans or related populations. Students who take this concentration will add 5 credits to their program (if their program allows for the TR602 course); otherwise, they will add 8 credits to their program.

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