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Degree Offered

Master of Science

Specializations

Addiction Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling

Program Description

Our master of science in clinical mental health counseling is dedicated to training professional counselors in evidence-based and emerging best practices and prepares students to practice as a professional counselor. Course work focuses on human development, psychopathology, assessment, theories of counseling, consultation, crisis and disaster response, ethical and legal issues, multicultural issues and counseling research, as well as individual, group, family and counseling interventions. Field experiences, small group experiences and practicum and internship are required and lead to the development of science-practice integration in all of our graduates. 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Requirements

The master of science degree program in clinical mental health counseling, with specialization options in addiction counseling or in child and adolescent counseling, requires 60 credit hours and successful completion of a comprehensive examination. The following courses are required:

COUN 6000Introduction to Counseling3
COUN 6003Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
COUN 6010Professional Ethics and Legal Issues3
COUN 6020Life-Span Human Development3
COUN 6030Theories of Counseling3
COUN 6040Multicultural Counseling3
COUN 6051Research Methods in Counseling3
COUN 6060Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
COUN 6070Assessment in Counseling3
COUN 6080Career Development and Counseling3
COUN 6120Group Counseling3
COUN 6400Leadership and Administration of Mental Health Counseling Services3
COUN 6965Counseling Practicum3
COUN 6986Internship in Counseling (completed over multiple terms)6
Optional specialization courses listed below

As part of their course work, students must also complete a practicum and an internship in an approved clinical mental health counseling setting. More detailed requirements can be obtained from the department office. The master of science degree can be completed under Plan A, which requires a thesis, or Plan B, which does not require a thesis.

Addiction Counseling

The optional specialization in addiction counseling provides students with additional training concentrated on clinical services to clients experiencing difficulties with addictions and co-occuring disorders. In addition to the core requirements for the clinical mental health counseling program, students are required to take the following courses:

COUN 6002Addictions Counseling3
Electives9
Total Credit Hours12

Child and Adolescent Counseling

The optional specialization in child and adolescent counseling provides students with training concentrated on the provisions of clinical services to children, adolescents and their families. In addition to the core requirements for the clinical mental health counseling program, students are required to take the following courses:

COUN 6300Counseling with Children and Adolescents3
COUN 6130Family Counseling3
Electives6
Total Credit Hours12

Counseling Psychology Courses

COPS 6010. Professional Ethics and Legal Issues. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines the ethical foundations and current ethical and legal guidelines for professionals in the behavioral health field. Prereq: Cons. of instr.

COPS 6410. Psychopharmacology. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to psychopharmacology including central nervous system, basic drug mechanisms, modes of drug action, medication treatment for psychological/psychiatric disorders and efficiency of drugs. Prereq: COUN 6060.

COPS 8000. Introduction to Counseling Psychology. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the specialization of counseling psychology, including the history, philosophical bases and current and emerging directions Emphasis on critically reviewing literature in the field and examining psychologist roles and functions. Prereq: Cons. of instr.; admission to counseling psychology program.

COPS 8010. Behavior Disorders in Children and Youth. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced study of emotional, cognitive, behavioral and social problems of childhood and adolescence. Major topics include: (a) nature, etiology and incidence within a developmental/interactionist framework; (b) diagnostic and classification systems; (c) psychological, educational and medical intervention-management approaches and (d) research and program evaluation methods. Prereq: COUN 6020 or equiv.

COPS 8030. Theories of Learning. 3 cr. hrs.

Systematic survey of theories, methods, and research findings in learning. Advanced treatment of selected topics.

COPS 8031. The Development of Memory and Cognition. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced study of normal development of memory and cognition and instructional strategies useful for importing memory abilities in learning disabled children and young adults. Prereq: COUN 6020 or equiv. and COPS 8030 or equiv.

COPS 8032. Theories of Motivation. 3 cr. hrs.

Classical and contemporary theory and practices. Motivation in complex situations, including set, level of aspiration, frustration and consumer motivation.

COPS 8040. Social Basis of Behavior. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced study of the problems and paradigms of social psychologists and how they are used by the practitioner. Major topics include: socialization, value and attitudes, social comparison, conformity and group dynamics.

COPS 8100. Neuropsychology. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to discipline of neuropsychology, brain-behavior relationships, neuropsychological mechanisms in neuropathological conditions, neuropsychological assessment and treatment. Prereq: COPS 8210 and cons. of instr.

COPS 8210. Cognitive Assessment. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the theory and practice of cognitive assessment. Development of skills in administration and interpretation of intelligence and achievement tests and writing testing reports; introduction to special topics of testing children and neuropsychological assessment. Prereq: Cons. of instr.

COPS 8220. Personality Assessment. 3 cr. hrs.

Extension of assessment skills developed in COPS 8210. Development of skills in selection and interpretation of objective personality assessments and self-report inventories, integration of results in testing reports and an introduction to projective personality assessment. Prereq: COPS 8210 and cons. of instr.

COPS 8230. Projective Assessment. 3 cr. hrs.

Supervised study in administration, interpretation, and application of projective techniques. Prereq: COPS 8220 and cons. of instr.

COPS 8240. Advanced Assessment. 3 cr. hrs.

Survey of specialized areas of psychological assessment for infants, children and adults. Focuses on psychological testing in developmental, educational, occupational/career, hospital/disability, mental health, medical and legal contexts. Prereq: COPS 8100 and COPS 8220.

COPS 8310. Intermediate Research and Statistics. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced topics in univariate and bivariate statistical analyses and related methodological issues. Covers analysis of variance, correlation, nonparametric statistics and multiple regression. Includes use of statistical software. Prereq: COUN 6051 or equiv. and EDPS 6050 or equiv.

COPS 8311. Advanced Statistics and Research. 3 cr. hrs.

A comprehensive survey of multivariate data analysis. Reviews multiple regression and proceeds through an introduction to structural equation modeling. Includes use of statistical software. Prereq: COPS 8310 or equiv.

COPS 8320. Measurement and Evaluation. 3 cr. hrs.

Psychometric theory, test construction and evaluation procedures. Includes use of statistical software for investigating the reliability and validity of educational and psychological instruments. Prereq: COPS 8310 or equiv.

COPS 8330. Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology. 3 cr. hrs.

Survey of qualitative research methods used in psychology. Includes discussion of the evolution of qualitative research in counseling psychology, as well as other related fields and the controversies therein. Prereq: COPS 8311.

COPS 8931. Topics in Counseling Psychology. 2-3 cr. hrs.

In-depth study of theories and concepts in counseling psychology which, because of their topicality, are not the subject of a regular course. The special topics will be designated in the Schedule of Classes. Prereq: Cons. of instr.

COPS 8953. Seminar in Counseling Psychology. 1 cr. hr.

Examines trends in the field with emphasis on current practices in professional psychology. Prereq: COPS 8965; and cons. of instr.

COPS 8954. Seminar and Practicum in Supervision. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Examines theory, research and the practice of supervision in counseling psychology. Reviews ethical and professional guidelines for the training and supervision of counselors and psychologists. Includes practicum experiences supervising master's and/or doctoral students. Continues over two consecutive terms for a total of 3 credits, and includes weekly seminar and group supervision meetings. Two credits are taken in the fall term and one credit is taken in the spring term. Prereq: COPS 8965 and cons. of instr.

COPS 8955. Internship Preparation Seminar. 0 cr. hrs.

Assists advanced students in making appropriate plans and developing strong applications for their predoctoral psychology internships. Monthly meetings are required of all students in the year prior to applying for internship. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dir. of training.

COPS 8965. Counseling Psychology Practicum. 1-4 cr. hrs.

S/U grade assessment. Prereq: COUN 6965 or equiv. and cons. of dir. of training.

COPS 8986. Internship in Counseling Psychology. 1 cr. hr.

Supervised experiences in professional psychology. Internships must be planned in accordance with the departmental Counseling Psychology Internship handbook. A minimum of 2000 hours over one calendar year required. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.; cons. of dir. of training.

COPS 9987. Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Preparation: Less than Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

COPS 9988. Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Preparation: Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

COPS 9989. Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Preparation: Full-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

Counseling Courses

COUN 6000. Introduction to Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the philosophical bases, history and development of counseling as a profession. Includes an emphasis on ethical and legal issues, as well as a focus on counselor roles and functions in various settings and current issues in professional practice. Addresses active listening and provides training in entry-level counseling skills through a laboratory experience. Prereq: Enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health or School Counseling program or cons. of dept. ch.

COUN 6001. Foundations of School Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on the principles and techniques of school counseling, as outlined by the American School Counselor Association National Model for School Counseling Programs. Covers consultation with parents and school personnel, program planning and curriculum intervention, roles and functions of counselors and other school personnel and contemporary school counseling issues. Prereq: COUN 6000 and COUN 6020.

COUN 6002. Addictions Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to theory and research about the prevention and treatment of substance abuse disorders. Emphasizes research-supported strategies and counseling skills designed to meet individual client needs. Prereq: COUN 6000.

COUN 6003. Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduces the roles and perspectives of clinical mental health counselors. Focuses on the professional knowledge base, skills and practices that are essential for counseling in a wide variety of clinical mental health settings. Introduces mental health delivery models and concepts, prevention strategies, interventions with target populations, crisis intervention, disaster responses and interventions for clients with mental disorders and their families. Prereq: COUN 6000.

COUN 6010. Professional Ethics and Legal Issues. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers the ethical foundations and standards of the counseling profession. Focuses on how to apply ethical standards and legal and professional guidelines to situations faced by counselors in educational and clinical mental health counseling settings. Issues relevant to training, credentialing and professional issues in the field of counseling are discussed. Prereq: COUN 6000.

COUN 6020. Life-Span Human Development. 3 cr. hrs.

An examination of the interaction among biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence human development over the life-span. Reviews theoretical frameworks describing optimal human development, as well as the developmental etiology of problematic behaviors. Discusses educational and counseling implications of these issues.

COUN 6030. Theories of Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Reviews and critically analyzes the major theoretical systems of counseling, as well as current research about counseling and therapy. Focuses on applying theoretical approaches and techniques to client conceptualization and counseling practice.

COUN 6040. Multicultural Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers current theory, research and practice approaches within the field of multicultural counseling. Explores the topic of cultural diversity across multiple aspects of identity, with a focus on implications for professional practice, including advocacy work. Concurrent field experiences and/or small group experiences may be required. Prereq: COUN 6000 and COUN 6030.

COUN 6051. Research Methods in Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Reviews theories underlying various research methodologies and the research process. Methods for needs assessment and program evaluation are considered. Includes development of a research proposal including the identification of a research problem and preparation of a research plan. Prereq: COUN 6000, COUN 6030 and COUN 6070.

COUN 6060. Psychopathology and Diagnosis. 3 cr. hrs.

Covers concepts of psychopathology and introduces methods of assessment and diagnosis for children, adolescents and adults with major mental disorders and personality disorders. Multiple perspectives of clients' emotional and psychological distress, disturbances and behaviors are considered. Focuses on the development of students' knowledge and skills to use the DSM diagnostic system while including acknowledgement of client strengths and resilience and the social and cultural context.

COUN 6070. Assessment in Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the basic concepts and methods for the psychological assessment of individuals in school, work and mental health settings. Testing and assessment is presented within an ethical, social and cultural context. Students' knowledge and skills to select, use and interpret selected standardized tests, checklists and rating forms are developed. Measures for assessing intelligence, achievement, personality, vocational interests and mental health issues are covered as is the use of clinical interviews to identify client issues. Prereq: COUN 6000.

COUN 6080. Career Development and Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Reviews theoretical approaches of career counseling and programming, as well as psychological, social and cultural factors that influence life-long career/vocational development. Components of career development programs and services are considered, as well as sources and uses of occupational and educational information. Prereq: COUN 6000, COUN 6020, COUN 6030 and COUN 6070.

COUN 6110. Individual Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines the theory and research on individual counseling. Emphasizes skill development in the techniques and methods of counseling. Concurrent field experiences may be required. Prereq: COUN 6000 or COUN 6003 and cons. of instr.; or COPS 8000, COUN 6020 and cons. of instr.; admission to degree program.

COUN 6120. Group Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Purposes, functions, types, and principles of group counseling. Dynamics of group interaction. Leadership of groups. Understanding of and ability to engage in and evaluate small group processes and relationships. Students experience group processes and the therapeutic value of groups by participating as members of an in-class group or facilitating a group off-campus. Prereq: COUN 6000 and COUN 6030; concurrent field experiences may be required.

COUN 6130. Family Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to theoretical approaches and methods of family counseling. Overview of the history and current issues in family counseling. Prereq: COUN 6000 and concurrent or previous enrollment in COUN 6030.

COUN 6210. Behavior Therapy. 3 cr. hrs.

Learning theory applied in home, school, and other settings. Includes behavioral assessment (interviewing, checklists, observation) and intervention procedures (reinforcement, token economies), maintenance and generalization issues, single subject research design, self-control.

COUN 6220. Consultation Strategies. 3 cr. hrs.

Analysis of consultation models, designing and implementing intervention strategies and evaluation of the total process. Introduction to the role and functions of a consultant. Analysis of current conceptual models, overview of design and implementation of intervention strategies and evaluation methods. Prereq: COUN 6000.

COUN 6300. Counseling with Children and Adolescents. 3 cr. hrs.

Developmental stages and tasks of children and adolescents; theories and techniques of developmental and remedial counseling with children and adolescents; warning signs, possible causes and prevention and intervention strategies of behavior problems. Focuses on the assessment and integration of strength-based counseling approaches in counseling children and adolescents and addresses collaboration and consultation with families, schools and communities. Prereq: COUN 6000; COUN 6001 or COUN 6003; and COUN 6030.

COUN 6400. Leadership and Administration of Mental Health Counseling Services. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the knowledge and skills for counselor leadership roles in clinical mental health counseling services. Focuses on leading a community counseling agency with consideration to: effective administrative and business operational aspects of mental health services, the role of state regulations in the operation of mental health services, clinical supervision, licensure, finance, disaster and crisis planning and creating an effective work environment. Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in COUN 6986.

COUN 6410. Leadership and Educational Administration for School Counseling. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on leadership and educational administration practices essential to the development of a comprehensive school counseling program within K-12 educational settings. Examines contemporary educational leadership practices and educational policy, principles of collaboration and teamwork in schools, organizational structure of schools, school emergency management policies and practices, school-community relations and the importance of these topics to school counseling practice and comprehensive school counseling program development. Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in COUN 6986.

COUN 6931. Topics in Counseling. 2-3 cr. hrs.

In-depth study of theories and concepts in counseling which, because of their topicality, are not the subject of a regular course. Specific topics will be designated in the Schedule of Classes. Prereq: Cons. of instr.

COUN 6965. Counseling Practicum. 1-3 cr. hrs.

A supervised practicum experience that requires a minimum of 100 clock hours (including 40 direct hours) and leads to the development of counseling skills. Students engage in their practicum activities at approved sites in the greater Milwaukee area and meet on-campus weekly for a didactic seminar that furthers counseling skills and provides group supervision. Prereq: COUN 6000; COUN 6001 or COUN 6003 which may be taken concurrently.

COUN 6970. School Counseling Practicum. 1-3 cr. hrs.

A supervised practicum experience that requires a minimum of 100 clock hours (including 40 direct hours) and leads to the development of counseling skills. Students engage in their practicum activities at approved sites in the greater Milwaukee area and meet on-campus weekly for a didactic seminar that furthers counseling skills and provides group supervision. Prereq: COUN 6000; COUN 6001 which may be taken concurrently.

COUN 6986. Internship in Counseling. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Supervised counseling experiences in assessment, diagnosis, intervention, prevention and consultation. Students engage in the internship activities at approved sites in the greater Milwaukee area and meet on-campus weekly for a didactic seminar and group supervision. Three credits of internship require a minimum of 300 clock hours of practicum activities. Prereq: COUN 6000; COUN 6001 or COUN 6003; COUN 6020, COUN 6030, COUN 6060, COUN 6070 and COUN 6965 or COUN 6970;COUN 6040, COUN 6120 and COUN 6130 must be taken concurrently with COUN 6986; additional prerequisites may be required within each area of specialization.

COUN 9984. Master's Comprehensive Examination Preparation: Less than Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

COUN 9985. Master's Comprehensive Examination Preparation: Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

COUN 9986. Master's Comprehensive Examination Preparation: Full-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.