Mental Health Counseling Program Courses

Marylhurst Mental Health Counseling Program Courses

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Two-year Mental Health Counseling Program

The mental health counseling program at Marylhurst is made up of a comprehensive counseling core that includes fundamentals in counseling therapies, assessment, group counseling, development, family therapy and other key concepts necessary for a successful and rewarding career. Plus, you will define your program of study with elective courses.

program format for mental health counseling programLow-Residency Program

Stay and work in your local community while completing this program. Mental health counseling classes are offered online and taught by Marylhurst’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty. You’ll join your network of students on campus twice each year for a four-to-five day intensive session and face-to-face instructional opportunities.

 The M.A. in Mental Health Counseling program is now accepting inquiries and applications for 2018.

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Counseling Core Courses (54 Quarter Credits)

Explore the history, theories, principles and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy while considering applications in professional settings.

Develop the ability to select, administer and interpret tests and inventories. In this course, you will consider educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal and diagnosis, data and information-gathering methods, psychometric statistics, factors influencing appraisals, and the use of appraisal results in helping processes.

Study the career counseling process, techniques and resources related to building a successful career.

Explore career development theories; occupational and educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance, and education. This course addresses lifestyle and career decision making; including program planning, resources and evaluation.

Build your understanding of counseling and consultant characteristics that influence the helping process. This includes but is not limited to age, gender, ethnic factors, and more. In this course, you will hone your essential interview and counseling skills to develop a therapeutic relationship, set goals, maintain boundaries, evaluate client outcome, and terminate.

Consider the nature and needs of individuals during childhood from a developmental perspective. Throughout this course, you will study theories of cognitive, emotional, physical, psychosocial and artistic development in children from infancy to age 12. Assessment and treatment planning exercises will expose you to both normal and abnormal personality growth and development.

Analyze and build confidence in theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories and methods.

Immerse yourself within the adolescent and young adult life-stages as you study theories of cognitive, emotional, physical, psychosocial and creative development. This course addresses assessment and treatment planning with respect to both normal and abnormal personality growth and development.

Through lectures, discussions and experiential work, familiarize yourself with best practices in assessment, standards and methods of documentation, treatment planning, treatment team reports (oral and written), case presentations, case management and ethics.

Study approaches to counseling for adults with mild to acute mental or emotional disturbances, while taking into consideration various assessment and treatment methods appropriate for adult life stages, cultural contexts and settings.

Consider aspects of professional functioning, including history and philosophy of the counseling profession; professional roles and relationships with other human service providers, credentialing, advocacy processes, and ethical and legal considerations.

Study major theoretical approaches to family and couples counseling. You will complete this course having explored both traditional and modern approaches to counseling, which include systems theory, psychodynamic and intergenerational.

Practicum, Internship & Seminar (24 Quarter Credits)

As part of this program, you will complete a practicum as you build confidence working in a clinical setting with the benefit of mentorship from respected industry professionals. An internship and seminar are also highly regarded components of the program that prepare you to lead successful careers. Our mental health counseling faculty will guide you through the practicum and internship processes and help establish necessary community connections.

Elective Counseling Courses (12 Quarter Credits)

While earning your mental health counseling degree, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to choose from an array of electives courses that focus on current theories and strategies in counseling.

 The M.A. in Mental Health Counseling program is now accepting inquiries and applications for 2018.

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