M.A. in Mental Health Counseling

Overview

Mental Health Counseling is a professional counseling specialty which involves the application of principles of counseling, human development, learning, theory, group dynamics, and the assessment of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior. Mental Health Counseling include the practice of prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders for individuals, families, and/or groups and consultation and education for community groups interested in promoting healthy lifestyles in the community.

Campbell University School of Education offers a three-year, 61-semester-hour graduate program culminating in a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling degree. Students in the mental health counseling program take courses each spring, summer, and fall semester. Courses are offered in the evenings, which is appealing to many working adults. Upon graduation, students will have satisfied the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Please check your state licensing board’s website for more information about licensure as a LPCA and LPC.  (http://www.ncblpc.org )

The M.A degree in Mental Health Counseling is designed to develop skilled clinicians and well-educated leaders in the field of mental health. Within a caring and challenging environment, the Mental Health Counseling program strives to facilitate the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills which will help prepare graduate students to make appropriate contributions to diverse clients, institutions, and society.

Mental Health Counseling equips a student to work in any area of counseling outside of public schools, such as non-profits, community mental health agencies, hospitals, Veteran Affairs, substance abuse treatment, and much more!

Campbell University School of Education and Counseling Programs offer a supportive community for learning. We’re dedicated to promoting Christian values in an environment of intellectual curiosity. We care about nurturing the whole person and encouraging lifelong learning.

Special Characteristics and Accreditation

Currently, all graduates have a 100% pass rate on the National Counselor’s Exam (NCE) and our scores are above CACREP and non-CACREP University National Averages.

Campbell University’s Graduate Program in Mental Health Counseling is well received in central and eastern North Carolina having graduated many students who become licensed professional counselors over the past thirty years. Most graduates have remained in the area, therefore many private and public agencies are served by substantial numbers of Campbell graduates. The faculty in Campbell’s Graduate Counseling Program has over 50 years combined experience at Campbell University as well as many years of experience in the applied counseling field. 

Every effort is made to maintain currency in terms of student requirements/coursework, consequently substantial advances have been made over time to the program. This ongoing effort is an attempt to place into the field the most qualified, competent, entry level mental health counselor possible.

Both programs in counseling (MA & MED) are in process of seeking CACREP accreditation.   A decision regarding accreditation with CACREP is expected Spring 2016. 

Handbook

The Mental Health Counseling Handbook is available in pdf.

Curriculum

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Candidates for the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Mental Health Counseling must complete the following courses (61 semester hours). This program is not designed to allow students to meet North Carolina School Counselor licensure requirements. This will allow students to be eligible to become licensed professional counselors (LPC) in North Carolina.

Course Requirements

1.     CEDU 623: Research Design and Methodology in the Counseling Profession(3)

2.     CEDU 624: Counseling Theories and Techniques (3)

3.     CEDU 626: Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling(3)

4.     CEDU 638: Assessment in Counseling (3)

5.     CEDU 641: Life-span Development (3)

6.     CEDU 644: Career Counseling (3)

7.     CEDU 645: Counseling Skills (3)

8.     CEDU 646: Group Counseling (3)

9.     CEDU 664: Abnormal Psychology for Counselors (3)

10.   CEDU 685: Spirituality, Religion, and Diversity for the Professional Counselors (3)

11.   CEDU 690: Practicum in Counseling (3)

12.   CEDU 695: Internship in Counseling (6 )

13.   PSYCH 526: Drug Treatment of Psychological Disorders (1)

14.   CEDU 544: Family Therapy (3)

15.   CEDU 683: Substance Abuse Seminar for Professional Counselors (3)

16.   CEDU 684: Crisis Intervention Seminar for Professional Counselors (3)

17.   CEDU  677: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (3)

18.   CEDU 679: Child Psychopathology for Professional Counselors (3)

19.   CEDU 680: Addiction and The Family for Professional Counselors (3)

20.   CEDU 687: Clinical Supervision (3)

21.   CEDU 689: Special Topics in Counseling – This course is not required of most students and is only utilized in rare instances for Independent Study and especially for those individuals who completed PSYCH 526 as an undergraduate and as a graduate student must must complete a different one hour course.

TOTAL 61 hours

Students who wish to add School Counselor licensure to the M.A. in Mental Health Counseling must first complete the M.A. program (48 hours), then take the following courses:

1.     EDUC 620: Survey of Educational Psychology (3)**

2.     EDUC 631: Curriculum Management (3)*

3.     CEDU 636: Counseling in the Schools (3)

4.     EDUC 663: Exceptional Children (3)

5.     CEDU 695: Internship in Counseling (6)***

* EDUC 620 and EDUC 631 are not required of students who hold a current NC teaching license.

·         CEDU 636 is a prerequisite to CEDU 695.

·         An internship (EDUC 695) is required of all counseling programs. An additional internship must be completed in a public school setting, if an M.A. student wants to add on school licensure.

Students should confer with advisors in the selection of courses.

Note 1: It is recommended that students take Education 626 as the first course in the program; if this cannot be arranged, it should be taken as early as possible.

Note 2: Prerequisites for CEDU 690: CEDU 626, CEDU 645, CEDU  646, and CEDU 636 (School counseling track). CEDU 690 is a prerequisite for CEDU 695.

Note 3: Counselor education students must apply for the practicum or internship by March 15 for fall placement or October 15 for spring placement. Students are required to find their own practicum or internship placement, which must be approved by the Counselor Education Field Experience Coordinator. If in the School Counseling Program, a student must have completed 30 academic hours prior to applying for EDUC 695, Practicum in Counseling. If a student is in the M.A. Program (61 hours), they must have completed 36 hours before applying for EDUC 695.

Note 4: Students planning for a practicum or internship placement MUST consult with the Counselor Education Field Experience Coordinator for counselor education before investigating a practicum or internship placement.

Note 5: Practicum and internship students are required to have professional liability insurance BEFORE beginning the practicum or internship.

Note 6: Any counselor education student who was a graduate of Campbell University’s UG psychology program and took PSYC 526 as part of that undergraduate curriculum may not take PSYC 526 as a graduate student. For these students, the counselor education program will offer a one-hour, “Special Topics in Counseling” course, EDUC 689.

JOINT M.A./M.Div. PROGRAM

A student may apply for the Joint M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Master of Divinity degree (M.A./M.Div.)

He/She must be formally accepted into the Graduate School in Education and Campbell University’s Divinity School. Completion of both degree tracts allows for the awarding of the M.A./M.Div. degrees.

For more information about the MA in Mental Health Counseling and joint MA/MDIV degree, contact Dr. Nick DeJesus at dejesusn@campbell.edu

 



 

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