Master of Arts in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Courses

(All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted, and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

1st Year


CSL 5130 Life Span Development

This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

CSL 5101 Professional Orientation & Issues in Counseling

This course provides an overall orientation to the counseling profession, including the professional roles, functions, and relationships that counselors hold, counseling practice, history of the discipline, licensing, professional organizations within the discipline, and contemporary issues in the field.

CSL 5280 Ethics, Laws & Standards of Professional Practice*

This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting those practicing in human services. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. This course must be taken at University of the Rockies and may not be transferred from another institution.

CSL 5290 Theories & Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy

This course is an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and existential/humanistic schools of psychology, as well as corresponding models of counseling and frequently used assessment and therapeutic techniques. The primary focus in the course is on the development of both skills and rationale in the application of intervention strategies to treatment and case management.

CSL 6210 Survey of Psychopathology

This course includes an examination of DSM criteria for each disorder listed, differential diagnoses, and etiological theories as revealed in the most recent research in the field. Students become acquainted with the most efficacious treatment options and have an opportunity to review and analyze the techniques that lead to successful outcomes with clients.

CSL 5400 Statistics & Research Design

This course emphasizes statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

CSL 6851 Counseling Practicum (1 credit)

Students gain direct supervised clinical experience providing counseling services to individuals, couples or groups. 100 contact hours of client service are required for each credit hour. Prerequisites: Completion of Practicum Application and permission of instructor.

CSL 5410 Physiological Bases of Behavior

This course is designed to provide the student with a foundation of human physiology including the nervous, hormonal, reproductive, and sensory systems, and the attendant functions of digestion, sleep, learning and memory, emotion and other human biological functions. The course provides an essential knowledge base for most other offerings in the field of psychology.

CSL 5420 Principles of Social Psychology

This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social psychology, including social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

CSL 6852 Counseling Practicum (1 credit)

Students gain direct supervised clinical experience providing counseling services to individuals, couples or groups. 100 contact hours of client service are required for each credit hour. Prerequisites: Completion of Practicum Application and permission of instructor.

CSL 6501 Psychology of Personality

This course explores the major theories of personality including Psychodynamic, Behavioral, Biological, Cognitive, Trait-Factor, and Humanistic/Existential approaches. Students study individual theories and compare and contrast these theoretical positions in terms of current research. In addition, students explore the relevance and application of personality theories to the profession of psychology.

CSL 5330 History of Psychology

This course introduces students to the theoretical systems, methods of inquiry, and terminologies associated with the history of psychology. The course is grounded in a broad historical understanding that builds a framework for understanding the contemporary field of psychology. The focus is on the major systems of Associationism, Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, and Existential/ Humanistic.

CSL 6853 Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

2nd Year


CSL 5610 Psychometrics: Tests & Measurements

This course involves the study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. The focus is on the process of measuring and differentiating variables of psychological interest. Students explore basic concepts of measurement and the principles of test construction. The course familiarizes the prospective professional psychologist with the common tests used in psychological and educational practice. These include intellectual, aptitude, and achievement tests; interest inventories; personality tests; and social measures.

CSL 6160 Family Systems & Dynamics

This course is an introduction to the systems approach to intervention with families. It includes a historical perspective on family theory development. The focus is on obtaining knowledge and theory about the nuclear family in traditional and alternative forms. Normal family patterns of interaction, family life cycle, family of origin, family subsystems, and societal influence are explored. Contemporary issues and outcome research literature are reviewed. This course serves as a knowledge base for further study of assessment, treatment, and intervention with families.

CSL 6854 Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

Elective


CSL 5530 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences

This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

CSL 6855 Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

CSL 6120 Lifestyle & Career Development

This assessment course focuses on the evolution of the concept of career development. Students review the major theories and their application to the collection, evaluation, and use of career information for counseling psychology as it applies to individuals and groups across the adult life span. Students also learn to use assessment instruments (MBTI, FIRO-B, Strong, etc.) and integrate the findings in vocational counseling situations as they relate to adults.

Elective


CSL 6856 Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

CSL 6470 Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

This course is a study of the history, theory, and practice of group counseling and psychotherapy. Several major contemporary models of group counseling are examined. Instructional methods include both didactic presentations and experiential methods. Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in a training group as a group member and as a leader. A strong emphasis is placed on ethical standards and self-assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses that affect group leadership.

Elective


CSL 6857 Counseling Internship (1 credit)

The Counseling Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom and Internship experience that students have completed and to allow them to begin practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP.)

Comprehensive Exam


Choose From the Following Electives:

CSL 6230 Treatment of Family Violence

This course explores the major personal and social theories of family violence, including elder abuse. The course focuses on severe marital conflicts, rape, and physical and emotional violence. The cycle of family violence is examined with emphasis on societal factors that contribute to this behavior. Students explore causality and treatment alternatives for victims and perpetrators as well as current research findings in the field.

CSL 6370 Addiction Counseling

This course addresses the basic models and theories of addiction, substance abuse and chemical dependence.; assessment, diagnosis and differential diagnosis of substance use disorders (including assessment with the AUI, ASI, MAST and others); and treatment models and modalities for addicted or substance abusing clients.

CSL 6580 Human Sexuality & Sexual Disorders

This course focuses on the sexual response cycle, sexual identity, and the treatment of sexual disorders in clinical practice. The primary emphasis is on the way in which a disturbance in the processes of the sexual response cycle (desire/excitement/orgasm/resolution) leads to sexual dysfunction. The student also becomes familiar with the paraphilias and gender identity disorders.

CSL 6600 Theories & Techniques of Marriage & Family Therapy I

This course is a didactic integration designed to introduce the student to the foundations of marriage and family therapy. It provides an overview of the major theoretical approaches to marriage and family therapy. Assessment techniques and intervention strategies are presented for all of the schools of thought, with an emphasis on intergenerational, communication, experiential, structural, and behavioral approaches.

CSL 6820 Treatment of Children & Adolescents

This course examines effective treatment modalities for at risk populations of children and adolescents. Intervention strategies to support the child within the school, community, and family system are discussed and demonstrated through case studies and video vignettes. The course targets a variety of disorders, the most notable of which are ADD, ADHD, Autism, PDD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Phobias, NARD, OCD, Fragile X Syndrome, and other genetic disorders.

CSL 6585 Play Therapy (2 credits)

This course is designed to acquaint students with the types of children with whom therapy is appropriate and to help students improve their ability to conduct meaningful assessment interviews with children, parents, and teachers. The course emphasizes the play therapy approach to psychotherapy with children and familiarizes the student with current law and play therapy techniques addressing physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children, including theoretical understanding of play therapy techniques.

CSL 6570 Comparative Styles in Parenting (2 credits)

This course reviews the various styles of parenting and guiding the development of children and adolescents. Styles are compared and contrasted, with specific targets toward assisting parents in the marriage and family counseling process.

CSL 6575 Couples Communication (2 credits)

This course provides an examination of the types and levels of effectiveness of communication employed by couples. Areas of focus include communication media, modalities, styles, techniques, and methods of interpretation used by couples.

Total Credits 61


* This course may not be transferred in.
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