Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a program offered face-to-face and online. This program is designed to prepare students for licensing as a counselor in the State of Texas. The university cannot confirm whether the program meets requirements for licensing in any other state. Students seeking licensing in another state assume responsibility to determine whether the program meets licensing requirements in that state.

Curriculum (60 hours)

Core Courses (51 hours)

COU5301 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling

COU5310 Individual and Family Lifespan Development

COU5314 Assessment of Individuals and Families

COU5320 Research in Counseling

COU5340 Professional Issues, Ethics, and Law

COU5353 Psychopathology of Individuals and Families

COU5355 Advanced Psychopathology

COU5360 Counseling Theory and Practice

COU5361 Techniques of Individual and Family Counseling

COU5362 Career Counseling

COU5363 Group Psychotherapy

COU5364 Crisis Counseling

COU5365 Advanced Techniques

COU5381 Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy

COU5383 Counseling Children, Adolescents and their Families

COU5384 Addictions

COU5385 Multicultural Counseling

Clinical Experience Courses (9 hours)

COU5391 Counseling Practicum

COU5392 Counseling Internship I

COU5393 Counseling Internship II

Comprehensive Exam

COU6062 Comprehensive Examination

*Courses that are bolded are residency courses for the online program.  Students enrolled in the online program will be required to come to campus (for one week/on three occasions) to satisfy the practice portion of each of these courses.

Course Descriptions

COU 5301 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This course provides a base of knowledge about the counseling profession, its history, philosophy, and identity. Also covered are the roles & responsibilities of the professional counselor in working competently with diverse populations through personal challenges and crises and toward wellness and prevention.

COU 5310 Individual and Family Lifespan Human Development. Examines the stages of individual development as they occur in the context of the family life cycle. Consideration will be given to how various tasks, transitions, and events impact individuals and families at different stages of life. Students will integrate a linear individual perspective to human development with a systemic family perspective.

COU 5314 Assessment of Individuals and Families. Examination of the major individual, marital, and family assessment strategies and instruments. Students will receive training in the use of both testing and non-testing approaches to assessment and appraisal. Attention will be given to the relationship between assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Fee $200.

COU 5320 Research in Counseling. Examination of major individual, marital, and family assessment strategies and instruments. Training in use of testing and non-testing approaches to assessment and appraisal. Attention given to process of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Fee $50.

COU 5340 Professional Issues, Ethics, and Law. Focuses on the development of a professional attitude and identity as a marriage and family therapist and a professional counselor. Areas of consideration will include professional socialization, the role of professional organizations, licensure and certification, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, codes of ethics, the role of the therapist in court proceedings, and inter professional cooperation. 

COU 5353 Psychopathology of Individuals and Families.  Detailed overview of psychopathology and analysis of psychopathology in educational and clinical counseling settings. Students will receive training in the use of the DSM-IV and its application. Diagnostic and treatment planning skills will be facilitated through the use of case studies.

COU 5355 Advanced Psychopathology. Examines psychiatric diagnoses and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, theories of psychopathology, treatment planning, case conceptualizing and basic knowledge of psychopharmacological medications. Fee: $100. 

COU 5360 Counseling Theory and Practice. Examination of the major theories and models of counseling. Ethical and culturally relevant issues of in-person and technology-assisted relationships and the impact of technology on counseling is examined. Students expected to develop a coherent theoretical rationale for their therapeutic interventions.

COU 5361 Techniques of Individual and Family Counseling. Introduction to the skills involved in developing effective helping relationships. The processes, principles, and techniques associated with counseling are explored. Experiential component fosters the development of basic interviewing, listening, and counseling skills. Additional techniques and resources are reviewed and evaluated. 

COU 5362 Career Counseling. Reviews concepts, issues, and trends in the field of career counseling and career education. It is designed to consider the role of the counselor in the career decision-making process of individuals across the lifespan. Consideration will be given to the relationships between work, career development, and family functioning. Fee: $100.

COU 5363 Group Counseling. Study of theoretical foundations of group counseling and group work. Emphasis on dynamics associated with group process and development. Ethical and culturally relevant strategies for designing and facilitating groups. Students are provided direct experiences to participate as group members and leaders in small group activities. Fee: $100. 

COU 5364 Crisis Counseling. Study of crisis with emphasis on appropriate behaviors and responses to crisis. Applied therapeutic counseling in general and crisis intervention are presented along with strategies to alleviate crisis and deal with crisis aftermath. 

COU 5365 Advanced Techniques. Supervised experience in counseling through role-playing, recorded interviews, observation analysis, evaluation of interviewing techniques.

COU 5381 Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy. Comprehensive overview of the various theories and models of marital and family therapy. Consideration will be given to the therapeutic skills and assumptions associated with the following treatment approaches: cognitive-behavioral, inter-generational, narrative, solution-focused, structural, and strategic. Students will participate in an in-depth exploration of their own families of origin. 

COU 5383 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families. Intensive overview of therapeutic strategies for working with children, adolescents and their families. Consideration will be given to developmental psychopathology. Techniques and strategies from Adlerian, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and systemic approaches will be presented. Fee: $100.

COU 5384 Addictions. Study of definitions of addiction, substance abuse and dependence, and counseling persons with substance abuse disorders and process disorders. Holistic approach to treatment and recovery is emphasized. Assessment, initial treatment, and intervention techniques are explored for rehabilitation of substance use disorders.

COU 5385 Multicultural Counseling. Review of multicultural counseling literature. Focus on promotion of self-awareness and self-knowledge, facilitation of the construction of cultural knowledge to increase awareness and sensitivity to issues affecting multicultural populations, identification of intervention strategies applicable to multicultural clients, and promotion of development of a personal philosophy of substance abuse disorders. 

COU 5391 Counseling Practicum. Integration of didactic and clinical material in the supervised practice of individual, group, marital, and family therapy. Weekly group and/or individual supervision sessions are included. PRE: Approval of Department Chair. Fee: $60.

COU 5392 Counseling Internship I. Integration of didactic and clinical material in the supervised practice of individual, group, marital, and family therapy. Weekly group and/or individual supervision sessions are included. PRE: Approval of Department Chair. 

COU 5393 Counseling Internship II. Integration of didactic and clinical material in the supervised practice of individual, group, marital, and family therapy. Weekly group and/or individual supervision sessions are included. PRE: COU 5392 and approval of Department Chair. 

COU 6062 Comprehensive Exam. Comprehensive, computer based examination for a graduate degree in CMHC. To be taken during the last semester, in conjunction with COU 5393.