COUN 605: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This course is designed to introduce students to the profession of clinical mental health counseling. This course will examine the historical, societal, cultural, and fiscal dimensions of clinical mental health counseling. Students will engage in a critical examination of the roles, functions, ethical responsibilities and settings of mental health counseling professionals. Roles of mental health counselors will be examined including the counseling process, assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, crisis intervention, resource development, and advocacy. Programmatic functions of clinical mental health counselors will be discussed including an understanding of needs assessments, prevention education, program development, grant writing, fiscal management, and program evaluation. Ethical, legal, and professional issues related to mental health counseling will be presented, including issues related to clinical private practice settings. Students will study issues related to credentialing, licensure, and professional development. Students will also learn skills in technological competence and computer literacy necessary for effective professional mental health counseling practice. 3 hours lecture. 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisites: COUN 552; COUN 577; COUN 588