Mental Health Counseling Sample Curriculum

Core Courses (6 credits):

Human Development

Research Methods and Statistics I

Courses - Counseling Concentration (45 credits):

Philosophical Foundations of Counseling and PsychotherapyCareer Development
Principles and Practices of Mental Health CounselingApplied Practice I
Theories of Counseling and PsychotherapyEthics and Professional Conduct in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Multicultural Issues for Counseling ProfessionalsThe Group Process in Counseling
Counseling TechniquesApplied Practice II in Counseling
Internship in Mental Health Counseling (6 credits)Psychopathology
Introduction to Psychological TestingIntroduction to Group Psychotherapy

Courses - Counseling Electives (9 credits):

Career Development IIPsychopharmacology
Family CounselingCounseling the Aged
Counseling the Abuser of Drugs and AlcoholHuman Sexuality
Marital Counseling and TherapyChemical Dependency
Counseling the Divorced and SeparatedIntroduction to Pastoral Counseling: Foundation, Theory, Practice
Seminar in Pastoral Counseling

Psychology and other University courses can be elected with the advice of and/or permission of the student's advisor and the program director.

Sequence of Counseling Courses:

Students are reminded that certain courses are sequential and may not be taken out of sequence. Students are not permitted to take Applied Practice II and Internship simultaneously. Students seeking their M.A. degrees in Mental Health Counseling must complete their degrees prior to applying for and enrolling in school certification programs.

The counseling sequence is:

Coun 504 Philosophical Foundations of Counseling & PsychotherapyCoun 518 Applied Practice I
Coun 525 Theories of Counseling & PsychotherapyCoun 544 Counseling Techniques
Coun 523/Coun 545 Applied Practice IICoun 524/Coun 552 Internship

Certain courses (i.e., Coun 544, Coun 523 and Coun 545) are not available during summer sessions. Some courses (i.e., Coun 521 and Coun 543) are summer only courses. Internship (excluding M.A. program) courses are not available during summer sessions.
Full-time students in the Counseling Programs should expect to spend a minimum of five (5) academic semesters (6 for Mental Health concentration) in order to complete their degree requirements.
Admission to Applied Practice II and Internship require permission of the academic advisor or applied practice/internship instructor. All degree students must take a minimum of six credit hours (part-time) or nine credit hours (full-time) per semester and follow the program cohort model (see Departmental Student Handbook for details).


The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms, a shared research laboratory, a stress and coping laboratory, a neuropsychology laboratory, and a curriculum library that includes books and journals related to psychology.

In addition to these features, the McGowan Center also houses the Psychological Services Center, an outpatient mental health clinic that serves the local community and is an important training ground for psychology and counseling students.