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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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(licensure track)

Read what alumnae have to say about the our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, and see why it can be so valuable to your career!

Read what alumnae have to say about our MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, and see why it can be so valuable to your career!

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSCMHC) offers a rigorous 24 month, 60-credit, degree program that provides the educational preparation for licensure in the state of New Hampshire. The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program involves an intensive internship program, in which students are placed according to their talents and career ambitions, and mentored by the host organization, an New England College faculty member, and the Director of the  Mental Health program.

New England College is proud of our strong history of partnering with mental health and counseling organizations. NEC serves as an educator of organization staff, an employer of adjunct faculty, and the program and organizations work together to benefit all parties in developing clinical internship placements. 

Program Outcomes

As a result of participating in this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to be self-reflective and engaging in personal awareness and growth regarding their intra- and interpersonal processes;
  • Understand and incorporate an identity as a professional counselor;
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop helping relationships with diverse populations and demonstrate sensitivity and competency in skills in cultural diversity;
  • Understand and demonstrate developmentally appropriate individual counseling, group counseling, and systemic interventions;
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand concepts and skills relating to career interventions;
  • Evidence skills in effective written and oral communication, including those most utilized in the mental health counseling field;
  • Demonstrate technological competence to meet the needs of course work and employment in the field of counseling;
  • Understand and apply ethical reasoning and decision making to dilemmas faced by professional counselors, and demonstrate understanding of common legal issues within the field;
  • Show leadership and advocacy skills in supporting both individual and systemic change;
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate assessment techniques, considering presenting problem, developmental, cognitive and cultural perspectives;
  • Identify contemporary issues in the human services field and their impact on clients, consumers, organizations, and human service providers;
  • Research and evaluate the effectiveness of counseling and systemic interventions and service programs;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods for clinicians including completing an active research project as a capstone;
  • Demonstrate acquired fund of knowledge and clinical skills through a successful internship placement of at min.700 hrs, with at least 300 of those hours requiring direct, clinical client activity.

Schedule 2016-2018

Internship Contract Internship Agreement Form

Internship Handbook with Evaluation Forms

Course Descriptions

PS 5000 Orientation Seminar

This seminar is designed to orient new community mental health counseling students to the field of mental health and the requirements and expectations of licensed mental health practitioners in New Hampshire and New England. Students will also spend time designing their course of study at New England College with the guidance of the Program Director. (0cr)

PS 5140 Human Growth and Development

Building on a conceptual foundation of Piaget and Erickson, this course focuses on the application of contemporary thinking in the field. It considers human development from adolescence through late adulthood. Topics to be covered include heredity, environmental factors, and cognitive, emotional, physical, and psychosocial aspects of the developmental process. Current research will be examined and its applicability to treatment will be discussed.

PS 5210 Abnormal Psychology

Based on the DSM-IV, this course is designed to provide an in-depth examination of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment methods associated with psychopathology. Students will gain an understanding of the social implications of psychiatric diagnosis, recovery, and stigma commonly associated with mental illness. The clinical application of these principles will be explored through case studies, role-play, and class discussions.

PS 5220 Fundamentals of Scholarly Writing and Research

This course will set the stage for graduate school writing and research expectations.  An overview of APA style will be provided; Library and data base resources will be reviewed. Students will develop the ability to discern peer reviewed articles from general literature. (1cr)

PS 5510 Theories of Counseling

Theoretical and practical foundations of the psychotherapeutic process are presented in this course. Approaches to counseling will be explored with the primary focus on the brief treatment model emphasizing outcome-based interventions. Students will learn to establish and maintain the therapeutic frame, rapport, assess needs, and develop treatment plans through role play, case presentations and discussion.

PS 5520 Counseling and Psychological Skills

This course is a continuation of Theories of Counseling. Student will develop the skills to effectively design, implement, and evaluate counseling strategies that help the client enhance functioning in targeted areas. Emphases will be placed on the interpersonal dynamics inherent in the process, ethical issues, and technique.

PS 5530 Group Therapy

Students will develop a thorough understanding of the theory and method of group therapy. The student will learn to think and intervene systemically in order to facilitate effective positive change in the individual through group dynamics. The ethical and professional issues inherent in this modality will be discussed.

PS 5910 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Service Management

This course will help students explore the relationship between the law, and the framework of ethics, and human service organizations. Legal duties and the rights of clients and providers will be discussed. The course will also provide a forum for the exploration and analysis of ethical questions and value dilemmas encountered by managers and clinicians in human service.

PS 5920 Testing and Assessment

Designed as a practical introduction to psychological testing and assessment, this course covers the basics in psychological assessment including statistical concepts used in testing, as well as test development, administration, scoring, and interpretation. Topics include intelligence, achievement, neuropsychological assessment, objective and projective personality testing, and testing of ability, aptitude, and attitudes. The course is designed to enable students to become competent and critical readers of testing data and research, to improve their knowledge of referral options, and to integrate testing data in treatment planning and therapy.

PS 6170 Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Counseling Field

This course is designed to provide mental health counselor and human services students with an overview of substances abuse and dependency. This course examines the various etiological factors that contribute to substance abuse and dependence, including neurobiological, genetic, psychological, socio-cultural, environmental, spiritual, and contextual factors. Emphasis will be placed on a biopsychosocial model, highlighting the inter-relationship between such factors. Special emphasis will be placed on comorbid disorders, differential diagnostic issues, and the various methods used to evaluate substance use problems. Historical & contemporary treatment modalities will be reviewed, including detoxification, self-help philosophies, assessment techniques, individual, group and family modalities, dynamics of motivation, and relapse prevention. Barriers to effective treatment will also be discussed. This course examines the various aspects of professional practice, including case management functions, record keeping, report writing, consent to treatment, confidentiality and disclosure.

PS 6180 Program Planning and Evaluation

It is essential for practitioners to determine whether the mental health services they are providing really help the people they are intended to serve. Students will develop skills in the areas of program evaluation, needs assessment and outcome measurement. They will learn the most effective tools and tasks associated with examining, appraising, analyzing and demonstrating program performance.

PS 6190 Multicultural Issues in Mental Health

This course is designed to promote development of a theoretical and practical framework for effective delivery of mental health services within the context of multiculturalism. In addition to exploring the effects cultural diversity has on helping relationships, this course will examine the relationship that ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, minority status, aging, and disability in understanding multicultural factors. Students will identify practice-based strategies that address cultural challenges to service delivery including the impact of individual prejudices and discrimination.

PS 6350 Career Development

Theories and stages of career development will serve as the foundation for an exploration of life planning and career development. Career planning will be considered as a process of continuous self–assessment, careful selection, skill development, goal setting, and decision-making. The course will examine career development from the dual perspective of personal development.

PS 6620 Research Methods

The elements of research design and basic qualitative and quantitative methods will be studied in the context of community mental health practice and programs. Issues related to research problem formulation, project feasibility, ethics, and presentation of data and writing will also be addressed. Students will develop theoretical bases and techniques for conducting their own research. Mental Health Counseling students will demonstrate proficiency by completing and presenting a Capstone project as a component of this course.

PS 6910 Crisis Intervention

Focusing on the growing need for skills in crisis management, this course will help students build competency in the handling of emergency or crisis situations in the field of mental health. In addition to course content, students will complete emergency contact hours and evaluations under the supervision of the instructor, allowing them to integrate theory and technique with actual clinical experience, as available.  Students will learn skills in crisis intervention, as well as legal and ethical issues specific to the area of emergency service.

PS 6960, PS 6970 & PS 6980 Internship Seminar I, II & III

This course is intended to facilitate students’ development during the completion of their Master’s level 700 hour clinical internship requirement (300 face-to-face direct clinical client contact hours are required for completion).  It is designed to support the direct internship clinical experience of the internship placement. This will occur via feedback & discussion with peers and faculty in a small group format on a regular basis, as well as through the texts and supplemental articles provided by the instructor and class. Students will demonstrate their internship experience and skills by discussion, audio & videotaping, journaling, periodic written assignments and the completion of a final project. By the end of this seminar, students will be able to state that they have experienced an increase in their theoretical framework and will demonstrate an understanding and utilization of concepts concerning assessment, treatment planning, counseling, and ethical issues. Students will gain an awareness of the use of self in counseling and the implications of this, and will be able to identify the next steps for themselves along the road of continued professional growth.  (5cr)

PS 7010 Family Systems Therapy

This course will introduce students to Family Systems Theory from both a theoretical and practical framework. Family Systems psychotherapy focuses on the family, rather than a single individual, as the source of problems; family therapists challenge communication styles, disrupt pathological family dynamics, and challenge defense conceptions in order to harmonize relationships among all members and within each member. Course is designed so that students will have experience with the clinical application of family systems therapy.


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