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Practicum In Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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This course focuses on the assessment and continuing development of student counseling skills. Students have a variety of opportunities to receive feedback and to evaluate their ability to integrate theory into practice. Students determine their styles and strengths as professional counseling practitioners, as well as identify areas needing further development. Individualized practice sessions and feedback are designed into the course.

This graduate-level course is 10 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 10 weeks

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    Closure in Practicum and Professional Counselor Identity

    • Conduct final group counseling sessions.
    • Determine progress made in relation to developing counselor skills, knowledge, and abilities.
    • Evaluate practicum site experiences including strengths and areas for improvement.
    • Complete closure of client files.
    • Facilitate closure of client, supervisor, and staff relationships.

    Intake and Interviewing

    • Conduct family-oriented group counseling sessions employing theory.
    • Analyze how group and family dynamics influence the scope of practice.
    • Establish intake and interviewing practices appropriate for diverse clients including gathering information for assessment.
    • Outline legal and ethical implications in counseling including HIPPA and informed consent.

    Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Interventions

    • Identify crisis domains including emergency situations, domestic violence, abuse and neglect of children and suicide prevention.
    • Demonstrate strategies of risk assessment for self-harm (danger to self) and threats to others (danger to others).
    • Identify domains of trauma and disaster including, victims of violence and sexual assault, traumatic events in the family, workplace, schools, and natural disaster.
    • Describe culturally appropriate interventions when working with individuals and groups in crisis, trauma, and disaster.
    • Conduct crisis and trauma group counseling using theory.

    Assessment, Diagnosis and Prognosis

    • Use resources for the clinical diagnosis of clients.
    • Outline the process for completing client assessments, including biopsychosocial assessments.
    • Explain the purpose of prognosis and ethical implications when making recommendations in counseling.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions using theory.

    Treatment Planning and Intervention

    • Evaluate treatment planning based on assessment and diagnostic information.
    • Demonstrate skills in matching treatment to assessed client needs and strengths.
    • Determine community resources to deliver the appropriate quality of services and support.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions using theory.

    Clinical Writing and Progress Notes

    • Use professional clinical documentation skills.
    • Evaluate various note taking formats.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions using theory.
    • Determine appropriate content for progress notes.

    Overview of Practicum

    • Describe expectations of professional behavior during counseling practicum and tenets of a professional counselor identity.
    • Identify relevant regulations and statutory requirements during counseling practicum.
    • Analyze the stages of the counseling process.
    • Identify facilitative skills needed to achieve group therapy goals.
    • Describe group process and group guidelines.
    • Identify the components for delivering a clinical case review.

    Client Resiliency and Evaluating Progress

    • Evaluate the use of strengths-based approaches with clients.
    • Describe the importance of client diversity and resiliency in planning and implementing treatment.
    • Evaluate strategies for evaluating client progress.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions focused on diversity and multicultural domains.

    Self-Care

    • Identify self-care strategies and opportunities.
    • Identify self-assessment strategies.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions focused on self-help and self-care ideology using the assigned theory.

    Termination, Referrals, and Continuity of Care

    • Determine when to evaluate and re-evaluate treatment goals.
    • Identify key issues addressed with the client to initiate termination of the counselor/client relationship.
    • Describe effective strategies for continuity of care and client self-care.

    • Assess client problems requiring referrals and appropriate referral procedures.
    • Conduct group counseling sessions focused on preparation for termination of therapy.
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