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Seminar In Mental Health Counseling

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This course integrates mental health foundations and contextual dimensions to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice mental health counseling. Emphasis is placed on programming and administration of mental health counseling in the private and public sectors.

This graduate-level course is 6 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: 6 weeks

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    Traits and Skills of the Mental Health Counselor

    • Identify the traits and skills of effective mental health counselors.
    • Describe specific skills required for working in different professional settings and with different types of clients.
    • Discuss specific skills required for collaborating with other professionals in the field.

    Cultural Diversity Relevant to the Mental Health Profession

    • Identify the entire spectrum of diversity within a community including, but not limited to, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, and so on.
    • Describe the impact of diversity on perceptions of the mental health profession.
    • Describe the impact of diversity on utilization of services.

    Research Methods, Basic Statistics, and Ethical and Legal Considerations in Research

    • Describe the process and the function of conducting research in mental health counseling.
    • Discuss ethical issues involved in researching various aspects of mental health counseling.
    • Explore the technique of conducting needs assessments of various community populations.

    Theory and Practice of Crisis Intervention

    • Explore models and theories of crisis intervention, including the ABC model.
    • Identify and discuss different types of crises including developmental crises, crises of loss, and crises associated with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, PTSD, and victimization.
    • Define crisis and describe the nature and process of crisis.

    Community Intervention, Consultation, Education, and Outreach.

    • Develop a working knowledge of program development, program evaluation, and service delivery for clientele, based on prevention, implementation of support groups, peer facilitation training, education, and counseling.

    Counseling and Consultation Processes of the Mental Health Profession

    • Explore the basic theories, techniques, and skills associated with individual counseling and assessment.
    • Explore the range of employment settings and the various areas of professional expertise available to mental health counselors.
    • Examine emerging environments of independent practice.
    • Investigate principles related to conducting an intake interview for the purpose of planning interventions.

    Law and Ethical Codes Related to the Practice of Mental Health Counselors.

    • Analyze the impact of legal and ethical standards on the practice of mental health counseling and crisis intervention.

    Professional Training of the Mental Health Counselor, Credentialing Regulations, Reimbursement for Services, Public Policy, and Political Activism.

    • Determine the impact of the American Mental Health Counselors Association on CACREP, master's level educational programs, continuing education, and professional licensure.

    Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout

    • Discuss the symptoms of stress and burnout.
    • Discuss strategies for preventing burnout.

    The Individual at All Developmental Levels

    • Review the developmental stages of the child, adolescent, and adult as they relate to mental health counseling.

    Group Counseling Theories, Methods and Skills

    • Review basic theories and techniques of group counseling.
    • Explain the importance of observing and using group dynamics in the counseling process.
    • Describe the relationship of group counseling to the broader field of community mental health counseling.
    • Review the stages of group formation and development.

    Career Counseling and Related Life Factors

    • Articulate the role of career assessment, development, and needs within the community.

    Roles and Professional Identity of Counselors

    • Discuss professional identity issues, including the unique and distinguishing contributions of the mental health counselor relative to other mental health providers.
    • Identify the various roles and functions of the mental health counselor in the community.

    Historical and Political Dimensions of the Mental Health Movement

    • Discuss historical perspectives of mental health counseling and articulate its political, economic, and societal impacts.
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