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Practicum In Marriage And Family Counseling A

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Counseling Internship is a 600-hour clinical experience (900 hours in Utah) required of all MSC students. Depending on the campus, the internship is divided into either 200 or 300 hour sections, each lasting 15 weeks. Those campuses that offer CCMH 597 A, B, and C require students to complete 200 hours for each course (except Utah which requires 300 hours each), while those campuses that offer only CCMH 597 A and B require the student to complete 300 hours for each course. Please check with your Campus College Chair for any clarification or questions you have. The internship experience comprises Portfolio III of the counseling portfolio series. Students are placed in community counseling agencies where they provide clinical services to clients under the direction of an approved licensed agency site supervisor. Students are also assisted in their preparation for the National Counselor Examination.



This graduate-level course is 15 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: 15 weeks

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    Personality Disorders

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Compare and contrast treatments for personality disorders.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.

    Psychotic Disorders

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Compare and contrast psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.

    Human Sexuality

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Analyze sexual behavior, including deviance, and gender identity development.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.

    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.

    Psychiatric Rating Scales

    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting Educational Sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Establish diagnosis while identifying comorbid conditions using psychiatric rating scales.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.

    Cognitive Disorders and the Mental Status Exam

    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Conduct an in-depth mental status examination.

    Family Dysfunction and Parenting

    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Analyze parenting and treatment techniques for use with families experiencing dysfunction.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.

    Eating Disorders

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Compare and contrast eating disorders.

    Anxiety Disorders

    • Compare and contrast anxiety disorders.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.

    Childhood Disorders I

    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Analyze the effects of childhood disorders on child development and socialization.

    Abuse, Neglect, and Psychiatric Emergencies

    • Review personal growth and development of a professional counselor identity.
    • Analyze attainment of personal and professional goals.
    • Demonstrate effective professional identity with counseling skills and competencies.
    • Complete requirements of evaluations in this course.
    • Analyze signs and symptoms of abuse, neglect and psychiatric emergencies.

    Dissociative Disorders

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills/competency.
    • Compare and contrast dissociative disorders.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.

    Substance-Related Disorders

    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Demonstrate clinical use of terminology associated with substance-related disorders.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.

    Childhood Disorders II

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Analyze the effects of childhood disorders on child development and social interaction.

    Orientation to Internship

    • Outline internship site expectations including retrieval of and discussion on state regulations for licensure.
    • Describe placement agency mission, culture, policy and procedure.
    • Establish guidelines for clinical supervision with contract.
    • Examine the tenets of counselor-client interactions.
    • Review clinical case staffing presentation guidelines and requirements.

    Mood Disorders

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Compare and contrast mood disorders.
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