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Seminar In Community Counseling

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This course explores the foundations of community counseling, the context within which community counseling takes place, and the knowledge and skills required of those who practice community counseling. Study of the history and development of the mental health movement includes definitions of the professional identity of community counselors, investigation of professional organizations and standards of practice, and exploration of community demography. Students contextualize their learning by gaining familiarity with practice settings, community needs, principles of community intervention, characteristics of human services programs, and the relationship of community counselors to other professionals. Knowledge and skills gained include assessment of needs, multidisciplinary and comprehensive treatment planning, effective use of community resources, and strategies for client advocacy.

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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    Evaluating Practice and the Counselor/Scholar Model

    • Identify the qualities, attributes, and process of conducting research and scholarly activity for the clinical mental health counselor and in a mental health setting including legal and ethical implications.
    • Demonstrate strategies for cultivating self-awareness and modeling self-care
    • Identify the signs and symptoms of counselor burnout and demonstrate understanding of vicarious trauma.
    • Develop a self-care plan for the remainder of your degree program and through clinical placement experiences.
    • Review research concepts and apply them to practice and program evaluation.

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

    • Define Clinical Mental Health Counseling and articulate historical and philosophical perspectives of mental health counseling profession, particularly in context of current political, economic, and societal trends.
    • Identify professional knowledge, skill and practice standards for counselors within the context of community mental health counseling and the bioecological model.
    • Identify professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials relevant to the practice of clinical mental health counseling and the development of an identity as professional counselor.
    • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of public policy at the local, state, and national levels affecting both quality and accessibility of mental health services.
    • Define and describe ethical and legal guidelines for mental health counselors.

    The Career Counseling Factor

    • Identify and describe specialized clinical settings.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the processes involved with becoming an EAP counselor, getting approved as a 3rd party payee (insurance) provider and challenges in establishing a private practice.
    • Articulate the role of the professional counselor in career assessment, development, and needs across professional counseling settings and within the community.
    • Compare and contrast private mental health agency and community mental health counseling settings in context of the role of the professional clinical mental health counselor.
    • Examine ancillary roles related to business and fiscal issues involved in successful practice as a mental health counselor including administrative, financial and accountability practices.

    Cultural Diversity Relevant to the Mental Health Profession

    • Discuss the function of the counselor in prevention, intervention, consultation, education, advocacy, program operations, and promotion of mental health/wellness in diverse societies.
    • Describe the guidelines for demonstrating competence as culturally and ethnically responsive mental health counselors.
    • Identify the entire spectrum of diversity within a community including, but not limited to, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
    • Identify the traits and skills of effective mental health counselors, the requirement for multicultural counseling competencies and the process of integrating awareness, knowledge and skills in becoming a diversely astute counselor.
    • Demonstrate skill in counseling diverse and special populations considering sexual orientation and gender identity and counseling people with disabilities.
    • Identify current and emerging influences in mental health counseling including ethical considerations when working with managed care systems, technological innovations, and holistic approaches.

    Community Crisis Work and Interventions, Education, Prevention, Outreach, Evaluation and Advocacy

    • Review and demonstrate understanding of the basic theories, techniques, and competence associated with individual the counseling relationship, interviewing, assessment, treatment planning and termination.
    • Demonstrate foundational skill in using the DSM-IV-TR in counseling including differential diagnostic processes and ethical implications involved when delivering a diagnosis.
    • Define crisis and describe the nature and process of crisis and examine the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on the mental health of diverse clients.
    • Identify best practices and procedures for assessing and managing suicide risk and demonstrate skill in employing the 6-step and ABC models of crisis intervention.
    • Identify and practice advocacy skills that promote policies, programs, and services that are equitable and responsive to the unique needs of clients.
    • Examine public mental health policies, financing, emergency management systems, and regulatory processes which will affect service delivery opportunities in clinical mental health counseling.
    • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance strategies and steps in program evaluation.

    Children, Adolescents and Adult Counseling Theories, Methods and Skills

    • Review and demonstrate basic theories and techniques of group counseling.
    • Review and demonstrate basic theories and techniques of individual counseling with a focus on stages of adulthood.
    • Explore different types of families and family issues.
    • Identify the application of counseling theory in marriage, family and couples work with attention to cultural competency.
    • Compare and contrast developmental considerations for counseling children and adolescents.
    • Identify the most common concerns affecting children and adolescents.
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