Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA; Addiction Counseling Certificate; Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate)

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling
Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy

Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling
Reich College of Education

hpc.appstate.edu

Leroy Baruth, Chair and Professor
baruthlg@appstate.edu

Mark Schwarze, Graduate Program Director, Coordinator for Addiction Counseling and Assistant Professor
schwarzem@appstate.edu

Melia Snyder, Coordinator for Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate and Assistant Professor
snyderma@appstate.edu

The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling offers the following programs in clinical mental health counseling and related areas:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Major Code: 709/13.1102), with concentrations in
    • Addictions Counseling (709B)
    • Body Centered Therapy (709C)
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, General (709D)
    • Expressive Arts Therapy (709E)
    • Marriage and Family Counseling (709F)
  • Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling (Major Code: 423A/13.1102)
  • Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy (Major Code: 425A/13.1102)

In addition, the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling offers the Master of Arts in College Student Development, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, the Master of Arts in Professional School Counseling, and the Graduate Certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. These programs are detailed under separate headings in this bulletin. A student proposing to major in any of the degree programs or to seek licensure through the department must be fully admitted as degree seeking.

All courses are taught from a multicultural perspective, which emphasizes the differing experiences, cultures, histories, and perspectives of people from a variety of ethnic, gender, racial, and social class backgrounds.

The department also provides group methods, human relations, and other human development courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the Reich College of Education and the University. These courses are valuable for majors in other departments. A course in life and career planning and courses in leadership development are offered for undergraduate students. The department offers a variety of summer institutes to enhance the learning of both graduate students and practitioners seeking continuing education opportunities in human service fields.

The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to meet the need for advanced preparation of counselors and other helping professionals who work in a wide variety of human service agencies (including mental health centers, social service agencies, business and industry and others). In addition to the core curriculum, students can select, in cooperation with their departmental advisor, from a variety of elective courses, which will help meet their individual career objectives. Specialized concentrations are available as listed below including a general concentration for students who choose to design, along with their advisor, their own emphasis.

Accreditation: The master's degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body. Graduates are immediately eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., to become National Certified Counselors.

Master Of Arts Program Requirements/Options: The basic requirements for the program are listed below. In addition to the curriculum listed under each program, the following items apply:

  • A master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of approved courses.
  • Students may choose to include a thesis as a component of their program of study.
  • Students in CACREP approved programs in the department must meet for a minimum of 10 clock hours in a planned group activity intended to provide direct experiences as a participant in a small group. This requirement is met during HPC 5790 and/or HPC 6720.
  • On an individual basis, it may be suggested students receive professional counseling to aid them in their personal growth.
  • The Handbook of Policies and Procedures available in the HPC office provides information on liability insurance, academic appeals, retention policy, personal endorsement policy, admissions policies, and placement services.
  • Permission forms to take practica and internships are available in the HPC office and must be completed prior to registration.
  • The program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ADDICTION COUNSELING

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and working in the mental health related field. Or a master's degree from a accredited college or university or enrollment in a master's program in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling; complete application to the Graduate School; a completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling (Code: 423A)
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 12
 
Required Courses
  • HPC 5560: The Addictive Process (3)
  • HPC 5570: Counseling the Addicted Person (3)
  • HPC 6570: The Appalachian Addictions Institute (3-6)
  • Choose one of the following courses
    • HPC 5274: Substance Abuse in Family Systems (3)
    • HPC 5710: Helping the Troubled Employee (3)
    • HPC 6770: Current Issues and Special Populations in Addictions Counseling (3)
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PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

Admission Requirements: Master's degree in mental health care or arts therapy field from a professionally accredited college or university or enrollment in a master's program in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling; complete application to the Graduate School; completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy (Code: 425A)
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 18
 
Required Courses
  • HPC 6360: Therapy and the Expressive Arts (3)
  • HPC 6370: Intermodal Expressive Arts (3)
  • HPC 6390: Current Issues in Expressive Arts Therapy (3)
  • Choose 9 s.h. from the following courses (or other courses as approved by the Advisor)
    • DAN 5460: Somatics (3)
    • HPC 5860: Dreamwork: Clinical Methods (3)
    • HPC 5900: Practicum in Counseling (with a focus on expressive arts) (1-9)
    • HPC 6160: Gestalt Therapy (3)
    • HPC 6350: Body/Mind (3)
    • HPC 6900: Internship (with a focus on expressive arts) (1-18)
    • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
    • MUS 5060: Guided Imagery and Music, Level 1 (3)
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PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; a completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling :
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 60
 
Required Courses
  • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
  • HPC 5110: Multicultural Counseling (3)
  • HPC 5120: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • HPC 5140: Psychological and Educational Testing (3)
  • HPC 5210: Life and Career Planning (3)
  • HPC 5220: Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)
  • HPC 5225: The Helping Relationship (3)
  • HPC 5272: Individual and Family Development (3)
  • HPC 5752: Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • HPC 5790: Group Methods and Processes (3)
  • HPC 5900: Practicum in Counseling (3)
  • HPC 6120: Developmental Assessment and Diagnosis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • HPC 6900: Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (designed to meet objectives for the chosen concentration) (6)
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 Concentration (CHOOSE ONE) 

Addictions Counseling Concentration (Code: 709B)
The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Certification Board exempts graduates with an addictions counseling concentration (4 addictions courses plus internship) from 18 months of the 36 months experience requirement.

  • HPC 5560: The Addictive Process (3)
  • HPC 5570: Counseling the Addicted Person (3)
  • Choose one of the following courses
    • HPC 5274: Substance Abuse in Family Systems (3)
    • HPC 5710: Helping the Troubled Employee (3)
    • HPC 6570: The Appalachian Addictions Institute (3)
    • HPC 6770: Current Issues and Special Populations in Addictions Counseling (3)

OR
Body Centered Therapy Concentration (Code: 709C)

  • HPC 5870: Creative Process, Movement and Therapy (3)
  • HPC 6350: Body/Mind (3)
  • HPC 6355: Mindfulness Based Counseling (3)

OR
Clinical Mental Health Counseling, General Concentration (709D):
This is a specialized concentration that is available for students who choose to design, along with their graduate advisor, their own emphasis in clinical mental health counseling. An individualized emphasis may be designed around a student's specific interest.

  • 9 s.h. of graduate electives (SEE ELECTIVES LIST BELOW*)

OR
Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration (Code: 709E)

  • HPC 6360: Therapy and the Expressive Arts (3)
  • HPC 6370: Intermodal Expressive Arts (3)
  • HPC 6390: Current Issues in Expressive Arts Therapy (3)

OR
Marriage and Family Counseling Concentration (Code: 709F)
The Marriage and Family Counseling concentration is not designed to meet clinical membership requirements of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) or licensure in North Carolina as a marriage and family therapist. The program designed to meet these requirements is described in the bulletin under Marriage and Family Therapy.

  • HPC 5270: Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy I (3)
  • Choose two of the following courses
    • HPC 5271: Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy II (3)
    • HPC 5273: Mediation and Divorce Therapy (3)
    • HPC 5274: Substance Abuse in Family Systems (3)
    • HPC 5275: Systemic Family Therapy Institute (3)
    • HPC 6270: Marriage and Family Counseling: Clinical Issues (3)
    • HPC 6271: Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy III (3)
    • HPC 6710: Human Sexuality (3)
    • HPC 6730: Sexual Abuse Counseling (3)
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 Thesis Option (CHOOSE ONE) 

With Thesis (9 s.h.)

  • HPC 5999: Thesis (4)
  • 5 s.h. of graduate electives (SEE ELECTIVES LIST BELOW*)

OR
Without Thesis (9 s.h.)

  • 9 s.h. of graduate electives (SEE ELECTIVES LIST BELOW*)

Other Requirements for the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (all Concentrations):

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Required; students should take the required courses (excluding the Internship) prior to taking the comprehensive exam
  • Product of Learning: Not required

*LIST OF SUGGESTED ELECTIVES:

The total number of elective hours depends on the selected concentration above. Students may take other graduate courses as electives (with the advice and the approval of the student's graduate advisor) provided that: a) they have taken any necessary prerequisite for the course, and b) the course is consistent with the student's interests and career goals. The following suggested electives are seen as being particularly relevant for a "typical" student.

  • DAN 5460: Somatics (3)
  • HPC 5130: Women's Issues in Counseling (3)
  • HPC 5680: Counseling the Aging (3)
  • HPC 5850: Theory and Practice of Reality Therapy (3)
  • HPC 5860: Dreamwork: Clinical Methods (3)
  • HPC 5870: Creative Process, Movement and Therapy (3)
  • HPC 6160: Gestalt Therapy (3)
  • HPC 6340: Ecotherapy(3)
  • HPC 6350: Body/Mind (3)
  • HPC 6355: Mindfulness Based Counseling (3)
  • HPC 6360: Therapy and the Expressive Arts (3)
  • HPC 6365: Expressive Arts Summer Institute (3-9)
  • HPC 6366: EXA Child/Adolescents (3-6)
  • HPC 6370: Intermodal Expressive Arts (3)
  • HPC 6380: Theraputic Writing (3)
  • HPC 6730: Sexual Abuse Counseling (3)
  • MUS 5006: philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5060: Guided Imagery and Music, Level 1 (3)
  • PSY 5565: Adolescent Psychology (3)

Reminders for ALL concentrations in the M.A. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling:

Prerequisites: Students should pay particular attention to the prerequisites listed in each course description; the curriculum is carefully structured to ensure that students have the necessary prerequisite knowledge before enrolling in courses.

Program of Study: It is the student's responsibility to develop a written plan of study with her/his advisor after completing 9 hours. In planning this program, students should take the required courses (excluding Internship) prior to taking the comprehensive exam.

Internship: The internship (HPC 6900) is designed to be a full-time learning experience (600 clock hours) in an agency setting. These placements are arranged through consultation with the student's advisor and in most cases will be with agencies outside of the immediate Boone area. Students employed in agency settings may, with permission, complete their internship within the context of their work setting.

Students should preregister to insure their places in the courses they select.

National Accreditation: This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and, thus, graduates are immediately eligible to take the examination to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Graduates of this program with appropriate experience will be eligible to take an examination given by the National Academy of Clinical Mental Health Counselors. Successful completion of the examination will qualify the individual to become a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

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