Course of Study

The Community Mental Health Program is a BBS approved 60-unit weekend cohort program that allows working individuals to maximize educational outcomes and maintain a healthy work/life balance. Courses are taught in blended in-person and online formats. Each semester includes five in-person weekend immersions (Saturday and Sunday). During Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, CMH students take classes with their cohort, allowing for deep and enriching relationships to form between students and with faculty. All students work closely with a core faculty member, who serves as their advisor throughout the program.

Program Format

Courses are taught in the classroom, online and in hybrid formats and are designed to follow the development of skills from Foundational, Clinical Practice and Mastery. During the first year of study students develop a theoretical foundation; engage in clinical coursework along with an opportunity for clinical field study the second year; and progress into a third year of clinical practicum and a culminating Integrative Project.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement 

All students are required to complete 50 hours of personal psychotherapy with a licensed mental health professional accomplished within a period of approximately 6-18 months during their course of study.

Full-Time Core Curriculum

The curriculum for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health requires at least 60 semester hours of work. It is divided into the following three groups of courses: common core courses, concentration courses, and electives. The common core courses (designated as "MCP") are shared by all concentrations in Counseling Psychology. They address the theory, technique, and knowledge that apply to the general practice of counseling psychology. Those MCP courses that are designated with an additional "C" are taught with a Community Mental Health concentration. Courses within the Community Mental Health concentration and certificate are designated as "CMH." CMH courses will incorporate principles articulated in the Mental Health Recovery Model. Those principles include the following:

  • A holistic view of mental illness that focuses on the person, not just the symptoms.
  • New definitions of recovery, which state:
  1. Recovery is not a function of one's theory about the causes of mental illness.
  2. Recovery from severe psychiatric disabilities is achievable.
  3. Recovery can occur even though symptoms may reoccur. Individuals are responsible for the solution, not the problem.
  4. Recovery requires a well-organized support system.
  • This model stresses the importance of consumer rights, advocacy, and social change.
  • This model emphasizes applications and adaptations of theory and practice to better integrate issues of human diversity.

Course of Study

Fall 1st Year Required Units

Theories and Practice in Community Mental Health 3
Human Development Across the Lifespan (Online) 3
Community Trauma and Healing 3 

Spring 1st Year Required Units

Psychodynamic Foundations for Clinical Practice 3
Therapeutic Communication 3
Research Methods (Online) 3

Summer 1st Year Required Units

Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment 3
Psychotherapies with Families, Couples and Systems 3
Professional Ethics and Family Law (Online) 3

Fall 2nd Year Required Units

Advanced Therapeutic Skills: The Clinical Relationship 3 
Diagnosis and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (Online) 3
Supervised Clinical Practicum- Group 2

Spring 2nd Year Required Units

Child and Adolescent Multi-systemic Therapies 3
Multicultural Foundations of Family Therapy 3
Supervised Clinical Practicum- Individual 2 ****
Human Sexuality 1

Summer 2nd Year Required Units

Trauma, Crisis and Recovery-Oriented Practice 3
Group Facilitation and Group Therapy 3
Supervised Clinical Practicum- Individual 2 ****

Fall 3rd Year Required Units

CMH Practice: Severe Mental Illness and Early Psychosis 3
Integrative Seminar- Final Project 2 
Elective 2

Total number of units 60

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