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The mission of the Mental Health Counseling Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as mental health counselors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making applications for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), as well as national counseling certification. The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the Mental Health Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with adult and child clients, their families, and other members of the behavioral healthcare team in agency, hospital, and other mental health treatment settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites.
The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education. Ordinarily, students who are admitted on a provisional basis will satisfy general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College before completion of the qualifying core courses and application for admission to candidacy. Provisionally admitted students must earn the grade of B in all courses completed prior to regular admission.
A minimum of 60 semester hours in qualifying, core, and specialized courses. Successful completion of the M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 900 hours in internship courses, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.
In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling must complete a comprehensive exit examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who have satisfied degree requirements and applied for graduation should contact their advisor, program coordinator, or department chair to schedule the comprehensive exit examination.
|COU 6501||Legal, Ethical, & Professional Issues in Counseling||3|
|COU 6502||Theories of Personality & Counseling||3|
|COU 6503||Helping Relationships (Methods & Techniques in Counseling)||3|
|COU 6504||Research - Methods & Procedures||3|
|COU 6506||Multicultural Counseling||3|
|COU 6515||Lifespan Development||3|
|COU 6661||Use & Interpretation of Tests||3|
|COU 6662||Techniques of Group Counseling||3|
|COU 6663||Practicum in Counseling & Therapy||3|
|COU 6664||Consultation: Theories, Models, & Practices||3|
|COU 6665||Lifestyle & Career Counseling||3|
|COU 6666||Systems Theory & Intervention Strategies||3|
|COU 6667||Addictions Counseling||3|
|COU 6669||Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, Knowledge, & Skills of Mental Health Counseling||3|
|COU 6701||Internship in Counseling I||3|
|COU 6801||Adult Psychopathology - Assessment & Treatment||3|
|COU 6702||Internship in Counseling II||3|
|COU 6802||Child Psychopathology - Assessment & Treatment||3|
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