Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to meet the needs of college graduates who desire training in counseling-psychotherapy and wish to provide such services to individuals, couples, groups, and families. Freed-Hardeman University’s interdisciplinary M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program integrates elements of the core mental health professions with principles of the Christian faith to produce graduates ready for the clinical practice of professional counseling.
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires that students satisfactorily complete 60 semester hours of course work and pass a comprehensive exam. Included in the 60 hours are two practicums of 150 supervised hours of counseling and counseling-related activities. All counseling supervision is performed by well-trained counselor-supervisors. For more information call 731-989-6638.
Career Opportunities. A master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling (with advanced graduate work and licensure where required) may lead to employment in a variety of settings, such as community agencies, children and family services agencies, churches, counseling clinics, business-employee assistance programs, and private practice. Further study at the doctoral level may prepare students for faculty positions at various schools, colleges, and universities.
Note: Students will be required to carry liability insurance once accepted into the program. Coverage is offered through the American Counseling Association or a number of other agencies. To gain ACA coverage, a student would need to join the American Counseling Association as a student member. If a student does not want ACA insurance coverage, other carriers are available for student perusal and selection.
COURSE OF STUDY FOR A M.S. DEGREE MAJOR IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
|COU 000 ||Orientation to Graduate Studies in Counseling ||0 hours |
|COU 500 ||Counseling Foundations ||3 |
|COU 501 ||Clinical Intervention I ||3 |
|COU 502 ||Clinical Intervention II ||3 |
|COU 505 ||Life-Cycle Development ||3 |
|COU 510 ||Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy ||3 |
|COU 514 ||Psychopathology I (Abnormal Behavior) ||3 |
|COU 515 ||Psychopathology II ||3 |
|COU 520 ||Assessment I ||3 |
|COU 521 ||Assessment II ||3 |
|COU 525 ||Marriage and Family Counseling ||3 |
|COU 530 ||Group Counseling ||3 |
|COU 535 ||Ethical Issues in Counseling ||3 |
|COU 540 ||Research Methods in Counseling ||3 |
|COU 545 ||Practicum I ||3 |
|COU 550 ||Career Counseling ||3 |
|COU 555 ||Theories of Personality ||3 |
|COU 560 ||Counseling Diverse Populations ||3 |
|COU 599B ||Diagnosis and Treatment Planning ||3 |
|COU 600 ||Practicum II ||3 |
| ||57 hours |
|Choice of ONE Elective from the following: ||3 |
|COU 565 ||Addictions Counseling OR ||(3) |
|COU 570 ||Crisis Counseling OR ||(3) |
|COU 575 ||Agency Counseling OR ||(3) |
|COU 585 ||Psychopharmacology for Counselors OR ||(3) |
|COU 590 ||Counseling and the Law ||(3) |
| ||60 hours |
Graduate Certificate Program
The School of Biblical Studies and the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers a Graduate Certificate in Counseling for Church Leaders. Ministers, associate ministers, youth ministers, family life ministers and/or elders who have interest or duties in counseling are encouraged to enroll in this certificate program. The interdisciplinary design of the certificate is reflected in a combination of graduate Bible and counseling courses. Students will gain an understanding of basic counseling skills, using scripture in counseling and specific areas of counseling that church leaders are often called upon to perform. The Certificate program will give students an opportunity to strengthen and refine their skills whether for members inside the congregation or as an outreach for those in need. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Counseling for Church Leaders will be better prepared to meet individual and family needs of those seeking help and support within a church context. This certificate can be taken for audit or graduate credit.
Those students completing a graduate certificate will be presented an official certificate when the program of study is completed.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELING FOR CHURCH LEADERS
|BIB 535 ||Family Ministry OR ||3 hours |
|COU 599D ||Premarital Counseling ||(3) |
|BIB 536 ||Ministerial Counseling OR ||3 |
|COU 599F ||Counseling for Church Leaders ||(3) |
|BIB 545 ||Leadership in the Church ||3 |
|COU 570 ||Crisis Counseling OR ||3 |
|COU 599H ||Domestic Abuse, Violence and Additions ||(3) |
|COU 599C ||Biblical Anthropology and Counseling ||3 |
|COU 599E ||Grief Counseling OR ||3 |
|COU 599H ||Domestic Abuse, Violence and Addictions ||(3) |
| ||18 hours |
National Certification and State Licensure
Freed-Hardeman University has designed the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with National Certification and State Licensing Requirements as its model. NATIONAL CERTIFICATION (NATIONAL BOARD OF CERTIFIED COUNSELORS)
STATE LICENSURE (QUALIFICATIONS FOR TENNESSEE LICENSURE WITH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDER DESIGNATION)
- Hold a Master's Degree in Counseling from a regionally accredited university.
- Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours within the required coursework.
- Complete two academic terms of field experience in a counseling setting.
- Document two years of postmaster's counseling experience.
- Provide two professional reference assessments.
- Pass the National Counselor Examination.
- Prior to submitting an application, each of the following qualifications must be met by a candidate for professional counselor with Mental Health Services Provider designation:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Must provide evidence that he is highly regarded in moral character and professional ethics (Rule 0450-1-.05).
- Meet the following educational requirements prior to the date of application:
- Sixty (60) graduate semester hours, based upon a program of studies with a major in counseling, completed from an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, or a comparable accrediting body;
- The graduate coursework should include, but is not limited to, the following core areas (one course may satisfy study in more than one of the study areas):
- Theories of human behavior, learning and personality
- Abnormal behavior and psychopathology
- Theories of counseling and psychotherapy
- Evaluation and appraisal procedures
- Group dynamics, theories and techniques
- Counseling techniques
- Use of the DSM
- Treatment and treatment planning
- Clinical practicum or internship (pursuant to T.C.A. 63-22-104):
- Complete 3000 hours of post-masters professional experience, including 150 hours of supervised experience obtained pursuant to Rule 0450-1-.10(5);
- Pass the examination pursuant to Rule 0450-1-.08.
- For the purpose of mental health service provider designation pursuant to T.C.A. 63-22-150, "has completed a minimum of nine (9) graduate semester hours of coursework specifically related to diagnosis, treatment, appraisal and assessment of mental disorders" will be interpreted to mean passing nine (9) semester hours, either during the course of a graduate degree or as post-graduate work, in courses which include diagnosis, treatment and treatment planning, appraisal and assessment of mental disorders, psychopathology, and the use of the DSM, were the entire focus of the course or comprised a substantial portion of the course work.