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Master of Arts: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The graduate program in Counselor Education at Missouri Baptist University is CACREP-aligned (not accredited yet). Our program trains graduate level counselors through rigorous academic and hands-on clinical instruction. We seek to develop conscientious, professional, and highly skilled counselors who promote and facilitate the personal growth, development, and empowerment of those clients/students they serve.

In addition, certification as a Psychological Examiner is a logical extension of the Counselor Education degree program. MBU offers this program for individuals who have a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology or Education and who also possess classroom teaching, special education, or school counselor certification.

The Counselor Education program is rooted in our Christian faith that calls us to love God and love one another.

COURSE OFFERINGS
Courses offered in fall and spring will be 16-week courses, courses offered in the summer will be 8-week courses. The cohort will take two classes each fall, two classes each spring, and up to four classes each summer. Fall and Spring will be one night per week, two classes each night. Summer will be two nights each week.

LOW TUITION RATES
Missouri Baptist University’s tuition is very competitive. The overall cost, including tuition and fees, is one of the lowest in the area of both private or public schools, and financial aid is available for eligible students. Please contact financial aid for details.

CONVENIENT PLATFORMS
You can attend classes via any of our convenient instructional platforms, including:

Synchronous/ Face-to-Face:
• Main Campus
• Livestream

Asynchronous
Online (School Counseling – Traditional Track Only)

GREAT PROGRAM + FACULTY
Earn your degree in 3 years while learning and using the latest techniques with some of the finest professionals in the counseling field. The CACREP-aligned (not accredited yet) program is built with you in mind, from the class times, certification qualification and flexible subject programs that allow you to focus on your current role or your next position.

As of summer 2017, this program is now offered in place of MBU’s previous Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC).

COUN 5103 FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING (CMHC Only)

Three Hours
This course provides new counselor education students with an in-depth look at the history and philosophy of the counseling profession.  Topics of study include the various roles of the counselor, introduction of counseling microskills, advocacy, clinical mental health counselor identity, credentialing, self-care, professional organizations, and professional trends for both clinical mental health counselors and school counselors.

COUN 5123 FOUNDATIONS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING (School Counselors Only)

Three Hours
This course considers the philosophy, organization, and practices of school guidance and counseling programs on the elementary and secondary level. Essential services of counseling, coordinating, consulting, and appraising are studied. The importance of developing a comprehensive program of counseling K-12 students will be reviewed. This course requires 17 hours of field experience for the pre-service counselor. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio.

COUN 5113 ETHICAL, LEGAL, AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING

Three Hours
This course examines ethical and legal issues in school and mental health counseling, counselor identity, multicultural competence, advocacy, and counseling vulnerable populations, and the necessity of this info to the standard of practice in counseling and the mental health field overall. Particular attention will be given to confidentiality, privileged communication, and ethical decision making models. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5121 COUNSELING SKILLS & TECHNIQUES LAB

One Hour
This course involves the practical application of techniques learned in the Counseling Techniques (COUN 5122) course. Students will conduct mock counseling sessions with peers and apply attending behavior, observation skills, core conditions of counseling, counseling microskills, and other skills necessary in conducting a counseling session. This course is taken concurrently with COUN 5122. Students must pass the Counseling Skills and Techniques Lab class (COUN 5121) with a grade of B or higher in order to advance in the counseling program. Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5123. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5122 COUNSELING SKILLS & TECHNIQUES

Two Hours
This course provides new counselor education students with an introduction to basic counseling techniques and skills. Topics addressed during this course include attending behavior, core conditions of counseling, counseling microskills, and other necessary skills needed in conducting a counseling session. Students will apply these skills during the concurrent lab portion of this course (COUN 5121). Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5123. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5133 COUNSELING THEORIES

Three Hours
This course focuses on the philosophical foundations of counseling theory. The constructs of major contemporary counseling approaches will be discussed and compared. The practical implications of counseling theories will be analyzed along with how each theory can be applied when working with diverse client populations. During this course, students will begin the development and conceptualization of a personal counseling theory. Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5123. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5143 MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING

Three Hours
The purpose of this course is to help students develop multicultural competency in school and mental health counseling by exploring how culture affects their self-awareness, client worldviews, counseling relationships, and counseling and advocacy interventions. The course will emphasize knowledge and research in the area of multicultural counseling, the development of skills in assessment and treatment of individuals and families from culturally diverse populations, and the expansion of awareness and sensitivity allowing the counselor to recognize lifestyles, behaviors, communication modes, and manifestations of psychological disorders that may be different from their own culture or ethnic background. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5153 ADVANCED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Three Hours
This course provides an overview of the human lifespan from conception through death, including prominent theories of human development. Emphasis will be placed on normal development during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Issues involving physical changes, cognitive capabilities, psychological factors, and the social context of development will be studied and discussed. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5203 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (CMHC or School- Licensure Track only)

Three Hours
This course provides students with a working knowledge of diagnostic classification systems, specifically the current version of the DSM. Additionally, the course introduces students to skills in case conceptualization, case presentation and in selecting and implementing appropriate treatment strategies. Students have opportunities to apply knowledge and skills to client cases. Prerequisites for School (Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133. Prerequisites for CMHC:  COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133

COUN 5213 SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND LEADERSHIP

(School Only)
Three Hours
This course covers planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs that promote equity and access for all K-12 students. The Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model and the American School Counselor Association National Model will be studied in depth. Leadership and advocacy for the program will be stressed. Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5211 GROUP COUNSELING LAB

One Hour
This course involves the practical application of techniques learned in the Group Counseling (COUN 5212) course. Students will lead, participate in, and observe counseling groups and critique the counseling group process. This course is taken concurrently with COUN 5212. Students must pass the Group Counseling Lab class (COUN 5211) with a grade of B or higher in order to advance in the counseling program. Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5212 GROUP COUNSELING

Two Hours
This course will introduce basic group counseling theories and processes. Students will learn how to observe, lead, participate in, and critique the group process. Information will be presented on topics such as the types of groups, theories, group development, leadership, and ethics of groups. Students will apply these skills during the concurrent lab portion of this course (COUN 5211). Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5223 ASSESSMENT AND TESTING

Three Hours
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to select, administer, and interpret formal and informal psychological assessments. This course examines the history of assessment, basic test statistics, psychometric properties of assessments (reliability and validity), procedures for interpreting norm-referenced and criterion referenced tests, common assessment procedures used in school and mental health settings, and ethical, legal, and cultural issues related to educational and psychological assessment. Prerequisites for School (Traditional): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5211, 5212, 5213. Prerequisites for School (Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5233 COUPLES AND FAMILY COUNSELING

(CMHC or School – Licensure Track only)
Three Hours
This course provides an in-depth study of the theory and techniques of couples and family counseling with an emphasis on contemporary approaches ranging from systemic to postmodern theories. Topics include the shift from individual to systemic paradigms, circular versus linear causality, engaging multiple clients, the therapeutic alliance, family assessment models, change techniques, different definitions of “family,” and termination of counseling. Prerequisites for School (Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5203*, 5211, 5212. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133, 5203*, 5211, 5212.
*Not required for School (Traditional) Only.

COUN 5243 SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING

Three Hours
This course introduces students to basic knowledge, concepts and counseling methods utilized in the field of substance abuse. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a recovery support group, practice assessment and treatment planning, learn how to work with families of the abuser, and implement motivational interviewing. Prerequisites for School (Traditional): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5211, 5212, 5213. Prerequisites for School (Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212, 5213. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5253 COUNSELING PRACTICUM

Three Hours
The counseling practicum is a clinical, experiential course designed to strengthen students’ skills and understanding of the practice of clinical mental health counseling through supervised practice. In this course, students will complete 100 hours of supervised clinical practice divided into two sections: 40 hours of direct client care and 60 hours of indirect client care. In addition to clinical work, students will attend weekly class sessions during which they will learn to conceptualize clinical cases and assessments and consult with peers and other practitioners. Prerequisites for School (Traditional): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5211, 5212, 5213. Prerequisites for School (Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212, 5213. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212. There is a course specific fee charged for this course. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course. Online program students must enroll in the OLP section. Traditional program students must enroll in the face-to-face (PCTM) section. CPT form required for F-1 international students.

COUN 5263 RESEARCH AND PROGRAM EVALUATION IN COUNSELING SETTINGS

Three Hours
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to interpret and synthesize empirical research, and apply research methods to evaluate the effectiveness of counseling programs and techniques. This course introduces research problems and questions, research methods and designs, sampling procedures, reliability and validity measures, threats to internal and external validity, simple statistics, and statistical tests commonly used to address counseling research problems and evaluate counseling program effectiveness. Additionally, this course will cover topics such as conducting needs assessments, development of counseling outcome measures, using research to inform evidence-based practices in counseling, and the ethical, legal, and cultural considerations regarding counseling research and program evaluation. Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5273 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

(Online School Counseling students complete COUN 5313)
Three Hours
This course is to provides students with foundational knowledge relevant to conducting individually oriented child and adolescent therapy. The course will address issues such as the unique challenges that are involved in working with children and adolescents, particular approaches to child and adolescent treatment, and major psychological disorders that children and adolescents experience and how to intervene. Particular attention will be given to properly diagnosing children and adolescent in both a clinical setting.

COUN 5303 CAREER COUNSELING

Three Hours
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the field of career counseling, including its historical development and current theories. In addition, students will learn how to apply methods of career counseling to their work with individuals in school or agency settings. Counseling students will explore and learn to and advocate for post-secondary options for students/clients, and will learn techniques for counseling and presenting post-secondary and career options to students/clients. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5313 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELING

(Online School Counseling only; all others complete COUN 5273) Three Hours
This course presents theories, techniques and strategies for effectively working with children and adolescents in both clinical and school settings. Topics covered include play therapy, sand tray therapy, bibliotherapy, art therapy, working with therapeutic metaphors, and aggression replacement training. Students will practice counseling techniques, design interventions, and develop treatment and intervention plans geared specifically toward child and adolescent populations. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5323 CRISIS, TRAUMA, AND DISASTER COUNSELING

Three Hours
This course is designed to prepare students to respond effectively in crisis and/or traumatic situations. Students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of crisis response and apply them to crisis intervention techniques. Topics covered in this course include developing a crisis intervention plan for an agency/school setting, triaging, assessment, diagnosing, and treatment of individuals affected by crisis, trauma, and disasters. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course.

COUN 5343 CMHC INTERNSHIP I (CMHC Only)

Three Hours
This course consists of 300 out of a required 600 clock hours of supervised counseling experiences within a clinical mental health and/or counseling setting. Students will attend weekly internship classes for an entire semester (16 weeks) with other Counseling Licensure Internship students. Students will present case conceptualizations and critique audio and videotapes of their counseling sessions to enhance their counseling skills and techniques. This course is designed to meet specific licensure requirements. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212, 5223, 5253

COUN 5353 CMHC INTERNSHIP II (CMHC Only)

Three Hours
This course consists of 300 out of a required 600 clock hours of supervised counseling experiences within clinical mental health and/or counseling setting. Students will attend weekly internship classes for an entire semester (16 weeks) with other Counseling Licensure Internship students. Students will present case conceptualizations and critique audio and videotapes of their counseling sessions to enhance their counseling skills and techniques. This course is designed to meet specific licensure requirements. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212, 5223, 5253

COUN 5363 ADVANCED DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLANNING

(CMHC and School – Licensure Track only)
Three Hours
This course provides principles and practices of case conceptualization, assessment of mental disorders, and empirically-based treatment planning in mental health counseling. The etiology of mental and emotional disorders is addressed, along with theories and interventions essential to implementing treatment plans. During this course, students will have opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in intake assessment, mental status evaluation, developing bio-psychosocial histories, writing treatment plans, and identifying measurable outcomes. Prerequisites for School (Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5211, 5212, 5213. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5213

COUN 5373 SUPERVISION AND CONSULTATION

(CMHC and School – Licensure Track only)
Three Hours
This course provides an overview of the theories, concepts, and research on clinical supervision and consultation including models, approaches, techniques, and ethical and legal considerations. Emphasis will be given to the supervisory relationship and processes for individual, triadic, and group supervision.  Students will have the opportunity to practice both the supervisor and the supervisee roles through clinical role play activities guided by the instructor. Prerequisites for School (Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5211, 5212, 5213. Prerequisites for CMHC: COUN 5103, 5113, 5121, 5122, 5133, 5203, 5211, 5212

COUN 5383 INTERNSHIP IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELING

(School – Traditional and Licensure Track Only)
Three Hours
This course consists of 300 clock hours of supervised counseling experiences within an elementary school setting. Students will also attend bi-monthly internship classes for an entire semester with other internship students. Students will critique audio and videotapes of their counseling sessions to enhance their counseling skills and techniques. Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5211, 5212, 5213, 5223, 5253. There is a course specific fee charged for this course. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course. Online program students must enroll in the OLP section. Traditional program students must enroll in the face-to-face (INT) section. CPT form required for F-1 international students.

COUN 5393 INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY SCHOOL COUNSELING (School – Traditional and Licensure Track Only)

Three Hours
This course consists of 300 clock hours of supervised counseling experiences within a secondary school setting. Students will also attend bi-monthly internship classes for an entire semester with other internship students. Students will critique audio and videotapes of their counseling sessions to enhance their counseling skills and techniques. Prerequisites for School (Traditional and Licensure Track): COUN 5113, 5121, 5122, 5123, 5133, 5211, 5212, 5213, 5223, 5253. There is a course specific fee charged for this course. This course cannot be taken as a directed study or credit for prior learning portfolio. Students seeking counselor licensure may not take this as a web-based course. Online program students must enroll in the OLP section. Traditional program students must enroll in the face-to-face (INT) section. CPT form required for F-1 international students.

Exit Exam: Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)
(Required score: 95 out of 136)

Clint Limoges, Ph.D., LPC


Director of Counselor Education
(314) 392-2379
Clint.Limoges@mobap.edu


Patrick Cleveland, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 392-2338
Patrick.Cleveland@mobap.edu

Mary Ann Conaway, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 392-2332
MaryAnn.Conaway@mobap.edu

Justin Cook, M.S., LAC


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 485-8488
Justin.Cook@mobap.edu

Jason S. Jordan Ph.D., LPC-MHSP AS, NCC, ACS


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 485-8445
Jason.Jordan@mobap.edu

Jan Speck, Ed.D., PSC


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 744-5338
Janice.Speck@mobap.edu

Christine Ward, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(904) 662-9128
Christine.Ward@mobap.edu

Laura Rauscher, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS


Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
(314) 485-8464
Laura.Rauscher@mobap.edu