Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program: Curriculum

Psychology courses are taken over a two-year period and include seminars and classes covering theories of counseling; adult and developmental psychopathology; psychological testing and appraisal; research methods in counseling; standardized tests; lifespan and psychological development; counseling techniques; individual counseling practicum; group counseling; family and couple counseling; professional, cultural and legal issues; crisis interventions; and cross-cultural counseling issues. Students complete either a thesis or a written comprehensive examination during their second year in the program.

After completing two quarters of applied experience under supervision at the Counseling Training Clinic during the first year, students apply to appropriate agencies or clinics to complete an internship during all three quarters of the second year, in addition to coursework and seminars. Field internship experiences can be obtained through a variety of placements such as community mental health centers, counseling centers, community programs involving youth and the elderly, substance abuse treatment programs, and rehabilitation programs. At the training site, the intern performs the activities of a regular staff member.  Mental health professionals closely supervise students during internship experiences.

Employment Opportunities

A survey of our graduates indicated that they were employed in a diverse selection of jobs including: Counselor in an urban American Indian Mental Health Center; Quality Assurance Coordinator/Psychiatric Treatment Unit; Program Director/Outreach Program; Director, Geriatric Day Treatment Program; Child Development Counselor II; Coordinator, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program; Therapist for Eating Disorders; Out-patient Therapist; Counselor, Outpatient in Drug and Alcohol Treatment; University Instructor; Caseworker III; Crisis Counseling with Adolescents and Families; Director, Community Services; Outpatient Therapist and Children’s Day Treatment; Counselor, Adult Treatment Center; Mental Health Specialist/Psychiatric Treatment, and Director of a tribal community services agency. Graduate students from our program also have been successful in Ph.D. programs at various universities.

Graduate Counseling Programs Student Handbook, Department of Psychology

The Graduate Counseling Programs Student handbook presents comprehensive information about the counseling programs. The Handbook includes information about academic requirements, goals and objectives of the programs, teaching assistantships, scholarship standards, thesis requirements, comprehensive examinations, internships, diversity recruitment policy, Academic Grievance Policy and Procedures, and other important information.

Download the Graduate Counseling Programs Student Handbook