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CSC Counseling Specialty Areas

  •  The CSC Graduate Counseling Program offers Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in School Counseling. Additionally, students may complete additional coursework leading to licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
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    Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

    Graduates of the MAE Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty area are equipped with entry-level skills to work as counselors in a variety of community and agency settings such as counseling centers, drug and substance abuse centers, career counseling centers, employee assistance programs in business and industry, adult probation offices, MHMR agencies, corrections, and private counseling practice. Completion of the master's degree in clinical mental health counseling provides the graduate with the coursework requirements to obtain the Nebraska Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP). Currently, Nebraska DHHS requires 60 credit hours of academic coursework to be eligible for licensure as an LPC or LMHP. In addition, the program requires successful completion of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), Orals Examination, and Graduate Portfolio. Counseling students have a maximum of seven (7) years to complete the MAE degree. All licensure requirements for the LPC and LMHP are regulated by the state.

     

    CMHC Program Curriculum

    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty area requires the successful completion of 60 credit hours, of academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree and includes four major components: Counseling Core, Clinical Mental Health Specialization, Assessment and Research, and Clinical Experience. Students are responsible for meeting academic program requirements and deadlines and are therefore advised to meet with their faculty advisor on a regular basis. The program curricula and requirements are subject to change at any time.

     

    COUNSELING CORE (33 Credits)                                         Credit Hours

    COUN 531

    Counseling and Communication Skills

    3

    COUN 533

    Counseling Ethics and Professional Identity

    3

    COUN 535

    Multicultural Counseling

    3

    COUN 536                                      

    Family Development

    3

    COUN 541

    Counseling Theories

    3

    COUN 629

    Counseling Children

    3

    COUN 630

    Crisis Counseling

    3

    COUN 632

    Career and Lifestyle Development

    3

    COUN 634

    Group Counseling

    3

    COUN 636

    Family Counseling

    3

    COUN 637

    Advanced Human Development

    3

    SPECIALIZATION (9 Credits)

    COUN 523

    Diagnosis and the DSM

    3

    COUN 532

    Treatment Issues in Addiction

    3

    COUN 631

    Principles and Practices of Mental Health Counseling*

    3

    MEASUREMENT & RESEARCH (6 Credits)

    COUN 534

    Fundamentals of Assessment

    3

    EDCI 631

    Research Design and Data Analysis

    3

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCES (12 credits)

    COUN 639

    Practicum in Counseling

    6

    COUN 640

    Internship in Counseling

    6

    MAE-Total Minimum Semester Hours—non-thesis

    60

    Nebraska Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC) (6 credits)

    In addition to the courses above, the following courses are required for LADC

    COUN 520

    Psychopharmacology, Social and Medical Issues in Addictions

    3

    COUN 545

    Essentials of Addictions Counseling and Case Management

    3

    LADC-Total Minimum Semester Hours—non-thesis

    66

    *COUN 631: Consultation and Program Development can be substituted for COUN 631: Principles and Practices of Mental Health Counseling if completed prior to Fall 2013.

     

    CMHC Recommended Beginning Courses   

    Students are encouraged to enroll in a minimum of 9 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters, as this is considered full-time. Students may wish to initially enroll in COUN, 533, 541, and EDCI 631 as these courses provide a foundation for many other counseling courses. EDCI 631 should be taken within the first 12 hours of the program of study.

    • COUN 533 Counseling Ethics and Professional Identity
    • COUN 534 Fundamentals of Assessment
    • COUN 541 Counseling Theories
    • COUN 631 Principles and Practices of Mental Health Counseling
    • COUN 632 Career and Lifestyle Development
    • COUN 634 Group Counseling
    • COUN 637 Advanced Human Development
    • EDCI 631 Research Design and Data Analysis (should be taken within the first 12 hours of the program of study)

     


     

    School Counseling

    The CAEP accredited MAE in School Counseling specialty area provides the academic training to apply for endorsement as a school counselor in Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) makes final approval of the school counseling endorsement. We have two options leading to endorsement as a school counselor.

    • Traditional option: students must have at least two years of teaching experience and a valid teaching certificate, or
    • Alternative option: students without a teaching degree may complete this option which, requires additional graduate coursework in teacher education.
    • Both the traditional and alternative options have three tracks: 
      • School Counseling-Elementary (PK-8) prepares public and private school counselors to work at the elementary (PK-8) grade levels and provides the academic training for graduates to apply for endorsement as a school counselor in Nebraska at the (PK-8) level, which requires one 450-hour elementary school counseling internship.

      • School Counseling-Secondary (7-12) prepares public and private school counselors to work at the (7-12) grade levels and provides the academic training for graduates to apply for endorsement as a school counselor in Nebraska at the (7-12) level, which requires one 450-hour secondary school counseling internship.

      • School Counseling (PK-12prepares public and private school counselors to work at the PK-12 grade levels and provides the academic training for graduates to apply for endorsement as a school counselor in Nebraska at the (K-12) level, which requires a 900-hour internship (450 hours in an elementary setting and 450 in a secondary setting). 

    The three school counseling tracks provide the academic course requirements for Nebraska Certification Endorsement as a School Guidance Counselor (Rule 24 Nebraska Policy). The CAEP accredited program aims to prepare professional school counselors while following the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.

     


     

    School Counseling Alternative Endorsement Option      

    The State of Nebraska provides an alternative endorsement for students seeking a school counseling endorsement without a previous degree in education or teacher certification. This option will provide students with the state required background in education to become endorsed as a school counselor in the State of Nebraska. This option requires the completion of:

    1. All courses required for the MAE in School Counseling.
    2. A master’s degree in School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling (additional Internships in a school setting required of CMHC degree students).
    3. The following fifteen (15) credit hours in Education:
      • EDUC 531: Integrated Classroom Methodologies
      • EDCI 635: Curriculum Development
      • READ 530: Reading & Writing in the Middle and Secondary Schools or
        EDUC 535: Reading and the at-Risk Student
      • EDUC 639: Advanced Methods of Performance Assessment
      • SPED 230: Introduction to the Exceptional Learner or
        SPED 532: Survey of Special Education
      • Successful completion of the Praxis® Subject Assessment for endorsement in Professional School Counselor (5421).

         


    SC Program Curriculum

    The School Counseling specialty requires the successful completion of 39 credit hours of academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Alternative Option in School Counseling requires completion of 39 credit hours of the school counseling specialty courses and additional graduate teacher education courses. Please note that many other states and accrediting organizations such as the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) require a greater minimum number of academic credit hours for school counseling endorsement. Please review your state standards for specific policy. This specialty area includes four major components: Counseling Core, School Counseling Specialization, Assessment and Research, and Clinical Experience.

     

    School Counseling Program of Study

    All students admitted to the School Counseling Program will follow the program of study outlined below. Students completing the Alternative School Counseling Endorsement option will also complete the courses required for that option. Students are responsible for meeting academic program requirements and deadlines and are therefore advised to meet with their faculty advisor on a regular basis. The program curricula and requirements are subject to change at any time.

     

    COUNSELING CORE (24 Credits)                                         Credit Hours

    COUN 531

    Counseling and Communication Skills

    3

    COUN 533

    Counseling Ethics and Professional Identity

    3

    COUN 535

    Multicultural Counseling

    3

    Choice of:

    Choose one of the following 3 courses for 3-hrs:

    3

          COUN 536,                                

    Family Development*

     

          COUN 629,

    Counseling Children

     

          or COUN 630

    Crisis Counseling

     

    COUN 541

    Counseling Theories

    3

    COUN 632

    Career and Lifestyle Development

    3

    COUN 634

    Group Counseling

    3

    COUN 637

    Advanced Human Development

    3

    SPECIALIZATION (3 Credits)

    COUN 635

    School Counseling

    3

    MEASUREMENT & RESEARCH (6 Credits)

    COUN 534

    Fundamentals of Assessment

    3

    EDCI 631

    Research Design and Data Analysis

    3

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCES (6 credits)

    COUN 639

    Practicum in Counseling

    3

    COUN 640

    Internship in Counseling

    3

    MEd-Total Minimum Semester Hours-Non-Thesis       

    39

    *COUN 631: Consultation and Program Development can be substituted for COUN 536: Family Development if completed prior to Fall 2013.

    Counseling Support Courses (Non-required Electives)      Credit Hours

    COUN 520

    Psychopharmacology, Social and Medical Issue in Addictions

    3

    COUN 523

    Diagnosis and the DSM

    3

    COUN 532

    Treatment Issues in Addiction

    3

    COUN 545

    Essentials of Addictions Counseling and Case Management

    3

    COUN 629

    Counseling Children

    3

    COUN 630

    Crisis Counseling

    3

    COUN 631

    Principles and Practices of Mental Health Counseling

    3

    COUN 636

    Family Counseling

    3

     

     

    SC Recommended Beginning Courses

    Students are encouraged to enroll in a minimum of 9 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters, as this is considered full-time. Students may wish to initially enroll in COUN, 533, 541, and EDCI 631 because these courses provide a foundation for many other counseling courses. EDCI 631 should be taken within the first 12 hours of your program of study.

    • COUN 533 Counseling Ethics and Professional Identity
    • COUN 534 Fundamentals of Assessment
    • COUN 541 Counseling Theories
    • COUN 632 Career and Lifestyle Development
    • COUN 634 Group Counseling
    • COUN 635 School Counseling
    • COUN 637 Advanced Human Development
    • EDCI 631 Research Design and Data Analysis (should be taken within the first 9 hours of your program of study)

 

 

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