Course Descriptions Mental Health Counseling

Required Courses Education (EDU)

EDU 5523. Educational Research. 3 semester hours. Quantitative and qualitative research design with emphasis on direct application to an educational/ treatment setting. Techniques for locating, analyzing, and evaluating educational research. Application of APA style, rudiments of statistical concepts and the IRB process. Must be taken at the first opportunity.

EDC 5313. Counseling Techniques. 3 semester hours. Practice of attending skills, reflection skills, challenging skills, and creative counseling skills. Research of major presenting problems and appropriate techniques to alleviate symptoms and foster growth. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, & EDU 5523

EDC 5323. Counseling Theories. 3 semester hours. Overview of prominent theories in the counseling process. Includes the use of technology in presentations. Development of personal counseling theory. This course is required prior to taking advanced counseling courses and should be taken concurrently with EDU 5523 Educational Research.

EDC 5213. Professional & Ethical Issues in Counseling. 3 semester hours Professional and ethical issues in counseling with emphasis on legal aspects and professional ethical codes. Addresses ethical decision-making, counseling of diverse populations, professional credentialing, professional organizations, and practical applications. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323

EDC 5403. Group Counseling. 3 semester hours. Methods of organization and facilitation in group therapy. Includes group experiences as both a group facilitator and group member. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323

EDC 5413. Counseling Families. 3 semester hours. Systems theory applied to work with families. Includes parenting education and facilitation of parent's participation in education and in counseling. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323

EDC 5423. Child and Adolescent Counseling. 3 semester hours. Developmental counseling skills for use with children and adolescents. Includes intervention strategies and prevention programs. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323

 EDC 5463. Psycho-Educational Assessment. 3 semester hours. Theory, content, administration, scoring, and interpretation of testing instruments measuring achievement, personal, social, and emotional well-being. Developing proficiency in report writing with specific recommendations for adjustment in teaching strategies, instructional materials, and classroom management strategies. Emphasis in assessment through observation methods, clinical interviewing, and the mental status exam, as well as best practices and special consideration for testing students of diversity and the ethical/legal considerations for testing. Fee: $125. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323

EDC. 5523 Psychopathology. 3 semester hours. Overview of diagnostic categories as described in the DSM IV-TR. Focus on the Assessment and treatment of mental disorders. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323

(EDC) EDC 5103. Career Development and Life Planning. 3 semester hours. Career development theories and systems of career counseling and guidance, decision making, life planning, career awareness and assessment: transition awareness; assessment and planning; career reports; and computer-assisted programs. Fee: $100.  Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323

EDU 5203. Learning and Human Development. 3 semester hours. Human life span from conception to death including physical, cognitive, language, and socio-cultural development as well as childhood medical conditions. Emphasizes developmental stages/tasks and theories of learning.

EDU 5513. Culturally Diverse & Special Needs Populations. 3 semester hours. Theory, research, and methodology, and assessment relative to the needs of multicultural and special needs, and other diverse populations. Emphasis on lessening the gap between program expectations and student achievement.
 
Candidate must select a total of 3 hours for the 48 hour program and 15 hours for the 60 hour program from the following:

EDC 5433. Play Therapy. 3 semester hours. Introduction to the theories and techniques of play therapy. Includes individual and group applications, directive and nondirective approaches, as well as organization of a play therapy program. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323.

EDC 5553. Introduction to Addictions Counseling. 3 semester hours. Theory and treatment of disorders related to addictive behaviors, including drugs, alcohol, gambling, and eating disorders. Also addresses prevention of addictive behaviors and coping skills for family members of addicted persons. Prerequisite: EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323.

EDC 5543. Counseling Traumatized Clients. 3 semester hours. Assessment and interventions appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced a significant trauma, including, but not limited to, physical and sexual abuse. Prerequisite:  EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323.

EDC 5533. Program Development and Management. 3 semester hours. Current trends, issues, and challenges in strategic planning, development t, organization administration, and evaluation of school programs, including the NM Counseling Program. Includes development and presentation of proposed programs, units and activates. Federal and state-mandated initiatives are addressed, as well as the impact of technology on program development and delivery. Prerequisite:  EDC 5523, EDU 5523, & EDC 5323.

EDC 5203. Human Sexuality. An examination of sexuality from biological, psychological, and social perspectives. Prerequisite: EDC 5323, EDC 5523 & EDU 5313.

EDC 5473A. Psychopharmacology I. This course surveys Psychopharmacology Perspectives, Physiology Relevant to Psychopharmacology, Intrapsychic Issues in Psychopharmacology, Social & Cultural Perspectives, Integrated View of Drug Discovery, the Antidepressant Era & treatment of depression with medications. Prerequisite: EDC 5323, EDU 5523, & EDC 5513

EDC 5473B. Psychopharmacology II. This course will include aspects psych-pharmacologic treatment of anxiety, psychosis, mood stabilizers, treatment of children, and use of herbaceuticals. Prerequisite: EDC 5323, EDU 5523, EDC5313 & EDC5473A (Psychopharm I)

EDC 5723. Special Topics. This course will cover a variety of Mental Health topic areas. Prerequisite: EDC 5323, EDU 5523, & EDC5313

Total of 6 hours of practicum + 3 hours of internship is required for LMHC, LPC, LPCC.

EDC 5803. Internship in Counseling. 3 semester hours. Minimum of 300 hours of supervised placement in a mental health counseling setting. Includes diverse populations, experiences in varied types of counseling, and appropriate supervision. Prerequisite: EDU 5203, EDU 5513, EDU 5523, EDC 5313 EDC 5323, EDC 5403, EDC 5513, EDC 5523, EDC 5533 and approval of Program Advisor. Fee: $400. May only be taken with University Internship supervisor's permission.

EDC 5813. Graduate Counseling Practicum I. 3 semester hours. Minimum of one hundred fifty (150) hours of supervised counseling experiences in a school/mental health counseling setting off campus, or through the on-campus Southwest Counseling & Testing Services. Includes diverse populations, experiences in varied types of counseling, and appropriate supervision. May include some observation, co-counseling hours, and/or 1:1 counseling at the discretion of the supervisor. Taken concurrently with or prior to EDC 5803 Internship in Counseling. May only be taken with University Practicum supervisor's permission

EDC 5823. Graduate Counseling Practicum II. 3 semester hours. Minimum of one hundred fifty (150) hours of supervised counseling experiences in a school/mental health counseling setting off campus, or through the on-campus Southwest Counseling & Testing Services. Includes diverse populations, experiences in varied types of counseling, and appropriate supervision. May include some observation, co-counseling hours, and/or 1:1 counseling at the discretion of the supervisor. Taken concurrently with or prior to EDC 5803 Internship in Counseling.  May only be taken with University Practicum supervisor's permission