Academics

On Campus MHC Plan of Study

The Mental Health Counseling program is a 60-credit program that can be completed in two years. All students must take the core courses found here. We prefer that all students work with Kevin Ziomek  (kevin.ziomek@umb.edu) to register for courses. If you sign up for courses on your own, you may not be in a section that is best suited for Mental Health Counseling students. If you do go through WISER to sign up for courses, however, and WISER asks for department permission to register for an elective course, please email Kevin Ziomek who has a list of which students have permission to sign up for which courses.  The plans of study below are offered to serve as examples of what students may want to take during each semester of their studies in the MHC program. We do not expect students to follow it exactly. We pride ourselves in giving students flexibility in shaping their course schedule.

Possible schedule for on campus students.   

First year Fall: (4 courses)

COUNSL 601 Research and Evaluation in Psychology
COUNSL 605 Vocational, Educational & Psych. Assessment (often taken later)
COUNSL 608 Abnormal Psychology
COUNSL 614 Counseling Theory and Practice I (must be taken first semester or before. Offered only in the fall)
 

First year Spring: (4 courses)

COUNSL 616 Group Therapy OR COUNSL 650 Group Counseling with Children
COUNSL 615 Counseling Theory and Practice II (only taught in Spring) OR COUNSL 617 Child & Adolescent Counseling (must be taken before Internship)
COUNSL 606 Ethical Standards and Professional Issues in Counseling
COUNSL 620 Clinical Application of Human Development
 

Summer after First year (2 courses)

COUNSL 688 Practicum
Elective e.g. COUNSL 664 Child Abuse, Neglect, and Trauma Online OR COUNSL 617 in person as an elective if one has already taken COUNSL 615 or as a requirement. Also COUNSL 650 might be taken in the summer instead of during the academic year
 

Second year Fall: (4 courses)

COUNSL 672 Substance Abuse and the Family (only offered online in Spring)
COUNSL 613 Vocational Development & Career Information
Elective: e.g. COUNSL 622 Theories of Family Therapy
COUNSL 698 Internship (counts as two courses)
 

Second year Spring: (3 courses)

COUNSL 674 Psychopharmacology
COUNSL 653 Diversity in Counseling (new name for Cross-Cultural Counseling course)
COUNSL 698 Internship (counts as two courses)

More Typical Schedule for a MHC student (on campus) in order to finish in summer after second year**:

First year Fall (4 courses):

COUNSL 601 Research and Evaluation in Psychology
COUNSL 605 Vocational, Educational & Psych. Assessment (often taken later)
COUNSL 608 Abnormal Psychology
COUNSL 614 Counseling Theory and Practice I (must be taken first semester or before)
 

First year Spring (4 courses):

COUNSL 616 Group Therapy OR COUNSL 650 Group Counseling with Children
COUNSL 615 Counseling Theory and Practice II (only taught in Spring) OR COU 617 Child & Adolescent Counseling (must be taken before Internship)
COUNSL 606 Ethical Standards and Professional Issues in Counseling
COUNSL 620 Clinical Application of Human Development

Summer after First year (1 course):

COUNSL 688 Practicum

Second year Fall (3 courses):

COUNSL 672 Substance Abuse and the Family (only offered online in Spring)
Elective: e.g. COUNSL 622 Theories of Family Therapy
COUNSL 698 Internship
 

Second year Spring (3 courses):

COUNSL 674 Psychopharmacology
COUNSL 653 Diversity in Counseling (new name for Cross-Cultural Counseling course)
COUNSL 698 Internship
 

Summer after Second Year  (2 courses)

COUNSL 613 Vocational Development & Career Information online
Elective: e.g. COUNSL 664 Child Abuse, Neglect, and Trauma OR COUNSL 617 if not taken earlier
 

*Students may need to take one or more of the required courses on-line.

**Many students do take an extra semester or year so that they might do their internship year less encumbered by coursework. 

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Required field experience : COUNSL 688 (100 hrs.) and two semester of COUNSL 698 (300 hrs per semester, 6 credits per semester, 600 hours and 12 credits total).

Required capstone : The capstone for Mental Health Counseling is a clinical case analysis that includes a taped and transcripted counseling session and a detailed analysis of the contextual, developmental, ethical, psychosocial, treatment, and counter-transference issues as they apply to the case.

Minimum grade requirement :The department's minimum grade requirement is B-. If a student receives a lower grade in a course, he or she will need to take that course again.