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CONCENTRATION: CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

   The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through March 31, 2018. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines. The counseling program has applied as of summer 2015 for accreditation for this, per CACREP guidelines.

Basic Requirements (9 semester hours):

  •    ECG 501       Assessment in Counseling (3)
  •    EFD 500      Research in Education (3)
  •    EPY 525      Lifespan Development (3)

 

Core Requirements (30 semester hours):

  •    ECG 506      Professional Counseling Orientation and Technology (3) (Required first semester of enrollment.)
  •     ECG 523      Social and Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)
  •    ECG 525      Pre-practicum: Skills & Techniques in Counseling (3). (Prerequisites: ECG 506 and ECG 553)
  •     ECG 526      Professional Ethics and Legal Issues (3)
  •    ECG 553      Theory and Process (3)
  •    ECG 556       Career Development (3)
  •    ECG 585      Practicum:  Applied Skills & Techniques in Counseling (3) (Prerequisites: ECG 506, 525, 553, 591, and passing score on Midpoint Exam)
  •     ECG 591      Group Procedures in Counseling (3) (Prerequisites: ECG 506 and 553)
  •     ECG 595     Clinical Experience I in Mental Health Counseling (3). (Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and ECG 585)
  •    ECG 596      Clinical Experience II in Mental Health Counseling (3). (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and ECG 585)

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration Courses (21 semester hours):

  •    ECG 530       Couple, Marriage & Family Counseling (3).
  •    ECG 540       Psychopathology:  Diagnosis & Treatment of DSM Disorders (3). 
  •    ECG 558       Counseling Children/Adolescents (3)
  •    ECG 560       Substance and Behavioral Addictions in Counseling (3).
  •    ECG 565       Psychopharmacology (3)
  •    ECG 588       Crisis Counseling Intervention Strategies  (3). 
  •    ECG 589       Psychological First Aid & Disaster Counseling (3).

            60 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

   Notes:

         Students in this program are required to purchase College LiveText. College LiveText Education Solutions is a complete development, management, and assessment solution specifically designed for colleges and universities. Additional information on College LiveText can be obtained at http://livetext.com.

          Background check: Any candidate applying for admission to a clinical mental  health counseing program shall be required to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check through the Alabama State Department of Educatino to the Alabama Bureau of Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).  Applicants should contact Cogent System at www.cogentid.com/Alabama for directions in completing this process.  Admission decisions to Clinical Mental Health Counseling are not necessarily totally determined by the background check results; conversation will ensue regarding appropriate field placements and career options. 

 

Concentration: School Counseling(P-12)

Basic Requirements (9-12 Semester Hours)

  • ECG 501 - Assessment in Counseling (3) 
  • EFD 500 - Research in Education (3)
  • EPY 525 - Lifespan Development (3)
  • *SPE 500 - Survey Course in Special Education (3)
    (Students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level must take SPE 500.)

Counseling Core Courses (27 semester hours By Advisement) :

  • ECG 506 - Professional Counseling Orientation and Technology (3)
    (Required first semester of enrollment.)
  • ECG 525 - Pre-practicum:Skills & Techniques in Counseling (3)
    (Prerequisites: ECG 506, 525, 553, and 591)
  • ECG 526 - Professional Ethics and Legal Issues (3)
  • ECG 553 - Theory and Process (3)
  • ECG 556 - Career Development (3)
  • ECG 585 - Practicum: Applied Skills & Techniques in Counseling (3)
    (Prerequisites: ECG 506, 525, 553 and 591)
  • ECG 591 - Group Procedures in Counseling (3)
    (Prerequisites: ECG 506 and 553)
  • ECG 593 - Internship in School Counseling (3)
    (Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and ECG 585)
  • ECG 594 - Internship in School Counseling (3)
    (Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and ECG 585)

School Counseling Concentration Courses (9 semester hours):

  • ECG 523 - Social and Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)
  • ECG 527 - Organization and Administration of Counseling Services (3)
  • ECG 558 - Counseling Children/Adolescents (3)

45-48* Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Notes: Admission to this program requires fourth-year (bachelor’s) teacher certification in any area for students pursuing the traditional certification option.  Students pursuing the non-certification admission option must successfully pass the National Counselking Exam (NCE) prior to enrollment in ECG 594 Internship in School Counseling. 

Completion of this program leads to eligibility for Class A teacher certification in school counseling for students pursuing the traditional certification option. Successful completion of the appropriate Praxis II examination is required prior to Internship, ECG 593 and ECG 594.

Experience verification from the applicant’s school system or systems showing two years of teaching experience is required for eligibility for the program for students pursuing the tradiational certification option. 

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