counseling

Curriculum

Clinical Mental Health
Counseling Concentration

Course Descriptions | Course Rotation

The program is a two-year, 60 credit hour curriculum that prepares graduates to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The curriculum consists of 42 credit hours of required coursework in human behavior and development, evidence-based practice, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas; 9 credit hours of clinical experience (practicum and internships); and 9 elective hours from selected topics such as crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, child sexual abuse, end of life issues, and physiological psychology and psychopharmacology. Because Milligan is a Christian college, part of the required coursework includes an ongoing discussion and examination of the theoretical and practical aspects of the integration of faith and learning.

Course Descriptions

COUN 500 Human Growth and Development - An advanced study of the theories and factors relevant to understanding human development throughout the lifespan. Emphasis on social, cognitive, and affective development, including implications for counseling strategies across the lifespan. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 520 Theory and Practice of Counseling – An introduction of, and initial preparation for, the profession of counseling. Behavioral and professional expectations of counselors are emphasized. The course provides an overview of theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy with emphasis on comprehensive analysis of each theory. Skills in intake assessment, treatment planning, brief and long-term models, crisis intervention, and prevention strategies are developed. This course must be taken at Milligan College; no transfer credit will allowed for this course. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 527 Physiological Psychology and Psychopharmacology – An examination of current developments in the fields of physiological psychology and psychopharmacology. The course includes an exploration of the physiological bases of emotion, sleep, sexual behavior, hunger and thirst, learning and memory, psychopathology, and drug use and abuse. Focus is given to basic classifications and indications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications. The appropriate uses of these medications, as well as the identification of their effects and side effects, are emphasized. Offered intermittently. Three semester hours.

COUN 530 Child and Adult Psychopathology – An introduction to the evaluation and classification of abnormal human behavior and psychiatric disorders according to current standards of classification. Includes instruction in purpose and use of DSM-IV-TR. Offered spring term each year. Four semester hours. 

COUN 535 Child Sexual Abuse – An examination of current research and theory regarding child sexual abuse, including prevalence, causes, dynamics, consequences, and prevention.  Attention is given to treatment approaches and techniques in working with individuals and families involved in sexual abuse situations. Offered intermittently. Three semester hours.

COUN 540 Cultural Diversity in Counseling – An emphasis on the development and enhancement of multi-cultural and ethnic awareness and how this impacts counseling. The course is designed to help counselors maximize their effectiveness in working with clients from different cultures and sub-cultures. Includes counseling skills that are effective with clients with various disabilities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520.

COUN 545 Crisis Intervention – A survey of specific theoretical models and therapeutic techniques used in crisis intervention and their application to situations encountered in clinical practice including suicide, family and interpersonal violence, survival of disasters and catastrophes, and developmental crises experienced throughout the lifespan. Students gain both knowledge and confidence in their ability to deal with crises. Offered intermittently. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 500.

COUN 550 Legal and Ethical Issues - An intensive overview of legal, ethical, and professional issues in the provision of counseling services in a variety of settings. Includes review of Tennessee laws, the American Counseling Association code of ethics and related codes as appropriate. Steps in ethical decision-making are discussed and case studies are presented. Students gain an understanding of the need for ethical standards and learn how to follow ethical guidelines. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520.

COUN 553 Theories of Personality - An in-depth examination of the major theoretical approaches to the study of personality. Personality development, dynamics and differences are studied with special emphasis on application of each theoretical view to the counseling setting. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 560 Assessment and Evaluation Techniques - A history and overview of the standardized evaluation methods commonly used in the assessment of individuals and groups. Topics covered are validity, reliability, and statistical concepts for the evaluation and interpretation of test data. Also includes an overview of the various categories of psychological tests and the better-validated tests within each category. Students gain skills in the ethical and professional selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of commonly used aptitude, achievement, and interest tests. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisites: COUN 520. Prerequisite or Corequisite: COUN 530.

COUN 580 Substance Abuse Counseling - An introduction to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse and substance dependence. Focuses on the impact substance abuse and substance dependence can have on individual, marital, family, and vocational problems. Offered intermittently. Three semester hours. Prerequisites: COUN 520, COUN 530.

COUN 600 Integration of Faith and Learning Seminar – An ongoing discussion and examination of the theoretical and practical aspects of the integration of faith and learning. Students take this course each fall and spring term they are in the counseling program.  One-half semester hour.

COUN 610 Group Dynamics and Group Counseling - An introduction to group dynamics and group counseling with emphasis on theoretical and practical issues. Reviews historical perspectives, popular treatment techniques, empirical evidence on treatment efficacy, ethical and legal issues, and integration considerations. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520.

COUN 620 Career Counseling – An introduction to methods used in counseling clients about career-related decisions. Provides an overview of test instruments used to evaluate skills and aptitudes, methods to give guidance for training and job placement, and job interview strategies. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520. 

COUN 625 Marriage and Family Counseling - An examination of several leading contemporary theories of marriage and family counseling, with emphasis on the techniques used within each of those theories. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520.

COUN 630 Treatment Planning – A review of current models of treatment planning for the DSM-IV (TR) disorders most commonly encountered by Master’s-level counselors. Prerequisite: COUN 520, COUN 530. Offered intermittently. Three semester hours.

COUN 644 Child and Adolescent Assessment - Advanced training in the use of psychological assessment instruments for the evaluation of children and adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral, or academic problems.  Preparation of evaluations, recommendations, and report writing for presentation of information to family and professionals is emphasized. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 645 Child and Adolescent Counseling – A survey of psychotherapeutic approaches and techniques for child and adolescent problems.  This survey is conducted within a strong developmental framework.  Emphasizes empirically supported psychotherapeutic programs for specific disorder presentations and conceptual skills necessary for effectively intervening with children, adolescents, and their parents. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520, COUN 530.

COUN 648 Evidence-Based Counseling Techniques – A study of counseling techniques that have been supported by systematic empirical research. Emphasis is placed on applying specific empirically-supported interventions to specific problems.  Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisites: COUN 520, COUN 530.

COUN 650 End of Life Issues - An examination of the process of dying and grieving in order to learn how the normal grieving process occurs, and how counselors can address with sensitivity the needs of the dying and those who are survivors of loss. Includes a focus on the final months, weeks, and days of life, developmental issues, hospice and other settings for palliative care, issues of unexpected death resulting from acute illness or traumatic injury, as well as insidious illnesses, and support for other caregivers and self. Offered intermittently. Three semester hours. Prerequisites: COUN 520, COUN 530.

COUN 670 Christian Perspectives on Counseling – An in-depth consideration of psychological theories and ethics within the context of Christian faith. Focus is given to areas of agreement and disagreement among theories of counseling, theological perspectives, and Christian principles. Ethical and legal issues from both psychology and Christianity are discussed. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520.

COUN 680 Research Methods - An examination of the array of research and statistical methods used in the behavioral sciences and helping professions. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating psychological research and understanding its application to counseling. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisites: MATH 213 or PSYC 259 or equivalent. 

COUN 690 Practicum in Counseling – Introductory experience in supervised counseling with clients in selected clinical settings. Students are supervised by the course instructor and a field supervisor and receive feedback from supervisors in order to develop counseling skills. Practicum is arranged with the Clinical Director in the semester prior to beginning the practicum. A minimum of 100 clock hours of supervised experience is required. Liability insurance is required. Offered each term. Three semester hours.  Prerequisites: COUN 520, 550, at least 20 hours completed in program, permission of instructor.

COUN 692 Internship I – Intermediate experience in supervised counseling with clients in selected clinical settings.  Students are supervised by the course instructor and a field supervisor and receive feedback from supervisors in order to continue to develop their counseling skills. Internship is arranged with the Clinical Director in the semester prior to beginning the internship. A minimum of 300 clock hours of supervised experience is required. Liability insurance is required. Offered each term. Three semester hours. Prerequisites: COUN 690, at least 29 hours completed in program, permission of instructor.

COUN 694 Internship II – Advanced experience in supervised counseling with clients in selected clinical settings. This course is taken during the last semester of the student’s program. The internship may be concurrent with other courses or may occur after coursework is completed. Students are supervised by the course instructor and a field supervisor and receive feedback from supervisors in order to enhance their counseling skills. Internship is arranged with the Clinical Director in the semester prior to beginning the internship. A minimum of 300 clock hours in an approved facility under the supervision of an appropriately trained and licensed mental health professional is required. Liability insurance is required. Offered each term. Three semester hours. Prerequisites: COUN 692, at least 38 hours completed in program, permission of instructor.

 

Course Rotation

Fall, 1st year                                                   

Fall Total: 9 ½ hrs.

Spring, 1st year

Spring Total: 10 ½ hrs.

Summer, 1st year

Summer Total: 9-12 hrs.

Fall, 2nd year                                                                          

Fall Total: 9 ½ hrs.                      

Spring, 2nd year

Spring Total: 9 ½ hrs.

Summer, 2nd year

Summer Total: 9-12 hrs.