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Master of Human Services Degree with a Concentration in Counseling

MHS students interested in counseling certification in Pennsylvania and certain other states have the option of taking an additional 6 credits prior to graduation to receive the MHS degree with a Concentration in Counseling. The two additional courses that the students opting for the counseling concentration will take in addition to the normal MHS curriculum are:

HUS 662: Therapeutic Counseling and Human Service Delivery Applications of Clinical Assessment and Testing (3 credit hours)

Course Description:

This course will examine a variety of assessment and testing methods, advanced interviewing procedures, and observational techniques associated with the formulation of diagnostic impressions and treatment plans in human service settings. Emphasis will be given to multi-modal and eclectic appraisals of cognitive, affective, social, vocational, interests/aptitude, achievement, intellectual and personality aspects of functioning.

The course will also present frameworks and models for the development of assessment practices. Attention will be give to the function and origin of assessment and testing instruments and principles underlying counseling and clinical practice in various human services settings.

Additionally, concepts identifying appropriate paradigms for diagnostic inferences will be covered. Guidelines for conducting the assessment process in an ethical and considerate manner will be presented. Much attention will be given to the implications of clinical assessment and testing for diagnosis, clinical decision making and treatment planning. The techniques, tools, instruments and models incorporated into the course content will be elucidated in a pragmatic manner to be utilized by counselors, clinicians and human service practitioners who might not necessarily administer psychological tests, but will, nevertheless, be responsible for making clinical judgments and interventions based upon an understanding of test results.

HUS 692: Counseling Internship: Supervised Counseling Applications in Human Service Settings (3 credit hours)

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide oversight and academic supervision for internship placement in a mental health/counseling agency setting. The student is expected to provide a variety of counseling services in a community human services agency under the site supervision of a licensed counselor or other qualified professional. Course work will focus on case supervision and discussion of counseling theories and skills to complement the internship experience.

Students interested in the counseling concentration must take the following additional courses instead of electives:

HUS 672: Principles of Psychopathology and Diagnosis: Applications to Counseling Practice and Human Service Delivery (3 credit hours)

Course Description:

This course serves as an advanced practicum for students who have prior counseling experience and/or have completed a helping relationship practicum. This course provides a comprehensive review of current models and principles pertinent to the identification, description, and delineation of mental disorders. Concepts and terminology from the DSM-IV will be detailed and applied to an on-going clinical helping relationship. Special emphasis will be placed upon the reasoning, judgments, and extrapolations that underlie the process of clinical diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning.

HUS 682: Counseling for Career Development (3 credit hours)

Course Description:

This course examines the role of the counselor in adult career development. The course is designed to teach theoretical frameworks and counseling skills for the career counseling process. The course includes an overview of theories of career development, as well as individual and programmed techniques for assessment, decision-making, and career search, advancement, and change. Students will apply course material to their own career development and to counseling specific clients in human service settings.


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