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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.C.M.H.C.)

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Master of Education in School Counseling curriculum are designed to train students in critical thinking, creativity, interpersonal skills, data management, diagnosis of mental health issues, and mental health service delivery across the continuum of care. This curriculum is meticulously designed to meet the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) curriculum standards as well as the academic requirements for licensing agencies in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. 

Graduates from our program are eligible to sit for the National Counseling Exam (NCE). In fact, 80% of our graduates in the last three years have successfully passed the NCE on their first attempt. Thus, graduates from our programs are well-prepared to provide competent professional counseling services in a variety of settings. 

Other exciting features about pursuing your counselor education training at ETBU are lower cost, state-of-art learning format, and small class size. The cost of graduate education at ETBU is about 10% less expensive than most state institutions in East Texas and its surrounding area. Our counseling program operates two campuses: Tyler and Marshall. Our courses, offered simultaneously on both campuses, are delivered utilizing a blend of online, virtual, and face-to-face learning formats. Small class sizes allow for fruitful interactions between students and faculty. This commitment to helping students develop their individual professional identity has immensely enriched students' learning experiences over the years.

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Overview

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-credit hour graduate program designed to meet the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  The courses for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will be delivered utilizing face-to-face, web-enhanced, and online formats in regular 16-week and accelerated summer semesters.  The curriculum is consistent with LPC licensure laws in Texas and Louisiana.
The curriculum will provide students substantive training in human growth and development, abnormal human behavior, assessment techniques, counseling theories and techniques, lifestyle and career development, sociocultural factors, integration of faith in counseling, and professional issues. Additionally, students will take courses promoting their capacities for research consumption, applied research methodology, and program evaluation. The program curriculum also includes a careful focus upon current legal, social, governmental, and economic issues facing counseling professionals. Courses are richly supported by contemporary literature of the discipline that prepares the students to seek licensure as a professional counselor and for independent practice. Additionally, in response to emerging trends of the field, an evidence-based perspective is utilized throughout the curriculum when instructing upon applied research, intervention, and faith integration.

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of East Texas Baptist University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare students to be multicultural competent professional counselors, capable of promoting the mental health of individuals and families with diverse contextual an cultural backgrounds, using an integrated knowledge from Christian faith and counseling principles alongside encouraging student's personal and professional identity development through faculty mentoring.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
For the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, students will complete a total of 60 graduate credit hours, maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average, and pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) with a passing score of one standard deviation below the national mean score.  Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years of being granted full admission.

DISMISSAL FROM PROGRAM
1. Students who fail to achieve full admission after the completion of nine graduate hours will be dismissed from the program.
2. Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average will be placed on academic probation and will be required to earn a minimum semester grade point average of 2.75 above in subsequent semesters until the cumulative grade point deficiency is removed. Failure to attain at least a 2.75 semester grade point average may result in dismissal from the program.
3. Students who earn a grade of “D” or “F” in any one course may be dismissed from the program based on a recommendation from the Program Director and Dean.

Year One

Year One Fall

  • COUN 5301 Theories of Counseling - This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major counseling theories and practices. Several of the major theories of counseling will be examined with an emphasis on four areas: key concepts of the theory, its beliefs about the therapeutic process, the role of the counselor, and how to apply the theory to helping a client change. Each theory will be analyzed for its uniqueness and similarity with the other approaches and applied to case examples.
  • COUN 5304 Professional Orientation in Counseling - This course is an introduction to the field of counseling. It includes the history and trends of the counseling profession; the professional roles and identity; and ethical issues that affect the practice of counseling. This course provides opportunities to explore various types of counseling such as: career counseling, diversity, school counseling, college counseling, crisis counseling, addictions counseling, rehabilitation counseling and other contemporary issues. 
  • COUN 5327 Sociocultural Fact in Counseling - This course provides students with an understanding of how diversity and pluralistic trends and treatment strategies are related to such factors as: culture, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, disability, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status, and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families, and communities.

Year One Spring

  • COUN 5321 Research and Program Evaluation - A review of the research methods used in counseling. Included are experiences in searching research literature databases, understanding basic statistics, evaluating statistical software, planning research, and communicating research findings. Strategies for effective program evaluation as methods of consultation will also be reviewed.
  • COUN 5330 Professional Issues and Ethics for Practice - This course provides a survey of ethical principles, standards, and legal codes for counselors as defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA), American School Counseling Association (ASCA), and the states of Texas and Louisiana. Students will learn how to apply ethical decision making models to navigate potential ethical dilemmas.
  • COUN 6305 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan - Students will be introduced to career development and the importance of various facets of career counseling. Emphasis is given to developmental considerations and the role of testing, educational and career development program planning and implementation. Technology-based career development applications and strategies will be explored.

Year One Summer

  • COUN 5312 Lifespan Development - This course provides an advanced overview of current research and theory on life-span human development, and will enhance students’ understanding of significant developmental changes that occur over the life span. Emphasis will be placed on standard physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development as well as on issues such as diversity and socialization in relation to perceptions of human development. Professional, clinical, legal, and ethical issues will also be addressed.
  • COUN 6326 Addictions Counseling - This course will provide an in-depth study of the theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors including strategies for assessment and diagnosis, prevention, intervention, and treatment across the lifespan across a variety of settings. Coverage will include but not be limited to gambling, sexual, eating, alcohol, and drug-related addictions.
Year Two

Year Two Fall

  • COUN 5309 Assessment for Counselors - This course provides an overview of various approaches to assessment and procedures for evaluation. Special emphasis is given to counseling decision-making, and treatment planning. Theoretical and applied material will be integrated in order to provide the student with an understanding of the context of assessment and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on equipping students to understand technical terms in professional journals, test manuals, and test reports.
  • COUN 5316 Psychopathology and Diagnosis - This course will provide an overview of psychopathology and treatment planning. An interactive, developmental perspective for conceptualizing psychopathology as well as resilience will be employed. In particular, the influence of development, neurobiological mechanisms, and contextual features on the emergence, exacerbation, and alleviation of psychopathology will be discussed.
  • COUN 5335 Techniques in Counseling - This course emphasizes the stages of the helping relationship. Students practice basic attending and communication skills. Counseling skills are introduced through didactic, demonstration, and experiential learning situations. Counseling skills will be integrated with the use of counseling theories.  Grade of "B" or higher is required for graduation.

Year Two Spring

  • COUN 5305 Group Counseling - A study of group dynamics, process, theoretical applications, techniques and leadership skills in an experiential setting. This course traces the major theoretical orientations in group counseling. Students will learn to apply group approaches to the treatment of mental health problems.  Prerequisites: COUN 5301 and COUN 5335
  • COUN 6320 Psychopharmacology and Treatment - This course will discuss the primary psychiatric disorders and the medications commonly used to treat these disorders, with an emphasis upon disorders identified in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students in this course will gain an understanding of how these drugs work, what effects and side effects they have, and how to work with clients as they receive both medical and counseling services.  Prerequisites: COUN 5316 
  • COUN 6301 Marriage and Family Therapy - This course provides an overview of marital and family counseling from a systems perspective. An overview of the predominant systems theories essential in working with couples and families will be presented. Special emphasis is given to evidence based treatments and the current research on attachment theory and the role of attachment in couple and family distress.  Prerequisites: COUN 5301 and COUN 5335

Year Two Summer

  • COUN 5303 Counseling Children and Adolescents or COUN 6351 Faith Integration in Counseling.  COUN 5303 this course is a didactic and experiential course that prepares graduate students to work with the specific needs of children and adolescents. This course will focus on developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues of children and adolescents. Group and individual counseling techniques will be practiced and treatment options will be covered.  Prerequisite: COUN 5312.  COUN 6351 in this course, students explore personal and professional issues of faith and spirituality as they pertain to clinical competency in professional counseling. Students will have an opportunity to learn about frameworks for faith integration in professional practice. The course provides students with an overview of several common approaches to mental health counseling from a faith perspective that have been well-supported in research.
  • COUN 6313 Counseling Practicum I- Counseling supervised field experience. The practicum experience is designed to give counselors in training the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge they are developing throughout the counseling program as they counsel clients for the first time.  This practicum requires the student to complete 100 clock hours of supervised practicum, a minimum of 40 hours of which must be direct service.  Prerequisites: COUN 5300, COUN 5301, COUN 5305, COUN 5309, COUN 5316, COUN 5321, COUN 5327, COUN 5330,  COUN 6305, COUN 6320, COUN 6322, COUN 6326, and COUN 5335 with a grade of "B: or higher.
  • COUN 6324 Advanced Ethics for Professional Practice - This course explores the range of ethical issues that professionals may encounter within the field of counseling during independent practice. Through lecture, discussion, reading, and role-plays, students will explore such issues as the interrelation between professional ethical codes, ethical decision-making, and records management. Additionally, a survey of applicable rules, laws, and statutes related to professional practice will be undertaken.  Prerequisite: COUN 5330
Year Three

Year Three Fall

  • COUN 6322 Crisis and Trauma Intervention - This course will look at the dynamics and treatment of developmental and situational crises, trauma, and grief. Students will be able to apply multiple models of intervention to various problems, such as suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse, school violence, abuse, divorce, grief and loss, and disaster relief.  Primary skills of psychological first aid will additionally be taught.
  • COUN 6350 Counseling Internship I - Internship I will builds upon skills and experiences developed in practicum, identifies strengths and growth areas relative to counseling core competencies, and focus on expanding the depth and diversity of the student’s professional experience as they counsel clients. This internship requires the student to complete 300 clock hours of supervised internship, a minimum of 120 hours of which must be direct service.  Prerequisites: COUN 6313 with grade of "B" or higher

Year Three Spring

  • COUN 6352 Counseling Internship II - Internship II is an extension of Internship I and requires the student to complete an additional 300 clock hours of supervised internship, a minimum of 120 hours of which must be direct service. Internship II will build on strengths and improve growth areas identified in Practicum and Internship I as students continue to work with clients. Focus will continue to be on providing the best possible client care and professional development.  Prerequisite: COUN 6350 with a grade of "B" or higher.
MACMHC Completion Plans and Course Sequences
Degree Completion based upon Fall Admission and 9 hours per semester
YEAR ONE    
Fall Spring Summer
COUN 5304 COUN 5321 COUN 6351
COUN 5301 COUN 5330 COUN 6324
COUN 5327 COUN 5312  
9 hours 9 hours 6 hours
YEAR TWO    
Fall Spring Summer
COUN 5309 COUN 5305 COUN 6322
COUN 5316 COUN 6305 COUN 6313
COUN 5335 COUN 6301/COUN 5303 COUN 6326
9 hours 9 hours 9 hours
YEAR THREE    
Fall Spring Summer
COUN 6320 COUN 6352  
6 hours 3 hours  

 

Degree Completion based upon Spring Admission and 9 hours per semester
YEAR ONE    
Fall Spring Summer
COUN 5304 COUN 5301 COUN 6324
COUN 5312 COUN 5327 COUN 6351
COUN 5330 COUN 5312  
9 hours 9 hours 6 hours
YEAR TWO    
Fall Spring Summer
COUN 5305 COUN 5309 COUN 6322
COUN 5321 COUN 5316 COUN 6313
COUN 6301/5303 COUN 6320 COUN 6326
9 hours 9 hours 9 hours
YEAR THREE    
Fall Spring Summer
COUN 6305 COUN 6352  
COUN 6350    
6 hours 3 hours  

 

MACMHC course sequence and prerequisites
Course Numbers Course Prerequisites Fall Spring Summer
COUN 5304 Professional Orientation in Counseling x x
COUN 5301 Theories of Counseling x
COUN 5303 Counseling Child & Adolescent COUN 5312 x
COUN 5305 Group Counseling COUN 5301 & 5335 x
COUN 5309 Assessment for Counselors COUN 5321 & 5335 x
COUN 5312 Lifespan Development x
COUN 5316 Psychopathology and Diagnosis COUN 5309, 5312, & 5330 x
COUN 5321 Research and Program Evaluation x
COUN 5327 Sociocultural Issues in Counseling x
COUN 5330 Professional Issues and Ethics for Practice x
COUN 5335 Techniques of Counseling Minimum passing grade is 'B' x
COUN 6301 Marriage and Family Therapy COUN 5301 & 5335 x
COUN 6305 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan COUN 5309, 5312, & 5330 x
COUN 6313 Counseling Practicum COUN 5301, 5316, & 5335 x x x
COUN 6320 Psychopharmacology and Treatment COUN 5316 x
COUN 6322 Crisis and Trauma Intervention COUN 5301, 5321, 5330, & 5335 x
COUN 6324 Advanced Ethics for Professional Practice COUN 5330 x
COUN 6326 Addictions Counseling COUN 5301, 5309, 5316, & 5335 x
COUN 6350 Counseling Internship I COUN 6313 x x x
COUN 6351 Faith Integration in Counseling x
COUN 6352 Counseling Internship II COUN 6350 x x x
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