Counselor Education 651

COED 651: Advanced Clinical Mental Heatlh Counseling

Prerequisites: COED 650

Credit Hours: (3)

COED 651 is designed to address advanced clinical and organizational issues that apply to students training to be clinical mental health counselors, supervisors, and administrators. The course will provide instruction in topics related to program development and management, models of supervision, professional issues, emergency management, consultation, and program assessment.


Detailed Description of Course

The course will cover:

1. Models and theories related to clinical supervision

2. Professional issues related to clinical mental health counseling, including

        a. Supervision

        b. Expert witness status

        c. Access to and practice privileges within managed care systems

3. Program development and evaluation issues, including

        a. Application of research findings to practice

        b. Developing measurable outcome assessments

        c. Use of data to increase effectiveness of interventions and program development

        d. Evidence-based treatments and interventions

        e. Counseling outcomes evaluation strategies

4. Mental health services and program management issues, including

        a. Administration

        b. Finance

        c. Accountability

        d. Program evaluation

        e. Grant writing

5. Emergency management system operations

6. Consultation models

7. Multicultural and cultural competency issues related to clinical mental health

8. Modes of service delivery, such as

        a. Inpatient

        b. Partial inpatient

        c. Aftercare

        d. Integrated care settings

9. Public policy and social justice issues related to clinical mental health


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course may consist of in-class instructional activities, such as lecture instruction, guest lectures, experiential learning opportunities, and discussion. In addition, there may be online assignments and experiential field experiences. Students may have opportunities to interact in a variety of ways (i.e. the classroom, online, and in small groups outside of class). Students may participate in assignments and activities, including but not limited to conducting a program evaluation, role playing supervision and consulting models, shadowing a professional in a clinical mental health setting, and participating in the development of a program.


Goals and Objectives of this Course:

Students will:

  • Understand a variety of models and theories related to clinical mental health counseling, including the methods, models, and principles of clinical supervision (CACREP Section III. CMHC A.5)
  • Be aware of professional issues that affect clinical mental health counselors (e.g., core provider status, expert witness status, access to and practice privileges within managed care systems) (CACREP Section III. CMHC A.7)
  • Understand the management of mental health services and programs, including areas such as administration, finance, and accountability (CACREP Section III. CMHC A.8)
  • Describe the principles of mental health, including consultation and policy interpretation, as well as operations of programs and networks that promote mental health in a multicultural society (CACREP Section III. CMHC C.1)
  • Know the models, methods, and principles of program development and service delivery (e.g., support groups, peer facilitation training, parent education, self-help) (CACREP Section III. CMHC C.3)
  • Understand the range of mental health service delivery – such as inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment, integrated behavioral healthcare, and aftercare – and the clinical mental health counseling services network. (CACREP Section III. CMHC C.5)
  • Understand the professional issues relevant to the practice of clinical mental health counseling. (CACREP Section III. CMHC C.9)
  • Understand effective strategies to support client advocacy and influence public policy and government relations on local, state, and national levels to enhance equity, increase funding, and promote programs that affect the practice of clinical mental health counseling (CACREP Section III. CMHC E.4)
  • Know public policies on the local, state, and national levels that affect the quality and accessibility of mental health services (CACREP Section III. CMHC E.6)
  • Know models of program evaluation for clinical mental health programs (CACREP Section III. CMHC I.2)
  • Know evidence-based treatments and basic strategies for evaluating counseling outcomes in clinical mental health counseling (CACREP Section III. CMHC I.3)
  • Apply relevant research findings to inform the practice of clinical mental health counseling (CACREP Section III. CMHC J.1)
  • Develop measurable outcomes for clinical mental health counseling programs, interventions, and treatments (CACREP Section III. CMHC J.3)


Assessment Measures:

Student grades may be determined by performance that may include but are not limited to:

1. In-class attendance and participation

2. On-line assignments

3. Experiential field assignments

4. Program development and assessment project

5. Mid-term examination

6. Cumulative final examination

7. Evaluating peers in group projects

A self-evaluation of contributions to course activities


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