Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling a new Program/Degree Proposal

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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
A New Program/Degree Proposal
60 semester credit hours (including concentrations)
Rural Mental Health Concentration (9 credits)
Military/Veterans Concentration (9 credits)
General Individualized Concentration (9 credits)

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
College of Education
Department of Academic Development and Counseling
Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2012

Proposal prepared by: Dr. Robert Franz

Proposal submitted: March 5, 2012

Signature of President or Designee: Dr. Michael Fiorentino, Jr.

Date: February 29, 2012
Table of Contents

Appropriateness to the Mission 1

Description, scope, and purpose of the program 1

Alignment with State System mission, goals and initiatives 2

Need 2

Need as substantiated by employment trends 2

Demand for the program among current and prospective students 3

Uniqueness of the program 5

Enrollment projections 6

Academic Integrity 6

Program structure and administration 6

Program goals 7

Curriculum overview 8

Course offerings with proposed catalogue descriptions 10

Student learning outcomes 14

Learning experiences and instructional methods 23

Faculty qualifications 23

Student qualifications/support/advisement 24

Coordination with Other Programs 24

With related programs at other institutions 24

With other departments/units on campus 25

With outside agencies, corporations, etc. 25

Periodic Assessment 25

Plan for achieving specialized accreditation 25

Resource Sufficiency 26

Expenditures (Including Faculty, Start-Up Costs, and Continuation Costs) 26

Facilities or Facility Modifications 26

Accreditation/Licensure Expenses 26

Revenues 26

Impact on Educational Opportunity 27

Effect on under-represented groups of students 27

Effect on faculty, advisors, etc. 27

Effect on employers 27

Executive Summary 28

Five-Year Budget Projection 32

Appendix A – Results of Market Analysis 34

Appendix B – Need for Rural and Military Counselors 41

Appendix C – Faculty Vitae 43

Appendix D – Google Search for Online counseling master degrees 86

Appendix E – Letters of Support for Collaboration 87

Appropriateness to the Mission

The proposed Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Mental Counseling (CMHC) degree program is appropriate to and consistent with the mission and strategic plans of Lock Haven University (LHU) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). As will be documented in this proposal, the MS in CMHC is a professionally-oriented program that will use a mixture of online and ITV technology to educate students to excel in a field that is demonstrating steadily increasing demand.

Description, scope, and purpose of the program

The MS in CMHC is a 60 credit degree program that is designed to be consistent with the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania (049 PA Code § 49.13) and to fulfill the accreditation requirements of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the primary accrediting body in the professional counseling field. The program will prepare graduates to function as independently licensed professional counselors (LPCs), trained to treat emotional and behavioral problems in individuals, families, and groups in a variety of professional settings. The degree program will offer three concentrations: Rural (RUR), and Military/Veterans (MIL). If a student wishes another, more general concentration, individualized study or transfer credits will be considered. All students, regardless of concentration, will complete core coursework that will provide them with advanced knowledge and skills as required by the accreditation body, in the following areas: a) foundations of counseling; b) intervention and prevention; c) diversity and advocacy; d) assessment; e) research and evaluation; and f) diagnosis. Additionally, students will take separate required classes specific to their track and will obtain appropriate “hands on” clinical skills through the completion of supervised practicum experience(s) totaling a minimum of 100 clock hours and a supervised internship totaling a minimum of 600 clock hours.

Program graduates will:

  1. Use the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders to initiate, maintain, and terminate counseling.

  2. Apply multicultural competencies to clinical mental health counseling involving case conceptualization, diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.

  3. Demonstrate skill in conducting intake interviews, mental status evaluations, biopsychosocial and mental health histories, and psychological assessments for treatment planning and caseload management.

  4. Apply relevant research findings to inform the practice of clinical mental health counseling.

  5. Analyze and use data to increase the effectiveness of clinical mental health counseling interventions and programs.

  6. Develop and use measurable outcomes for clinical mental health counseling programs, interventions, and treatments.

  7. Differentiate between diagnosis and developmentally appropriate reactions during crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events.

  8. Apply and adhere to ethical and legal standards in clinical mental health counseling.

  9. Apply knowledge of public mental health policy, financing, and regulatory processes to improve service delivery opportunities in clinical mental health counseling.

  10. Apply current record keeping standards related to clinical mental health counseling.

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