Mental Health Counseling for School Guidance Counselors Certificate

  • Credits: 24
  • Degree:
    post-master's certificate

Program Description

This post-master's certificate is for licensed school guidance counselors who desire the additional credential of licensed mental health counselor. The program provides the course work and field experience needed, without repeating course work they will already have taken for school guidance.

Mental Health Counseling provides graduate level professional training for mental health counseling licensure with a strong commitment to an evolving multicultural society.  Students are prepared to meet the licensing standards of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals.

Learning Outcomes

Students learn and apply the principles and best practices of counseling including various psychotherapeutic techniques for work with individuals, couples, families and groups; group counseling, and consultation to organizations and communities. They study human development, dysfunctional behavior and mental illness. They learn to assess, diagnose and treat within the scope of the counselor’s practice, and become able to utilize community resources for referrals. They learn and apply strategies for prevention and treatment of substance abuse, domestic violence, the spectrum of mental illnesses; and learn to use psycho-educational techniques aimed at preventing such disorders. They become familiar with state regulations applicable to mental health practice and licensure.

Careers and Further Study

Cambridge College graduates may apply for the following credential:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) licensure by the Mass. Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals. Candidates must also pass an exam and complete two years of post-master’s supervised clinical practice.

Program Chair

Hugh Ferguson
hugh.ferguson@cambridgecollege.edu

Curriculum


Mental Health Counseling Courses
12
Credits

Take CCP 614 or CCP 615.

TAke CCP636 Psychological Testing (replaces CCP626).

Students who previously completed any of the listed courses shall consult with the program chair for substitute course work to meet the requirement of 24 credits. If students have completed CCP754 as part of their School Guidance Counseling program, they must take CCP715.

Rogerian Person-Centered Therapy: Basic Counseling Skills
CCP 550 3 credit(s)
The basis of therapeutic relationships is seen in Carl Rogers’ theory of personality with its stress of self-actualization, development of the self, phenomenological field, validation, and conditions of worth is the basis for the techniques that are taught, practiced and modeled in this course. These techniques are empathic understanding, unconditional positive regard, and consequence. These techniques are central to any effective relationship from any theoretical perspective. The student will become practiced at these and related aspects of person-centered theory. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: Standard a: Principles of therapeutic relationships.
Child & Adolescent Psychopathology
CCP 614 3 credit(s)
This course deals with the nature of normal and abnormal intellectual, social, and emotional development and learning in childhood and adolescence. Particular attention is given to ego-defensive, adaptive and socio-cultural aspects of behavior, health and wellness, and ways in which adaptive behavior becomes symptomatic. This course organizes disorders according to DSM IV. Web-based projects involving learning disorders, including emotional issues affecting student achievement and their treatments are investigated. Case studies provide experience in classifying, diagnosing and categorizing various mental and emotional disorders common to children and adolescents. Attention is focused on differential diagnosis, treatment planning and best practices in applied settings. Discussions focus on health and wellness, multicultural issues, plus variables related to resiliency and student learning. Topics in psychopharmacology related to knowledge of medical conditions, and medications related to physical disabilities and learning disorders is presented. Also, the effects of abuse, violence, ADD, childhood depression; theories of normal and abnormal behavior and development are examined. Current research that can assist the school counselor in developing a plan of action for referral and treatment that relates to personal, social, and academic functioning of students will be procured through the online library. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: b: Learn and be able to apply theories of normal and abnormal intellectual, social and emotional development. c: Learning disorders, including emotional issues affecting student achievement, and their treatment. h: Knowledge of medical conditions and medication related to physical disabilities and learning disorders. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Guidance Counseling: e. Theories of normal and abnormal intellectual, social, and emotional development. c. Psychology of learning.
Perspectives in Cross Cultural Counseling
CCP 754 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on the role of culture in the development of psychological health and in psychopathology. Variations among diverse cultures in defining mental health and deviant behavior are discussed. The importance of understanding the cultural context is emphasized, both in the prevention and in the resolution of psychological problems. Students become aware of their own cultural beliefs regarding mental health issues, and the impact of their perspective in working with culturally different people. Techniques for working with families and schools are also discussed. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: Standard f: Techniques for communicating and working with families and school and community personnel.
Psychopathology
CCP 615 3 credit(s)
This course deals with the nature of neurotic behavior, abnormal behavior and the psychoses. Particular attention is given to ego-defensive, adaptive and socio-cultural aspects of behavior and ways in which adaptive behavior becomes symptomatic. These historical contexts in which psychopathology has been diagnosed and viewed historically from early medical concepts through the currently used Diagnostic Criteria, DSM-IV TR, are presented. Discussions focus on psychopharmacology, knowledge of medical conditions and medication related to physical disabilities and learning disorders, prevalent psychotherapies, and theories of abnormal behavior and development. Case studies provide experience in classifying, diagnosing and categorizing various mental disorders. Discussions of treatment of mental illness include psychopharmacology, prevalent psychotherapies used in individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy and current research findings related to treatment. This course utilizes films, tapes, case studies, class presentations, lectures, and group discussions. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: h: Knowledge of medical conditions and medication related to physical disabilities and learning disorders.
Practicum and Field Experience
12
Credits

Includes field experience under a qualified supervisor, conforming to Massachusetts regulations 262 CMR. See program handbook.

Take CCP 701 only if necessary to complete field experience hours, or substitute an SOPC elective.

Counseling Practicum and SAC Field Experience I
CCP 520 3 credit(s)
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts specifies that this practicum be supervised by an “approved Supervisor” as described in (CMR) 262 in order for students to meet requirements for licensure. (Enrollment limited to 10) This course is intended for students beginning their master’s program fieldwork. Counselor trainees become familiar with following: review the principles of therapeutic relationships and basic professional counseling skills and behaviors; developing techniques for communicating and working with families, agencies/systems, and school and community personnel; the use of supervision; beginning diagnostic skills; and DSM-IV-TR. Participants complete case presentations, process notes, and treatment planning. Students take an active part in the didactic and demonstration parts of the class. This course will stress philosophy, principles, and practice of mental health/school adjustment counseling; therapeutic relationships; and federal, state, municipal and school laws. One contact hour of weekly supervision is required. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. For SAC students in school sites: Onsite training supervised by a state-approved licensed/certified school adjustment counselor who also has clinical licensure as an LMHC, LICSW, LMFT, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist is required. SAC students in school sites must pass MTEL Communication and Literacy Tests before entry. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counseling: 3: A practicum of 900 hours, 450 of which must be working with children, adolescents, and families in an educational setting. (Cambridge requires Practicum fieldwork of 100 contact hours and Internship fieldwork of 600 contact hours). (Cambridge College recommends that students in the SAC track have 225 site hours for each of the four field experiences). 4: A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test. Standard a: Principles of therapeutic relationships. Standard f: Techniques for communicating and working with families and school and community personnel. Standard i: Federal and state regulations addressing the legal rights of students and families.
Counseling Internship / SAC FieldExperience II
CCP 641 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CCP 520. (Enrollment limited to 10). This course provides a real life experience of providing mental health counseling services to clients/students. A minimum of 200 hours of field placement (225 for SAC students in school placements) gives the student intern an opportunity to learn, apply and sharpen diagnostic, treatment planning, counseling and consultation skills under the supervision of a qualified on-site field supervisor and overseen by a Cambridge College internship facilitator. (Students in SAC placements are also visited three times over the course of 2 sequential semesters by the Cambridge College visiting site supervisor). Coursework integrates the practice of mental health counseling from screening through aftercare planning and discharge from treatment, with content areas necessary for appropriate client/student treatment including but not limited to: review the principles of therapeutic relationships, developing techniques for communicating with and working with families, agencies/systems, and school and community personnel; the use of supervision; diagnosis and application of DSMIV-TR treatment planning, application of appropriate counseling theories and related clinical interventions, methods and techniques, documentation of progress, referral and collaboration and treatment of treatment professionals and families. Case presentations, biopsychosocial histories, progress notes and other relevant documentation of the field placement will be presented in class. The diagnosis and treatment of learning and behavioral disorders, when to recommend an educational evaluation, an IEP or a 504 will also be discussed. SAC Interns will learn to develop plans for the prevention, treatment and referral of students engaged in legal or illegal substances, school violence, school crises and other situations. Students will share experiences with their internship seminar cohort. This internship must conform with Massachusetts regulations 262 CMR. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. For SAC students in school sites: Onsite training supervised by a state-approved licensed/certified school adjustment counselor who also has clinical licensure as an LMHC, LICSW, LMFT, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist is required. SAC students in school sites must pass MTEL Communication and Literacy Tests before entry. The fieldwork experiences in this course address the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counselors: 3: A practicum of 900 hours, 450 of which must be working with children, adolescents, and families in an educational setting. (Cambridge requires practicum fieldwork of 100 contact hours and internship fieldwork of 600 contact hours). (Cambridge College recommends that students in the SAC track have 225 site hours for each of the four field experiences). 4: A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test. Standard a: Principles of therapeutic relationships. c: Learning disorders, including emotional issues affecting student achievement, and their treatment. d: Prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and violence in PreK-12 students. f: Techniques for communicating and working with families and school and community personnel.
Internship Seminar and SAC Field Experience III
CCP 700 3 credit(s)
This course is restricted to students who have completed and received credit for their Independent Research Project (IRP). Exceptions require approval of the Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling. Prerequisites: CCP 520 and CCP 641, (Enrollment limited to 10). This course focuses on students’ counseling practice which is conducted in the field from week-to-week during the course. A minimum of 200 hours of internship experience (225 hour minimum for SAC track students in school sites) are required under the supervision of a qualified supervisor (Massachusetts Regulations 262 CMR). (Supervisors of School Adjustment Counseling students in school sites must also have DESE licensure as a School Adjustment Counselor.) Goals for each student will be established with their College internship facilitator at the beginning of the experience. A self-assessment of these appropriate learning goals will be conducted by the student and their college internship facilitator throughout the term. Casework, note taking, diagnostic and treatment planning will be analyzed and explored in the classroom with a focus on enhancing students’ clinical skills in these areas, as well as a review of the principles of therapeutic relationships, developing techniques for communicating with and working with families, agencies/systems, and school and community personnel, and the use of supervision. The diagnosis and treatment of learning and behavioral disorders, when to recommend an educational evaluation, an IEP or a 504 will also be discussed. SAC Interns will learn to develop plans for the prevention, treatment and referral of students engaged in legal or illegal substances, school violence, school crises and other situations. This course may be combined with CCP 701. The internship must conform to Massachusetts Regulations 262 CMR. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. For SAC students in school sites: Onsite training supervised by a state-approved licensed/certified school adjustment counselor who also has clinical licensure as an LMHC, LICSW, LMFT, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist is required. SAC students in school sites Students pass MTEL Communication and Literacy before entry. The fieldwork experiences in this course address the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counselors: 3: A practicum of 900 hours, 450 of which must be working with children, adolescents, and families in an educational setting. (Cambridge requires practicum fieldwork of 100 contact hours and internship fieldwork of 600 contact hours). (Cambridge College recommends that students in the SAC track have 225 site hours for each of the four field experiences.) 4: A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test. Standard a: Principles of therapeutic relationships. c: Learning disorders, including emotional issues affecting student achievement, and their treatment. d: Prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and violence in PreK-12 students. f: Techniques for communicating and working with families and school and community personnel.
Advanced Internship Seminar/ SAC Field Experience IV
CCP 701 3 credit(s)
This course is restricted to students who have completed and received credit for their Independent Research Project (IRP). Prerequisites: CCP 520, CCP 641 and CCP 700; (Enrollment limited to 10). The course focuses on students’ counseling practice which is conducted in the field from week-to-week during the course. A minimum of 200 hours of internship experience (225 hour minimum for SAC program students in school sites) are required under the supervision of a qualified supervisor (Massachusetts Regulations 262 CMR). Supervisors of School Adjustment Counseling students in school sites must also have DESE licensure as a School Adjustment Counselor. Goals for each student will be established with their College internship facilitator at the beginning of the experience. A self-assessment of these appropriate learning goals will be conducted by the student and their college internship facilitator throughout the term. Casework, note taking diagnostic and treatment planning will be analyzed and explored in the classroom with a focus on enhancing students’ clinical skills in these areas; as well as a review the principles of therapeutic relationships, developing techniques for communicating with and working with families, agencies/systems, and school and community personnel; and the use of supervision. The diagnosis and treatment of learning and behavioral disorders, when to recommend an educational evaluation, an IEP or a 504 will also be discussed. SAC Interns will learn to develop plans for the prevention, treatment and referral of students engaged in legal or illegal substances, school violence, school crises and other situations. The completion of a portfolio demonstrating student’s advancement through their program of study is required in this course. This course may be cross listed with CCP 700. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. For SAC students in school sites: Onsite training supervised by a state-approved licensed/certified school adjustment counselor who also has clinical licensure as an LMHC, LICSW, LMFT, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist is required. SAC students in school sites Students pass MTEL Communication and Literacy before entry. The fieldwork experiences in this course address the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counselors: 3: A practicum of 900 hours, 450 of which must be working with children, adolescents, and families in an educational setting. (Cambridge requires practicum fieldwork of 100 contact hours and internship fieldwork of 600 contact hours). (Cambridge College recommends that students in the SAC track have 225 site hours for each of the four field experiences.) 4: A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test. Standard a: Principles of therapeutic relationships. c: Learning disorders, including emotional issues affecting student achievement, and their treatment. d: Prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and violence in PreK-12 students. f: Techniques for communicating and working with families and school and community personnel.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

Applicants must:

  • have completed current Cambridge College 48-credit M.Ed. in school guidance counseling or equivalent program.  An official transcript is required if credits earned are from another college.
  • submit a photocopy of Initial license as a school guidance counselor.
  • interview with and gain approval from the School Guidance chair.

General Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé
Interview (for graduate and advanced graduate programs)

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State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    24
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $485
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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