Course Descriptions

JBU's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 64 semester hours of credit. Descriptions for the courses are listed below.

Counseling Core

CNL 7023 - Human Development (3 credit hours)

An overview of theories of physical, cognitive, spiritual, and social/emotional development and processes throughout the life span. Theoretical and practical instruction is designed for application of developmental research and theory to educational and related mental health settings.

CNL 7033 - Social and Cultural Foundations (3 credit hours)

Study of social, cultural, ethnic, and gender issues related to families, schools, and communities. The impact of special issues (e.g., sexism, gender roles, ethnicity, race, differing lifestyles, discrimination, socioeconomic status, and social and multi-cultural trends) on individual family members, the family as a whole, and organizations such as the school and the church are examined.

CNL 7113- Principles of Family Therapy (3 credit hours)

An overview of the major theories and their therapeutic implications. Focus is on treatment of problems within a systems framework. Students are given a comprehensive survey of the major models of systemic change that includes but is not limited to the following: structural, strategic, Bowenian, Experiential, Solution- Focused, Systemic, and Post-Modern.

CNL 7123 - Group Theory (3 credit hours)

An introduction to group theory and processes in counseling and guidance. Interaction patterns and dynamics within small groups are considered. Focused on the understanding of individual and group behavior, the course involves didactic and experiential learning in group theory and practice. Students participate in a group to develop self-awareness, acceptance, and effective interpersonal skills. (Prerequisite: CNL 7133)

CNL 7133 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3 credit hours)

Overview of major counseling theories and techniques and a review of historical foundations of mental health care. Social, psychological, and philosophical influences and ethical issues associated with the counseling professions are considered.

CNL 7xx3 - Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the history and foundations of mental health counseling. The roles, functions and context of practicing in a variety of mental health settings will be explored. An overview of the professional issues and scope of practice for mental health professionals will be examined.

CNL 7313 - Career Development Information and Vocational Education (3 credit hours)

An examination of career development theories, the research supporting the theories and the practical application of these ideas in career counseling. Course work includes information about the development of an educational-occupational library, the classification of the world of work, and the use of occupational data in career counseling and development across the lifespan.

CNL 7613 - Family of Origin (3 credit hours)

An explanation of the theoretical bases of family of origin work. Exploration of the student's own family history and family patterns across generations is included. Review of the basic concepts and therapeutic techniques used in family of origin education and counseling.

CNL 8013 - Assessment (3 credit hours)

Principles of measurement and assessment. Use of various assessment instruments including achievement, aptitude, intelligence, interests, and personality tests in the processes of counseling and guidance. Supervision in administering, scoring, and interpreting individual evaluation methods is emphasized.

CNL 8023 - Diagnosis and Case Management (3 credit hours)

A study of the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior and personality. The student develops a working knowledge of the diagnostic categories in the DSM and gains an understanding of their application to clinical practice. Emphasizes normal personality and development of positive mental health in schools, community, and families.

CNL 8033 - Christian Foundations in Counseling (3 credit hours)

Understanding of Christian values and perspectives by examination of basic elements of the Christian faith.Through the study of the literature and theology of the Christian scriptures, candidates explore relationships among Christian faith, values, and practice, pertaining to the field of counseling.

CNL 8133 - Advanced Psychopharmacology (3 credit hours)

A basic introduction to psychopharmacology for non-medical counselors. General principles underlying the use of psychoactive medications to treat the major classes of mental illness are covered, with emphasis on practical aspects of pharmacology, including drug selection, dosage, side effects and toxicity.  Basic principles of neuropharmacology are also discussed. The goal is to equip counselors to better understand psychopharmacology and to interact with medical personnel who prescribe psychotherapeutic medications.

CNL 8433 - Professional Development and Ethics (3 credit hours)

Insights into professional roles and functions. Areas of emphasis include professional socialization and the role of professional organizations, licensure and certification, legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research, family law, confidentiality issues, marital and family Code of Ethics, and interprofessional cooperation. The content of the course is specific to the practice of marital and family counseling.

CNL 8xx3 - Crisis Counseling (3 credit hours)

An overview of the theories, history and practice of crisis counseling. The examination of the credentialing process and principles in Critical Incident Stress Management will be reviewed. Study of the techniques of interventions used in a variety of crisis settings will be a focus of the course.
Prerequisite: CNL 7133

CNL 8xx3 - Addictions (3 credit hours)

An overview of the essential physiological, psychological and social effects of drugs, chemical dependency and other addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling, sexual addiction), taught from a general systems perspective. The etiology and history of addictions are discussed, as well as different theoretical approaches and treatment strategies, including outpatient and residential, individual, group and family therapy.

CNL 8701- Pre-Practicum Laboratory (1 credit hour)

An orientation to the requirements of practicum/internships. Students practice basic counseling skills, case management skills, and review the ethical considerations required of practicing counselors. Upon demonstration of a satisfactory working knowledge in each of these areas, the supervising faculty will grant approval for the student to enroll in Practicum.
Prerequisites: same as those for Practicum I in the student's chosen track

CNL 8753, 8763 - Practicum I, II: CMHC (3 credit hours per course)

A supervised experience for the development of individual counseling and group work skills.
Prerequisites for 8753: CNL 7113, 7123, 7133, 7613, 8023, 8433. 8701 and recommendation by the Department of Counseling faculty.
Prerequisite for 8763: CNL 8753

CNL 8873, 8883 - Internship I and II (3 credit hours per course)

Supervised experience designed to develop competencies necessary for counseling.
Prerequisites for 8873: CNL 8743, 8763 or 8783, and recommendation by the Department of Counseling faculty.
Prerequisite for CNL 8883: CNL 8873.

One of the Following:

CNL 7013 - Statistics and Research (3 credit hours)

Basic research approaches to solving applied problems, with emphasis on gaining a broad understanding of the research process. The course provides an introduction to statistics as well as an opportunity to critique research in an area of study.

CNL8313 Applied Research (3 credit hours)

Students in this course will learn advanced level research and statistics as applied in the counseling field. Students should have completed introductory level coursework in statistics and research methods.  Students will develop skills that will enable them to design, conduct, and report research.  Students will be exposed to the logic underlying the research process, as well as a broad range of design and assessment methods.  Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on both conceptual understanding and the development of practical skills.  Prerequisites: Upper division undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods in the last five years with minimum grade of "B" in both courses, or CNL 7103 Statistics and Research.

 

 

Elective Options for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and/or Play Therapy Certificate Courses

CNL 7623 - Family Systems (3 credit hours)

A study of the conceptual and philosophical contrast between systems theory and linear psychological theoretical frameworks.  General systems theory, cybernetics, constructivism and a family system framework are explored.  The primary focus is the understanding and development of a family systems conceptual framework.

CNL 7643 - Family Sexuality (3 credit hours)

Examines development of sexuality in the context of the family system including cultural, psychological, biological and spiritual factors. Special attention is paid to the issues of gender, sexual functioning and sexual dysfunction from a family systems perspective.

CNL 8143 - Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 credit hours)

This class will provide an overview of the clinical skills used in the practices of child and adolescent therapy.  Clinical assessment and treatment of children and adolescents in socio-cultural context will be the focus for knowledge and skill development in this class.  Multiple theory perspectives will be utilized with the primary theoretical emphasis being a family systems/therapy framework.  Major childhood and adolescent disorders will be reviewed and applied to specific case material.

CNL 8901, 8902, 8903 Selected Topics in Counseling

An intensive study of a selected area of counseling designed to meet the particular needs of pre-service and/or in-service counselors or administrators.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor

CNL 7353- Introduction to Play Therapy (3 credit hours)

This course will cover the history, prominent theories, and research support for play therapy, as well as current trends and practices in play therapy.  Fundamental play therapy skills will be covered, with a strong emphasis on child centered play therapy.  Implementation of play therapy within a family systems orientation will be a component of the course.  Students who successfully complete the course will have sufficient knowledge to begin providing supervised play therapy.
Pre-requisite: CNL 7133

CNL 8353 - Advanced Techniques in Play Therapy (3 credit hours)

This class builds on the fundamentals of child centered approaches to play therapy.  The class will also explore various therapeutic approaches such as expressive play therapy techniques, Experiential Play Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, Sand Tray, family models of play therapy as well as other directive play therapy techniques and the use of therapeutic games.  (Pre-requisite: CNL7353)

CNL 8653 - Practicum in Play Therapy (Three credit hours)

A supervised clinical experience for the development of play therapy skills.

CNL 8213 - Family Play Therapy Techniques (3 credit hours)

This advanced level play therapy course focuses on concepts and skills for working with families using play therapy within a family systems framework. The class will also focus on training parents/caretakers to be therapeutic agents in their children's lives through the utilization of child-centered and directive play therapy skills in regularly scheduled structured play sessions with children.

CNL 8911, 8912, 8913 - Selected Topics in Play Therapy (1-3 credit hours)

An intensive study of a selected area of play therapy designed to meet the particular needs of pre-service and/or in-service counselors or administrators. 
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.