Integrative Care Concentration

The 60-credit Master of Science Program in Mental Health Counseling prepares highly skilled, self-aware, compassionate counselors who provide evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and collaborative treatment using a whole person approach. Grounded in the cognitive-behavioral tradition, this program trains practitioner-scholars to offer assessment, therapeutic interventions, consultation, program evaluation, and follow-up services using a collaborative integrative approach. Incorporating knowledge of the biopsychosocial model, the program provides a foundation for ethical practice and advocacy that facilitates the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The program also trains students to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings as health service professionals and to engage in self-care and self-reflection. The Integrative Care Concentration prepares students to work in behavioral medicine and in collaborative relationships with primary care physicians. The program prepares master’s level graduates with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to pursue credentialing as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in many states and/or to pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education, counseling, psychology, or a related field.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
COUN 501 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 505 Counseling Skills 3
COUN 510 Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
 Hours9
Term 2
COUN 506 Foundations of Psychotherapy 3
COUN 508 Lifespan Development 3
COUN 552 Program Evaluation Research Methods and Statistics 3
 Hours9
Term 3
COUN 503 Counseling Perspectives on Psychopathology 3
COUN 507 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 509 Tests and Measurements 3
 Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
COUN 504 Group Therapy 3
COUN 561 Practicum Seminar Note: Students whose Practicum/Internship placement begins during the fall term of year two will register for the Practicum/Internship course sequence (COUN 561, 562, 563) in the fall, winter, and spring terms. These students will not take COUN 585: Clinical Field Placement in the spring term, and will instead complete an elective to fulfill the remaining required 3 credits. 2
 Hours5
Term 2
COUN 502 Behavioral Change in Mental Health Counseling 3
COUN 562 Internship Seminar I 2
COUN 581 Professional Development I 1
COUN 520 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 3
 Hours9
Term 3
COUN 553 Counseling in Healthcare Settings Integrative Seminar 3
COUN 563 Internship Seminar II 2
COUN 582 Professional Development II 1
COUN 571 Career & Lifestyle Development 3
COUN 591 Case Conceptualization Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours9
Term 4
COUN 585 Clinical Field Experience Elective 3
COUN 583 Professional Development III 1
Elective - Can take in either fall, winter, spring, or summer 3
COUN 593 STEPPS VI Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours7
Third Year
Term 1
COUN 519 ACT in Behavior Medicine 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours60