Master Of Counseling Degree (M.Coun.) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Program Goals and Objectives:
Students who are preparing to specialize as clinical mental health counseling will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of clinical mental health counseling. In addition to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) common-core objectives, clinical mental health counseling majors will understand and demonstrate:
- History and development of clinical mental health counseling.
- Theories and models related to clinical mental health counseling.
- Principles, models, and documentation formats of biopsychosocial case conceptualization and treatment planning.
- Neurobiological and medical foundation and etiology of addiction and co-occurring disorders.
- Psychological tests and assessments specific to clinical mental health counseling.
- Roles and settings of clinical mental health counselors.
- Etiology, nomenclature, treatment, referral, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
- Mental health service delivery modalities within the continuum of care, such as inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment and aftercare, and the mental health counseling services networks.
- Diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic classification systems, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
- Potential for substance use disorders to mimic and/or co-occur with a variety of neurological, medical, and psychological disorders.
- Impact of crisis and trauma on individuals with mental health diagnoses.
- Impact of biological and neurological mechanisms on mental health.
- Classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications for appropriate medical referral and consultation.
- Legislation and government policy relevant to clinical mental health counseling.
- Cultural factors relevant to clinical mental health counseling.
- Professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials relevant to the practice of clinical mental health counseling.
- Legal and ethical considerations specific to clinical mental health counseling.
- Record keeping, third party reimbursement, and other practice and management issues in clinical mental health counseling.
- Intake interview, mental status evaluation, biopsychosocial history, mental health history, and psychological assessment for treatment planning and caseload management.
- Techniques and interventions for prevention and treatment of a broad range of mental health issues.
- Strategies for interfacing with the legal system regarding court-referred clients.
- Strategies for interfacing with integrated behavioral health care professionals.
- Strategies to advocate for persons with mental health issues.
- Individual and Group Counseling
- Case Management
- Medication Monitoring
- Crisis Intervention
- Program Planning
- Residential treatment facilities
- In/Outpatient psychiatric care units
- Mobile crisis units
- Behavioral health programs
- Social service agencies
- Non-profit organizations
- Religious and Pastoral organizations
- Child guidance clinics
- Family planning centers
- Adult service programs
- Group homes
- Public and private schools
- Local, state, and federal government agencies including:
- Armed Forces
- Government Agencies
The median annual wage for mental health counselors was $43,300 in 2017.
Employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected in both occupations as more people have mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.
Licensure and Certification-Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL):
The Idaho Counselor Licensing Board requires the following for licensable hours:
“Section 150 02. Supervised Experience Requirement. One thousand (1,000) hours of supervised experience in counseling acceptable to the Board. (7-1-93)
- One thousand (1,000) hours is defined as one thousand (1,000) clock hours of experience working in a counseling setting, four hundred (400) hours of which shall be direct client contact. Supervised experience in practicum and/or internshipstaken at the graduate level may be utilized. The supervised experience shall include a minimum of one (1) hour of face-to-face or one-to-one (1/1) or one-to-two (1/2) supervision with the supervisor for every twenty (20) hours of job/internship experience. Face-to-face may include a face-to-face setting provided by a secure live electronic connection between the supervisor and supervisee. As stated under Subsection 150.01.a.iii. counseling practicum experienceas opposed to job or internship experience shall be supervised at a ratio of one (1) hour of supervision for every ten (10) hours in the settings. For example: (3-29-12)
- A person in a twenty (20) hour per week job/internship who is receiving one (1) hour of individual supervision each week would accumulate one thousand (1,000) supervised hours in fifty (50) weeks to equal the twenty to one (20/1) ratio. (7-1-93)
- A person in a forty (40) hour per week setting with one (1) hour of supervision per week would still require fifty (50) weeks to equal the twenty to one (20/1) ratio. (7-1-93)
- A person in a forty (40) hour per week setting with two (2) hours of supervision per week would accumulate the one thousand (1,000) hours at the twenty to one (20/1) supervision ratio in twenty-five (25) weeks. (7-1-93)
- Until July 1, 2004, the supervision must be provided by a Professional Counselor or a Clinical Professional Counselor licensed by the state of Idaho. Effective July 1, 2010, supervision must be provided by a counselor education faculty member at an accredited college or university; Professional Counselor, registered with the Board as a supervisor; a Clinical Professional Counselor, registered with the Board as a supervisor; a Marriage and Family Therapist, registered with the Board as a supervisor; a Clinical Social Worker registered as a supervisor with the Board of Social Work; a licensed Psychologist; or a licensed Psychiatrist, licensed by the state of Idaho. Supervision by a professional counseling peer, however, may be acceptable to the Board if the peer/supervisory relationship include the same controls and procedures expected in an internship setting. (See Subsection 150.02.a.) For example, the relationship should include the staffing of cases, the critiquing of counseling tapes and this supervision must be conducted in a formal, professional, consistent manner on a regularly scheduled basis.”
In the Department of Counseling, supervision by doctoral students who have received supervision training are viewed as acceptable to the Board. The Department of Counseling prefers that students seek out practicum and internship settings that have a licensed professional counselor first, before considering a site in which supervision is provided by a different mental health professional. Your development as a professional counselor occurs not only while in class at ISU but also during your clinical experiences outside of ISU. Mentoring by a professional counselor during your clinical supervision is a vital part of your emergent identity as a professional counselor.
Please note: Students are responsible for insuring a site supervisor is registered with the IBOL prior to accepting a site for practicum or internship.
1440 E. Terry Street
Garrison Hall, Bld 63
Pocatello, ID 83209-8120
921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8120
Pocatello, ID 83209-8120
Mailing and Physical Address:
Meridian Health Science Center
1311 East Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642
Dr. Elizabeth Horn