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 Department of Counseling

Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

 

Admissions Requirements

  1. A completed application
  2. Undergraduate transcripts in psychology or a related field and have a minimum GPA of 3.00. Non-psychology majors must have a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits in the social sciences field.
  3. Submission of three letters of recommendation on official letterhead with an ‘ink’ signature: Two (2) of which are from a college professor or someone who can attest to the aptitude for graduate studies; and one (1) professional (i.e., supervisor).
  4. Letter of interest or Personal Statement which responds to the following:
    • Background information: Family, education and work.
    • Goals: What do you expect to be doing in five (5) years? In ten (10) years?
    • Strengths: What strengths do you have that would contribute to your being a good counselor?
    • Change: What do you believe to be the facets of your personality, behavior, and/or outlook that, if modified or changed, would make you a better person/counselor? What plans, if any, do you have for making any such change(s)?
    • Why Bowie State University?Why did you decide to apply to the counseling program at B.S.U.?
    • Your comments: What additional information, thoughts, feelings, concerns and/or questions do you have?
  5. Applicants must participate in a face-to-face or phone interview.

 

Program of Study (60 credit hours)

MHCO 761 Foundations in Mental Health Counseling
EDUC 507 Human Growth and Development
COUN 633 Multicultural Counseling
COUN 608 Career Counseling and Development
COUN 734 Counseling Theory and Practice
COUN 731 Group Counseling
COUN 780 Legal and Ethical Issues in Therapy
MHCO 836 Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (200 hrs)***
COUN 706 Introduction to Research for Counselors
COUN 610 Appraisal, Assessment and Evaluation
COUN 732 Family Counseling
MHCO 744 Psychodynamics of Psychopathology [DSM-5]
MHCO 700 Prevention & Intervention in Mental Health Counseling
MHCO 775 Psychopharmacology
MHCO 861 Seminar in Mental Health Counseling
COUN 762 Drug and Alcohol Counseling
MHCO 833 Advanced Techniques in Psychotherapy
MHCO 858 Internship in Mental Health Counseling I (400 hrs)***
MHCO 806 Internship in Mental Health Counseling II (400 hrs.)***


Mental Health Counseling Sequence

Level One

MHCO 671 Foundations in Mental Health Counseling
EDUC 507 Advanced Human Growth and Development
COUN 633 Multicultural Counseling

Level Two

COUN 608 Career Counseling and Development
COUN 734 Counseling Theory and Practice
COUN 780 Legal and Ethical Issues in Therapy

Level Three

COUN 706 Introduction to Research for Counselors
COUN 731 Group Counseling (Prerequisite: MHCO 671 & COUN 734)
COUN 610 Appraisal, Assessment, and Evaluation

*MHCO 799 CPCE/Comprehensive Exam. Note: After completing Levels I, II, & III classes, students may take the CPECE (Comp Exam). Students must register and pass the CPCE/Com Exam before registering for MHCO 806 and MHCO 861

Level Four

MHCO 744 Psychodynamics of Psychopathology (DSM 5)
COUN 732 Family Counseling
COUN 762 Drug and Alcohol Counseling
MHCO 836 Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (200hrs)***

Level Five

MHCO 700 Prevention & Intervention in Mental Health Counseling
MHCO 775 Psychopharmacology
MHCO 833 Advanced Techniques in Psychotherapy
MHCO 858 Internship in Mental Health Counseling I (400 hrs.)***

Level Six

MHCO 861 Seminar in Mental Health Counseling***
MHCO 806 Internship in Mental Health Counseling II (400 hrs.)***
Elective (3 hrs.)

Important Links

Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs
https://www.cacrep.org/

Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists
https://health.maryland.gov/bopc/Pages/profcounselor.aspx

American Counseling Association
https://www.counseling.org/