School Counseling

In line with the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselors Association, graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization are prepared to enter a distinct profession with national standards for education, training, and clinical practice. 

Clinical mental health counselors are highly skilled professionals who provide flexible, client-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution (ACA/AMHCA).

Clinical mental health counselors typically work from a holistic approach, providing counseling services in different health settings such as inpatient and outpatient hospitals, residential facilities, hospice care centers, or private practice.

Students who successfully complete this program will be prepared to pursue licensure in Colorado. Licensure requirements in other states and U.S. territories may differ. Students are encouraged to work with the department and the professional licensure board in the state in which they intend to pursue licensing to ensure all requirements are satisfactorily met.

Effective Fall 2020

Counseling and Career Development, M.A. Core Requirements
EDCO 500Career and Employment Concepts3
EDCO 625Foundations of Counseling3
EDCO 650Theories of Counseling and Development3
EDCO 651Group Guidance and Counseling3
EDCO 652Ethics in Counseling/Career Development3
EDCO 653Counseling for Cultural Diversity3
EDCO 655Brief Counseling3
EDCO 656Counseling Assessment and Appraisal3
EDCO 660Career Development Counseling3
EDCO 665Career Development Institute3
EDCO 670Introduction to Mental Health Counseling3
EDCO 686Practicum-Guidance and Counseling3
EDCO 687Internship-Guidance and Counseling6
EDRM 600Introduction to Research Methods3
HDFS 505Human Development for Helping Professionals3
Specialization Requirements
EDCO 675Mental Health Counseling and Treatment3
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Electives
Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following:9
Career and Life Design Counseling
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Seminar: Contemplative Practice-Counseling & Education
Student Development Theory
Principles: Quantitative Data Analysis
Program Evaluation
Grant Writing
Marriage and Family Therapy
Risk and Resilience
Skills and Techniques in Family Therapy
Foundations in Family Therapy
Introduction to Addiction Counseling
Animal Assisted Therapy and Human-Animal Bond
Fundamentals of Mediation
Psychopharmacology and Community Health
Trauma-Informed Care
Program Total Credits:60