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Mental Health Counseling: Course of Study

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Mental Health Counseling: Course of Study
The CWU Mental Health Counseling program takes just over two years to complete.  You begin taking courses in fall quarter, and typically you finish internship summer quarter of your second year.  Refer to the About page to read more detail about the MHC program.

The MHC 2018-2019 Course of Study


PSY 502Professional Orientation: Mental Health Counseling3
PSY 538Substance Abuse and Dependence5
PSY 544Tests and Measurements4
PSY 552Human Growth and Development, Advanced4
PSY 555Design and Statistical Analysis for Applied Research4
PSY 560Theories and Practice of Counseling4
PSY 561Group Counseling3
PSY 567Counseling and Assessment: Children and Adolescents4
PSY 568Counseling and Assessment Strategies for Adults4
PSY 571Counseling for Relationships and Families4
PSY 573Career Development and Counseling4
PSY 574Multicultural Counseling4
PSY 584Behavior Disorders and Psychopathology4
PSY 589Professional and Ethical Issues4
PSY 593 APracticum in Counseling I: Interviewing4
PSY 593 BPracticum in Counseling II: Assessment4
PSY 593 CPracticum in Counseling III: Advanced4
PSY 681 AMental Health Internship I: Group3
PSY 681 BMental Health Counseling Internship: Advanced12
PSY 689Portfolio4
PSY ____ONE Elective (approved graduate level course)4

Course of Study: Please review the Mental Health Counseling Course of Study Fact Sheet to see a breakdown of which quarter you will take specific courses as a student in the MHC program.

Statistics Requirement: We require two background statistics courses for admission to the MHC program.  You may take these courses concurrently with graduate courses.  However, we strongly encourage you to take these courses (or their equivalents at other institutions) before you begin the MHC program.  If you have not taken them, you must take them during your first two quarters, and this adds a good deal of work to your already busy schedule.  Often students move to Ellensburg during the summer before graduate school starts.  This is an ideal time to take at least one of these two statistics courses.  Please note that PSY 363 is offered only face-to-face in Ellensburg.

If you have taken introductory and intermediate statistics at a different institution, you may submit syllabi from those courses.  Faculty here will decide whether they fulfill the requirements and we will let you know as soon as we can.  Contact Meaghan Nolte, the MHC Program Co-Director, for more details.

Other Recommended Undergraduate Background Courses: Students come to the programs with a variety of backgrounds and training.  We recommend undergraduate students take the following psychology courses: personality or abnormal; social or developmental; learning; physiological; multicultural issues in psychology; and a course in history and systems of psychology. Students not having these courses should expect to do additional work when background material is needed.

Background Check and Liability Insurance:  All MHC students are required to get fingerprinted and have a background check. All MHC must carry liability insurance; this can be obtained through the university  Both these tasks are done at the beginning of fall quarter when students begin the program; these requirements have a cost to the student.

Catalog: The Central Washington University Graduate Catalog is available electronically. The Graduate Catalog will give you much information on attending graduate school at CWU.

  • This URL takes you to the undergraduate catalog.  Click on the drop down menu at the top of the page to get to the Graduate Catalog!
  • For more detailed information about specific courses, see Course Descriptions in the Catalog Search bar on the left.  Also see the MHC Course of Study Fact Sheet for more detail.

When you are ready to apply, please use the Application Process link (above) for detailed information and instructions.

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