M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Supervision and Leadership in Community Mental Health Concentration in Chicago


Program Description

Within the mental health practice, there is opportunity for counselors and managers to assume responsibility and leadership to guide colleagues in providing ethical and effective mental health services to the larger community. Students in the Supervision and Leadership in Community Mental Health concentration are equipped with fundamental concepts and theories as well as the initial skills needed to provide both clinical and management supervision in community mental health settings. They are trained to understand the individual and developmental differences in the supervisory relationship as well as explore processes involved in the management of supervisees. Current issues in leadership and supervision in community mental health practice are explored. Subjects such as ethical and legal considerations; cross-cultural supervision; methodological considerations in supervision; supervisor development and training; and program development management are also addressed.

The Supervision and Leadership in community mental health courses that make up this concentration effectively prepare graduates to work with a variety of emotional and psychological conditions in culturally diverse populations. Our faculty members are experienced practitioners in the field and teach students the ethical and professional guidelines for both counseling psychology and counseling practitioners. Students learn the theoretical frameworks and scientific bases of master's level counseling psychology.

Department

Clinical Counseling

Concentrations

Licensure

Curriculum incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors, preparing students to sit for Professional Counselor licensure in Illinois (LPC and LCPC).

Total Credits

60

Fieldwork Requirements

• Year 2: 700-hour (minimum) placement experience• Chicago: sites meet Licensed Supervisor standards

Program Time to Completion

2 years full time, 3 years part time

Degree

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

Coursework

  • A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
  • A course in Statistics or Research Methods, with a grade of C or better

Additional

  • N/A

Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses


Introduction to Supervision

This course explores the nature of clinical and administrative supervision while distinguishing it from the clinician's other roles in professional practice. Theories and models of supervision are surveyed with a focus on reviewing current literature in the field, especially as it applies to diversity competence in supervision.


The Supervisory Relationship

Builds upon the basic principles and theories in supervision. The course offers coverage on the individual and developmental differences in the supervisory relationship as well as explores processes involved in the management of supervisees. Interventions in supervision are covered as well as the process of evaluation. The course also covers ethical guidelines for clinical supervisors.

Professional Practice in the Comm Mental Health

This seminar presents current issues in leadership and supervision in community mental health. Topics include ethical and legal considerations; cross-cultural supervision; methodological considerations in supervision; and supervisor development and training along with clinical program development management.

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