Curriculum

Our program curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in general mental health, wellness, psychopathology, assessment and treatment, along with an emphasis in neuroscience and behavioral medicine/health psychology, and the opportunity to explore and learn about specific areas of interest through our program electives.

Details for all of our courses can be found on the “Required Courses and Electives” section of our website.

In the fall of their first year, students are exclusively enrolled in coursework, which focuses on the clinical experience. Clinical coursework is front-loaded in our program so that students are as prepared as possible to begin their clinical field training, which takes place either the following semester (spring) or summer. In the spring, our emphasis on the scientific component of our program begins, with classes in Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, which allows students to learn about brain anatomy, brain chemistry, and the mechanisms and use of psychotropic medication. Taking these courses prior to beginning students’ second field placement training (Internship) allows them to excel as members of multidisciplinary teams and credible information sources for patients/clients.

Summer courses are optional. Students may elect to take 1-2 courses, which eases up the course load from the academic year. No required courses are offered only during the summer. Students who choose to complete their Practicum training during the summer typically do not pay extra tuition for doing so.

During year two, students take more specialized courses, some of which are electives. In the fall, students take our Behavioral Medicine and Applied Health Psychology course. Clinically, students complete a year-long internship, where they gain more specialized skills working in a setting of interest. More details about clinical training sites can be found on the “Clinical Training” section of our website.

The curriculum below is that in which the typical student is enrolled. There is some variability depending on clinical site schedules and other circumstances.

MHCBM PROGRAM CURRICULUM 2016-2018

Year-1 (Fall Semester)

Orientation to Professional Counseling
Research & Evaluation
Counseling Techniques
Assessment
Psychopathology
Group Dynamics
Clinical Field Research*

Year-1 (Spring Semester)

Neuroscience for Mental Health Professionals
Social & Cultural Foundations
Theory and Practice of Child & Adolescent Counseling*
Psychopharmacology
Counseling Theory
Practicum Supervision

Year-1 (Summer Session)

Practicum Supervision
Didactic course options vary by year; recent offerings have been Addictions, Research and Evaluation, and Social and Cultural Foundations

Year-2 (Fall Semester)

Human Growth & Development
Behavioral Medicine & Applied Health Psychology
Marriage and Family Counseling*
Addictions
Internship Supervision

Year-2 (Spring Semester)

Professional Orientation and Ethics
Career and Vocational Counseling
Human Sexuality*
Psychological Trauma Across The Lifespan*
Internship Supervision
*Program elective; students are required to take at least 2

Please direct all curriculum questions to:
Dr. Berger-Greenstein
Curriculum Director
617-414-2330
jberger@bu.edu