Curriculum

The emphasis of our program is on preparing students to provide effective and ethical counseling for a variety of populations, disorders, and settings. Coursework is designed to augment on-site clinical work and to prepare students for their work, as well as to promote insight of students’ relative strengths and weaknesses, areas of interest, and values.

Our course curriculum is structured in such a way as to provide instruction in basic clinical mental health skills during the first semester, so that students are best prepared to begin their on-site clinical training in the second semester of their first year. An introduction to neuroscience and behavioral medicine begins during the second semester.

The first year practicum experience varies by site and student interest, but typically includes individual, group, and family work for a wide variety of presenting populations across a wide range of settings. All students are closely supervised and observed while on site. In addition to on-site supervision, students meet in small groups with fellow students and a faculty member to process their experiences.

During year two, students are given an opportunity to explore more focused areas of interest by choosing elective courses. 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 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 2014-2016

Year-1 (Fall Semester)

  • Orientation to Professional Counseling (3cr)
  • Counseling Theory (3cr)
  • Counseling Techniques (3cr)
  • Assessment (3cr)
  • Psychopathology (3cr)
  • Group Dynamics (3cr)
  • Field Research Seminar (3cr)*

Total Semester Hours = 18-21 credits

Year-1 (Spring Semester)

  • Neuroscience for Mental Health Professionals (3cr)
  • Social & Cultural Foundations (3cr)
  • Theory and Practice of Child & Adolescent Counseling (3cr) *
  • Research & Evaluation (3cr)
  • Psychopharmacology   (3cr)
  • Practicum Supervision (3cr)
  • Field Research Seminar (3cr)*

Total Semester Hours = 15-18 credits

Year-1 (Summer Session)

Course options rotate every year; recent offerings have been Addictions, Research and Evaluation, Social and Cultural Foundations

Total Semester Hours= (3-6cr)

    Year-2 (Fall Semester)

    • Human Growth & Development (3cr)
    • Behavioral Medicine & Applied Health Psychology (3cr)
    • Marriage and Family Counseling* (3cr)
    • Internship Supervision (6cr)
    • Addictions

    Total Semester Hours = 15/18 credits (fewer credits if summer sessions were taken/without electives)

    Year-2 (Spring Semester)

    • Professional Orientation and Ethics
    • Career and Vocational Counseling (3cr)
    • Human Sexuality (3cr)*
    • Internship Supervision (6cr)

    Total Semester Hours = 12/15 credits (fewer credits if summer courses were taken/without electives)

    *program elective

     

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