Curriculum

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 2016-2018

Year-1 (Fall Semester)

  • Orientation to Professional Counseling (3cr)
  • Counseling Theory (3cr)
  • Counseling Techniques (3cr)
  • Assessment (3cr)
  • Psychopathology (3cr)
  • Group Dynamics (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)

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