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Masters in Counseling

New Mexico Highlands University’s Counseling Program offers four exciting concentrations in our master’s programs tailored to suit your passion: clinical mental health counseling, clinical rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation counseling and school counseling.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

(39 credits)

COUN 600 Theories and Practice of Counseling
COUN 601 Professional Counseling Orientation & Ethical Practice
COUN 603 Career Development
COUN 608 Assessment & Testing
COUN 611 Social Justice and Cultural Diversity
COUN 625 Human Growth & Development
COUN 605 Essential Interviewing & Process in Counseling
COUN 607 Group Counseling Theory and Practice
COUN 631 Addiction Counseling Theory and Practice
COUN 634 Practicum in Counseling
COUN 698 Internship in Counseling I
COUN 698 Internship in Counseling II
COUN 628 Research & Program Evaluation

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Students in the clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration become professional who can select, utilize and assess effective counseling strategies and interventions that lead to optimal outcomes for clients.  Student will demonstrate knowledge in all aspects of the counseling and human development needs of a diverse society. A student who complete the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration is eligible to apply for licensure with the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.

COUN 610 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
COUN 615 Family & Couples Counseling
COUN 619 Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 629 Trauma & Crisis Intervention

ELECTIVES (9 credits)
(Total of 60 credits)

Rehabilitation Counseling
Students in the Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration become professionals who can work in schools as transition counselors assisting students with special needs in transitioning into and out of high school.  In addition, rehabilitation counselors work in vocational rehabilitation settings with people with a variety of disabilities including chronic mental illness, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, developmental delays, and drug and alcohol dependence.  A student who completes the general Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration is eligible to apply for licensure as a rehabilitation counselor with the New Mexico Public Education Department. Those who complete the CACREP accredited program requirements are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination in Rehabilitation Counseling.

COUN 640 Foundations, Case Management, and Job Placement in Rehabilitation
COUN 673 Medical Aspects of Disability
COUN 674 Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects of Disability
(Total of 48 credits)

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration prepares students to be professionals who work in settings as identified above under the Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration, but also have the additional training needed for licensure as mental health counselors  After completing the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration students can apply to sit for the National Certification Examination in Rehabilitation Counseling and are eligible to apply for licensure with the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.

COUN 610 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
COUN 640 Foundations, Case Management, and Job Placement in Rehabilitation
COUN 646 Vocational Evaluation, Assistive Technology, and Transition Planning
COUN 649 Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Co-Occurring Disorders
COUN 673 Medical Aspects of Disability
COUN 674 Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects of Disability

ELECTIVE (3 credits) [COUN 629 Trauma is recommended] (Total of 60 credits)

School Counseling
The School Counseling Concentration prepares students to be effective, proactive professionals who can develop, organize, and implement outstanding and comprehensive school counseling programs designed on a solid base of research, counseling and educational theory, counseling techniques and process skills.  A student who completes the School Counseling Emphasis is eligible to apply for licensure as a School Counselor with the New Mexico Department of Education.

COUN 602 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 615 Family & Couples Counseling
COUN 620 School Counseling P-12
COUN 633 College and Career Planning P-12
COUN 636 Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution

ELECTIVE (6 credits)
(Total of 60 credits)

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CAREER PROSPECTS

With an NMHU Master’s Degree…

  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselor https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm
    • Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues, or other mental or behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help clients recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.
    • The median annual wage for mental health counselors was $42,840 in May 2016. The median annual wage for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $41,070 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Marriage and Family Therapist https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/marriage-and-family-therapists.htm
    • Marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships.
    • The median annual wage for marriage and family therapists was $49,170 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016-2026.
  • School or Career Counselor https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm
    • School counselors help students develop academic and social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them develop skills or choose a career or educational program.
    • The median annual wage was $54,560 in May 2016.
    • Employment is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Rehabilitation Counselor https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/rehabilitation-counselors.htm
    • Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, and emotional disabilities live independently. They work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social, or psychological effects of disabilities on employment or independent living.
    • The median annual wage for rehabilitation counselors was $34,670 in May 2016.
    • Employment of rehabilitation counselors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.

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