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The University of Pittsburgh’s Counseling Program, starting in Fall 2023, will enroll students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. This change will create a more personalized educational experience by offering a greater selection of elective courses, while maintaining the opportunity to specialize in clinical rehabilitation counseling.

To view past program information, click here: Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Curriculum page.

Our Counseling curriculum covers a wide range of themes including: 

  • Advanced counseling skills techniques –Individual, group, family, substance abuse and crisis counseling 
  • Case conceptualization and treatment planning 
  • Assessment and diagnosis 
  • Evidence-based practice 

Students complete 60 credits required for a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in five terms. 
 
The degree requires a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in a professional clinical rehabilitation or mental health counseling setting.

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Fall Term - Year 1

  • COUN 2720 - FOUNDATIONS OF COUNSELING
    COUN 2720 - FOUNDATIONS OF COUNSELING

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  • COUN 2721 - CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS IN COUNSELING
    COUN 2721 - CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS IN COUNSELING

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  • COUN 2733 - COUNSELING SKILLS & TECHNIQUES
    COUN 2733 - COUNSELING SKILLS & TECHNIQUES

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  • COUN 2738 - DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT OF COGNITIVE AND MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
    COUN 2738 - DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT OF COGNITIVE AND MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS

    Minimum Credits: 3
    Maximum Credits: 3
    This course contains three modules: 1) dsm-5 and differential diagnosis, 2) cognitive rehabilitation, and 3) psychiatric rehabilitation. Students develop skills in diagnostic formulation and clinical intervention planning and implementation. The influence of multicultural identity in diagnosis and treatment is addressed. In module 1, students learn about the diagnosis of cognitive, behavioral, and mental health disabilities through extensive review of the current edition of the diagnostic and statistical manual and related information. In module 2, students learn specialized counseling techniques for individuals with cognitive impairments and behavioral issues. Students demonstrate use of techniques such as external cognitive aids, metacognitive strategies, and social skills training. In module 3, students learn interventions for mental health disorders such as psychiatric rehabilitation day programming, assertive community treatment and case management, and self-help and peer-delivered services.
    Academic Career: Graduate
    Course Component: Lecture
    Grade Component: Grad Letter Grade
    Course Requirements: PLAN: Clin Rehab and Mntl Hlth Cnsln or SBPLAN: Rehabilitation Counseling (Health and Rehabilitation Scs-MS)
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  • COUN 2742 - LEGAL, ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING
    COUN 2742 - LEGAL, ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING

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  • COUN 2765 - CLINICAL COUNSELING MENTORSHIP
    COUN 2765 - CLINICAL COUNSELING MENTORSHIP

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Spring Term - Year 1

Summer Term - Year 1

Fall Term - Year 2

Spring Term - Year 2

Clinical Capstone Examination

All Counseling students are required to pass a clinical competency examination. The Clinical Counseling Capstone Exam requires student demonstration of knowledge and skills that reflect entry-level competencies of a rehabilitation and mental health counselor. Students are assessed on knowledge and skills accumulated through coursework and clinical experiences. The Capstone requires students to synthesize and apply advanced concepts into clinical practice.

The Capstone employs a clinical case study approach. Students are charged with researching and completing a written review on a client issue or population with the expectation of demonstrating expertise.  Students are provided a case study in their area of expertise to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Students are expected to analyze and synthesize case materials for case conceptualization and then develop appropriate, realistic, and evidence-based intervention plans. Students are expected to apply appropriate counseling techniques included in their intervention plan via role-play simulations. Successful completion of the Capstone is needed for the student to demonstrate mastery of graduate study.

Total Credits: 60

Degree Requirements 

Students must complete our 60 credit curriculum, including a 100 hour practicum, a 600 hour internship, and a clinical capstone examination.