Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:3875 Duration:24 months

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course requirements for a MS in CHRD specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, students will:
* understand and advocate for positive attention to developmental needs of individuals, families, schools, and communities;
* promote mental health through well-developed and consistent theoretical study and application;
* appreciate cultural, ethnic, and gender differences as they relate to perceptions and expectations of counseling;
* apply ethical, legal, moral, and professional standards to all aspects of professional counseling services;
* respond to the mental health needs of a variety of individuals and families, through a wide spectrum of services including support, education, assessment, and treatment;
* understand and be able to appropriately select and apply a variety of service or treatment modalities;
* understand assessment strategies and the criteria for mental illnesses as well as effective treatments;
* understand and model healthy community and work relationships; and
* be prepared to pursue licensure as a professional counselor.

Core Requirements

* Introduction to Professional Issues and Ethics
* Research and Evaluation in Counseling and Human Development
* Developmental Issues in Counseling
* Theories of Counseling
* Professional Issues and Ethics II
* Multicultural Counseling and Human Relations
* Appraisal of the Individual
* Career Counseling and Planning
* Counseling Practicum
* Administration and Management of Mental Health Organizations
* Counseling the Family
* Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
* Pharmacological Issues in Mental Health Counseling

The CHRD department requires all applicants to submit the documents below by the appropriate admission deadline: * CHRD Disclosure Statement * Resume * A typed, one-page goal statement discussing your aspirations to the counseling field * Two completed CHRD Recommendation Forms (do not use the Graduate School reference forms). English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.


South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

* Dedicated faculty and staff
* Quality new facilities
* Excellent student leadership
* Shared governance
* Partnerships with local community
* Robust and Integrated assessment program
* Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics

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