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Concentrations

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration is designed to prepare students to function effectively in public or private agencies that provide direct services to clients with mental health and substance abuse issues. Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration are eligible for licensure as professional counselors (L.P.C.) in Connecticut. 60 credits are required for the master’s degree and licensure in Connecticut and most other states. This program may be accomplished on a full-time or part-time basis.


 

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration foster the individual growth and professional development of students, preparing them for careers as licensed professional counselors who provide psychotherapy services.

  • Graduates will have a basic knowledge foundation in the areas of legal, ethical, professional issues in counseling, social and cultural foundations, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, appraisal, evidence based therapy, research methods and program evaluation.
  • Graduates will be prepared for a career in counseling – for using their counseling, consultation assessment skills effectively.

Graduates will demonstrate competence in the skill areas of individual counseling, family counseling, group counseling, consultation, and overall clinical work.

Personal characteristics students cultivate in our program include:

  • Self-reflection skills
  • Determination and confidence
  • Leadership skills
  • Sound decision making skills
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Communication and motivational skills
  • Familiarity with information technology

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work in a variety of settings including:

  • Mental health counseling centers
  • Career centers
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Crisis counseling centers
  • Other clinical mental health agencies offering counseling services
  • Evidence understanding of the role of a counselor; including ethical practice, counselor behaviors and professional associations
  • Demonstrate knowledge, awareness and skills requisite for counseling persons from different cultural contexts and of different levels of ability
  • Apply counseling theories, techniques and intervention to practice; in individual and group settings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical use of appraisal instruments
  • Demonstrate an ability to diagnose mental health status
  • Demonstrate an ability to review counseling research and integrate its contribution to specific areas of knowledge
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and skills in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The University of Bridgeport is accredited by the State of Connecticut Board of Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the department is accredited by the council for Higher Education. We closely follow the guidelines of the Connecticut Department of Public Health for the licensing of professional counselors.

College Student Personnel Concentration

 

The College Student Personnel Concentration is designed to prepare students for counseling careers in higher education. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in college and university settings and for careers at institutions of higher education throughout the country. Advanced coursework in this concentration includes classes in career and lifestyle development, organization and administration of higher education, and college student development. This program is 45 credit hours and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. No special licensing post-degree is required for college student personnel job placement.


 

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students demonstrate:

  • Application of a lifespan approach to career and lifestyle development
  • The ability to perform career assessment and career guidance
  • An understanding of assessment tools used in college counseling centers
  • Ability to apply placement procedures for advancement in college career centers
  • Knowledge of management principles and practices

Personal characteristics students cultivate in our program include:

  • Determination and confidence
  • Leadership skills
  • Sound decision making skills
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Communication and motivational skills
  • Familiarity with information technology
  • Demonstrate knowledge, awareness and skills requisite for working with students from different cultural contexts and of different levels of ability
  • Demonstrate an ability to review field related research and integrate its contribution to specific areas of knowledge
  • Apply knowledge of counseling theories and developmental theory as well as best practices in Student Affairs and student
  • Evidence understanding of role of the Student Affairs professional; including ethical behavior and professional affiliation
  • Demonstrated an ability to assess needs of different groups within a particular college environment, develop appropriate program, implement and assess program
  • Demonstrate understanding of the historical influences that have shaped student affairs practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current issues in higher education and the purpose and function of student affairs practice in higher education
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate the knowledge and awareness gained to individual courses

College Student Personnel graduates find employment in colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning working in:

  • Admissions-applications and marketing
  • Financial aid
  • Academic advising, career planning and placement
  • Residential Life- student services, student clubs and organizations
  • Athletics
  • Administration-policies and programs, reports, forms, and documents, transcripts