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The MSiMH is an active, experiential program designed to enhance self-awareness and facilitate self-exploration. Candidates should be prepared to explore their own personal psyche, to be vulnerable with their peers and instructors, and to use their own psychological material for learning how to work with clients. Many courses are delivered in a weekend format allowing sufficient time and a safe space for deep exploration and processing. Students will explore how what they learn about themselves shapes their personal identity as a health care professional. Throughout this process, students will have ample opportunity to practice new psychotherapeutic techniques as they support one another in self-exploration. Group supervision is built into the program, and students will work closely with mentors to conceptualize and manage cases, practice skills, and continually reflect on their own experience and growth as a practitioner.
It is important to recognize that this is a training and not a group therapy program. Students are expected to be able to adequately manage their psychological and physical processes, be self-aware, and access medical and psychological support as needed. Because students will be engaged in experiential learning and self-exploration, it is inevitable that psychological material will arise. Students are required to partake in 20 hours of counseling (as a client) outside of the program to support this process. The fee for this service is not included in tuition. Students can choose whoever they want to work with, several reduced cost options are available throughout the city.
Program of Study
The master’s curriculum will provide in-depth coverage of serious mental health disorders and prepare students who want to specialize in mental health care. Graduates of the master’s program will be trained to recognize, assess, and manage serious mental health conditions as part of an integrated health team. Graduates will be able to combine counseling skills and psychotherapeutic techniques with natural pharmacotherapy for a holistic mental health approach to care.
Required courses: 66 credits
- Intro to Psychotherapeutics (1 credit)
- Psychological/Character Development (2 credits)
- Personal Growth (4 credits)
- Ethics of the Psychotherapeutic Relationship (1 credit)
- Counseling skills (3 credits)
- Psychological Diagnosis I and II (4 credits)
- Biopsychosocial Assessment and Evaluation (2 credits)
- Integrative Psychopharmacology I and II (5 credits)
- Culturalism, Diversity, and Social Justice (3 credits)
- Research Methods (3 credits)
- Professional Growth: (3 credits)
- Psychotherapeutic Strategies I & II: Weekend Format (6 credits)
- Group Supervision I, II, III & IV (8 credits)
- Practicum I, II & III (15 credits)
- Electives (6 credits)
The field of mental health is rapidly growing. Recently enacted health care laws require insurance companies to cover care for mental health conditions, as they do for other chronic diseases. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of mental health workers will grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Medical practitioners with specialized training in mental health will be perfectly poised to meet this increased demand for care.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to more effectively address mental health care within the scope of their individual license; graduates will be qualified to work in private practice, integrative clinics, coordinated care organizations, community health programs, hospitals, and mental health facilities.