MH625 • Theories of Mental Health Counseling. 3 Credits.

Students review and critique--from theological, theoretical and cultural perspectives--the major psychological theories. For each theory, students will learn the main concepts, views on human behavior, mental/emotional processes, and psychopathology. Students will be introduced to the theories’ frameworks for intervention in counseling and begin to articulate their own approach to psychotherapy. Campus: San Diego.

MH626 • Advanced Psychotherapy. 3 Credits.

Students acquire knowledge and skills of evidence-based practice, treatment planning, and integrating psychological theories and theology with empirically supported therapy intervention strategies. Emphasis is placed on providing professional recovery-oriented psychotherapy services contextualized to diverse populations, especially those struggling with chronic mental illness and/or persistent poverty.
Prerequisites: MH625 and MF646. Campus: San Diego

MH627A • Group Psychotherapy A. 1.5 Credits.

Major approaches to group therapy are presented with an emphasis on process groups and the use of experiential and didactic strategies. Patterns in group dynamics and the role and characteristics of effective leaders are explored along with practice of basic leadership and facilitation skills. Therapy groups are differentiated from self-help, 12-step, care groups, and other group experiences. The place of group therapy in pastoral care, LPCC, and MFT practice is examined.
Prerequisites: MF625 or MH625. Campus: San Diego

MH627B • Group Psychotherapy B. 1.5 Credits.

Students will learn the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of group dynamics in work, church, and other social settings. They will practice advanced group therapy leadership and facilitation skills. Students will be exposed to designing, implementing, and evaluating therapy group programs contextualized to diverse populations and varying clinical and community settings informed by an understanding of cultural diversity and socio-economic issues.
Prerequisites: MH627A, and MF625 or MH625. Campus: San Diego

MH635 • Life Span Development and Aging. 3 Credits.

This course explores the grand theories and the more recent theories of individual development of persons over their life span. Students examine the nature-nurture debate, how heredity and socio-cultural environment interact in all domains of human development from conception through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and late adulthood. Special focus will be given to the challenges and vulnerabilities of aging, including non-normative medical and mental health issues, long term care, caregiving, counseling, and pastoral care approaches.
Prerequisites: MH625. Campus: San Diego

MH636 • Career Development. 3 Credits.

This course introduces career development theories and service delivery models, examining educational, personal, legal, ethical, and occupational aspects of career development throughout the lifespan. Students will explore employment trends, demographics, and career satisfaction from integrated social science and theological perspectives with applications to culturally and economically diverse populations with varying resources.
Prerequisites: MH625. Campus: San Diego

MH645 • Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology. 3 Credits.

Students are introduced to the biological basis of behavior and psychopathology, and gain a historical perspective of treatment uses of medication for mental disorders within the contexts of biological, social, cultural, gender, and religious issues. Focus is on major classifications of psychotropic drugs, specifying their psychiatric uses, benefits, side effects, toxicities, combinations, and biochemical actions. Students explore how LPCCs can best work with medical and other mental health practitioners to provide a more comprehensive, coordinated, recovery oriented plan of care to clients/patients.
Prerequisites: MH625 and MF646. Campus: San Diego

MH655 • Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders. 3 Credits.

Students are exposed to research and theories of ideology, progression, assessment, and treatment models of behavioral addictions, alcoholism, other substance abuse, dependency, and co-occurring disorders. Spiritual, psychosocial, and biological perspectives are integrated, with special emphasis on the effects of chronic poverty.
Prerequisites: MH625 and MF646. Campus: San Diego

MH656A • Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response A. 1.5 Credits.

This introductory course examines definitions, theories, legal, and ethical issues related to crisis intervention practiced in psychotherapy, chaplaincy, and church-based systems. Brief assessments and intervention in crisis events such as domestic violence, child abuse, suicide, substance abuse, and elder and dependent abuse will be discussed. Normal transitional and non-normative crises such as loss, grief, illness, accident, and death will be examined. Students will explore the biopsychosocial and theological frameworks for crisis intervention and develop an integrative synthesis for ministry and self care.
Prerequisites: MH625 or MF625 or PC512. Campus: San Diego

MH656B • Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response B. 1.5 Credits.

Students will survey Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) protocols for response to psychological trauma associated with natural and human-caused disasters. Neuroscience research will inform the assessments and interventions related to mental health disorders such as ASD, PTSD, and TBI. Strategies to lessen the negative impact of crises on the family system, prevention of post-trauma syndromes for primary and secondary trauma victims, compassion fatigue, burnout, and self-care strategies will be explored. Government and faith-based resources and referrals are identified.
Prerequisites: MH625 or MF625 or PC512, and MH656A for MHC students. Campus: San Diego

MH665 • Multicultural Counseling. 3 Credits.

This course examines the influence of culture, worldview, ethnicity, identity, gender, gender-orientation, religion, and socioeconomic status on an individual’s development, behavior, responses to stress, and social relations. Students are encouraged to explore the effects of their own culture, as well as their sensitivity to diversity and professional cultural competence, while identifying challenges to counseling individuals who differ from themselves. Counseling strategies, techniques, and mental health service delivery to individuals and groups struggling with persistent poverty will receive special focus.
Prerequisites: MH625. Campus: San Diego

MH667 • Human Sexuality and Intimacy. 1 Credit.

The biopsychosocial and spiritual bases of human sexuality are explored within the contexts of human development, cultural, gender, gender identity, and religious diversity. The interrelationships of sex, sexuality, love, and intimacy are discussed. Special focus is given to therapeutic strategies for enhancing the sexual experience as well as diagnosing and treating sexual dysfunctions. This course satisfies the California BBS requirements of coursework in human sexuality.
Prerequisites: MH625. Campus: San Diego

MH715 • Mental Health Counseling Practicum I. 3 Credits.

These two courses (MH715 and MH716) constitute a nine-month practicum including 350 hours of clinical contact and a minimum of 70 hours of supervision by an approved California licensed LPCC, psychologist, LMFT, LCSW or board certified psychiatrist supervisor. The practicum fulfills the requirements of the BBS for face-to-face experience counseling individuals, families, or groups. A continuation fee of $357 is assessed for any semester of participation in group supervision beyond the second S.C.E. unit for MHC students.
Prerequisites: Approved self-assessment, passing the Practicum Qualifying Exam, and permission of the MHC program director. Special Notes: Audit unavailable. Campus: San Diego

MH716 • Mental Health Counseling Practicum II. 3 Credits.

These two courses (MH715 and MH716) constitute a nine-month practicum including 350 hours of clinical contact and a minimum of 70 hours of supervision by an approved California licensed LPCC, psychologist, LMFT, LCSW, or board certified psychiatrist supervisor. The practicum fulfills the requirements of the BBS for face-to-face experience counseling individuals, families, or groups. A continuation fee of $357 is assessed for any semester of participation in group supervision beyond the second S.C.E. unit for MHC students.
Prerequisites: Approved self-assessment, passing the Practicum Qualifying Exam, and permission of the MHC program director. Special Notes: Audit unavailable. Campus: San Diego

MH785A • Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar A. 0.5 Credits.

These two seminar courses (MH785A and MH785B) are designed to be taken concurrent with, yet separate from, students’ practicum experience. The seminar supports students writing a master’s level capstone project consisting of their theology (biblical and theological formation), spirituality (personal and spiritual formation as a therapist), clinical theory, and clinical practice (professional formation). This MHC Senior Integrative Project integrates students’ academic, interpersonal, and practice experiences in the program.
Prerequisites: Admission to MHC Practicum. Campus: San Diego

MH785B • Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar B. 0.5 Credits.

These two seminar courses (MH785A and MH785B) are designed to be taken concurrent with, yet separate from, students’ practicum experience. The seminar supports students writing a master’s level capstone project consisting of their theology (biblical and theological formation), spirituality (personal and spiritual formation as a therapist), clinical theory, and clinical practice (professional formation). This MHC Senior Integrative Project integrates students’ academic, interpersonal, and practice experiences in the program.
Prerequisites: Admission to MHC Practicum. Campus: San Diego