Mental Health and Human Development (Non-Licensure)

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The doctoral program in Mental Health and Human Development provides doctoral level preparation in mental health practices and provides an in-depth understanding of human development at the doctoral level in relation to serving diverse populations. This is a non-licensure program. Students in this non-licensure program will address mental health issues, human dynamics and social justice for a variety of cases, institutions or work places. The program is based on a balanced sequential scientist/practitioner model and emphasizes the interrelatedness of theory, research, and practice.

The Mental Health and Human Development program is geared towards individuals with a previous master’s degree who aspire to increase their knowledge and expertise in the field of mental health and human development across the lifespan. Students in the Mental Health and Human Development program may already be licensed, in the process of becoming licensed or are not interested in licensure.  The doctoral students in this program come from a variety of human services fields and are interested in addressing important topics in relation to mental health and human development in particular for at-risk populations.

Learning Outcomes for Mental Health and Human Development
  • Students will develop competencies in lifespan growth/development and assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning for culturally, psychologically, intellectually and developmentally diverse individuals through the applied understanding of mental health and human development.
  • Students will develop competencies in individual and cultural differences, in order to provide ethical and culturally sensitive services to diverse individuals, populations and organizations.
  • Students will develop competencies in mental health and psychotherapeutic interventions, treatment strategies, clinical skills and consultation for culturally, psychologically, intellectually and developmentally diverse individuals and groups.
  • Students will develop written and oral competencies in scientific methodology and the application of these competencies to research and practices in mental health, human development, counseling and other scholarly activities.
  • Students will develop personal and interpersonal competencies and skills essential for mental health and human development professionals to conduct themselves in a competent and professional manner in serving diverse individuals and groups.

60 Credit Program Requirements

Core Course Requirements

  • PSY8036 Applied Behavioral Statistics
  • PSY8217 Counseling Theories, Techniques, Practice and Consultation
  • PSY8338 Diagnostic Cognitive Assessment: WAIS/WISC
  • PSY8330 Theories of Learning Disabilities
  • PSY9410 Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling
  • PSY8607 Clinical Skills in Treatment Modalities and Consultation
  • PSY8340 Racial, Multi-Cultural and Social Bases of Behavior
  • PSY8410 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY8520 Seminar in Learning Disabilities
  • PSY9210 Physiological Basis of Behavior
  • PSY9220 Bivariate and Multivariate Applied Research Methods and Evaluation
  • PSY9949 Studies in Human Lifespan Development
  • PSY9950 Studies in Psychopathology Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention
  • PSY8238 Practicum in Psychology-Non-Licensure
  • PSY8538 Internship-Non-Licensure I
  • PSY8539 Internship -Non-Licensure II

Dissertation Requirements

  • PSY9951 Dissertation in Mental Health Counseling I (6 Credits)
  • PSY9952 Dissertation in Mental Health Counseling II (6 Credits)

Total required Credits: 60

Additional Program Notes

Students must pass the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (COMPS) before starting dissertation. One semester of practicum and two semesters of internship are required for the degree.  Total number of hours for practicum and internship is dependent on the topic the student is addressing.  This program is a non-licensure program and does not meet the requirements for any license in whole or part. Students are responsible for ensuring they meet any licensure requirements based on their past programming or previous degrees.

Course Descriptions

This course examines a variety of statistical methods. Students will apply statistical methods to actual human behavioral topics and issues. Coverage includes descriptive statistics: frequencies, percentages, central tendency, variability, graphing, skewness and kurtosis. Statistical analyses included are probability and inferential statistics, including t tests (one and two sample), ANOVA, Chi square, Pearson r correlation and regression. Basic preparation in mathematics is needed. PREREQUISITE: Preparation in math.

This course examines the major theories, principles and techniques of mental health counseling and the application of such theories to counseling settings. This includes the examination of the influence of psychoanalytic, interpersonal/social, cognitive and behavioristic theories on present therapeutic techniques. A number of treatment modalities and styles of counseling are evaluated and the relationship between the nature of the current DSM diagnoses and the effectiveness of each approach is discussed. Coursework, classroom discussion and role play are used to translate theoretical understanding into effective counseling behavior for a clear understanding of applying theoretical perspectives to work with clients and for consultation with individuals and families. PREREQUISITE: None

Provides a thorough understanding of the administration, scoring and interpretation of the WISC, WAIS and WCJ COG. Students will practice administration, interpretation and report writing for cognitive assessment. Subject analysis stresses an understanding of cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Scoring analysis covers comprehensive personality descriptions. Differential diagnosis is also integrated in the course from a treatment-planning perspective. A major emphasis will be placed on the proper administration, scoring, interpretation and preparation of a written report based of cognitive scales. PREREQUISITE: None

This course emphasizes diversity in relation to the theories, issues, and trends related to multicultural counseling and family consultation. The focus is on the impact of diversity on psychological, physical and social health and growth. Coursework covers studies of the attitudinal and behavioral patterns of diverse people based on life stage, religious beliefs and rituals, sexual orientation, gender identity, racial identity, ethnicity, cultural beliefs and rituals, familial dynamics, socioeconomic status, and intellectual and physical differences. The students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to provide competent counseling and consultation to diverse individuals, groups and families. PREREQUISITE: None

This course will provide students with an intensive analysis of cognitive functioning in relation to human thought and behavior. Course topics include brain and behavior, cognitive neuroscience, information processing, perception, attention, language, memory, problem solving, creativity, decision making, cognitive development, intelligence, and consciousness. Different paradigms of information processing, especially those that are developmentally related, will be reviewed with emphasis on cognitive development and assessment. Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI) and other brain disorders will also be discussed in relation to providing psychological services to these individuals and their families. PREREQUISITE: None

This course examines the theoretical bases of the counseling processes, mental health counseling techniques, and their therapeutic applications in relation to the understanding and practice of counseling skills necessary for the mental health counselor and psychologists. This course will provide students with a number of treatment modalities and techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychoanalysis to integrate the theories of treatment into specific situations that the counselor or psychologist will confront in actual practice. Case studies and simulations of therapeutic interventions will support the application of theories to practice. Topics will range from working with clients individually and multiple system membership to consultation around behavioral/emotional issues in a variety of clinical settings. The consultation model will be considered as it relates to counselors and psychologists within a multicultural model. PREREQUISITE: PSY5347

This course covers the study of the structures of the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system and their relationship to human behavior. Coursework includes an introduction to the gross and microscopic anatomy of the central nervous system and to the physiology of the nerve impulse and synaptic transmission and reviews the relationship of behavior to the nervous system on such chemical factors as hormones and neural transmitters. The course covers the examination and discussion of physiological disorders related to human functioning. The neurobiological effects of drugs and other substances will also be discussed. Students will apply their knowledge of the physiological basis of behavior to potential psychological interventions. PREREQUISITE: None

The focus in this course is on the practical problems involved in real-world research. Topics covered include the nature of causal inference, validity of instruments and design, experimental and quasi-experimental field-based research approaches, design development, and problems involved in the statistical analysis of data obtained from complex design.

This course encompasses the understanding of substance use disorder within the criteria of the current DSM and addiction as a disease within the medical model.  Students will be introduced to contemporary theories on the social, physiological, psychological and emotional components of addiction. The appropriate mental health counseling treatment modalities for addiction and co-occurring disorders will be reviewed and practiced through an understanding of the stages, effects and processes of addiction. This course will cover preventions, interventions and outreach strategies related to addiction and recovery counseling. Medically assisted treatment will also be discussed.

This course covers the major theories of human lifespan development in relation to the well-being of individuals and mental health counseling. Students will engage in a comprehensive study of major theories of physical, cognitive, affective, and social development and their application to mental health counseling and psychological interventions. Students will relate developmental theory to real life developmental issues and to the understanding of learning and personality development. Through case studies and review of literature, students will understand the nature of the developmental needs and potential issues of individuals and families at each developmental stage of life. PREREQUISITE: Permission of program director.

This course covers major theories and principles of psychopathology and intervention in relation to mental health counseling. Students will engage in a comprehensive study of identification and diagnosis of psychopathology as well as mental health treatment planning for abnormal, deviant, or psychopathological behavior. This course includes the study of assessment of psychopathology and therapeutic strategies for treatment of crisis, short-term mental health issues and long-term mental health issues. Students will study the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) for the criteria of diagnoses, in relation to the intake, assessment, treatment planning and counseling. Case studies will be examined to address the physiological, biological and environmental factors related to psychopathology across the human lifespan. PREREQUISITE: Permission of program director.

The first semester of the dissertation process. Part I of the dissertation process includes the completion of the dissertation proposal in accordance with the program manual and approval of the dissertation committee and program director.

PREREQUISITE: Completion of all course requirements and permission of the program director. Limited to candidates for the Doctor of Mental Health Counseling degree who have successfully completed the comprehensive courses PSY9949 and PSY9950.

The second semester of the dissertation process. Part II of the dissertation process includes the completion of the dissertation and passing the oral defense of the dissertation in accordance with the program manual and approval of the completed dissertation and oral defense by the dissertation committee and program director.

PREREQUISITE: Completion of all course requirements and permission of the program director. Limited to candidates for the Doctor of Mental Health Counseling degree who have successfully completed the comprehensive courses PSY9949 and PSY9950.

The purpose of this first semester of non-licensure practicum is to provide experience for the student in human dynamics in a variety of settings with an overarching sense of social justice.  Settings can be school systems, mental health programs, work places or other institutions that serve the needs of individuals or groups. The student is offered an opportunity to apply skills gained from coursework in actual practice in that setting. The student works under the direct supervision of a mentor in the field with the assistance of a college adviser. The adviser helps the student to develop appropriate goals, to effectively use interpersonal skills and to determine the areas to be further developed. Periodic meetings are held with the college supervisor in order to provide additional academic information and to discuss practical experiences. PREREQUISITE: Advanced standing and permission of the department chair

The first semester of a two semester supervised experience in human dynamics and human development issues in a chosen setting. Areas of interest can include special issues across the lifespan that effect optimal performance and potential of an individual or group. The experience includes an overarching sense of social justice and is supervised by a mentor in the field of study. The internship may be selected after the student has completed 60 credit hours of doctoral work and involves a total of 600 hours over two semesters. On-campus meetings are also required as a key part of the supervision. Additional requirements may apply. PREREQUISITES: Advanced standing and permission of program director

The second semester of a two semesters supervised experience in human dynamics and human development issues in a chosen setting. Areas of interest can include special issues across the lifespan that effect optimal performance and potential of an individual or group. The experience includes an overarching sense of social justice and is supervised by a mentor in the field of study.  The internship may be selected after the student has completed 60 credit hours of doctoral work and involves a total of 600 hours over two semesters. On-campus meetings are also required as a key part of the supervision. Additional requirements may apply.

PREREQUISITES: Advanced standing and permission of program director


PREREQUISITES: PSY8538
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