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This LibGuide is your portal to research resources for the study of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


The domain of CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING includes resources related to professional knowledge, skills, and practices within a wide variety of clinical mental health counseling settings.

TCNJ Courses

COUN 545 – Community Agency Counseling

This course is designed to meet the needs of the counselor working in community agency settings. Focus is placed on the population served, preferred treatment modes, and strategies of preventive intervention. Diagnosis of clients using the DSM and treatment planning will be stressed. The course will use a variety of teaching techniques: independent reading, class lectures and discussion, guest lectures by practicing professionals, written and video case reviews, and assignments.

COUN 555 – Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

This course is designed to provide students with the introductory knowledge necessary for counselors to begin their work in diagnosing and planning treatment for clients suffering from mental disorders. This complex task requires that students have an understanding of psychopathology and the various mental disorders as defined in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students will learn how to make accurate multiaxial diagnoses and be able to describe its implications for treatment. The necessity of recognizing cultural considerations throughout the assessment and treatment process will be reviewed.

COUN 605 – Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy

This course examines ethical, legal, and professional issues unique to marriage and family therapy. Special attention is given to principles of ethical decision making, professional codes of ethics, ethical concepts, and considerations within the context of marriage and family therapy.  Legal concepts and sources, types of law, professional liability, risk management, and insurance are reviewed. Professional identifications and training, licensure and certifications, accountability, marketing, and research are discussed.

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