MA in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program By Boston University |Top Universities

MA in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine

MA in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine

Boston University

Charles River Campus, Boston, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree MA
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months

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The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine is a CACREP-accredited, rigorous program designed to meet the requirements for independent licensure in clinical mental health counseling in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other states. The primary objective of the program is to prepare students for careers in clinical mental health counseling with a complementary background in behavioral medicine and neuroscience. Specifically, the focus is to provide general mental health counseling training, including assessment and intervention, for clinical mental health counselors to utilize in a variety of settings. In addition, students gain knowledge and experience applying counseling skills to the prevention and treatment of medical illness. This hybrid is the first program of its kind in the United States and makes the Boston University School of Medicine a leader in preparing master’s-level clinical mental health clinicians. Curriculum The emphasis of our program is on preparing students to provide effective and ethical clinical treatment for a variety of populations, disorders, and settings. Coursework is designed to augment on-site clinical experience and to prepare students for their work, as well as to promote insight of students’ relative strengths and weaknesses, areas of interest, and values. Our course curriculum is structured in such a way as to provide instruction in basic skills during the first semester, so that students are best prepared to begin their on-site clinical training in the second semester of their first year. An introduction to neuroscience, psychopharmacology and behavioral medicine begins during the second semester. Students take a minimum of 30 credits during their first year. The first year practicum experience consists primarily of closely supervised and observed individual, group, and family therapy conducted in a variety of clinical settings. Students also meet in small groups with fellow students and faculty to process on-site experiences. During year two, students are given an opportunity to explore more focused areas of interest by choosing elective courses and complete a 720-hour clinical internship where they tend to develop a clinical specialization.