Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Delivery Systems Used for Instruction

Delivery Systems Used for Instruction: The majority of courses in the CMHC Master’s Degree Program are delivered via the face-to-face classroom setting. Occasionally, courses are broadcast to the Southeastern Idabel Campus via Interactive Educational Television (IETV). At the present time, it is the policy of the CMHC Master’s Degree Program that courses are not offered via the Internet or in a “blended” course format. Further, in using the published definition of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the CMHC Master’s Degree Program is not considered a “Distance Education Program.”

This face-to-face training emphasis has been developed in conjunction with the philosophy of the profession for which faculty members are training the students: face-to-face professional counseling. The faculty members prepare students for effective, face-to-face counseling via hands-on coursework. Online, blended, and, to a certain degree, IETV, makes such training very challenging. Despite this fact, graduate counseling faculty members make an effort to reach students living closer to the SE Idabel Campus by offering content-appropriate courses via IETV.

Courses that are didactic in nature (typically involving tests, papers, presentations, etc., as opposed to direct clinical application) are typically presented using a variety of instructional methods. Examples of these methods include lectures, guest speakers, DVDs, and small and large group classroom activities and discussions.

Courses in the Counselor Clinical Training Sequence of the CMHC Degree Plan are taught using applied, “hands-on,” instructional methods. All four of the clinical courses involve video-recording of practice and supervised counseling sessions and involve extensive personalized feedback from the course instructor and peers in each course.