A Degree that Fits Your Interests

Our students in the Clinical Mental Health Concentration have the chance to pick one of five specializations. Each specialization is designed to enhance the curricula of the Master’s degree which focuses on psychopathology, ethics, human development, multicultural approaches to counseling theories, and much more.

Addictions Counseling

There is a rapidly increasing demand for counselors with graduate-level addiction counseling training in treatment settings across Colorado and the nation. Approved by the Office of Behavioral Health in the State of Colorado, this specialization meets all coursework requirements for Certified Addictions Counselor II.

Elective coursework, practicum, and internship experiences will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and awareness to work with individuals who are struggling with addictions. Pursue a career helping those suffering from addiction, as well as their families, and their friends.

Contact Dr. Mike Faragher, Director of Addictions Counseling Specialization, for more information.

Addictions Counseling Course Samples

  • Counseling Addictive Behaviors
  • Pharmacology of Addictive Behaviors I & II
  • Infectious Diseases in Addictive Behaviors
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (optional)
Couple and Family Counseling

Get in-depth training in systems theory, couple therapy, family therapy, and systemic interventions. You will also focus on working with diverse couples and families, through culturally infused curriculum. Many professional counselors work with couples and families, so this specialized training can give you a unique advantage.

NOTE: This specialization is different from a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Graduation with a Couple and Family Counseling specialization will not qualify you for a license as an LMFT.

Contact Dr. Jesse Owen, Director of Couple and Family Counseling Specialization, for more information.

Couples and Family Counseling Course Samples

  • Systemic Theory
  • Couple Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Couple & Family Techniques
Adolescent Counseling

Gain the skills needed to work effectively with adolescents in a variety of treatment settings, like schools and residential and outpatient facilities. You will focus on the family, school, and community systems that influence adolescents’ socio-emotional and cognitive development during this pivotal life stage.

We work with key community partners who also specialize in adolescent treatment and training of professional counselors. Through specific coursework, as well as practicum and internship placements, you will get the knowledge needed to stand out.

Contact Dr. Maria Riva, Director of Adolescent Counseling Specialization, for more information.

Adolescent Counseling Course Samples

  • Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Rotating special topics courses, like the Treatment of Culturally Diverse Adolescents
  • M.A. practicum (school-based placement)
  • M.A. internship (adolescent placement, student choice)
Diversity and Counseling

Develop a culturally aware approach to your work as a professional counselor. Starting with our foundational course in multicultural counseling, you will dive deep into the socio-political systems of oppression, equity, discrimination, and privilege.

This specialization will also help you develop cultural awareness and cultural humility. It provides a framework to understand your own, as well as your clients’, cultural beliefs, values, and worldviews. With this understanding, you will learn how best to work with clients’ cultural heritage in session

Contact Dr. Ruth Chao, Director of Diversity & Counseling Specialization, for more information.

Diversity and Counseling Course Samples

  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Advanced Multicultural Counseling
  • Electives – choose from the following:
    • LBGT Issues in Counseling
    • Socio-economic Issues in Counseling
    • Health Disparities in Counseling
    • Working With Diverse Couples & Families
    • Treating Diverse Adolescents
    • Multicultural Orientation: Counseling Framework

Blended Option: If one specialization doesn’t appeal to you, cater to your interests and take courses across specializations. You will gain a broad and general competency in professional counseling.

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