Courses

  • GMS MA 770: IRB Proposal Development and Writing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Not open to undergraduates.
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS MA 700-A1 or permission of the instructor.
    Students will learn to write a medical anthropology research proposal and related Institutional Review Board Proposal, through the structure provided by the IRB of BUSM. We will address theory and methods related to the design and review process. W 10-12:50. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MA 786: Final Project Writing Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Not open to undergraduates.
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS MA 710, GMS MA 770, and Summer Fieldwork Directed Study credits (contact instructor for more information), and GMS MA 742, or permission of the instructor.
    Prereq: Permission of instructor. This seminar will train learners in the theory and practice of writing up medical anthropology research findings, and of writing ethnography. The course emphasizes analytical writing. Students will learn to identify and employ rhetorical and stylistic strategies and genre conventions. The class is structured as a seminar, emphasizing class discussion, workshops and peer-group work. Prereq: Must be taken concurrent with GMS MA 735, and requires permission of the instructor. 3 cr. W 10:00 AM-12:50 PM, Medical Campus.
  • GMS MD 800: Clin Clerkship
  • GMS MH 701: Counseling Theory
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course provides an overview of major theoretical approaches to case conceptualization for clinical mental health counseling, including psychoanalytic, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused theories. Students will begin to develop an understanding of the process for selecting appropriate clinical mental health counseling interventions, consistent with current research standards. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MH 702: Professional Orientation & Ethics
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course provides an overview of professional ethics governing the field of clinical mental health counseling, to include ethical decision-making, confidentiality and informed consent, competence and supervision, malpractice, self-care, and medical ethics. The course includes a careful review of the American Counseling Association and American Mental Health Counselors Association Codes of Ethics. The emphasis of the course is on application of ethical principles to ethical dilemmas commonly encountered in the field of clinical mental health counseling. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MH 703: Counseling Techniques
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course provides an overview of the skills and styles needed for building healthy and therapeutic helping relationships, as well as techniques specific to a variety of psychological disorders and problems with living. Emphasis is placed on experiential exercises and clinical mental health counseling-related skills-building, including interviewing and behaviors influencing the helping process. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MH 704: Group Work Dynamics & Process
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course provides an overview of the basic principles of group counseling including the conception and design of group interventions, group dynamics and components, facilitation approaches, methods for recruiting and intervening with group members, and modalities through which groups are often conducted (i.e. psychodynamic, behavioral, support groups, and skills-based groups for special populations). 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MH 705: Psychopathology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course provides students with an introduction to the etiology, presentation, and treatment of major mental health disorders as classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students will become familiar with identifying and differentiating diagnoses across a range of clinical presentations. In addition, there will be discussion of clinical mental health strategies that may be applied when working with a variety of clients, beginning with the first contact and including the therapeutic process and treatment planning. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MH 706: Social & Cultural Foundations
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course provides an overview of social justice, the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society, in order to enable students to work effectively with people from varied racial, cultural and class backgrounds. The course is organized around the ethical responsibility of counselors to provide clients across a wide range of identities with meaningful and relevant clinical services, and the role of counselors in promoting overall health and wellness across cultures. A contemporary body of professional literature is explored, with an emphasis on self-awareness, knowledge of others, experiential learning activities, and multicultural counseling skills acquisition. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MH 707: Research and Evaluation
    This course provides an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation. There is an emphasis on the importance of research in advancing the counseling profession, varied approaches to research method, and the use of research to inform evidence-based practice. Landmark studies and current articles are used to illustrate applications. Students develop critical thinking skills for examining research information and its use for asking questions that extend knowledge, and for planning studies to address new questions. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MH 708: Human Growth & Development
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course provides an overview of biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of individual and family development from conception through elder adulthood in a multicultural context. The course is taught from perspectives of cognitive science and behavioral systems as well as sociological, cultural, life span developmental, and comparative approaches. The focus of the course is on normative development; developmental disorders are used to elucidate normative developmental and adaptive processes in language, cognition, and behavioral self-regulation that will serve to introduce students to behaviors and concepts relevant to clinical mental health counseling practice with both children and adults. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MH 709: Neuroscience for Mental Health Professionals
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    The general objective of this course is to provide a foundation in the understanding of central nervous system structure and function and the relationship of brain and behavior tailored to the clinical mental health counseling professional. Special emphasis is on the neurobiology of mental illness and neurologic disease. The course is divided into two parts: Part I covers primarily the organization, structure and function of the nervous system, and Part II covers primarily the neurobiology of mental illness, normal aging, and age-related disease. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MH 710: Basic Mental Health Assessment
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course is designed to provide an overview of principles and applications of mental health assessment in a multicultural society. The primary objectives of this course are to facilitate students' understanding of the basic methods of assessment in clinical mental health counseling, to include evaluating, selecting, and using appropriate techniques and standardized testing methods, and to conduct a thorough, culturally sensitive, and ethically responsible assessment. Methods for dissemination of assessment results will also be reviewed. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MH 711: Health and Exercise Psychology
    Prereq: consent of instructor. This course has been designed to introduce students to central concepts of applied health and exercise psychology which draw interdependently from psychology, behavioral medicine, exercise physiology, and psycho-neuroimmunology. Incorporates a biopsychosocial approach and presents major theories and techniques of health behavior change and health behavior assessment. 3 cr, 1st sem.
  • GMS MH 712: Marriage and Family Counseling
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course will help students gain a basic conceptual understanding of the theory, process and practice of family systems counseling. In addition, students will begin to develop skills and strategies for the assessment and treatment of family systems approaches within mental health systems and to practice these skills during in-class role-play exercises. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS MH 713: Human Sexuality
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course explores physiological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of human sexuality, focusing on trends in the field, including teen sexuality, pregnancy, and early sexual experiences, sexual assault, HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases, sex addiction, sexuality across the lifespan, and ethics. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MH 714: Behavioral Medicine and Applied Health Psychology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the central concepts of adult behavioral medicine, utilizing a biopsychosocial approach. The emphasis of the course is on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of illness as well as practical application and the ways in which clinical mental health counselors can be participate in multidisciplinary care. Theory and content will be applied to specific health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain and cancer. 3 cr, Fall sem
  • GMS MH 716: Career and Vocational Counseling
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course will provide an overview of the history and theories of career development; students will learn how to conduct a career interview and review and discuss the influence of developmental, ethnic, racial and gender differences for career counseling. Students will also complete and review several career tests and present their personal career development plan. 3 cr, Spring sem
  • GMS MH 717: Theory and Practice of Child and Adolescent Counseling
    This course presents evidence-based clinical mental health counseling practices designed to impact children and adolescents. The course will focus on theoretical underpinnings and options for intervening directly with the child/adolescent, with parents/guardians, and in schools or other environmental settings. Sensitivity to multicultural perspectives and competencies will also be reviewed. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS MH 718: Psychological Trauma Across the Lifespan
    This course will provide students with a foundation in psychological trauma and its impact on mental and physical health. Two frameworks -- biopsychosocial and developmental psychopathology -- will be used for students to gain up-to-date knowledge on the consequences of traumatic experiences and other serious adversities along the molar (behavior) to molecular (neurobiology) continuum and across the lifespan. With an emphasis on evidence-based practice, students will attain core clinical competencies in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related symptoms and problems through various didactic and experiential activities. Evaluation strategies will encompass the utility of diagnostic nosologies (i.e., Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM]) as well as case conceptualization. State-of-the-science interventions will be covered so that students acquire knowledge and skills in helping traumatized individuals to successfully ameliorate their symptoms and improve their functioning. 3 cr. Summer 1 sem.