2018-2019 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Music Therapy (60 credits)

On-Campus and Low-Residency Options

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Music Therapy is a 60-credit program that includes clinical work and supervision in music therapy and training in the integration of the arts in the practice of psychotherapy.

  • The specialization can be completed in two or three academic years of full-time study.
  • A first field placement of 500 supervised hours, and a second field placement of 700 clinically supervised hours are required. 
  • On-Campus and Low-Residency students follow the same program of study.

Program Prerequisites

  • A minimum of six credits in psychology with grades of B or better.
  • One three-credit course in the Principles and Practices of Music Therapy or GEXTH 6200 in addition to the 60 credit program of study.
  • A musical audition as part of the interview process

Program of Study

Required Music Therapy Courses (9 credits)

GEXTH 5117Theories in Music Therapy

3

GEXTH 5118Theory and Practice of Group Work

3

GEXTH 6101Music Proficiency Audition

0

GEXTH 6212Clinical Musicianship

3

Music Therapy Elective (3 credits)

Select one course from the following:

GEXTH 6020Music, Imagery and Psychotherapy

3

GEXTH 6208Community and Therapeutic Applications of Drumming

3

GEXTH 6206Voice and Music Therapy

3

Required Core Courses (33 credits)

GEXTH 5010Principles and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy

3

GEXTH 5032Orientation to Expressive Therapies

3

GEXTH 6032Human Development Across the Lifespan

3

GEXTH 6102Standards and Ethics in Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH 6105Examining Power, Privilege and Oppression in Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH 6106Research and Evaluation

3

GEXTH 6415Psychopathology and Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH XXXX Students select one special treatment issues course

3

GEXTH 6416Theories of Mental Health Counseling

3

GEXTH 6417Assessment and Mental Health Counseling

3

GEXTH 7017Thesis Seminar

3

GEXTH 5010 and GEXTH 5032: Taken before starting second year internship.

Expressive Therapies Elective (3 credits)

Music Therapy Field Experience Courses (12 credits)

GEXTH 5119Clinical Skills and Applications***

3

GEXTH 7704Supervision in Music Therapy and Counseling I***

3

GEXTH 7714Supervision in Music Therapy and Counseling II****

3

GEXTH 7718Supervision in Music Therapy and Counseling III****

3

GEXTH 5119 and GEXTH 7704: Taken before starting second year internship.

Note: Students who fail the music proficiency exam must take individual music lessons until the proficiency is passed.