EdD-CMHC Curriculum

Degree Planners


This clinical mental health counseling, sport and performance specialization doctoral program requires completion of 138 quarter-credits including counseling-specific coursework, clinical experiences and sport and performance coursework. The program coursework addresses the eight core content areas identified as fundamental by national accrediting agencies and most state licensing bodies. The coursework is integrated in a manner consistent with professional practice as both a licensed counselor and a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC®).  In addition to preparing students for a national counselor exam and eligibility for state licensure, it includes content and practical experiences to prepare clients for the CMPC® exam and certification. Students are responsible to check their state licensing bodies for confirmation that the required courses meet state standards.

Curriculum Sequence
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Core Courses

COUN7205 Sport Psychology (4 credits)
This course focuses on the necessary link between science and sport, encouraging each student to begin to build the bridge from concept to integrated application in real world settings. Students synthesize and apply evidence-based practices in sport psychology to enhance performance, health, and satisfaction. Best practices research in both sport psychology and clinical mental health counseling inform student’s course work. Motivational Interviewing theory and techniques are covered. (4+0)

COUN7410 Psychology of Performance Excellence (4 credits)
This course explores the deliberate application of theory, research, and intervention strategies to help clients pursue excellence. The construct of excellence is thoroughly explored, including common roadblocks and the type of contexts in which the skills and knowledge are used in the field of clinical mental health counseling, sport and performance, intrapersonal relationships, and career. Topics include happiness, contentment, life satisfaction, resiliency, values, character strengths, emotional intelligence, optimism, hope, flow, and mindfulness. (4+0)

COUN7415 Applied Sport Psychology (4 credits)
This course integrates and synthesizes the theoretical concepts of sport and performance psychology into meaningful application. Strategies, knowledge and skills will be presented to develop the student’s ability to create performance-enhancement programs for athletes and performers. A case study approach will be employed. (4+0) Prerequisite: COUN8101, COUN7205

COUN7430 Counseling Methods and Practices (4 credits)
This course introduces mental health counseling micro skills and techniques needed in helping relationships, with attention to models of counseling competence. Development of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies are emphasized, with focus on helping students to determine, facilitate, evaluate, and sustain therapeutic relationships. (4+0)

COUN7440 Applied Motor Learning (4 credits)
This course identifies the various ways that people learn to move and how the principles of motor performance and learning can be useful to those in teaching, coaching, and consultant positions. This course takes an applied approach to understanding motor control, motor development, and motor learning. Emphasis is given to understanding how skilled movement is gained, regulated, and adapted. Students will learn the factors that influence skill acquisition and how to design effective practices for consistent performance. (4+0)

COUN7445 Psychological Preparation and Mental Skills Training (4 credits)
This course will examine how to help individuals better identify, understand, and manage their mental skills, responses to stress, performance preparation strategies, and focusing techniques designed to help performers be more effectively under pressure. Topics to be covered include positive self-talk, confidence, concentration, motivation and goal setting, peak performance states, self-regulation techniques to control arousal, and coping strategies for dealing with the multiple demands facing a competitive athlete. (4+0) Prerequisite: COUN8101, COUN7205, COUN7415, COUN8120 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (or documentation of completed graduate degree or equivalent Research Methods course).

COUN7511 Group, Team, and Organizational Dynamics (4 credits)
This course will examine the role of self in groups, the importance of leadership in team and organizational environments, factors that impact motivation, team cohesion, and how issues of diversity impact group function. Using theory to inform practice, students engage in experiential activities designed to enhance group facilitation skills with small and large groups. Emphasis is placed on effective communication within group and organizational settings. (4+0)

COUN7610 Human Sexuality (2 credits)
This course is designed to provide scientific information useful in the provision of psychoeducation and clinical interventions related to sex and sexuality including research about sexual development, aging and sexual functioning, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual response cycles, psychological and social sexual dynamics, treatment of sexual disorders and sexual trauma/abuse, sexual behavior patterns, sexual communication, contraception, infertility, and sexually transmitted infections. (2+0)

COUN7715 Tests and Assessments (4 credits)
This course offers a study of the basic concepts and principles of psychological assessment, including historical factors influencing testing and test construction. Students will also learn the statistical language and theory related to measurement error, scales of measurement, measures of central tendency and variability, reliability and validity. Students will learn about the different types of assessment instruments and their range of applications in the field. Critical evaluation of assessment instruments is included. (4+0)

COUN8010 Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (4 credits)
This course introduces students to systemic models and treatment interventions. Structural, communication, analytical, behavioral, and postmodern approaches are applied to common marital, couple, and family topics including child-rearing, relationships, illness, traumatic events, resilience, career transitions, aging, death, dying, and grief. Play and sand tray therapy theory, techniques, and interventions are reviewed. (4+0)

COUN8101 Ethics and Professional Identity (4 credits)
Students will learn and evaluate current legal and ethical guidelines used in the counseling profession and in sport psychology profession. Students will apply ethical decision-making models and formulate effective, evidence-based collaborative strategies used to resolve ethical dilemmas and legal issues that arise when working with individuals, couples, families, groups, teams, and organizations. Students will also learn what it means to integrate a professional counselor identity into their lives. (4+0)

COUN8110 Personality and Counseling Theories (4 credits)
This course will introduce the five forces of counseling theories: Psychoanalytic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Existential-Humanistic, Multicultural, and Social Justice, including history, key values, therapeutic relationship, process of change, therapeutic content, and interventions. Students will evaluate the relationships between specific theories, counseling techniques, interventions, and research on evidence-based practice. (4+0)

COUN8115 Human Growth and Development (4 credits)
This course provides an understanding of human growth and development over the life span including theoretical approaches. It emphasizes physiological, cognitive, social, emotional, personality, attachment-based, spiritual, and moral development from conception to death. Fundamentals of neuroanatomy, brain development, neuropsychology, and neurophysiology provide insight into the development of wellness and pathology, especially in the context of social and familial influences. Analysis of developmental models from a multicultural perspective adds depth to case conceptualization. (4+0)

COUN8120 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (4 credits)
Students will engage with content, discussions, and assignments emphasizing the importance of research in the counseling profession, including analysis of published literature on evidenced-based practices. Students will become critical consumers of research by learning about qualitative and quantitative research assumptions, methods, and program design considerations. Steps of program evaluation are also featured. Students learn language, theory, and assumptions related to descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics. (4+0)

COUN8130 Group Counseling (4 credits)
Students learn the basic elements of the group process, including special ethical, procedural, and practical issues related to maintaining therapeutic alliance with multiple clients. The course also trains students to facilitate therapeutic relationships between clients. The course includes introduction to a variety of group approaches as well as stages of group work. Students learn best practices promoted by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). (4+0)

COUN8135 Career Counseling (4 credits)
Students develop foundational lifestyle and counseling skills and engage in professional career counseling activities. Students examine the major models of career development and the ways clients’ interests, aptitudes, lifestyles, social interests, family responsibilities, and life transitions may impact lifestyle and career development process. Students also discuss legal and ethical issues associated with career counseling practice. (4+0)

COUN8140 Addiction Counseling (4 credits)
This course focuses on the etiology and treatment of addictive behaviors (e.g. substances, gambling, gaming, etc.). Genetic, physiological, contextual, and psychological factors contributing to addiction and addiction risk are evaluated with emphasis on developing effective recovery and relapse prevention. Students learn to distinguish between substance use, substance-induced, substance intoxication, and withdrawal disorders. The course includes training on Motivational Interviewing techniques as well as systemic and culturally sensitive approaches to treatment. (4+0)

COUN8145 Psychopathology and Appraisal (4 credits)
Students will examine psychopathology principles, professional literature, and current issues associated with assessing, diagnosing, planning treatment, and treating mental health symptoms and disorders. Students will critically evaluate diagnostic models, methods, and approaches used in the diagnostic process. Students will learn to use the DSM-5 classifications, criteria required for diagnosis, and diagnostic issues associated with diverse populations to examine cases. (4+0)

COUN8150 Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy (4 credits)
This course introduces theory and research related to culturally competent counseling, including multiculturalism, cross-culturalism, intersectionality, social justice, and advocacy. Students consider the characteristics of diverse populations as they inform counseling and advocacy practices that promote optimal wellness and growth for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Students also assess the influence of their characteristics, attitudes, and beliefs on the counseling process. Students will examine their roles in promoting social justice at multiple levels and evaluate approaches for prevention of clinical mental health issues in a diverse society. (4+0)

COUN8155 Sport in Society (4 credits)
This course will examine the influence of the social context on sport. Attention is given to the influence of society on sport as an institution and the role of sport as an agent of social change and social justice. Examines how sport affects the social world we live in. Topics explored include the intersection of sport and gender, race/ethnicity/culture, socioeconomic class, media relations, violence, deviance, and sexuality. (4+0)

COUN8400 Psychopharmacology (4 credits)
This course provides an understanding of the basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications including the identification of effective dosages and side effects. Topics include neuropharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. A review of different classes of psychoactive compounds, including drugs used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, will be examined. Ethical considerations regarding scope of practice are highlighted. (4+0)

COUN8522 Sport and Performance Psychology Interventions (4 credits)
This course examines sport and performance psychology interventions using a case study approach with cases sport psychology and CMHC professionals may experience. Cases require the incorporation of best practices integrating theory into applied settings. Cases from all development levels of sport including youth, club, high school, collegiate, and professional and involving topics such as coping with and returning from injury, Title IX transitions, applications of evidence-based techniques, etc., will be addressed. Students will demonstrate applications of techniques used in CMHC, positive psychology, planning, execution, goal setting, and building the communication and motivation skills necessary for establishing long-term consulting relationships. (4+0) Prerequisite(s):COUN7205, COUN7415, COUN7445

MSE8220 Biomechanics (4 credits)
This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of biomechanics from a qualitative perspective. This course will focus on human movement from a biomechanical perspective including identifying specific muscles and muscle groups and describing exercises for strengthening and developing those muscles. Common injuries experienced by the general population and exercises to help prevent and/or strengthen those areas will also be explored. (4+0)

MSE8500 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
This course focuses on the physiological responses and adaptations to exercise experienced by the cardiovascular, thermoregulatory, and neuromuscular systems of the body. The laboratory component of this course will include methods of data collection and measurement relating to energy expenditure, maximal oxygen consumption, onset of blood lactate, electrocardiography, and other selected measures. Prerequisite(s): Prior physiology coursework (or instructor approval). (4+0)

SPP8150 Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (4 credits)
This course is designed to be both an introduction to psychophysiology and biofeedback and to its applications, particularly to sport and performance. The principles of psychophysiology, the biofeedback instruments used, the areas of application, the techniques commonly used in conjunction with biofeedback, the diverse field of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology, and the latest uses for optimal self-regulation will be covered.

Clinical Practicum/Internship

COUN8540 Pre-Practicum (4 credits)
This course helps students develop counseling micro skills by utilizing a standardized patient protocols to practice clinical work with clients under controlled conditions. Using live video sessions with actors trained to present a variety of client issues, students will complete intake and assessment documents with standardized patients, take extensive verbal histories, diagnose, plan treatment, and complete six sessions of counseling, including termination. Students will also be guided through preparation requirements for a community-based practicum including the completion of a criminal history background check, membership in the ACA, and the search for a local practicum site. (4+0)

COUN8555 Clinical Counseling Practicum (4 credits)
The clinical practicum is an online-directed, supervised field experience in a mental health counseling setting local to each student during which students engage specific clinical skills, including interviewing, assessment, intervention, documentation, and consultation. Students use fundamental communication and interviewing principles and perform intake, initial assessments, and verbal histories with individuals, couples, and/or families. This course requires 100 hours of clinical field experience, which must consist of no less than 40 hours of direct client contact, and no fewer than 11 hours of face-to-face contact with field supervisors. It is the student’s responsibility to research and comply with the specific clinical experience requirements of their states. Grading in this course is P/NP. (1+3)

COUN8551 Clinical Counseling Internship I (4 credits)
COUN8552 Clinical Counseling Internship II (4 credits)
COUN8553 Clinical Counseling Internship III (4 credits)
COUN8554 Clinical Counseling Internship IV (4 credits)


Students may select one of the following elective courses.

COUN8215 Clinical Supervision (4 credits)
This course teaches supervision theories from individual and systemic perspectives to help students understand how to best utilize their supervision experiences. The course focuses on supervisor expectations; ethics, laws, and rules related to supervision practices; supervisory documentation; and the core components of supervision, including attention to multicultural and cross-cultural issues that can impact supervision experiences for supervisors and supervisees. (4 + 0)

MSE8220 Biomechanics (4 credits)
This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of biomechanics from a qualitative perspective. This course will focus on human movement from a biomechanical perspective including identifying specific muscles and muscle groups and describing exercises for strengthening and developing those muscles. Common injuries experienced by the general population and exercises to help prevent and/or strengthen those areas will also be explored. (4+0)

Culminating Experience

Dissertation Sequence

COUN8760, COUN8761, COUN8762, and COUN8763 are completed sequentially. Students work with dissertation advisor to determine the next logical course if additional credits beyond 16 minimum are needed.

COUN8760 Dissertation Research I (4 credits, online or on campus)
COUN8761 Dissertation Research II (4 credits, online or on campus) Prerequisite(s): COUN8760
COUN8762 Dissertation Research III (4 credits, online or on campus) Prerequisite(s): COUN8761
COUN8763 Dissertation Research IV (4 credits, online or on campus) Prerequisite(s): COUN8762
COUN8764 a-d Dissertation Research V (4 credits each, online or on campus)
COUN8765a-d Dissertation Research VI (1 credit each, online or on campus

Program completion requires a minimum of 16 credits of dissertation, four quarters of continuous dissertation enrollment, and a maximum of 36 total dissertation credits are allowed. After the first 16 credits, students will take any of the sections of Dissertation Research V or VI based on consultation with the dissertation advisor. Students have 4 years to complete the dissertation requirements and must be continuously enrolled until the dissertation is complete with all final requirements met. Candidates work one-on-one with members of their dissertation committee, to write and defend the proposal, submit the proposal to the Institutional Review Board, collect and analyze data, write the dissertation and prepare for the dissertation defense.

Mentorship Sequence

COUN8755 Mentorship 1 Sport and Performance Psychology (4 credits, online or on campus)
COUN8756 Mentorship 2 Sport and Performance Psychology (4 credits, online or on campus) Prerequisite(s): COUN8755
COUN8757 Mentorship 3 Sport and Performance Psychology (4 credits, online or on campus) Prerequisite(s): COUN8756
COUN8758 Mentorship 4 Sport and Performance Psychology (4 credits, online or on campus) Prerequisite(s): COUN8757
Mentorship 5 Sport and Performance Psychology (1-4 credits, online or on campus) Prerequisite(s): COUN8758

This is a sequential course in which each section must be passed before moving to the next section over a minimum of 4 quarters. Students in this course are required to attend virtual weekly class meetings at a designated time with the mentorship group. Each week students will complete readings and assignments which will be reviewed with classmates during virtual classroom and live video conference group and individual supervision sessions. Additionally, students will share sport experiences and discuss case formulations with the small group to share diverse sport experiences. The UWS sport and performance psychology program (SPP) must pre-approve mentors for SPP mentorship experiences to count towards degree completion. For students working toward CMPC requirements, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) must also approve mentors. Approval by the SPP program must be received prior to registration for the course or approval of mentorship experiences. Only hours spent in the delivery of sport psychology services during the approved course section are eligible towards course completion. Therefore, students are encouraged to set up AASP mentors and experiences early but should not start working with clients before completing the core SPP coursework and receiving approvals for each course section. For additional details, refer to the AASP CMPC Handbook and SPP Mentorship Handbook. After graduation, students can choose to complete the AASP Professional Mentorship Verification Form and AASP Record of Mentorship Hours Form. This application process is outside of UWS with AASP and is separate from completion of the course and SPP program.


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