COUN 6100: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Overview counseling: Books, television, and movies are full of stories revealing the day-to-day realities of various professions. These stories provide a behind-the-scenes look at the often unknown stress, joy, and effort involved in being a doctor, law enforcement agent, or even a chef. What do you think the day-to-day life of a clinical mental health counselor is like? What constitutes a typical day for a clinical mental health counselor, or is there no such thing?
For the Final Project in this course, you will uncover the hidden realities of the daily life of a clinical mental health counselor.
For this Final Project, you will conduct an in-person interview with a licensed clinical mental health counselor. You are encouraged to seek out an interviewee who works with a population in a setting that interests you. As you write up your interview for the Final Project, apply the information from this course to demonstrate your understanding of what it means to be a clinical mental health counselor.
Please note that you must interview a licensed clinical mental health counselor. It is NOT acceptable to interview a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, addictions specialist, school counselor, or other mental health provider for this assignment. Counselors have unique training, credentialing, and ethical standards. Because this course is housed in the School of Counseling, this assignment is to be oriented toward
that unique professional identity. If you are confused about this requirement, please contact your Instructor for clarification.
Remember to do the following:
- Demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge and critical thinking
appropriate to graduate-level scholarship.
- Support your points with specific references to the Learning Resources (including
texts, media, and peer-reviewed scholarly articles) from the course and the
interview. Please review the Final Project Rubric located in the Course
Information section of the course.
- Follow APA Publication Manual guidelines. Writing must be free of typographical,
spelling, and grammatical errors. Information on scholarly writing may be found in
the APA Publication Manual and on the Walden Writing Center website.
- Adhere to Walden’s Academic Integrity guidelines. See “Policies on Academic
Honesty” under Walden University Policies and Information in the Guidelines
and Policies area.
Final Project Grading
Part 1 of the Final Project, Introduce Your Interview Subject, is worth 8 points.
Part 2 of the Final Project, Conduct the Interview, is ungraded, and no submission is
Part 3 of the Final Project, Interview Write-up and Reflection, is worth 20 points. It is
graded according to the Final Project Rubric.