The fields of mental health, human services, and criminal justice are increasingly interdependent. This dual-degree program in Mental Health Counseling and Crime & Justice Studies empowers you to understand, diagnose, and treat mental health issues in criminal justice contexts. 

Crime & Justice Studies Courses: 8 courses, 24 credits

Core Requirements (3 courses, 9 credits)

  • CJ-681 Crime and Communities

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Program. This course will examine the relationship among crime, criminal justice and the community as well as the impact of crime on local neighborhoods and community institutions. The role of the community in the criminal justice system and processes of social control are also examined. Topics covered include: local measurement of crime statistics; community policing; prevention and early intervention strategies; community corrections and intermediate sanctions. Strategies for empowering local communities to address the quality of life in the urban environment are also explored.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • CJ-701 Seminar in Crime & Justice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. A sociological investigation of the relationship between crime and justice in contemporary American society. The possibilities and limits of traditional approaches to crime control are examined in the context of our search for harmony, justice and social change. Problems in evaluating the techniques, goals, and effectiveness of criminal justice agencies and organizations are considered as well as models for rethinking the scope and nature of our responses to crime.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • CJ-709 Quantitative Analysis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core required course for Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies. This course introduces students to the foundations of statistical analysis. Topics include: measures of central tendency; dispersion; probability; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing; correlations; and regression. Using SPSS software, students will be required to apply statistical concepts to existing data resulting in a completed research project.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

Electives (5 courses, 15 credits)

Choose five of the following:

  • CJ-685 Seminar in Corrections

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will examine the major issues in the adult correctional system. Traditional incarceration as well as pretrial and post-conviction alternatives will be explored. Covered topics may include: prison and jail overcrowding; issues in classification; mental health and incarceration; substance abuse treatment within the prison setting; prison security and disturbances; vocational and educational programming within prisons; ethics and corrections.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-686 Seminar in Juvenile Justice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines the array of issues concerned with the administration and operation of the juvenile justice system. The historical, philosophical, and legal foundations of the juvenile justice system will be examined along with the legal and philosophical changes within the system in contemporary period. Special attention will be given to the Massachusetts model of juvenile corrections and treatment.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-687 Justice & the Community Courts

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines the administration of justice in the community courts. Topics include the role of the judge; relationships between prosecutors, defense lawyers, and the courts; the relationship between the courts and the police; the pros and cons of plea bargaining' the goals of sentencing; and the clash between victim's rights and defendant's rights. Difficult kinds of cases will be addressed, such as cases of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and crime relating to substance abuse. Questions concerning judicial accountability and the role of judges in the community will also be raised.

  • CJ-688 Restorative Justice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Restorative justice is a philosophical framework which poses an alternative to our current way of thinking about crime and justice. Through restorative justice, all the stakeholders to crime - victims, offenders, families, the wider community and the state - are active in response to crime. This course examines both the theoretical foundation of restorative justice rooted in a variety of legal and religious traditions; and the array of practices associated with restorative justice from around the world. Restorative justice philosophy and practice has impacted all areas of the criminal justice system including policing, probation, courts and the correctional programming for juvenile and adult offenders. Students will be afforded a hands-on experience through role-playing, guest speakers and field trips in the application of restorative values to contemporary justice system. Students will examine the meaning of justice in their own experiences, and be challenged to envision a community-based restorative response to crime and violence.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • CJ-691 Intimate Violence & Sexual Assault

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This seminar focuses on two interrelated types of violence, battering and sexual assault. Both of these crimes have been the subject of intense political organizing, cultural controversy, and criminal justice reform over the past 25 years. Together these issues currently account for a significant portion of the work of the police and courts. The research literature on these topics has increased dramatically in recent years. There are now many studies of women victimized by batterings and rape, and of men who commit these crimes. There is a growing body of research on institutional responses to such violence, particularly criminal justice responses. There is new literature on the racial and class dimensions of this violence, on trauma and recovery, and on battering in lesbian and gay relationships. This course examines these crimes from psychological, sociological, and criminal justice perspectives.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • CJ-692 Criminal Justice Policy

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will focus on the policy implications of various sociological theories of crime and punishment. Focus will be on the analysis of various alternative policies within the criminal justice system both within the U.S. and in Europe. Attention will be given to the politics of crime control and to the role of the media, citizen groups and other interest groups in shaping criminal justice policy.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-694 Critical Victimology

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In recent years, public attention to victims of crime has grown enormously. The reasons for this are complex. They include the effects of political organizing by crime victims; increased media attention to crime (often driven by crime stories as entertainment and advertising vehicles); the exploitation of crime victims by politicians; and long-standing community frustrations with the criminal legal system. This course will examine the rise of public attention to crime, the variety of social movements addressing victims of crime, the response of the criminal justice system to victims, and the problems and possibilities regarding new developments concerning crime victims. The course takes the perspective of a critical victimology in that the course materials question official definitions of crime, popular definitions of victims and offenders, and traditional beliefs about justice. Rather than seeing victims and offenders as entirely separate categories, a number of the books address individuals who are both victims and offenders. New developments in restorative justice will be presented as an emerging alternative to current problems that victims have reported with the criminal legal system.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • CJ-695 Special Topics

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Thematic investigations of problems and topics in criminal justice. Special topics include but are not limited to the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault; children and crime; crime; justice and popular culture; restorative justice; community policing; drugs and the law, drug policy, crime mapping, counterterrorism policy, female offenders and criminalistics.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-698 Community-Based Responses to Violence Against Women

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    There are many different ways that communities have responded to violence against women. Both in the United States and around the world, the most common methods have involved either punishment for offenders, efforts to create safety for victims, or attempts to reform offenders. A new set of antiviolence approaches are being developed that go beyond the goals of punishment, safety, and reform. These new approaches, which are loosely grouped together as community-based responses," seek to mobilizing specific communities against violence; organize women across communities of color; and challenge the theories, practices, and politics of existing antiviolence efforts. These new approaches are the focus of this course.

  • CJ-704 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice System

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines two subjects throughout the semester: substantive criminal law (e.g. what is money laundering, the insanity defense, conspiracy?); and criminal procedure: 4th Amendment (search and seizure), 5th Amendment (due process, self-incrimination, double jeopardy, etc.), 6th Amendment (right to a lawyer, public trial, etc..), 8th Amendment (cruel and unusual punishment), 14th Amendment (due process, equal protection of law), 1st Amendment (interaction of criminal law with free expression and with religious rights), and 2nd Amendment (firearms). Unlike other similar undergraduate and graduate courses, this one emphasizes principles and case summaries, de-emphasizes actual cases and case names, and does not entail teaching how to brief (summarize) cases.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-705 Class, Race, Gender & Justice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines crime and justice in the context of the social inequalities of race, class, and gender. Surprisingly, this is a recent focus within criminology. And yet, without attention to the intersections of race, class, and gender, it is difficult to make sense of victimization, crime, or punishment in the United States today. The course readings include some of the most recent theoretical and empirical studies of these issues. The goals of the course are to develop an understanding of what a race, class, and gender analysis is, and why this is important for individuals working in criminal justice, mental health, and related fields.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-731 Youth Programming

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides an overview of the best practices in positive youth development and juvenile programming for delinquency prevention; intervention and treatment. This seminar will explore the cutting edge of programming for youth in a wide range of community-based and institutional settings including schools, social services, and juvenile corrections.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • CJ-783 Practicum in Crime & Justice Studies I

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging a practicum. 3 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This practicum is designed for the working professional graduate student who does not anticipate a career change but intends to seek advancement in their profession. The purpose of this practicum is to allow the student (1) to integrate what they learned in the classroom with their professional career, (2) to anticipate future opportunities in their profession, and (3) to develop a formal network of well-established colleagues. Students register for one semester and must meet with the practicum advisor in the semester prior to the practicum. Library research, interviewing, and a presentation will be required. Prerequisite: Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging a practicum.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-784 Practicum in Crime & Justice Studies II

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging a practicum. 3 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This practicum is designed for the working professional graduate student who does not anticipate a career change but intends to seek advancement in their profession. The purpose of this practicum is to allow the student (1) to integrate what they learned in the classroom with their professional career, (2) to anticipate future opportunities in their profession, and (3) to develop a formal network of well-established colleagues. Students register for one semester and must meet with the practicum advisor in the semester prior to the practicum. Library research, interviewing, and a presentation will be required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-786 Internship in Crime & Justice Studies I

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging an internship. 3.0 GPA.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Placements are designed for the student who has no previous experience in a criminal justice agency or for the professional who wants to make a career change. The primary objective is to provide the student with the opportunity to experience the day-to-day functioning of a criminal justice agency. The student may register for one or two semesters and must meet with the internship advisor in the semester prior to the placement. A minimum commitment of working one day per week per semester (total minimum of 110 hours per semester) is required.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • CJ-787 Internship in Crime & Justice Studies II

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of the director must be obtained prior to arranging an internship. 3.0 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Placements are designed for the student who has no previous experience in criminal justice or for the professional who wants to make a career change. The primary objective is to provide the student with the opportunity to experience the day-to-day functioning of a criminal justice agency. The student may register for one or two semesters and must meet with the internship advisor in the semester prior to the placement. A minimum commitment of working one day per week per semester (total minimum of 110 hours per semester) is required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJ-910 Independent Study

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students pursue an in-depth research project under the direction of a qualified member of the graduate faculty.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Mental Health Counseling Courses: 18 courses, 60 credits

Core Requirements (5 courses, 15 credits)

  • COUNS-712 Life Span Development

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to Mental Health Counseling students

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines the process of human development across the lifespan. While it will focus primarily on psychological processes, the intersection with biological and social processes will be explored as well. The major psychological theories of cognitive, social and emotional development will be covered as will the foundations for individual differences. Special emphasis will be placed on topics of interest to people entering the counseling professions. Normally offered yearly.

  • COUNS-715 Methods of Research

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Principles, concepts and methods of research design and statistics associated with psychological and educational research. Practical applications of research studies to a diverse range of interests in education, psychology and counseling. Offered yearly.

  • COUNS-728 Professional Orientation: Ethical/ Legal Issues

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An overview of the legal issues confronting counselors, human services providers and administrators. Study of regulatory and licensing matters, standards of care, confidentiality laws, mental health and disability laws and family law, constitutional issues, malpractice and legal/ethical dilemmas in human services.

  • COUNS-733 Counseling Diverse Populations

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A survey of problems and issues confronting cultural diversity. The study of ethnicity and sexual orientation as they influence the development of identity. Implications for counseling strategies. Normally offered yearly.

  • COUNS-735 Group Counseling

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A study of the practical and theoretical aspects of counseling small groups. There will be provision for a laboratory experience in which students participate in a group and study the dynamics of behavior as this group develops. Group stages of development and leadership skills will also be examined. Normally offered yearly.

Counseling Requirements (8 courses, 30 credits)

  • COUNS-713 Counseling: Theory & Practice

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to Mental Health Counseling students

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Analysis of selected counseling theories representative of the field of counseling psychology. Theories will be selected from the following areas: Psychoanalytic, Psychosocial, Rational, Cognitive Behavioral/Learning Theory, Person-Centered, and Existential Theory. Treatment goals and techniques will be explored.

  • COUNS-716 Psychological Diagnosis

    Prerequisites:

    TAKE COUNS-717

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The study of the nature of mental disorders; central concepts and processes. Psychogenesis, psychodynamics, role of anxiety, and clinical assessment using the DSM-IV.

  • COUNS-717 Introduction to Psychological Testing

    Prerequisites:

    COUNS-713(may be taken concurrently)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Evaluating, administering, scoring, interpreting, and reporting results of standardized tests of personality, academic performance, cognitive functioning, aptitude, and achievement. Self-study development and assessment of testing programs. Critical issues in testing. Normally offered yearly.

  • COUNS-737 Counseling Skills Lab

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An introduction to the fundamental techniques and methods of interpersonal relationships, self-examination, and field visits in relation to the role of the professional counselor. The course will involve skill building through role playing, video and/or audio taping. Normally offered spring semester.

  • COUNS-738 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Application of skills in an assigned field placement (school, agency or industry). Students will spend fifteen hours per week in field work and participate in weekly group sessions at the University for the evaluation of progress. Open only to degree candidates in Mental Health Counseling. Offered fall semester.

  • COUNS-739 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II

    Prerequisites:

    Take COUNS-738

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Continuation of COUNS 738 with an opportunity to assume increased responsibility for clients under supervision. Failure to successfully complete the practicum field experience for any reason following two attempts will result in termination from the program. Offered spring semester.

  • COUNS-740 Counseling Internship I

    Prerequisites:

    Take COUNS-738 COUNS-739;

    Credits:

    6.00

    Description:

    Application of skills in an approved field placement (school, clinic, hospital, agency, industry) totaling 300 clock hours. The opportunity to develop advanced skills and to integrate professional knowledge appropriate to the field experience. Failure to successfully complete the practicum field experience for any reason following two attempts will result in termination from the program. Offered fall semester.

  • COUNS-741 Counseling Internship II

    Prerequisites:

    Take COUNS-740;

    Credits:

    6.00

    Description:

    Continuation of Counseling Internship I with advanced responsibilities totaling 300 clock hours. Exploration of an area of individual specialization. Failure to successfully complete the practicum field experience for any reason following two attempts will result in termination from the program. Offered spring semester.

Special Treatment Issue Requirement (1 course, 3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • COUNS-727 Substance Abuse & Treatment

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A study of the origin, contributing factors, and implications of drug and alcohol misuse. Various stages and manifestations of abuse/ dependence will be considered and current treatment modalities will be explored.

  • COUNS-729 Human Sexuality Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The anatomy, physiology and psychology of human sexual functioning are reviewed. Etiology, interpersonal dynamics, and treatment of sexual dysfunctions are reviewed.

Note: Other option may be taken as an elective.

Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)

Choose four of the following:

  • COUNS-725 Forensic Psychological Assessment

    Prerequisites:

    COUNS-717;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The interface of psychology and the law will be examined in the context of forensic evaluations performed for courts, attorneys and related agencies or facilities. Topics ranging from Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility to termination of parental rights and custody and visitation evaluations will be explored. Practical applications of the skills and knowledge domains needed to perform forensic evaluations will be emphasized, as will the study of relevant laws and regulations as applied to forensic assessment. Discussion will include specialized forensic topics such as the evaluation of juvenile sexual offenders and the forensic use of psychological testing.

  • COUNS-726 Family Therapy

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Selected models of family therapy will be explored. Special emphasis will be placed on assessment and the acquisition of treatment strategies proven to be effective for counselors in helping families cope with developmental stresses. Normally offered alternate years.

  • COUNS-730 Diagnosis & Treatment for Personality Disorders

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A theoretical exploration of the nature of personality, a review of the DSM-IV criteria for diagnosing personality disorders and an examination of current treatment approaches.

  • COUNS-732 Psychological Disorders of Childhood & Adolescence

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores the major psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence from biological, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives. Attention-deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Feeding and Eating Disorders, anxiety and depression are among the disorders explored. Student interest determines other topics. Assessment, treatment, and outcome studies are also discussed. Completion of EHS 701 or EHS 712 is recommended before taking this course. Normally offered alternate years.

  • COUNS-751 Domestic Violence, Abuse & Neglect

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An opportunity to learn the history of domestic violence including battering, child abuse and child neglect, and the legal response to it. Focus will be on Massachusetts Law and its response, especially the Abuse Prevention Act, its application and enforcement, and on laws protecting children from abuse and neglect. Filings, law office issues and special issues in dealing with battered women and abused and neglected children will be included with the psychological issues, cultural issues, and advocacy possibilities. Normally offered yearly.

  • COUNS-910 Independent Study

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    Members of the Department will meet with students to direct their research in areas of special interest to them. Projects will be authorized upon the recommendations of the Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Dean.

  • PSYCH-751 Psychopharmacology

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents students with an introduction to the field of psychopharmacology. Topics covered will include: the art of prescribing medication; the psychopharmacology of anxiety and psychotic mental disorders (including pediatric and geriatric psychopharmacology); pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy; biopsychosocial factors in drug abuse and addiction. Normally offered alternate years.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

(Coursework in related disciplines may be elected subject to approval of the program director.)
 

Practicum & Internship

It is during the Counseling Skills Laboratory and the Counseling Practicum that a student demonstrates the ability to translate training into professional judgments and techniques. Students are required to apply formally for the Counseling Internship and to consult with their faculty advisors regarding their field placements. The Counseling Skills Laboratory and the Practicum must be completed with a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher. After two failed attempts to satisfactorily complete the clinical practicum and/or internship, students will be subject to dismissal from the program at the discretion of faculty. Student engagement in unethical behavior as defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA) will be subject to discipline, including potential dismissal from the program, at the time the indiscretion occurs.