Education | Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
G563 | 6206 | Dr. Armen Sarkissian


This course is designed to include and meet the requirements as set
by the Council for Counseling and related Educational Programs
(CACREP), regarding content of courses described as “Foundations of
Mental Health Counseling” and “Contextual Dimensions: Mental Health
Counseling.”  It is also designed to meet the State of Indiana,
Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health
Counselor Board’s requirements for the same courses.  The course does
not require a text, but requires active participation in class
discussions, since the course is conceived to progress in a seminar
style.  The course also requires a project, which may be done
individually or in groups of two.

SCHEDULE

DATE/TOPICS
	
September 1, 2003
Meeting One/Introductions

Review course objectives

DISCUSS PROJECTS

Ethical Standards ACA APA NCSW NBCC Indiana Law
	
September 8, 2003
Meeting Two WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

Looking to the future of mental health counseling

Strategies for client advocacy in public policy and government
relations

Historical, philosophical, societal, cultural, economic and political
dimensions of mental health counseling

Guest Lecturer: Dennis Morrison, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, CBH
	
September 15, 2003
Meeting Three Roles, functions and professional identity of counselors

• Community, organizational and private practice of mental health
counseling

• Interdisciplinary issues

• Expertise, effectiveness, training

• Credentials and legal requirements of mental health counseling in
different parts of the country

Program Development and Service Delivery in Community Counseling

Indiana Law, CACREP, NBCC
Continuing Education (CEU)
	
September 22, 2003
Meeting Four Intervention Planning
Intake Interview
Mental Health History

Continuum of behavioral health programs, program development and
service delivery

DISCUSS PROJECTS – II

•Business plans

•Needs assessment

•CPT Codes

•Guest lecturer: Suzanne Koesel, MSW LCSW, Director of Operations,
Center for Behavioral Health

Review articles on Ethics/Compliance before next class
	
September 29, 2003
Meeting Five COMPLIANCE

• Duties, duties, duties…

• Ethical practice vs legal practice

ETHICS

• Personal

• Organizational

Ethical Dilemmas
	
October 6, 2003
Meeting Six Ethical Dilemmas - continued…

DISCUSS PROJECTS – III

• Business plans revisited

• Financial issues

• Expense/Revenue

• Collectibles

• Cost containment

• Depreciation

• Capital Expenditures

Review articles on Niche Markets in maroon binder before next class
	
October 13, 2003
Meeting Seven	Areas of expertise

• Expertise with different populations

• Expertise with different disorders

• Expertise in specific treatments

Niche markets

Diversity in societal, cultural, demographic areas – ADA

Accountability and Accessibility

Treatment, therapy or healing?
Our own values

Guest lecturer: Cindy Houston, MEd CAGS LCSW LMFT LMHC, Manager,
Outpatient Services at CBH

Review articles on Confidentiality before next class
	
October 20, 2003
Meeting Eight	General Principles of Community Intervention:

•Consultation

•Education

•Outreach

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

CONFIDENTIALITY

Clinical and financial record keeping:

•Release of records;

•Consent to treatment;

•Evaluations;

•Third parties;

•Redisclosure;

•Unintended breaches;

•Indiana State Law;

•Federal Law (CFR 42)

Guest Lecturer: Amanda Pardue, MS, Addictions Counselor, Center for
Behavioral Health

Review articles on Risk Management before next class
	
October 27, 2003
Meeting Nine	Empathy in Managed Care: Fact or Fiction?

“Risky Business”

• Managing risk

• Relating to the legal system

• Relating to CMS & OIG

• Preparing for audits
	
November 3, 2003
Meeting Ten First class presentation of projects

Class participation:

• Attendance counts

• Feedback comments to presenters by class members
	
November 10, 2003
Meeting Eleven	Second class presentation of projects

Class participation:

•Attendance counts

•Feedback comments to presenters by class members

Review articles on Managed Care in maroon binder for next class

Review articles on OUTCOMES in maroon binder for next class
	
November 17, 2003
Meeting Twelve	Managing Managed care:

• Strategies;

• Decision to join;

• Forms, forms, forms;

• Terminology;

• Negotiating;

• Relating to care managers

Quality Improvement

OUTCOMES
Empirically Validated Treatments

Guest lecturer: Julie Matthews, MA NCC LMHC, Manager, SouthPoint
Psychological Group
	
November 24, 2003
Meeting Thirteen Third class presentations of Projects

Class participation:

• Attendance counts

• Feedback comments to presenters by class members

Course Evaluation
Complete Course Evaluation before December 15, 2003
	
December 1, 2003
Meeting Fourteen Client characteristics in community counseling
services

Topics brought by class members for discussion.

Make up any unfinished or uncovered topics

Guest lecturer: Jennifer Cook, MS Research Assistant, Center for
Behavioral Research, CBH

Course Evaluation
Complete Course Evaluation before December 15, 2003
	
December 8, 2003
Meeting Fifteen	Fourth and final class presentation of Projects.

Class participation:

• Attendance counts

• Feedback comments to presenters by class members

Course Evaluation
Complete Course Evaluation before December 15, 2003
	
December 15, 2003 PROJECTS DUE
Last date to hand in projects

(The schedule is a general guideline.  All topics will be covered,
but not necessarily on the date mentioned above)