Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students for careers as mental health counselors in the community; public and private human service agencies; inpatient, partial, outpatient, and other treatment settings; business and independent practices; as well as settings that provide human service consulting. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to apply as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, leading to state licensure as an LMHC.

A minimum of 60 credits of coursework is required, 51 credits are considered core courses, and 9 credits are earned in practicum and internship. Students must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination and present an academic portfolio of their learning experiences to complete their degree.

Core Courses
COUN 501Evaluation and Assessment3
COUN 502Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues3
COUN 503Human Relations Methods and Skills3
COUN 504Group Counseling3
COUN 505Theories of Counseling3
COUN 506Human Development3
COUN 507Career Counseling3
COUN 508Family Systems3
COUN 509Individual, Marital, and Family Psychopathology and Psychotherapy3
COUN 513Multicultural Counseling and Psychosocial Therapy3
COUN 514Sexuality Counseling3
COUN 515Statistical Analysis and Research Design3
COUN 516Addictions Counseling3
COUN 521Counseling Children and Adolescents3
COUN 525Advanced Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy, Techniques and Treatment Planning3
COUN 526Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
COUN 527Counseling in a Community Setting3
Practicum and Internship
COUN 517Practicum in Counselor Education3
COUN 518Internship I in Counseling3
COUN 519Internship II in Counseling3
Total Credits60

 Learning Outcomes

Student leaning outcomes align with the eight core areas of curricular experience identified by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP):
  1. Describe professional counseling orientation and the application of ethical practice in counseling 
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of social and cultural diversity in counseling practice 
  3. Distinguish characteristics of human growth and development across the lifespan
  4. Identify career development theories and models 
  5. Apply counseling and helping relationship theories and techniques in the counseling process 
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of group counseling and group work in counseling 
  7. Discuss the application of assessment and testing in counseling 
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of research and program evaluation in counseling 
  9. Demonstrate assessment, evaluation, and counseling skills in clinical mental health counseling practice