Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) MS/MA
Develop a deep understanding of the counselor as an important foundation for the counseling relationship and attain a broad theoretical and empirical understanding of counseling approaches.
Prerequisites for the program are Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. It is also essential for applicants to cultivate a sense of self-reflection and openness. Some experience in volunteer or professional care or service positions also provides a good foundation.
CMHC students working toward a MA/MS degree will be instructed in the foundations of counseling theory and skills through a sequential track of coursework. Students will receive hands on experience in counseling conceptualization and skills and will receive constant supervision from a variety of professional supervisors.
Practica & Internship
Supervised experience as a counselor-in-training constitutes a substantial portion of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program curriculum. In the fall term of the first year of the program, CMHC students take COUN 502-Introduction to Helping Skills in which they are introduced to the field of mental health counseling and an array of counseling micro skills common to all therapeutic orientations. Completion of 100 hours of practicum is required, including 40-hours of direct client contact. Upon successful completion of the practicum series and other coursework related to ethical, sound counseling practice, students may begin an internship. Professional deportment is cultivated and assessed throughout all aspects of the program.
Become a Professional
Career opportunities for a Mental Health Counselor:
*Based on National Average