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Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling covers the foundations of counseling, guidance, assessment and evaluation while helping you to gain a better understanding of how to use these principles in community intervention and human services programs. You'll learn and apply skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication and feedback.
The curriculum spans the spectrum of counseling areas —individual and group counseling (including families and couples), assessment and treatment, career planning, research, addiction counseling and more. Students have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in a supervised clinical environment, during their practicum and internship experiences.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by CACREP at specific campuses. Note that licensure laws vary by state, so some states require both the NCE and the LMHCE to practice at certain levels. Students must determine the licensure requirements in any states in which the student desires to practice.
The mission of the Masters of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling is to prepare confident, competent, and reflective clinical mental health counselors with the professional dispositions, and demonstrated knowledge and skills in all of the following areas: professional counseling orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, counseling and helping relationships, group counseling and group work, assessment and testing, and research and program evaluation. Furthermore, students who are preparing to specialize as clinical mental health counselors will demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of clinical mental health counseling practice.
What you'll learn
The Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 63 credit program that prepares graduates to work as practitioners with diverse clients in various mental health environments, including private practice, hospitals, and public and private mental health agencies. Students learn the foundations of counseling including theories and their application with groups and individuals; assessment and evaluation; counseling and consultative relationships; career planning; research methods; legal and ethical concerns, trauma and crisis, and program development, implementation, and evaluation. The program addresses critical issues facing counselors and includes supervised practicum and internship experiences where students obtain practical experience prior to graduation. Students in the program must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) as part of the graduation requirements.
In order to practice as a counselor in most states, the student must be licensed as an LPC (licensed professional counselor), MFT (marriage and family therapist), or other comparable state professional license designation. License requirements vary by state. It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain and meet licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice.
This program meets the California LPCC educational requirements for registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as a licensed professional clinical counselor intern (LPCCI). Upon successful completion of all educational requirements and required postgraduate supervised clinical hours, graduates are eligible to sit for the LPCC licensure exams in California.
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We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.View the Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling gainful employment disclosures.
How to afford your degree
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How to get started
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The Master of Science in Counseling program in Mental Health Counseling (Utah campuses), and the Master of Science in Counseling program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Phoenix and Tucson campuses) are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP; cacrep.org).
The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
The courses below are some of the courses highlighted. For a full listing of courses and course descriptions, please consult the University Catalog.
Individual courses are also available.
When you need graduate-level college credit for continuing education or professional development requirements, consider enrolling in an individual course. Many of the same courses offered in our degree programs are also available for individual enrollment. It's great way to "test-drive" the University and get all the same services and support we offer in our degree programs.
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The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
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If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
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As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Benefits of this degree program
Your course curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed by competent, ethical practitioners including current trends and applications in school counseling.
Faculty with working knowledge
Courses are taught by instructors who have experience in the field so you can see how theories apply to the real world of counseling.
Convenient learning options
We make it convenient for working professionals like you to earn your degree around your busy schedule through evening on-campus classes.
Small class size
An average class size of nine students provides an intimate learning environment that allows for close interaction with expert faculty.
Is this the right program for you?
Helping your community function better together has far-reaching effects, even beyond the people involved. Earning your Master's in Counseling will give you the knowledge you need — an enrollment representative can get you started.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Social Sciences graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.
Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.
Review the annual assessment results (PDFs) for this program.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) awards programmatic accreditation to the Master of Science in Counseling program at the Phoenix Main and Southern Arizona campuses of University of Phoenix for meeting specific professional and educational standards.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) awards programmatic accreditation to the Master of Science in Counseling program at the Utah Campus of University of Phoenix for meeting specific professional and educational standards.
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