College of Social Sciences

Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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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.

Mission Statement

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.

Requirements and prerequisites

You will need XXX credits to complete this program, which may be earned from a combination of required and elected courses. However, required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

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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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Core courses

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare for the competitive job market with relevant knowledge and in-demand skills. This program will include the following courses:

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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.

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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.

Cost breakdown

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Tuition (per credit) $740.0
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Resource fee $165.0
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Related information

Campus Report for Utah

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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Program Student Learning Outcome Assessment for Utah

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Utah MSC-CCMH Campus Faculty

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Campus Report for Arizona

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.

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