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.