Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit hour curriculum designed to meet the needs of graduate students wishing to pursue counseling careers in public and private mental health agencies, the criminal justice system, substance abuse programs, religious settings or colleges. Candidates are prepared to sit for the state licensure examination that qualifies individuals to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

  • LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS (LPC) may offer to individuals, groups, organizations or the general public counseling services "involving the application of clinical counseling principles, methods, or procedures to assist individual in a achieving more effective personal, social, educational, or career development and adjustment". A LPC may diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELORS (LPCC) may offer the same services as above but may diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders without supervision.

Once admitted, students are assigned an advisor who will assist them to select classes for their first semester and then create a plan of study.

Master of Arts:  Clinical Mental Health Counseling

REQUIRED:  All of the following

Course   Semester Hours
COUN 6640 Crisis Counseling
COUN 6680 Mental and Emotional Disorders 3
COUN 6710 Assessment and Testing in Counseling
COUN 6740 Career and Life Planning Approaches
COUN 6750 Theories of Counseling
COUN 6760 Counseling the Culturally Diverse
COUN 6770 Skills and Techniques of Counseling 3
COUN 6780 Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling
COUN 6790 Group Counseling Model and Procedures
COUN 6805 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment
COUN 6815 DSM Diagnosis and Treatment Implications for Counselors
COUN 6855 Advanced Assessment 3
COUN 6885 Practicum/Seminar In Counseling 3
COUN 6890 Internship in Counseling 6
EDFI 6420 Research in Education 3
EDFI 6710 Human Growth & Development
    Total Required Hours: 51

ELECTIVES: Only three of the courses with an asterisk behind it are required.

COUN 6720* Brief Counseling
COUN 6730* Child and Adolescent Counseling 3
COUN 6820* Special Topics in Counseling 3
COUN 6835* Play Therapy 3
COUN 6845* Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling
COUN 6860/6870* Independent Study in Counseling 1-3
Total Elective Hours: 9   Total Hours: 60

Capstone Project Required

Students choose from one of the below options with their advisor.

COUN 6990 Counseling Thesis Research 1-4