Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum is 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.

Master of Arts:  Clinical Mental Health Counseling

REQUIRED:  All of the following

Course Semester Hours
COUN 6640Crisis Counseling
COUN 6740Career and Life Planning Approaches
COUN 6750Theories of Counseling
COUN 6760Counseling the Culturally Diverse
COUN 6770Skills and Techniques of Counseling3
COUN 6780Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling
COUN 6790Group Counseling Model and Procedures
COUN 6890Internship in Counseling6
COUN 7010Mental and Emotional Disorders
COUN 7020Advanced Assessment3
COUN 7060DSM Diagnosis & Treatment Implications for Counselors
COUN 7070Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment3
COUN 7760Counseling Practicum4
EDFI 6420Research in Education3
EDFI 6710Human Growth & Development
EDIS 6780Assessment & Testing in Mental Health
  Total Required Hours: 51

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

COUN 6730*Child and Adolescent Counseling3
COUN 6820*Special Topics in Counseling3
COUN 6860/6870*Independent Study in Counseling1-3
COUN 7040*Play Therapy3
COUN 7080*Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling
EDFI 6410*Statistics in Education3
Total Elective Hours: 9 Total Hours: 60

Capstone Project Required

COUN 6990Counseling Thesis Research1-4