Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health
The Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health program prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be successful in a variety of counseling related settings including clinical mental health, marriage and family, substance use and addictions, and general counseling. The 100% online program for adults is designed to allow students to develop clinical proficiencies through academic courses and practicum and internship experiences at a time and setting convenient to their schedule. Group Counseling, Practicum and Internship requires weekly online synchronous meetings to satisfy accreditation standards.
This degree is a fit for individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and now seek a graduate counseling education. A background in Psychology is helpful, though not required.
The program can be completed in two years, or seven semesters of full-time continuous enrollment.
Key Program Features
Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of counseling and current trends of counseling including clinical mental health, marriage and family, and addictions
Demonstrate knowledge of the plight and scope of culturally diverse populations including physical, mental, social, and cultural
Ability to assess, diagnose, plan treatment, and evaluate client outcomes
Understand trauma and crisis intervention techniques
Understand counseling theories specific clinical mental health, marriage and family, and addictions
Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal standards of practice
Foundational core and specialty area curriculum are based on national standards established by the 2016 CACREP standards
Students develop clinical proficiencies through course work, supervised 100-hour practicum and 600- hour internship experiences
Classes are led by faculty with professional career experience who provide valuable industry insight
Graduates of the program will be eligible to pursue dual licensure: Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (Individual states and licensure boards may vary with regard to requirements)
*Eligibility to obtain professional licensure for Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor pending Program accreditation. The University is actively pursuing accreditation.
*Eligibility to obtain professional licensure for Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist pending approval. The University is actively pursuing accreditation.
The program is designed to meet core counseling curricula and supervised professional experiences as required by most state boards. Because state boards vary in their licensure requirements, graduates are encouraged to seek out information from the board in the state where they plan to practice.
Students will develop knowledge and skills related to general mental health counseling practice, marriage and family counseling, addictions counseling. Graduates will be prepared to assess for trauma and provide crisis intervention, as well as learn to diagnose and develop treatment plans and evaluate client progress.
As a part of the Master of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health, applicants will be required to:
- Submit response to two personal statements to include the following (250 word minimum for each question):
1. How does the Masters of Science in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health program support your professional goals? And, why is this graduate degree in counseling the right one for this season of your life?
2. Describe a time when you received feedback that was difficult to hear in the moment. How did you respond? How did the experience impact you directly?
- Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. 2.5-3.0 will be considered based on submission of the personal statement. Official transcript required.
- Invitation to participate in a pre-admissions interview conducted by program faculty. Invitation to interview does not guarantee acceptance into the Program.
- Online new student orientation is required prior to the start of the program.
- GRE or GMAT are not required.
As you prepare for starting courses in one of our Master of Science in Counseling degrees, we wanted you to be aware of two possible fees that will be required as part of your professional experiences courses (practicum and internship) that occur approximately mid-way through your program.
- Registration for Travera data system- a one-time, lifetime fee of $215 will be required when enrolling in COUN 500. This will allow you lifetime access to an online platform that will allow you to manage all of your clinical and licensure information. You will be able to track your progress and begin to build your professional identity through this rea-time activity tracker.
- Liability Insurance- this will be required to participate in your professional experiences courses. The liability insurance can be obtained at a student rate of approximately $105 through the American Counseling Association. Obtaining a membership in this organization will allow you to utilize liability insurance.
- Criminal Background Check- this requirement is agency specific and some but not all agency’s require this before you will be eligible to complete your practicum and internship. The average cost is $50 or less.
- Private Practice
- Mental Health Centers
- Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
- Outpatient Treatment Centers
- Public and Private Universities
- Social Services
- Legal and Correction Systems
- Veteran Administration
- Family Resource Centers
- Domestic Violence Centers
- Religious and Faith-based Settings