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Counseling, M.S. with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students who pursue a Master of Science in Counseling under the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track may call themselves Clinical Mental Health Counselors and qualify for LPC licensure. They will receive training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders of the DSM-5 and will gain the knowledge and skills to perform individual, group, and couples and family counseling. Students will learn to work with clients across the lifespan and multiple cultural backgrounds. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are qualified to engage in counseling and/or psychotherapy, provide short and long-term therapy, and work with mild and severe mental illness. Typical clinical topic areas include the following: 

Students will study many types of theoretical orientations and treatment approaches, some at the basic level and some at the advanced level. In addition, students will learn to integrate the many dimensions of humanity to fully conceptualize their clients, such as the biological, psychological, interpersonal, and sociocultural-historical dimensions. Faculty provide all training using a solid research foundation under the scientist-practitioner model, meaning that counseling interventions taught will be based on a theory of personality supported by research.  

The curriculum of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is below.


Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 5001 Introduction to Counseling 3
COUN 5005 Counseling Theories 3
COUN 5010 Methods of Counseling 3
COUN 5011 Advanced Techniques 3
COUN 6063 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
COUN 6067 Group Counseling 3
COUN 5022 Human Growth and Development 3
COUN 5081 Research 3
COUN 5060 Career Counseling 3
COUN 5062 Counseling Assessment 3
COUN 5021 Maladaptive Psychopathology 3
COUN 5067 Principles of Administration of Mental Health Counseling Programs 3
COUN 6052 Multicultural Populations 3
COUN 6060 Introduction to Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling 3
COUN 6040 Trauma 3
COUN 5025 Addictions 3
COUN 6069 Crisis Intervention Counseling 3
COUN 5065 Practicum 3
COUN 6070 Internship I 3
COUN 6070 Internship II 3