This 60 credit, three year full-time (or four year part-time) graduate program is offered primarily online and consists of 51 credits of common core courses related to counseling, assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment planning. Nine additional credits of courses related to specializations such as counseling military/veterans and their families, counseling children and adolescents, or a general clinical mental health counseling specialization track are also required. Within the common core curriculum is a practicum and internship requirement that may be conducted in the student's local area with face-to-face supervision in a site approved by the university faculty.
Minimum Program Requirements
Students must successfully complete and earn a minimum overall 3.0 GPA in 60 credits of coursework (51 core credits and 9 elective credits) to include: a 100 hour practicum and 600 hours of internship. Students must also meet all competency standards throughout practicum and internship as well as receive positive evaluations from site supervisors and program faculty. As of July 1, 2015, matriculated students will be required to take a comprehensive final exam prior to graduation. All students who matriculated prior to July 1, 2015 are strongly encouraged to take the final comprehensive examination prior to graduation.
- Graduates will show a commitment to the counseling professional identity through active membership and participation in professional organizations, and through ethical and professional behavior in their work with peers, faculty, clients, and other professionals.
- Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices of effective culturally appropriate counseling skills to include: assessment, case conceptualization, diagnosis using both the DSM-5 and the ICD-11, treatment, consultation, referral, and current record keeping.
- Graduates will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and practices of effective culturally appropriate individual, group, couples and family, career counseling skills, and crisis intervention and treating trauma.
- Graduates will demonstrate knowledge, skills and practices to effectively counsel diverse populations, advocate for clients and the profession, understand how to influence policy to enhance the professional practice of counseling including prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
- Graduates will demonstrate current knowledge, skills, and practices to use relevant research findings to critically evaluate programs, inform practice, and determine the effectiveness of measurable outcomes in treatment and prevention.
Shared Core (51 credits)
- CMHC605: Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a Profession
- CMHC610: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- CMHC615: Assessment & Testing in Mental Health Counseling
- CMHC620: Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling
- CMHC625: Skills and Techniques in Mental Health Counseling
- CMHC630: Research and Evaluation
- CMHC635: Multicultural Counseling
- CMHC640: Career Development and Counseling
- CMHC645: Addiction Counseling
- CMHC650: Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis
- CMHC655: Advanced Skills
- CMHC660: Family and Couples Therapy
- CMHC665: Group Counseling
- CMHC670: PTSD
- CMHC685: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
- Practicum (100 clock hours-3 credits)
- Internship (600 clock hours-6 credits)
Child and Adolescent Counseling Track
- CMHC662: Child and Adolescent Counseling
- CMHC664: Creative Therapies for Children and Adolescents
- CMHC675: Issues facing Military Veterans
- CMHC680: Reintegration and Recovery for Veterans and their Families
Generalized Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- 1 course from the Military/ Veteran Specialization
- 1 course from the Children/Adolescent Specialization