Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mission Statement – Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program is consistent with the mission and strategic plans of Lock Haven University (LHU) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Through the use of synchronous and asynchronous modalities, the CMHC Program promotes students’ educational, professional, and personal development by supporting their overall wellness and encouraging a lifelong journey of professional learning and self-reflection.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program’s Mission Statement was most recently revised in 2014 and is reviewed annually so that it remains current in its focus and purpose.  The Mission Statement is published in the Graduate Student Handbook, which is given to every incoming graduate student in the Orientation.  It also appears on the Program website as well as in the CMHC Orientation.

Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is an online 60 credit degree program that is designed to be consistent with the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania (049 PA Code § 49.13).  Upon graduation from the program, you will be license eligible and ready to fulfill the remainder of the Pennsylvania state requirements for licensure as a counselor. The program is consistent with other state licensure codes and a non-Pennsylvania student may be license eligible in another state as a counselor.  While not currently accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the program utilizes the CACREP Standards as core learning outcomes.

Graduates of the program will demonstrate advanced knowledge and appropriate skills in the following areas:

  • Foundations of Counseling
  • Intervention and Prevention
  • Diversity and Advocacy
  • Human Development
  • Assessment
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Research and Evaluation

The following concentrations are available in the CMHC Program:

  • Children and Adolescent Counseling
  • Counseling Veterans and their Families
  • General Clinical Mental Health Counseling


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