Practitioners of clinical mental health counseling provide guidance for clients who are experiencing developmental life stress and acute transitional problems, as well as clients interested in enriching their present life through the establishment of greater coherence and well-being.
About the Program
In our Clinical Mental Health concentration, students establish their professional identity through the development of facilitative and interpersonal communication skills. We emphasize a holistic approach with a focus on wellness and prevention, as well as self-care of the counselor.
- Explores the roles, functions, skills, and professional identity of clinical mental health counselors.
- Integrates the historical, philosophical, societal, cultural, economic, and political dimensions of the mental health and human service system.
- Focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders, psychological trauma, and the general principles and practices for the promotion of optimal mental health.
Areas of Expertise
Many Clinical Mental Health students choose to select an Area of Expertise. These options do not require additional credits; rather, students may use their elective credits toward a specific focus. If you select an Area of Expertise, you will also devote 300 of your 900 internship hours toward a site-specific internship.
Beyond the Classroom: Practicum & Internship
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum typically begins after you’ve completed 21 credit hours, and lasts for one semester
Licensure & Certification
Upon graduation from the MS in Counseling program with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health, you will be qualified for the following exams, certifications, and licensure: