Counselor Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Post Masters Preparation for Licensure Application
Credits: Variable (Program Code: 0701)
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to work as professional counselors in a variety of behavioral health and social service settings. Courses offered by the department have been approved by both the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification and continuing education credits (Act 48).
The program fulfills the degree requirements necessary to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as being able to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE). Students completing the 60-credit master's degree program will meet the educational requirements required to become Licensed Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Licensure Act 136 of 1998). Students will need two or more additional years of supervised work experience after graduation to complete the requirements for LPC.
Prospective students are advised to read the Counselor Education Student Handbook, which describes the philosophy, admissions and departmental procedures in detail. The handbook may be downloaded from the counselor education web page: http://www.calu.edu/academics/colleges/education/counselor-education.
Students who are preparing to work as clinical mental health counselors will demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills and practices necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the clinical mental health counseling context.
Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery with some online/distance elements)
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
This program fulfills the master's degree requirements for:
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania
- 3.00 in baccalaureate degree* verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution
- Three professional letters of recommendation (see handbook)
- One-page resume of work and education
- An admissions interview may be required
- Completed Graduate Application for Admission plus $25 nonrefundable application fee
*Applications may be considered with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.6, a score of 403+ on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and an admissions interview.
Transition to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Important Information to Consider
Community and Agency Counseling:
The community and agency counseling program at California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). That accreditation runs through March 2014. Due to impending changes in the accreditation process, community and agency counseling students should plan to graduate by this date. See your adviser for more information.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling:
In order to better serve our students, our department is preparing to transition from community counseling to the new CACREP designation for counselors working in community settings, clinical mental health counseling (CMHC).
The CMHC program is currently accredited by CACREP as a community counseling program through March 2014. The CED department intends to seek full CACREP accreditation for this program as a clinical mental health counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation per CACREP guidelines.
Students who graduate in either the community and agency or the CMHC program prior to our obtaining CACREP reaccreditation in 2014 will be considered to have graduated from our CACREP-accredited community counseling program. See your adviser for more information.
CED 702 Counseling Theory
CED 710 Counseling Skills and Techniques
CED 724 Experiential Group Process
CED 789 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
|CED 705 Developmental Group Counseling||3|
|CED 720 Cross-cultural Counseling||3|
CED 786 Career Counseling
CED 711 Practicum in Counselor Education
CED 712 Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education
CED 787 Integration, Collaboration and Consultation
CED 717 Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health
PSY 713 Psychology of Growth and Development
PSY 721 Advanced Tests and Measurements
CED 785 Research Methods in Counseling
CED 708 Substance Abuse and Addiction
|CED 735 Introduction to Family Therapy||3|
|CED 791 Crisis Counseling and Disaster Preparedness||3|
Practicum/clinical field experience: Practicum and clinical field experience are taken near the end of the student’s program. Practicum requires a minimum of 150 hours on-site. The student will be supervised by a professional in his/her area of interest. The clinical field experience requires a minimum of 600 hours under the supervision of a professional in the student’s area of interest. This will be arranged in consultation with the field site coordinator.
Post Master's Preparation for Licensure Application
Students in the clinical mental health program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.
School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
Taunya Tinsley, NCC, LPC, Ph.D (Duquesne University), M.A. (University of Iowa) B.A. (Augsburg College) Associate Professor
Web Page: http://www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Taunya-Tinsley.aspx
For faculty bios, visit: http://www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm.
Jacqueline A. Walsh, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor
Grafton Eliason, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., B.A. (Duquesne University), M.Ed., B.A. (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), Professor
Gloria Cataldo Brusoski, NCC, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.Ed. (Gannon University), B.A. (Duquesne University), Professor; Licensed Psychologist
Elizabeth Gruber, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.A. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Professor, Field Site Coordinator
Jeff Samide, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Associate Professor
John Patrick, D.Ed (Pennsylvania State University), M.S. (University of Scranton), B.A. (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor