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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Curriculum

Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling - 60 Credits

Our curriculum will prepare you with appropriate academic preparation and personal growth opportunities to serve as a professional master's degree-level counselor. You are expected to develop a high level of self-awareness, a strong knowledge base and competent counseling skills in order to practice ethically and professionally within a diverse society.

Consistent with these expectations is the emphasis placed upon your growth in exhibiting the dimensions of warmth, empathy, unconditional positive regard, genuineness and congruence. During your time in the community and agency counseling program, you will gain an understanding of how humans grow and develop, how they learn, and how social, cultural, economic, religious, political, and educational systems impact personal development.

Get a description of each of Cal U's Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree.


Area I: Core Courses Required For Candidacy
Course NameCredits
CED 702 Counseling Theory3
CED 710 Counseling Skills and Techniques3
CED 724 Experiential Group Process3
CED 789 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling3

Area II: Advanced Counseling Core
Course NameCredits
CED 705 Developmental Group Counseling3
CED 720 Cross-cultural Counseling3
CED 786 Career Counseling3

Area III: Field Education
Course NameCredits
CED 711 Practicum in Counselor Education3
CED 712 Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education6
CED 787 Integration, Collaboration and Consultation3

Area IV: Psychological Foundations
Course NameCredits
CED 717 Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health3
CED 755 Counseling Across the Lifespan: Prevention and Treatment in Schools & the Community3
PSY 721 Advanced Tests and Measurements3

Area V: Research
Course NameCredits
CED 785 Research Methods in Counseling3

Area VI: Clinical Core
Course NameCredits
CED 708 Substance Abuse and Addiction3
CED 735 Introduction to Family Therapy3
CED 791 Crisis Counseling and Disaster Preparedness3

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.