Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science (M.S.)

About Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Inspire positive change with a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Combine academic preparation with personal growth to help transform individuals and social systems. California University of Pennsylvania's graduate program in clinical mental health counseling fulfills all requirements for you to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and provides all courses needed to pursue a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and other states.

Complete your master's degree in two years of full-time study, regardless of your undergraduate major. Or enroll part time to better accommodate your lifestyle and career.

We offer a top-quality education that's flexible and affordable.

  • Complete 750 hours of practicum and clinical fieldwork.
  • Take advantage of flexible start dates and evening classes.
  • Streamline your degree with credits and waivers for education majors/teachers.
  • Benefit from the low costs and graduate assistantships of one of the most affordable counseling master's degree in Pennsylvania.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Dedicated Professors: Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get plenty of personalized attention in courses. Our dedicated faculty are Licensed Professional Counselors, have years of experience in the field, and are committed to giving you the best preparation for your career.

Top Accreditation: Accreditation provides recognition. Cal U's master's program in clinical mental health counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Best 
AffordableCollegesOnline.org named Cal U Best in State Online College in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
#2 
Cal U's master's degree in clinical mental health counseling is ranked second in Pennsylvania for best value by TopCounselingSchools.org.  
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Degree Benefits

Courses and fieldwork provide an understanding of human development and how social systems impact personal development.

  • Become knowledgeable in clinical mental health diagnosis, treatment, referral and prevention.
  • Develop a high level of self-awareness.
  • Acquire the traits and skills needed for ethical practice within a diverse society.
  • Learn all aspects of a clinical mental health counselor's job through fieldwork and an on-site internship.
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Graduate Outcomes

Embark on a rewarding career in mental health counseling agencies, including private practice, mental health centers, addiction treatment facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities and other treatment centers. Or pursue university doctoral programs in clinical mental health counseling or counselor education and supervision. Alumni employers include:

  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC.
  • Braddock Hospital.
  • Gateway Rehabilitation Center.
  • Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services.
  • Fayette County Mental Health Program.
  • SPHS Behavioral Health.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree
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Career at a Glance

Cal U grads go far. Meet class of '06 graduate Demond Bledsoe, Ph.D., LPC, NCC. After obtaining a master's degree in counseling from Cal U, Demond earned a doctorate degree in counselor education and supervision. He is a program director at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and teaches at Cal U.

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On-campus Counseling Lab

Confidence comes with experience. Cal U's state-of-the-art lab facilities enable video recording and viewing of practice counseling sessions and presentations.

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International Honor Society

Many Cal U clinical mental health counseling students are inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society of professional counselors. Cal U's chapter, Beta Gamma Delta, enables students, alumni and faculty to benefit from professional development, networking and community engagement initiatives.

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Master's Degree Courses

Studying the specialized areas of Mental Health Counseling.

Example Course
  • Counseling Theory
  • Counseling
  • Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Experimental Group Process
  • Developmental Group Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Clinical Field Experience in Counselor Education
  • Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health
  • Research Methods in Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction

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Clinical Mental Health - Licensure Certification and Certificates

Post Master's Licensure Certification

 

Certificates

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty

Dr. Grafton Eliason
Professor

Eliason@calu.edu

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Dr. Elizabeth Gruber
Professor, Department Chairperson

gruber@calu.edu

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Dr. John Patrick
Professor
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Dr. Jeff L. Samide
Professor

samide@calu.edu

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Dr. Jacqueline Walsh
Professor
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