Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Credits: 60 (program code 0720)

Post-Master's Certification: Counselor Education - Credits: Variable (program code: 0701)

Program Description

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. 

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.

Delivery Mode

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

Curriculum - Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Course Credits
Area I: Core Courses Required for Candidacy
CED 702  Counseling Theory 3
CED 710  Counseling Skills and Techniques 3
CED 724  Experiential Group Process  3
CED 789  Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling  3
Area II: Advanced Counseling Core
CED 705  Developmental Group Counseling 3
CED 720  Cross-cultural Counseling 3
CED 786  Career Counseling 3
Area III: Psychological Foundations
CED 717  Diagnosis and Treatment in Mental Health 3
CED 722  Assessment and Procedures for Counselors 3
CED 755  Counseling Across the Life Span: Prevention and Treatment in Schools and the Community 3
CED 785  Research Methods in Counseling 3
Area IV: Clinical Core
CED 708  Substance Abuse and Addiction 3
CED 735  Introduction to Family Therapy 3
CED 791  Crisis Counseling and Disaster Preparedness 3
Electives* (2) 6
Area V: Field Education Core
CED 711  Clinical Field Experience (Practicum) 3
CED 712  Clinical Field Experience
CED 787  Ethics, Integration, Collaboration and Consultation 3
Total 60

* Electives can be chosen from any CED course or certification in conjunction with your adviser. 

Curriculum - Post-Master's Certification: Counselor Education


The curriculum for this program varies by student. Courses taken will assist students in fulfilling the requirements necessary to maintain or become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).


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 their 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

After completion of a master's in counseling or a related field, students are often required to complete additional credits in order to obtain their LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) licensure. The counselor education post-master's program is a non-degree program designed to provide the opportunity for students to complete courses after their master's degree to total 60 credits, as required to become an LPC in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Licensure Act 136 of 1998). Two or more additional years of supervised work experience after graduation is also required to complete the LPC. LPC or individuals with a master's degree can apply for post-master's to meet ACT 48 or continuing education requirements.

The department will evaluate your transcripts and advise which courses are required. Students should contact their licensure board to verify their eligibility and requirements for licensure.

Admission requirements are the same as above for entrance into the master's degree program.


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 they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website

For Additional Information

Phone: 724-938-4187

Program Coordinator

Grafton Eliason, NCC, LPC, Ed.D. (Duquesne University), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), M.Ed., B.A. (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor, Coordinator Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Program Faculty

Elizabeth Gruber, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.S. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Chair, Professor

Robert MehalikLPC, NCC, A.B.D. (Waynesburg University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor, Field Coordinator, Certificate Coordinator

Jeff Samide, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Professor

Jacqueline A. Walsh, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor

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