M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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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.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Grafton Eliason

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery with some online/distance elements)

Accreditation

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 

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
6
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. 

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.

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/clinical-mental-health-counseling/index.aspx