Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program was designed by faculty members in the Counseling Program in accord with the licensure requirements of the State of Pennsylvania. The current coursework is based on the standards and recommendations of the following sources: the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Ethical Standards for Community Counselors developed by ACA, NCC examination requirements, and licensure requirements for community counselors as outlined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Students are prepared for the clinical mental health counseling profession through training in courses such as counseling theory, group dynamics, counseling skills, multi-cultural counseling, consultative services and clinical counseling orientation. They will also have the opportunity to select elective courses focusing on an area of specialization, such as marriage and family counseling or drug and alcohol counseling. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their counseling skills within the community setting through the practicum and internship experiences.

Program Requirements

A total of sixty (60) credits are required for the degree for students in the Clinical Mental Health concentration. Students may take up to six years to complete the program. Students are expected to complete the core program and comprehensive examination, as well as demonstrate proficiency in counseling skills during a one-semester Practicum and a two-semester Internship.  A thesis is not required, but may be done in lieu of six credits of elective study. Students opting to complete a Master's Thesis must also have completed and defended it prior to graduation. A twelve (12) credit post-Master’s option, that offers specialization, is available for students seeking the additional credits and supervision required for licensure.

Note: For those students beginning the program in the Fall 2013 semester, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program will require all students to complete sixty (60) credit hours of study for the completion of the degree program.

Core Program Courses

Level I (15 credits)

CHR 8605 Laboratory in Counseling Skills
CHR 8655 Laboratory in Group Dynamics
CHR 8687 Counseling Theory and Practice
CHR 8688 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Orientation
CHR 8883  Ethics and Professional Orientation in Counseling

Level II (33 credits)

CHR 8880 Psychopathology
CHR 8840 Community Resources and Crisis Intervention
CHR 8855 Assessment and Appraisal
CHR 8685 Lifestyle & Career Development
CHR 8884 Human Growth and Development
CHR 8860 Counseling Diverse Populations
CHR 8604 Research and Evaluation
CHR 8682 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CHR 8844 Family Systems Theory

CHR 8874 Prevention Theory and Practice

CHR 8873 Substance Abuse


Level II Electives (6 credits)

Select one of the following options:

  • Select two Electives (3 credits each).
  • Select one Elective (3 credits) and 3 workshops (1 credit each).

CHR 8686 Group Counseling: Theory and Practice

CHR 8683 Consultation Processes

CHR 8845 Family Interventions

CHR 8661 Preventative Methods in Couples Therapy

CHR 8862 Couples Counseling

CHR 8876 Adolescent Substance Abuse

Level III (6 credits)

CHR 8850 Internship I in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CHR 8851 Internship II in Clinical Mental Health Counseling