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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program was designed by our faculty in accord with the licensure requirements of the State of Pennsylvania and is recognized by (CACREP). The coursework is based on the standards and recommendations of: 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 core courses such as counseling theory, group dynamics, counseling skills, multi-cultural counseling, consultative services and clinical counseling orientation. They also 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.

Please note: Students who enroll in this degree may decide to pursue licensure/certification, the requirements for which vary by location.  For more information on educational requirements, please review the professional licensure/certification disclosures.


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.

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 8710  Childhood: Play & Practice

CHR 8661  Preventative Methods in Couples Therapy

CHR 8845   Family Interventions

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