Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS)
The M.S. program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The 60 semester hour degree program is designed around the eight areas of:
Human Growth and Development
Social and Cultural Foundations
The Helping Relationship
Group Dynamics and Processes
Appraisal of Individual
Research and Evaluation
Curricular experiences include clinical supervision of a 100 hour practicum and two 300 hour internships in a field of setting.
The M.S. program is designed to prepare individuals to function as counselors in a variety of community settings including, but not limited to, mental health centers, community agencies, hospitals, residential treatment centers, corrections or other helping or human service oriented programs. The program offers a combination of hybrid, online, and face-to-face courses.
Employment Opportunities for all counselors are expected to grow faster than average until 2010. The need for employment/vocational counselors will continue to grow as the welfare program continues to require beneficiaries to find jobs. There will be a strong demand for counselors in the following specialty areas: substance abuse, behavioral, mental health, marriage and family, and rehabilitation counselors. Employers seem to be providing more EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) programs to employees and their families. The overall growth rates for counselors, social and religious workers is expected to be 18.8% change from 2000-2010. The highest growth rates are expected to be in residential care (70%), health and allied services (58%), and job training and related services (35.4%).
Program of Study
|Core Courses - 18 courses required|
|COUN 6105||Psychological Aspects of Substance Abuse||3|
|COUN 6110||Research Methods and Design in Counseling||3|
|COUN 6115||Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling||3|
|COUN 6117||Diagnosis in Counseling||3|
|COUN 6118||Career Development Counseling||3|
|COUN 6119||Human Growth and Development||3|
|COUN 6155||Counseling Theory||3|
|COUN 6175||Cultural Perspectives in Counseling||3|
|COUN 6225||Counseling Skills I||3|
|COUN 6245||Individual Analysis||3|
|COUN 6265||Group Techniques and Procedures||3|
|COUN 6405||Applied Practice in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||3|
|COUN 6698||Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||6|
|COUN 6785||Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||3|
|COUN 7165||Counseling Children||3|
|COUN 7215||Family Therapy Process and Practice||3|
|COUN 7225||Crisis Intervention||3|
|COUN 6000||Portfolio/Exit Exam||0|
|Select two of the following courses||6|
|Selected Topics in Counseling|
|Gender Issues in Counseling|
|Advanced Techniques in Marriage and Family Therapy|
|Marriage and Family Assessment|
|Marriage Systems Theory and Therapy|
|Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
- A 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.5 (provisional admission) cumulative undergraduate GPA
- Submit University and Program related application materials
Applicants must apply to the CSU Admissions Office AND submit program related application requirements. In addition, successful completion of an interview with departmental faculty is required. Interviews will be conducted only after potential candidates have applied for admission and are qualified, based on assessment of a completed application file. Applicants who reach the minimum scores designated above are not guaranteed admission, since multiple factors are considered in these decisions.
Deadlines: All applications and related materials are due on March 1st for consideration for Fall admission.
Additional Program Requirements
Evaluation of the student's performance is continuous and involves consideration of the student's coursework, as well as the student's performance in laboratory, practicum, and internship classes. All of these experiences are considered aspects of the student's academic performance, related to his/her professional development as a counselor. Furthermore, counseling faculty members hold staffing meetings each semester to review students' progress in the program. In order to graduate, students must also complete the required student portfolio assessment and a comprehensive exit exam. A student may be dropped from the program upon the recommendation from program faculty to the Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions or if the welfare of the student's clientele, prospective clientele, or the functioning of a school or agency is, in the judgment of the Counseling faculty, in jeopardy as a result of the student's behavior.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the role and functions of the professional mental health counselor regarding the provision of mental health treatment services.
- Develop and demonstrate proficiency in mental health counseling, interpersonal relationships, development, prevention and intervention including proficiency in issues of diversity and advocacy and counseling theories and change strategies.
- Develop and demonstrate skills in assessment, group therapy, program and clinical evaluation and clinical diagnosis.
- Develop and demonstrate skills in research and evaluation of counseling services and outcomes.
- Apply knowledge of the role and functions of the professional mental health counselor regarding the provision of mental health treatment services.\ \ Apply knowledge in mental health counseling, interpersonal relationships, development, prevention and intervention including proficiency in issues of diversity and advocacy and counseling theories and change strategies.\ \ Apply knowledge in assessment, group therapy, program and clinical evaluation and clinical diagnosis.\ \ Apply knowledge in research and evaluation of counseling services and outcomes.