M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • The Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings, including mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, specialized community agencies, vocational or rehabilitation programs, correctional institutions, health care settings, social services, and business and industry.

    The 60 credit hour program includes a series of counseling skills courses, including individual and group practicums, and a 600 hour filed experience under the supervision of a qualified supervisor. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets the educational standards as set forth by the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Board, for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.

    The counseling curriculum is based on the educational standards as set forth by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Students who successfully complete their course work will be eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification. Upon passing the exam, students will be board-eligible counselors.

    Program Requirements

    Students enrolled in the Master of Arts degree program will complete 60 hours of credit for the degree. The program requires the following courses:

    GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.
    COUN 615 Counseling Across the Life Span 3 cr.
    COUN 617 Basic Counseling Skills 3 cr.
    COUN 618 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 634 Assessment Procedures for Community Counselors 3 cr.
    COUN 636 Career Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 637 Counseling & Consulting Theory 3 cr.
    COUN 639 Group Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 657 Individual Counseling Practicum 3 cr.
    COUN 669 Group Counseling Practicum 3 cr.
    COUN 671 Introduction to Diagnostic Issues for Counselors 3 cr.
    COUN 672 Counseling and Consulting within Systems 3 cr.
    COUN 677 Crisis and Addictions Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 710  Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 720 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in Counseling 3 cr.
    ELECTIVE   3 cr.
    ELECTIVE   3 cr.
    ELECTIVE   3 cr.
    COUN 755 Field Experience 6 cr.
    TOTAL   60 CR

    Prospective students for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must meet departmental admissions requirements and procedures in addition to those of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Prospective students should contact the department to determine these requirements. Applicants are required to attend an admissions workshop as the final step in the admissions process. Applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of deadlines for completed applications to be received by the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

    For current students, each year an evaluation of student academic, clinical, and professional competence will be made. Students will receive formal feedback based on the outcome of the evaluation results and a joint effort will be made to remediate any deficiencies. Serious deficiencies may result in recommendations for remedial work, delay of candidacy, or termination from the program. Students must pass all practicum experiences with a B or better in order to advance to internship/field experience.