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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 field experience under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at IUP is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through October, 2016. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling department intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)

The program also 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. Students completing this 60-credit-hour program should be positioned to eventually seek Pennsylvania licensure as a licensed professional counselor and, upon successful completion of the National Counselor Exam, become a board eligible nationally certified counselor.

Program Philosophy

The Master of Arts in Community Counseling fosters a training model that recognizes the interactive effect between people and their environment. The program philosophy is to approach helping from an educational and developmental perspective, emphasizing prevention and promoting enrichment in people’s lives while also providing skills for effective intervention. The wide variety of employment settings in which our graduates are found reflects this developmental, preventative, and interventionist focus.

Curriculum

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 & 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.


Course Descriptions

Occupational Outlook

The counseling profession is growing with ever-increasing opportunities for counselors to work in a wide variety of community settings. Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, recipients are qualified to seek work in mental health centers, human service agencies, substance abuse, programs, correctional institutions, health care settings, and business and industry. 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 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 Certification Exam. Upon passing the exam, students will be board eligible counselors.

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 admission workshop as the final step in the admissions process. Workshops are held two times a year, and applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of workshops and deadlines for applications to reach the department.

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Information Sessions For Prospective Students

November 10, 2014
6:00 p.m.

Indiana Campus, Stouffer Hall, Room 109

November 11, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Penn Center Campus, Building 4, Floor 9

December 3, 2014
6:00 p.m.

Indiana Campus, Stouffer Hall, Room 109

December 4, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Penn Center Campus, Building 4, Floor 9

To register, visit our registration page or call 724-357-2306.

  • Counseling Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
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