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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA

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Improve the Lives of Youth and Adults with Mental Health Guidance

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Indiana Program

Dr. Claire Dandeneau


Pittsburgh Area Program

Dr. Bob Witchel


Your compassion for others and willingness to help are prerequisites for this growing field of personal counseling. Young people and adults in transition will all benefit from the creative, clinical skills you develop at IUP.

This program is also offered at the Monroeville campus

The MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is also available at the Monroeville campus. It is a 60-credit degree designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings, including mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, specialized community agencies, rehabilitation programs, correctional institutions, health care settings, and business and industry.

Counseling Profession is Growing with Opportunities for Counselors in a Variety of Community Settings

Our program gives you the skills you'll need to work in a number of settings, including mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, specialized community agencies, private practice, vocational or rehabilitation programs, correctional institutions, health care settings, social services, 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 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.

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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.

The MA Degree Will Prepare You To:

  • Acquire the state and national licensure needed to practice.
  • Broaden your view of multicultural issues with regard to mental health.
  • Assist youth and adults who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Guide individuals through career planning and career transitions.
  • Obtain necessary training as an individual, group, and systems counselor.
  • Find work in the following settings: mental health and substance abuse clinics, forensics settings, private practice, consultation services, and career counseling programs.
  • Pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education or counseling psychology.
  • Be a part of an occupation that is projected to have a “much faster than average” job growth through 2022, with a 16 percent growth rate in Pennsylvania.

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.
COUN 755 Field Experience 6 cr.
Total 60 cr.

Information Sessions For Prospective Students

October 1, 2016

Please check back for dates and times of sessions to be held in October 2016.

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

  • Department of Counseling
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.