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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA

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    Improve the Lives of Youth and Adults with Mental Health Guidance

    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 East Pittsburgh campus

    The MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is also available at the East Pittsburgh 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

    Contact the Coordinator

    Indiana Program

    Dr. Claire Dandeneau

    724-357-2306

    Pittsburgh Area Program

    Dr. Brittany Pollard

    412-824-1999

    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.

    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 Clinical Mental Health Counselors 3 cr.
    COUN 636 Career Counseling 3 cr.
    COUN 637 Counseling Theories 3 cr.
    COUN 639 Group Counseling Theory and Experience 3 cr.
    COUN 657 Individual Counseling Practicum (Clinical Mental Health) 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. Workshops are held twice a year, and applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of workshops and deadlines for completed applications to be received by the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

    For current students, an evaluation of student academic, clinical, and professional competence will be made each year. Students will receive formal feedback based on the outcome of the evaluation, 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.

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    Information Sessions For Prospective Students

    October 16, 2017
    6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

    Stouffer Hall, Room 109 (Indiana)

    October 18, 2017
    5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

    IUP Pittsburgh East

    November 13, 2017
    6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

    Stouffer Hall, Room 109 (Indiana)

    November 15, 2017
    5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

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