Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts

Program Description

The Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling consists of 60 semester hours of graduate studies and is designed to meet the academic requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for the licenses Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). The program is designed to meet the needs of the part-time student while also accommodating full-time study. Counselors licensed as PCCs function at an independent practice level, which allows them to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders without supervision. Additionally, with the supervision designation, they may supervise other counselors. Counselors licensed as PCCs may maintain a private practice. If an applicant already has a master’s degree in counseling or school counseling and is seeking licensure as a clinical mental health counselor, it is possible to be admitted to a post-master’s licensure program. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Students must bear in mind that academic requirements are only part of the overall licensure requirements, which also include an application procedure, state examinations, and verified clinical work experience. These licensure requirements are met after the conferral of the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Program Learning Goals

Students will:

  1. Identify as a clinical mental health counselor who is knowledgeable about the history and development of the clinical mental health counseling profession, is aware of the challenges facing the profession, and is prepared to advocate for the profession.
  2. Assess, evaluate, and diagnose clients using assessment instruments and the DSM.
  3. Determine, based on the assessment and diagnosis, an appropriate treatment plan for clients.
  4. Implement interventions and treatment plan, and continuously assess the effectiveness of the intervention.

See also the CACREP Standards.

Note: The Counseling (graduate) learning goals also apply to students in this program.

Required Courses

Core Sequence

CG 500ORIENTATION TO COUNSELING

3

CG 505HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

3

CG 509RESRCH METH MNTL HLTH PROF

3

CG 514ADDICTION KNOWLEDGE

0 to 3

ED 530TESTS & MEASUREMENTS

3

CG 531CAREER DEV & VOCATNL APPRASL

3

CG 535GROUP PROCEDURES

3

CG 561COUNSELING THEORIES

3

CG 562COUNSELING TECHNIQUES/PRACTICE

3

CG 563DIVERSITY ISSUES IN COUNSELING

3

Clinical Sequence

CG 571CLINICAL EVALUATION

3

CG 572CLINIC DIAGNOS & PSYCHOPATHOL

3

CG 573CLINICAL INTERVN,PREVN,ETHICS

3

CG 574CLINICAL TREATMENT METHODS

3

Field Experience Sequence

CG 592CLIN MENTAL HLTH COUNSLG PRACT

3

CG 596ACLNICAL MNTL HLTH CNSLG INTRN

3

CG 596BCLNICAL MNTL HLTH CNSLG INTRN

3

Electives

Nine hours of electives are needed. Students can fulfill the elective requirement by completing nine hours of electives that fit their academic plan, or by completing one of the concentrations offered by the program. Each concentration requires nine hours chosen from a list of possible courses.

Total Credit Hours:9

Spiritual Wellness and Counseling Concentration

CG 582SPIRIT & PSYCHE

0 to 3

CG 583TRADITION & THEORY

0 to 3

CG 584HOLINESS & WHOLENESS

0 to 3

CG 585ENLIGHTENED SELF-CENTERING

0 to 3

CG 586ENCOUNTERING EACH OTHER

0 to 3

Substance Use Disorders Concentration

CG 515TREATMENT KNOWLEDGE

0 to 3

CG 516SRVCE COORDINATION & DOCUMNTN

0 to 3

CG 556FAMILY COUNSELING

3

Students who complete the Substance Use Disorders Concentration and appropriate field experience may be eligible for licensure as an LCDC-III or as an LICDC.

To qualify for Practicum (CG 592), a student must receive a grade of B- or greater in Counseling Techniques (CG 562). A student who has not received a B- or greater in Counseling Techniques after taking the course twice may be dismissed from the program. Students must apply for Practicum (CG 592) and Internship (CG 596) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling by October 1 for the spring semester and by March 1 for the fall semester. Ordinarily, CG 592 followed by CG 596 are the final courses in the student’s program. Site placements are subject to University approval. The University will not approve site placements in situations that violate human rights, demean human dignity, or operate according to principles directly opposed to those for which the University as a Catholic institution must stand.

The Master of Arts degree is conferred upon the satisfactory completion of the above courses, and a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied through successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination.