Mount Mary University's Master of Science in Counseling clinical mental health concentration is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and will prepare you to become a licensed professional counselor. Obtaining CACREP accreditation indicates that the program has been recognized for the high quality of the training it provides, and that it has been evaluated to ensure that it meets training standards set by the counseling profession.
CACREP is the national accrediting body for graduate-level programs in the counseling field. Graduates of CACREP accredited programs can more easily obtain state counseling licensure, will find greater portability between state licensing boards, and are eligible to complete work for the three federal agencies that have made graduation from a CACREP accredited program a requirement for independent practice in counseling (See CACREP Federal Regulations). Students with CACREP-accredited counseling degree are also more easily able to be accepted into doctoral programs.
The program offers specialized coursework in trauma counseling, addictions counseling and psychopharmacology. By completing the clinical mental health counseling graduate program, you will be eligible for two training licenses from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services:
- Substance Abuse Counselor – Initial Training (SAC-IT): You qualify for this while you are enrolled in the program.
- Licensed Professional Counselor – Initial Training (LPC-IT): You qualify for this upon graduating from the program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Requirements
The 60-credit clinical mental health counseling concentration requires you to:
- complete all required and elective program coursework (see below)
- perform 700 on-site hours of clinical/internship experiences at selected clinical mental health practicum sites
- prepare a professional counselor portfolio and self-assessment
- complete a comprehensive exam (if you don’t wish to pursue a Ph.D.) or complete a 6-9 research/thesis credits (if you are interested in pursing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology or related discipline)
To become a fully Licensed Professional Counselor, you will need to complete 3,000
of post-master’s supervised clinical counseling experience and pass the National Counselor Exam.
The following courses are required for this concentration:
Counseling Core (30 credits)
- CON 600: Professional Identity & Ethics
- CON 601: Orientation to Practicum/Internship (0 credits, 2nd Friday of Spring Semester)
- CON 610: Theories of Counseling
- CON 611: Career Development
- CON 612: Techniques of Counseling
- CON 630: Behavioral Science Statistics and Research
- CON 700: Multicultural Counseling
- CON 720: Counseling Assessment and Program Evaluation
- CON 740: Group Procedures in Counseling
- CON 741: Family Systems Theory, Research and Practice
- CON 750: Counseling across the Lifespan
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Concentration (27 credits)
- CON 650: Trauma Counseling I
- CON 714: Addiction Counseling
- CON 715: Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling
- CON 770: Psychopathology
- CON 775: Psychopharmacology
- CON 785: Advanced Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- CON 795: Supervised Practicum
- CON 796: Counseling Internship I
- CON 797: Counseling Internship II
Elective Courses Options: 3 Credits
- CON 651: Trauma Counseling II
- CON 679: Special Topics in Counseling
- CON 712: Counseling Children & Adolescents
- CON 790: Research
Clinical Mental Health Post-Master's Certificate
Post-Master’s Certificates in Counseling are designed for students who have previously received a master’s degree in the counseling field and who seek an additional area of concentration in which to be licensed. In most cases specific licenses are granted by a state regulating and licensing boards and in some cases licensing or credentialing may be awarded by a national professional organization. See the curriculum requirements based on your previous degree.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum Sites
Our faculty will help you secure practicum and internship sites. You will need to
complete 700 hours of clinical/internship experiences: one semester of supervised
practicum (8 hours per week for a total of 100 hours on-site) and two semesters of
counseling internship (20 hours per week, for a total of 300 hours each semester on
Practicum and internship sites for clinical mental health counseling students are located primarily in southeastern Wisconsin.
Practicum and internship sites:
A maximum of 9 credits or 30 percent of total program credits, whichever is greater, may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions with the approval of the program director. All transfer credits must be at a grade B or better, and must be documented with official transcripts. Credit earned prior to admission will be evaluated during the admission process only.