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 a 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.
Matt George

I feel like I got a different perspective on the mental health treatment process than I was able to get from conventional coursework. He helped me see things from the client’s point of view, and that has stuck with me.

Matt George

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
See complete degree requirements and a listing of courses in the Graduate Bulletin (PDF)

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 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 site).

Practicum and internship sites for clinical mental health counseling students are located primarily in southeastern Wisconsin. 

Practicum and internship sites:

Aalto Enhancement Center
Acacia Wellness Center
Applied Therapies and Wellness Center, SC
Arunaobi Integrated Medical Behavioral Health Clinic (AIM BHC)
Aurora Behavioral Health Services
Benedict Center
Braden & Associates
Bread of Healing
Cardinal Stritch - Career Services/Counseling & Health Services
Center for Behavioral Medicine (CBM)
Clinica Latina
Columbia St. Mary's
Crisis Resource Center (formerly TLS Behavioral Health)
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Easterseals of Southeastern Wisconsin
Family Options Counseling, LLC
Family Services of Waukesha - Children's Place - "The Big Yellow House"
Forward Choices
Genesee Lake School - Behavioral Health Services
Hand-in-Hand Program - Pathfinders
Healing Center
HOPES Center
James Place
Jewish Family Services
Journey Mental Health Center
La Causa Social Service
Lad Lake
Lutheran Counseling Family Services
Mental Health America - Strong Family Healthy Homes (SFHH)
Meta House
Milwaukee Academy
Milwaukee Vet Center
Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office - Victim/Witness Services
Milwaukee County Jail & House of Corrections
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Counseling Services
Mount Mary University - Advising & Career Development/Counseling Center/Promise Program
New Life Resources
NorthStar Counseling Center
Ozaukee County Department of Human Services
Penfield Children's Center
Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Facility
Rogers Memorial Hospital
Roots Counseling Services
Sebastian Family Psychology Practice
Second Century Women's Transitional Residential
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
Social Development Commission - Youth & Family Development Program
Solutions Behavioral Health
St. Aemilian's - Lakeside
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care
St. Charles Youth & Family Services
St. Rose - Youth & Family Center
Stillwaters Cancer Support Services
UMOS, Inc. - Latina Resource Center
United Community Center
US Department of Veterans Affairs
UW Waukesha - Personal Counseling
UW Whitewater - Center for Students with Disabilities
Walker's Point (Aurora)
Washington County Human Services - Acute Care Services
West Grove Clinic, LLC
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC)
Women's Center - Waukesha County
Youth & Family Project

Transfer Credits

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.

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