Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a 60 semester hour master’s degree program of study that is intended for students who seek licensure in Michigan as professional counselors and employment in community-based mental health centers, hospitals and other treatment centers and private practice. The program prepares graduates to work with clients presenting with a range of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness.
The program may meet requirements for licensure in states that require 60-semester hour master’s degree programs; however, specific course requirements vary from state-to-state.
- Participate in an intensive practicum experience under the supervision of highly skilled faculty mentors.
- Earn limited licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Michigan.
- Complete a program that meets the rigorous standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Proposed Program of Study
The following outline describes the general program requirements leading to the master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.
Basic Counseling Core (required - 33 hours)
- COUN 503: Dynamics of Life Development (3)
- COUN 504: Counseling Research (3)
- COUN 505: Counselor Development: Basic Skills (3)
- COUN 508: Theories of Counseling (3)
- COUN 515: Crisis Intervention (3)
- COUN 520: Assessment in Counseling (3)
- COUN 530: Career Development & Information Services (3)
- COUN 540: Group Process I (3)
- COUN 571: Cross-cultural Counseling (3)
- COUN 580: Counselor Development: Counseling Process (3)
- COUN 622: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning in Counseling (3)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization (required - 13 hours)
- COUN 574: Couple & Family Counseling (3)
- COUN 575: Substance Abuse Counseling I (2)
- COUN 623: Advanced Treatment Planning & Interventions (3)
- COUN 660: Case Management (2)
- COUN 694: Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
Supervised Counseling Experiences (required - 8 hours)
- COUN 686: Counseling Practicum (4)
- COUN 691D: The Counseling Internship (4)
- COUN 684: Counseling Practicum (2)
- COUN 691A: The Counseling Internship (1)
- COUN 691B: The Counseling Internship (2)
- COUN 691C: The Counseling Internship (3)
Elective Courses (0-6 hours)
Students select electives with their advisor to enhance their professional growth. They may choose from this list or choose other COUN courses that meet this objective.
- COUN 570: Diagnosing & Treating Depressed Clients (2)
- COUN 592: Special Topics (3)
- COUN 651: Counseling with Children (3)
- COUN 680: Special Topics (2)
To be eligible for graduation with a master’s degree in counseling, the student must successfully complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).