students sitting on the quadStudents majoring in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum leading to a Master of Arts degree will take the courses listed below. This program is designed to meet the need for advanced preparation of counselors and other helping professionals who work in a variety of human service agencies (including mental health centers, social service agencies, business and industry employee assistance programs, and others). In addition to the core curriculum, students can select, in cooperation with their advisor, from a variety of elective courses that will help their individual career objectives. 

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Required Courses


CACREP Core Courses

  • CED 5140: Counseling Assessment and Testing (3)

  • CED 5220: Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)
  • CED 5210 :Career Development and Counseling (3)
  • CED 5272: Individual and Family Development Across the Lifespan (3)
  • CED 5000: Counseling Research and Evaluation (3)
  • CED 5225: The Helping Relationship (3)
  • CED 5790: Group Methods and Processes (3)
  • CED 5110: Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling and Therapy (3)

CMHC Specialty Courses

  • CED 5120: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CED 5560: The Addictive Process (3)
  • CED 5580: Trauma, Suffering, and Loss (3)
  • CED 5752: Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CED 6120: Developmental Assessment and Diagnosis in Counseling (3)

Clinical Field Placement

  • CED 5902: Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)

  • CED 6902: Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CED 6902: Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)

Guided Elective Hours: 12

Total Hours: 60

** Practicum and internship courses have specific prerequisite requirements that must be met before enrollment. In addition, approval from the departmental chairperson is required. 

Elective Courses

Students may take other graduate courses as electives provided that: (a) they have taken any necessary prerequisite for the course, and (b) the course is consistent with student's interests and career goals and is approved by his/her advisor. The following electives are examples of being seen as particularly relevant for the "typical" student.

Common Electives

  • CED 5550: Equine Assisted Therapy (3)
  • CED 5555 :The Neurobiology of Addiction (3)
  • CED 5565: Introduction to Play Therapy (3)
  • CED 6160: Gestalt Therapy (3)
  • CED 6290: Child and Adolescent Therapy (3)
  • CED 6350: Body/Mind (3)
  • CED 6355: Mindfulness-Based Counseling (3)
  • CED 6360: Therapy and Expressive Arts (3)
  • CED 6710: Human Sexuality (3)
  • CED 6730: Sexual Abuse Counseling (3)