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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is intended to prepare students to counsel persons experiencing psychological disturbance due to developmental, educational, career, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, cultural, relational or environmental issues. Students develop competencies in diagnosis and assessment, evidence-based counseling/psychotherapy techniques, group processes, human development, cultural diversity and career counseling. Students who complete their degrees and meet state certification or licensing requirements may be employed in a variety of mental health settings.

All Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) students will complete a specified program that provides foundational knowledge and skills to be an effective mental health counselor. Students may also choose a specialization in couple and family counseling. These students develop additional competencies in systems theory and in assessment and counseling techniques that pertain to couples, divorce and family problems, including child sexual abuse and family violence.

Students seeking admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) degree program should have completed the following undergraduate prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, Psychological Statistics, Research Methods, Learning and Conditioning, and Abnormal Psychology. Students lacking these undergraduate pre-requisites should work with their advisor to complete them as soon as possible during their graduate program. The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) degree program requires 60 credit hours of graduate course work.

Certification and Licensure

Graduates of the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) are eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. In addition to the degree, the LPC requires successful passage of the National Counselor Examination (NCE) followed by 3000 hours of supervised practice in a counseling role.

To be eligible to practice within the U.S. Military (Tricare) and Veteran's Administration mental health care systems, graduates will also be required to take and pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination, administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.


Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Plans

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General

Prefix & Course No Course Title Credit Hrs
Didactic Core (33 hours):
PSYC 5301 Tests and Measurement 3
PSYC 5308 Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3
PSYC 5320 Advanced Human Growth and Development 3
PSYC 5345 Group Processes 3
PSYC 5368 Clinical Mental Health Assessment 3
PSYC 5384 Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Applications 3
COUN 5312 Counseling Theories and Applications 3
COUN 5324 Cultural Diversity and Advocacy 3
COUN 5328 Foundations and Ethics of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
COUN 5335 Career Counseling and Development 3
COUN 5340 Research and Program Evaluation 3
 
Clinical Skills Core (15 hours):
COUN 5391 Essential Interviewing Skills 3
COUN 5392 Helping Relationships and Clinical Interviewing 3
COUN 5393 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (100 hours, 40 direct) 3
COUN 5396 Internship I (300 hours on site, 120 direct) 3
COUN 5397 Internship II (300 hours on site, 120 direct) 3
 
Electives (12 hours):
  Graduate counseling and psychology courses identified in catalog 15 
     
TOTAL HOURS  60 

Printable Degree Plan

Students who wish to complete the general program of study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling should choose their remaining 15 hours from the graduate counseling and psychology courses listed in the course catalog. They should consult their faculty advisor and specify the courses in their degree plans.

Subplan Area

Rather than choosing the General Counseling preparation, students may select the subplan area.


M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Couple and Family

Prefix & Course No Course Title Credit Hrs
Didactic Core (33 hours):
PSYC 5301 Tests and Measurement 3
PSYC 5308 Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3
PSYC 5320 Advanced Human Growth and Development 3
PSYC 5345 Group Processes 3
PSYC 5368 Clinical Mental Health Assessment 3
PSYC 5384 Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Applications 3
COUN 5312 Counseling Theories and Applications 3
COUN 5324 Cultural Diversity and Advocacy 3
COUN 5328 Foundations and Ethics of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
COUN 5335 Career Counseling and Development 3
COUN 5340 Research and Program Evaluation 3
 
Clinical Skills Core (15 hours):
COUN 5391 Essential Interviewing Skills 3
COUN 5392 Helping Relationship and Clinical Interviewing 3
COUN 5393 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (100 hours, 40 direct) 3
COUN 5396 Internship I (300 hours on site, 120 direct) 3
COUN 5397 Internship II (300 hours on site, 120 direct) 3
 
Electives (12 hours):
COUN 5311 Foundations of Couple and Family Therapy 3
COUN 5313 Family Therapy 3
COUN 5315 Couples Therapy 3
COUN 5321 Family Violence 3
     
TOTAL HOURS  60 

Printable Degree Plan

Note:  Substitutions to meet individual needs and interests are possible with prior advisor approval.

Comprehensive Exam: Students admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program in Spring 2013 or later are required to take and pass the national, standardized Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) to graduate.

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