clinical mental health counseling
Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs prepare graduates to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness. Clients may be seen individually, in couples, families, or group settings. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral and prevention and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, social workers, MDs). Employment opportunities may include private practice, community-based mental health centers, hospitals and other treatment centers. For more information please see CACREP website.
The program is accredited by the State of Connecticut, NCATE and CACREP. You can read about the CACREP Standards here. The CMHC program also has program objectives that are linked to these accreditation standards.
MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN COUNSELING - CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING TRACK
The licensure track program is designed to meet the curricular requirements for
Connecticut State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credit hours) prepares graduate students to work in a variety of community counseling agencies, college counseling centers,hospitals, and other counseling settings including private practice. Students develop skills and theoretical knowledge in practicing individual, group and career counseling with diverse populations in either public or private agencies and centers. All Clinical Mental Health Counseling students complete practicum (100 hours) and internship (600 hours) experiences. Students find practicum and internship placements in a variety of settings, including community counseling centers, child guidance centers, crisis stabilization programs, rape crisis and domestic violence programs, substance abuse programs, college counseling centers, youth services programs and inpatient and residential treatment programs. All practicum and internship experiences must be completed under a Licensed Professional Counselor with at least two years of experience in the counseling field.
Please note that completion of a Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is only one of the requirements for obtaining Licensure as a Professional Counselor. Each student is responsible for understanding the requirements for licensure and completing the other requirements as listed by the Department of Public Health. Application for licensure cannot occur until after post-graduate supervision hours are earned and all other requirements have been met.