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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) 2020-2021 Catalog Year

Marieb College of Health & Human Services

(239) 745-4273

The Counseling Department offers an M.A. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that is Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited. Students take coursework in the areas of human development, legal and ethical issues of the profession, career development, appraisal methods, counseling theories, group work, counseling, practicum, and research and program evaluation. Additional specialized courses focusing on mental health counseling in areas such as internship, human sexuality, addictions, cross-cultural counseling, trauma,  family and relationship couseling, and professional development and other course electives.  Students are engaged in field-based activities during almost every term of enrollment.  Students may complete this program on a full or part-time basis.


Dual Majors: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling

The Counseling Department offers an opportunity to earn a single M.A. degree with both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling major and the School Counseling major. Students must meet initial admissions requirements of both programs to qualify for this option. Students may elect the dual major option at any time prior to the M.A. degree being awarded. Students initially admitted into the School Counseling major, will take an additional 22 credits. Students initially admitted into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling major, will take an additional 18 to 24 credits. Students must complete all degree requirements for both majors including passing all subsections of the FTCE: General Knowledge, Professional Educator Examination, and the Guidance and Counseling Subject Area Exam, prior to graduation. Contact the Department of Counseling for additional information.


Program Admission Requirements

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Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Students must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of credit hours specified by the graduate degree program.
  • A grade of B or higher must be earned in all Department graduate courses used as prerequisites and each core course.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework in program.
  • Students must complete and pass a culminating demonstration of learning and competence at the end of the program, currently a comprehensive examination.
  • The Department limits the transfer of coursework into its graduate programs to a maximum of 12 credits or three courses. To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of B and no more than seven years prior to the date of entry into the graduate program and no more than ten years prior to graduation from the graduate program.
Program Requirements

Required Courses (57 credits)
MHS 6021 Intro to Clin Mental Hlth Coun (3)
MHS 6070 Mental Disorders (3)
MHS 6200 Appraisal Procedures (3)
MHS 6340 Career Development (3)
MHS 6404 Intro to Couns Theory and Tech (3)
MHS 6428 Cross-Cultural Counsel (3)
MHS 6445 Intro Relations/Family Systems (3)
MHS 6450 Issues in Addictions and Abuse (3)
MHS 6466 Crisis/Trauma Counseling (3)
MHS 6470 Human Sexual Issues Counselor (3)
MHS 6482 Lifespan/Development (3)
MHS 6500 Introduction to Group Dynamics (3)
MHS 6600 Collabor & Consult Prblm Solve (1)
MHS 6700 Legal & Ethical Iss in Coun (3)
MHS 6710 Research and Prog Evaluation (3)
MHS 6800 Practicum in Counseling (3)
MHS 6805 Adv Practicum in Counseling (3)
MHS 6881 Clinical Internship I (1)
MHS 6882 Clinical Internship II (1)
MHS 6883 Clinical Internship III (3)
MHS 6888 Intrn: ProfDev Mental Hlth Cns (3)

Restricted Electives (6 credits minimum)
MHS 6073 Building Resilence: Child/Adol (3)
MHS 6311 Issues in Couns & Technology (3)
MHS 6405 Advanced Counseling Theory (2)
MHS 6422 Play Therapy (3)
MHS 6435 Fam Couns Theory & Techniques (3)
MHS 6446 Relationship/Marriage Counsel (3)
MHS 6620 Org. Admin and Supv (2)
MHS 6807 Internship: Relation/Fam Counsel (1-3)
MHS 6886 Clinical Internship V (1) (Taken with MHS 6620)




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