CACREP-Accredited Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

UT Tyler Psychology and Counseling

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, addiction 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 take classes in Family and Couples counseling if they plan to work with these clients.

UT Tyler's CMHC's program is a CACREP accredited program designed to prepare graduates to become Licensed Professional Counselors with the appropriate post-graduation experiences. 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 Plan

Prefix & Course No

Course Title

Credit Hrs

Didactic Core (39 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 5326

Addictions Counseling

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

COUN 5395

Professional Practice in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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 (6 hours):

 

Graduate counseling and psychology courses identified in catalog

3

 

Graduate counseling and psychology courses identified in catalog

3

 

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 6 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. Students have the option to take COUN 5313, Family Therapy, and COUN 5315, Couples Therapy, if they want to work with couples and families after graduation.

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

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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