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 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 program is a CACREP accredited program designed to prepare graduates to become Licensed Professional Counselors with the appropriate post-graduation experiences. The CMHC degree program requires 60 credit hours of graduate course work.


Certification and Licensure

Graduates of the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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):

COUN 5312*

Counseling Theories and Applications


COUN 5328*

Foundations and Ethics of Clinical Mental Health Counseling


PSYC 5308

Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis


COUN 5340

Research and Program Evaluation


COUN 5384

Advanced Counseling Theories and Evidence-Based Practices


COUN 5368

Assessment Techniques in Counseling


PSYC 5320

Advanced Human Growth and Development


PSYC 5345

Group Counseling and Therapy


COUN 5335

Career Counseling and Assessment


COUN 5324

Cultural Diversity and Advocacy


COUN 5326

Addictions Counseling


COUN 5395

Professional Practice in Clinical Mental Health Counseling



Clinical Skills Core (15 hours):

COUN 5391*

Essential Counseling Skills


COUN 5392

Helping Relationships and Clinical Interviewing


COUN 5393

Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (100 hours, 40 direct)


COUN 5396

Internship I (300 hours on site, 120 direct)


COUN 5397

Internship II (300 hours on site, 120 direct)



Electives (6 hours):

COUN 5315 or
COUN 5313

Couples Therapy OR Family Therapy (**Required 2017 for LPC)



Graduate counseling and psychology courses identified in catalog



Graduate counseling and psychology courses identified in catalog






 *First Semester Coursework

CMHC Student Handbook

Printable Degree Plan

CMHC Course Periodicity

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.

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.