Apr 27, 2018
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MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to identify and address the need for culturally and contextually relevant counseling and social change for individuals, communities, and society.
The following Learning Outcomes are common to all MS in counseling programs. The competent and confident counseling professional will:
- Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
- Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
- Analyze cultural development theories and models.
- Examine empirically based theories of human development.
- Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
- Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
- Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
- Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
- Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
- Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
Graduates of the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will also be able to:
- Evaluate effective treatment strategies for addressing the needs of mental health clients.
- Choose appropriate diagnostic intervention processes to meet a broad range of mental health issues.
- Assess the impact of impact of biological/neurological mechanisms on mental health.
- Develop strategies for interfacing with outside stakeholders (i.e., the legal system and behavioral health professionals).
- 90–96 total quarter credits for General Program (100–106 cr. with optional 10-credit specialization)
- Foundation course (1 cr.)
- Core courses (80 cr.)
- Optional specialization courses (10 cr.)
- Field experience: (9–15 cr.: 100-hour practicum; 600-hour internship)
- 2 Pre-Practicum Labs (6 weeks)
Core Curriculum (General Program)
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling consists of core coursework, two 4-day pre-practica, a practicum, an internship, and the completion of a capstone or thesis. Core courses must be taken in the order presented. Additional courses may be taken at the end of the program of study to provide breadth and depth of learning.
Foundation Course (1 cr.)
Walden University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a mental health counseling program under the 2001 standards. CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a requirement for licensure in many states.
Note on Licensure
The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.
Walden University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for licensure in many states. The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Because no graduate program can guarantee licensure upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate agency to determine specific requirements. For more information about licensure, students should visit the National Board for Certified Counselors at www.nbcc.org/stateboardmap, the American Association of State Counseling Boards at www.aascb.org, and contact the appropriate licensing body. International students are encouraged to identify and contact their appropriate licensing body.
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