2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) 
    
    Dec 03, 2021  
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling


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Mental health professionals are already committed to improving the mental and emotional health of others. This program allows students to gain the confidence, qualifications, and critical thinking skills needed to help clients cope with daily life and overcome their greatest challenges. Students can also strengthen their focus on helping clients develop their strengths and find their own solutions to issues.

Learning Outcomes


The following Learning Outcomes are common to all MS in counseling programs. The competent and confident counseling professional will:

  1. Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
  2. Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
  3. Analyze cultural development theories and models.
  4. Examine empirically based theories of human development.
  5. Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
  6. Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
  7. Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
  8. Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
  9. Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
  10. Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.

Additional Program-Specific Learning Outcomes

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  1. Evaluate effective treatment strategies for addressing the needs of mental health clients.
  2. Choose appropriate diagnostic intervention processes to meet a broad range of mental health issues.
  3. Assess the impact of impact of biological/neurological mechanisms on mental health.
  4. Develop strategies for interfacing with outside stakeholders (i.e., the legal system and behavioral health professionals).

MS in School Counseling

  1. Examine the factors that put K–12 students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders.
  2. Choose strategies for assisting K–12 students in reaching personal, academic, and social growth.
  3. Assess data to inform decision making within the school setting.
  4. Critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement.

Degree Requirements


  • 111 total quarter credits for General Program (121 cr. with optional 10-credit specialization)
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (95 cr.)
  • Field experience (15–25 cr.; Practicum: 100 hours CMHC; Internship: 600 hours CMHC and 600 hours School Counseling)
  • Optional specialization courses (10 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan, licensure plan 
  • 2 Pre-Practicum Labs (6 weeks online with 4 days of face-to-face experience)
  • Group Lab (9 weeks online with 14 hours of live synchronous group)

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (10 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Pre-Practicum Labs


Each pre-practicum includes online course content integrated with a 4-day, face-to-face residential requirement.

  • 3 weeks online
  • 4 days face-to-face (see the Pre-Practicum Calendar)
  • 2 weeks online

Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    1 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Eligible to take Pre-Practicum 1 - CPLB 601L (must be completed before COUN 6311)  
3    5 cr.
   0 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Must complete Pre-Practicum 1 before moving forward  
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Eligible to take Pre-Practicum 2 - CPLB 602L (must be completed before COUN 6726)  
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
   0 cr.
8    0 cr.
   5 cr.
9    5 cr.
   5 cr.
10    5 cr.
   5 cr.
11    5 cr.
Must complete Pre-Practicum 2 before moving forward  
   5 cr.
12    5 cr.
   3–5 cr.
13    3–5 cr.
14    3–5 cr.
15    3 cr.
16    3 cr.
  Optional specialization courses may be taken in quarters along with internships (Quarters 13, 14, 15 and 16). 10 cr.

 

Accreditation


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 2016 standards. CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a requirement for licensure in many states.

Walden University’s MS in School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a mental health counseling program under the 2016 standards. CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a requirement for licensure in many states.

Notes on Licensure


MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Walden University Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in many states. However, the requirements for licensure as a LPC or LMHC varies greatly from state to state. Each state board that is responsible for regulating the practice of professional or mental health counseling has its own academic requirements and issues its own license to practice as a LPC or LMHC in that state.

Walden CMHC graduates may apply for licensure as a professional counselor, such as the LPC or LMHC, in most states. However, each state issues its own credential for an individual to be permitted to practice as a licensed professional or mental health counselor in that state. While Walden enrollment specialists can provide general information relating to the state-by-state educational requirements for mental health or professional counseling licensure or certification, it remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization, or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, certification, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. Licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification, or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

MS in School Counseling

The Walden University Master of Science (MS) in School Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as a licensed school counselor in many states. However, the requirements for licensure as a school counselor vary greatly from state to state. Each state board that is responsible for regulating the practice of school counseling has its own academic requirements and issues its own license to practice as a school counselor in that state.

Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which may be a requirement to become licensed or certified as a school counselor in some states. The Walden MS in School Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which may also be a requirement to become a licensed or certified school counselor in some states.

Walden MS in School Counseling graduates may apply for licensure as a school counselor in most states, as the MS in School Counseling program is approved in both Minnesota and Ohio. Graduates in some states will be eligible for licensure based on completion of a state-approved program, where they can apply directly to their state educator board (“direct apply”). Other states have a separate application and process for someone completing an out-of-state approved preparation program (“license-in-hand pathway”), where in order for a graduate to be eligible for licensure or certification, he or she must first obtain a license in an approved state (Minnesota or Ohio) prior to applying for licensure in his or her state of residence.

Prospective students must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program to be eligible to apply directly to their state board, (2) if they need to obtain a license from the state where the program has been approved (Minnesota or Ohio) prior to applying in the state they reside, and (3) any additional requirements the student will need to complete prior to their state granting the license. Students residing in Minnesota and Ohio are eligible to apply directly to their state board, as Walden’s MS in School Counseling is approved by both state boards. Additionally, some states require school counselors to hold an existing teaching license or certificate, and/or obtain teaching experience, in order to be eligible for a school counseling certificate or license.

Each state issues its own credential for an individual to be permitted to practice as a licensed school counselor in that state. While Walden enrollment specialists can provide general information relating to the state-by-state educational requirements for school counseling licensure or certification, it remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization, or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, certification, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. Licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification, or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

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