2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science in 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.


Walden’s M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation attests to the quality and relevancy of Walden’s program—a program that helps provide students with the skills and credibility to maximize their impact on the profession. In addition, earning a degree that is CACREP-accredited helps to streamline the licensing application process and provides students with an advantage when applying to doctoral programs.

Learning Outcomes

Through the use of technology, experiential practice, collaboration, M.S. in Mental Health Counseling students will be able to:

  1. Apply sound ethical, legal, and business practices in the work of a mental health counselor.
  2. Implement counseling/prevention/intervention services related to mental health counseling.
  3. Promote diversity and advocacy as related to mental health counseling.
  4. Employ various assessment techniques to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse clients.
  5. Use evidence-based research literature to inform practice in meeting the needs of diverse clientele.
  6. Use diagnostic tools to diagnose disorders in diverse clientele.


Students will also be able to:


  1. Develop a professional orientation and identity as a counselor.
  2. Effectively address the social and cultural diversity issues that impact the counseling process.
  3. Synthesize theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive counseling practices.
  4. Apply theories and models of career development to related life factors, which affect an individual’s lifestyle and mental health.
  5. Utilize major counseling theories to develop an empirically based, personal theoretical orientation that integrates theory and best practices.
  6. Apply theoretical and experiential principles of group work to develop targeted interventions within group contexts.
  7. Evaluate and interpret individual and group assessment in a multicultural society.
  8. Utilize research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
  9. Demonstrate skills in applying principles of advocacy toward promoting cultural understanding and positive social change in individuals, communities, and society.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and referral.
  11. Achieve personal growth and sustainability in the profession.

Specialization (Optional)

Degree Requirements

  • 90 total quarter credit hours, depending on the final project option
  • Core coursework (81 cr.)
  • Field experience: 100-hour practicum (3 cr.); 900-hour internship (6 cr.)
  • 12 days of academic residency (two 6-day residencies)


The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling consists of core coursework, a practicum, an internship, two 6-day residencies, 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.

Note on Licensure

Walden University’s M.S. in Mental Health Counseling 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 M.S. in 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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