Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Offering coursework leading to certification and licensure in mental health counseling.


A counselor works with a young women in an office setting.Requirements of a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program include 55 semester hours of graduate coursework and practicum and a 900-hour internship (6 credit hours) in a clinical field placement approved by the Counseling Program (total of 61 credit hours.)

This program consists of a minimum of 61 credit hours of courses that provide students with a thorough background in the areas of individual and group counseling theories and skills; clinical practice; ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling; social and cultural factors in counseling; human development across the lifespan; work, leisure, and career development theories and interventions; appraisal and assessment issues in counseling; and the application of research for licensure and national certification and for careers in mental health agencies, hospital programs, private practices, ministry-related counseling centers, and other public and private facilities.

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program combines preparation for certification and licensure in mental health counseling with rich practice experiences. The courses and programs required and suggested in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program were designed to reflect what the faculty believe represent necessary and appropriate educational experiences for Professional Counselors seeking national certification and state licensure as a clinical Professional Counselor (Maine: LCPC) or Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). The content and sequence of courses are guided by the Standards the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the licensing requirements of the State of Maine.

Program Objectives for Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepare graduates to function as licensed mental health professionals in the community. Students will:

  • Demonstrate self-awareness.
  • Demonstrate professional identity.
  • Enhance communication skills.
  • Demonstrate command and understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
  • Understand human development.
  • Demonstrate effective techniques and skills for counseling individuals.
  • Understand group dynamics and develop group counseling skills.
  • Understand career development and develop skills in practicing career counseling.
  • Understand and practice individual and group approaches to assessment.
  • Demonstrate skills in research and program evaluation.
  • Integrate all aspects of functions of professional counseling, including history, theory, roles, structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
  • Understand the role and value of clinical supervision.

Schedule

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is offered to students year round (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are offered in the later afternoon, evening, weekends, summer, and through distance technology to accommodate the needs of students.