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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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

Requirements of a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program are a total of 63 credit hours which includes a practicum (6 credit hours) as well as a 900-hour internship (9 credit hours) in a clinical field placement approved by the Counseling Program.

This program consists of a minimum of 63 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 MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The average score of graduates taking the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is over 22 percent higher than the national average. Exam results like this demonstrate the quality of Husson University's counseling program how well prepared our graduates are for professional careers as mental health professionals.

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.

Application deadline is January 4, 2021 for Spring admission; rolling admissions policy for Fall 2021 admission. Completed applications, including standardized test scores (GRE/MAT test scores only required if overall GPA is below 3.0), should be submitted with your application. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact graduateschool@husson.

For more information

Phone and Email Address
Melissa Rosenberg Melissa Rosenberg
Director of Admissions
121 O'Donnell Commons
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401