Honolulu Mental Health Counseling Schools
Aspiring mental health counselors in the Honolulu area have a very limited number of options; however, the 2 schools offering relevant degrees are both within 10 minutes of downtown. This article reveals the required coursework and field experiences in the universities' programs; it also includes a table of school stats for additional details on the institutions.
- Hawaii Pacific University is less than a mile from downtown Honolulu and awards a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. This program has flexible options for student convenience.
- Chaminade University is roughly 4 miles from central Honolulu. There, students can pursue a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology that has a concentration in mental health counseling and meets the requirements for licensure.
Comparison of Schools
To make an informed choice, you may want to consider more than just the featured schools' degree offerings. Take a look at this table to compare the costs and student enrollment numbers for the institutions.
|Hawaii Pacific University||Chaminade University|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||4,146*||2,389*|
|Campus Setting||Large City||Large City|
|Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-18)||$18,200*||$20,640*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Hawaii Pacific University
The Psychology Department at Hawaii Pacific University awards a bachelor's degree in psychology as well as a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. The master's program can prepare students to work in a variety of healthcare settings and provide counseling to individuals, families or groups. Courses are available in the evenings for working professionals.
Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Admissions requirements for the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling include 2 letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and GRE quantitative and verbal scores. Through the degree program, students learn how to diagnose, assess, treat and prevent emotional, behavioral and mental disorders. Training emphasizes how to apply counseling and psychology techniques in an ethical manner. Core courses include lifestyle development, crisis intervention, trauma counseling, therapeutic interventions and supervised clinical practicums. Electives provide the opportunity to explore counseling for children, teens, couples and families, as well as treatment for substance abuse. The program meets standards set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs and the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council. Graduates will meet Hawaii licensing and national credentialing requirements.
Chaminade University is the only Catholic university in Hawaii. The school emphasizes involvement in class, campus life and community, in addition to career prep and academic excellence. The master's degree program in counseling psychology is designed to prepare students to meet the needs of both children and adults in the community.
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Through Chaminade's counseling psychology program, students have the opportunity to select from a concentration in marriage and family therapy, school counseling or mental health counseling. The mental health counseling concentration is a 60-credit hour program that trains students to help those of all ages improve their cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. Foundation and core topics include theories of counseling, ethics, life span development, personality, cross-cultural counseling and abnormal psychology. Students gain experience in community crisis and mental health counseling through supervised practicums and internships. Program graduates meet the professional requirements of the National Board for Certified Counselors and the mental health counselor licensing standards for Hawaii.