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MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students thinking of becoming licensed professional counselors with an educational background in Christian principles might be interested in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Colorado Christian University. Learn more about Colorado Christian's M.A. program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

This program could be a good fit for students interested in learning about counseling principles from a Christian perspective. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 GPA, though an undergraduate background in counseling or psychology is not required. The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Colorado Christian University also requires applicants to pass a criminal background check, submit a candidacy writing sample, and complete an admission interview. All applicants to Colorado Christian University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Colorado Christian University's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program guides students toward professional licensure in counseling. The curriculum is designed to give learners the skills and practices needed to pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). Courses aim to teach learners how biblical and theological constructs can shape counseling practices and methods. Students also explore topics like theories of personality, counseling services and methods, and cultural foundations. Martin Kaufmann is a graduate of Colorado Christian's M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and the founder of OrthoPets, an animal prosthetics business. After his many years working in orthotics and prosthetics, Martin wanted to help restore people on the inside, stating that ''My counseling master's degree equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish my new career and passion.'' Now, Martin is a psychotherapist with a clinic for adults, teens, and families as well as a life-coaching business.

Learning Format:

On-site

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Colorado Christian University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling:

This program requires students to take two biblical and theology courses and six credits in approved master's-level counseling electives. Students must also complete a counseling practicum and a clinically supervised internship in addition to 41 credits in core counseling courses. The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Colorado Christian prepares students for professional licensure in Colorado and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Requirements for licensure are different for each state; students should check requirements for the state where they wish to seek licensing before enrolling. To meet degree requirements, learners must attain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE). Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Bible and Theology Core (4 credits)

  • Theological Foundations for Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation for Counseling

Counseling Curriculum Core (41 credits)

  • Counseling Skills I
  • Counseling Skills II
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Counseling Services and Methods
  • Theories of Personality and Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Appraisal
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Marriage and Family
  • Theories of Groups and Group Counseling
  • Lifestyle and Career
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Professional Orientation
  • Integrative Seminar

Practicum / Internship Core (9 credits)

  • Counseling Practicum
  • Students will complete six total internship credits in a minimum of two semesters:
    • Counseling Internship I
    • Counseling Internship II
  • Students will take this course if required internship credits are still not met:
    • Counseling Internship III

Electives (6 credits)

  • Students will choose from the following:
    • Empathy Training
    • Human Sexuality
    • Neuroscience and Clinical Counseling
    • Addictive Behaviors
    • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Child an Adolescent Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Teaching Assistant

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students could choose from among a variety of academic directions after completing their Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program from Colorado Christian University. They may consider psychology, psychiatry, or social services doctorates, such as the following:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology

Career Paths:

Graduates from Colorado Christian University's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program could be able to demonstrate advanced counseling skills and become professionally licensed counselors. Graduates may be interested in working as counselors in the following settings:

  • Schools
  • Outpatient care clinics
  • Government facilities
  • Non-profit organizations