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MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling

Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling program was developed for students seeking work within forensic populations as licensed professional counselors. Learn more about this MS program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 GPA or a 3.0 GPA in completed master's coursework. Students thinking of enrolling in the online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling program at Walden University should have a desire to become licensed professional counselors working with forensic populations. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and think critically. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

In this program, students can gain the skills necessary to work as professional counselors with organizations involved in the justice system, including group homes, drug courts, family courts, and prisons. The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online program with a specialization in Forensic Counseling was created to introduce students to the foundation, history, and practices of the profession. Students may learn methods for observing behaviors, conducting interviews, and collecting and interpreting data as well as the theories behind those methods. The curriculum offers students hands-on experiences through internships and a practicum. Courses explore subjects like juvenile justice, mental health law, conflict and resolution, and counseling addictive disorders.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

100 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Forensic Counseling:

Students enrolled in Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a specialization in Forensic Counseling must complete 80 credits in core courses in addition to ten credits in specialization courses. Students are asked to participate in the program's 4-day residency where they can learn the details of their field experiences. There is a practicum requirement, and students must complete two internships to be eligible for a degree. Although this curriculum can prepare students to be licensed mental health counselors (LMHC), qualifications are different for each state. Students should check the requirements for the state in which they plan to work. Degree and program information is subject to change; contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (1 credit)

  • Foundation for Graduate Study in Counseling

Core Courses (80 credits)

  • Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
  • Techniques in Counseling
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories
  • Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Assessment in Counseling and Education
  • Lifespan Development
  • Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Research Methodology and Program Evaluation
  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Social Change in Action: Prevention, Consultation, and Advocacy
  • Counseling Addictive Disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Crises, Trauma, and Disaster Response

Specialization Courses (10 credits)

  • Treatment of Forensic Populations
  • Students will choose one of the following:
    • Juvenile Justice, Delinquency, and Development
    • Conflict, Conflict Resolution, and Peace
    • Mental Health Law

Pre-Practicum Labs (0 credits)

  • Students will attend a four-day residency with each of the following courses:
    • Pre-Practicum 1
    • Pre-Practicum 2

Field Experience (9 credits)

  • Students must complete 100 hours in the following:
    • Counseling Practicum
  • Students must complete a total of 600 hours in the following courses:
    • Internship I
    • Internship II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students with an MS from Walden may want to continue their mental health studies with a doctoral degree. Graduates from Walden's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling program could be interested in psychology and counseling or social work and human services. Doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology
  • Doctor of Social Work with a specialization in Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology

Career Paths:

Graduates from the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling program at Walden could become licensed professional counselors, clinical counselors, or mental health counselors. Graduates should be able to meet the counseling needs of incarcerated individuals or juveniles within the justice system. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in a correctional facility
  • Licensed clinical counselor (LCC) in a residential treatment center
  • Licensed professional counselor (LPC) in a juvenile detention center

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