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MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program

Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program is designed to prepare students to work as a licensed professional mental health counselor. Learn more about Walden's counseling program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

The online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program at Walden University asks students to exhibit strong critical thinking and communication skills and a desire to become a professional mental health counselor. Prospective students must also have a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA or a 3.0 GPA in completed master's courses. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program is designed to help learners attain the qualifications and skills to work as a licensed professional counselor. The curriculum aims to teach students how to implement fundamental counseling practices in a variety of mental health environments and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This MS program also offers hands-on experiences in a practicum, internship, or residency. Students may learn about human lifespan development, counseling methods and approaches, psychotherapy, and counseling research. Types of counseling such as group, couples and families, addictive disorders, and career might also be explored throughout the program's coursework.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

90 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 Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program:

Students enrolled in Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program will complete 80 credits in core counseling courses. Students will also take one foundation course and two face-to-face residencies. There are also designated hours in practicum and internship courses needed to be eligible for program completion. This curriculum was created to prepare students for licensure, but requirements are different for each state. Students should check the state in which they plan to work for licensing qualifications. 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

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

Optional Specialization Fields-of-Study

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Forensic Counseling
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • Military Families and Culture
  • State Education
  • Trauma and Crisis Counseling

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program may want to further their education in mental health counseling, social services, or psychology. They could gain a PhD or a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in a variety of human services and mental health fields. Doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology
  • Doctor of Social Work with a specialization in Medical Social Work
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Mental Health Facilitation

Career Paths:

Graduates from Walden's online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program may have the skills necessary to become a licensed professional mental health counselor in many settings. They could be able to collect relevant data, assess the needs of patients/clients, communicate ethically, and implement effective counseling techniques. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in child and family service agencies
  • Licensed clinical counselor (LCC) in a hospital
  • Licensed professional counselor (LPC) in employee assistance programs

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