Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Major

The main emphasis of the clinical mental health counseling program is to provide assessment skills, intervention skills, and field experience to prepare students to work as entry-level counselors in clinical settings, with individuals, couples, and families. The focus of the instruction is threefold: 1) the development of the person of the counselor, including leadership ability and multicultural skills; 2) the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality, ethical mental health counseling services to individuals, couples, and families; and 3) the development of knowledge and skills necessary to work across the continuum of care, including prevention services and mental health counseling for those members of the community with diagnosable mental health problems.

Beyond basic counseling skills, Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are introduced to the intricacies of the funding of mental health agencies, inter-agency consultation, and the problems faced by those in poverty and other underserved populations.  The development of sensitivity, compassion, and skills in dealing with diverse populations is expected of Clinical Mental Health Counseling students as well as the integration of evidence-based practices.