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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The 60-credit M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students for the profession of counseling by promoting the development of knowledge, skills, and self-awareness. Students are prepared to seek employment and professional licensure as mental health counselors and/or addiction counselors or to continue their professional development in counselor education doctoral programs. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

This program will equip you to obtain licensure as a New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) upon completion of the required post-master’s supervised hours.

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Professional courses are open only to students formally admitted to the program.

Required Courses
CMH5100Introduction to Counseling Skills3
CMH5101Advanced Psychpathology&Diagnosis3
CMH5200Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
CMH5300Counseling Theories3
CMH5301Clin Mntl Hlth Cnslng Interven3
CMH5302Appraisal of the Individual3
CMH5303Techniques of Group Counseling3
CMH5400Lifespan Development3
CMH5500Orgn Cnsling & Career Dev3
CMH5600The Counseling Profession3
CMH5700Applied Research Methods3
CMH5800Practicum in Counseling4
CMH5802Internship in Counseling I4
CMH5804Internship in Counseling II4
or CMH5357 Sem Addict Trtmnt & Prev
Select 12 credits of electives12
Total Credits60

Students intending to pursue doctoral training are strongly urged to register for CMH6001 Thesis Seminar I and CMH6002 Thesis Seminar II.

Students intending to be dually licensed as mental health counselors and addictions counselors are advised to select CMH5355 Introduction to Addictions Counseling, CMH5356 Treatment of Addictive Disorders, CMH5601 Psychopharmacology, and CMH5357 Sem Addict Trtmnt & Prev.

A comprehensive examination is required of all candidates, which consists of a national standardized test (the CPCE) and a case study. Students are allowed two opportunities to pass each section of the comprehensive examination. If a student passes one section and does not pass the other, he or she will not be required to retake the passed section. If a student fails to complete the comprehensive exam sections successfully after two attempts, the student may be subject to academic dismissal. Students who fail either section of the comprehensive examination must arrange to meet with their advisor or their program director within two weeks of results notification.

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Students who have a master’s degree in counseling who take 12 or more credits in the department will be eligible for a Georgian Court University Certificate. This is generally done by students who wish to meet licensure requirements for the New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

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