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M.A. in Counseling:
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
 

The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 credit hour program (20 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). 

The degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling fulfills the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as professional counselors in the State of Illinois:  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).  The CMHC  program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  

This program is for you if you are interested in employment in settings such as mental health and community counseling agencies, chemical dependency programs, hospitals, counseling clinics, crisis centers, court services, and private business and industry.

A large number of students in our program have their original degrees and experience in all fields of business, education, medicine, social work, law, religion, the arts, computer technology, engineering, math and science, and other diverse fields.  Many of these students have advanced degrees at the masterís and doctoral levels.

Required Courses for Clinical Mental Health Counseling
60 credit hours (20 courses).  All courses listed below are 3 credit hour graduate courses:

  • COUN 401 Professional Orienta and Legal/Ethical Practices

  • COUN 402 Developmental Counseling

  • COUN 403 Theories of Counseling

  • COUN 404 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling

  • COUN 405 Individual Counseling Skills

  • COUN 406 Group Counseling

  • COUN 407 Mental Health Counseling

  • COUN 408 Research Seminar

  • COUN 409 Career Development

  • COUN 415 Children and Youth in School & Family Systems

  • COUN 420 Introduction to Family Counseling

  • COUN 425 Addictions Counseling

  • COUN 427 Diagnostic Systems for Counseling

  • COUN 429 Psychopharmacology

  • COUN 430 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling

  • COUN 438 Crisis and Trauma Counseling

  • COUN 439 Case Conceptualization & Treatment Planning

  • COUN 444 Practicum: Ethical/Legal Issues in Mntl Hlt Coun**

  • COUN 464 Internship I: Mental Health Counseling**

  • COUN 474 Internship II: Mental Health Counseling**

**Clinical Experience

Practicum and Internship consists of 700 hours of documented field-related experience, of which 280 hours of face-to-face counseling is required.  COUN 444 Practicum: Ethical/Legal Issues in Mental Health Counseling is a 100-hour, field-based experience requiring a minimum of 40 hours of direct contact with clients.  COUN 464 Internship I: Mental Health Counseling and COUN 474 Internship II: Mental Health Counseling together consist of a 600-hour, field-based experience requiring a minimum of 240 hours of clinical contact with clients.

Departmental Proficiency Examination (DPE)
All counselor education students are required to pass a comprehensive departmental proficiency examination (DPE) prior to graduation.  This exam is offered annually in February, June, and October. 
 

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling program

 

Department of Counselor Education
Northeastern Illinois University
5550 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Email: counsedu@neiu.edu ~ Telephone: 773-442-5550 ~ Fax:773-442-5559