Western Kentucky University

Counseling and Student Affairs

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

General Information

The Master of Arts in Education: Counseling program with a concentration in Mental Health counseling is accredited by CACREP (See http://cacrep.org/template/index.cfm to learn about the benefits of CACREP accreditation.). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration qualifies graduates to obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor Associate license which is the first post-graduation step in obtaining full licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kentucky (For more information on becoming licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kentucky go to http://lpc.ky.gov.). In addition, graduates will meet the academic qualifications for licensure in most states and certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization boasts a faculty committed to mentoring you as you enter the counseling profession. Faculty members have a wide variety of academic and research interests and clinical experience. This will empower you to acquire foundational clinical skills and knowledge that will initiate your development as a professional mental health counselor.

Classes are taught in the evenings, on weekends, and online. This allows you to choose to work and pursue your degree as a part time or as a full time student. Full time students can complete their program of study in two years while part time students can complete their programs in three or four years (see http://www.wku.edu/csa/plans/clinicalmentalhealthplans.php). As a student, you will have opportunities to provide counseling under supervision at a clinical site consistent with your interests; learn counseling theories, skills, and research based counseling interventions; take part in scholarly activity associated with families, couples, groups, and individuals receiving services at the Talley Family Counseling Center with faculty; develop professional relationships and support systems with other students; develop mentoring relationships with faculty members; and become active in student and professional organizations. You will graduate with knowledge of current issues and trends affecting the profession, how to collaborate and consult with other mental health professionals, how to work with clients from varied cultural and religious perspectives, and the attitudes and skills necessary to make you a successful counselor in your work with diverse clients.

Why Seek a Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

  • Fulfill your dream of helping others
  • Develop a professional counseling identity
  • Counsel individuals and families using a holistic and wellness approach
  • Pursue your professional development by experiencing clinical placements consistent with your interests
  • Collaborate with other professionals
  • Learn evidence-based practices
  • Advocate for clients

Faculty members are available to discuss your interest in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration. Please indicate your interest in the program by sending us a message indicating your interest in this program. A faculty member will reply to discuss your interest via email, on the phone, or in person.

If you are interested in applying to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration in the Counseling program please complete the application process.

See list of required courses and course descriptions.

 Last Modified 7/22/13