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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Education: Counseling program with a concentration in Mental Health counseling is accredited by CACREP (learn about the value of CACREP accreditation). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration qualifies graduates to obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) license which is the first post-graduation step in obtaining full licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) 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 the course plan).

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. Learn about core philosophy of counseling and the differences between counseling and other professions.

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 learn about our admissions process.

Elective Options

In addition to the core CMHC program courses, four elective courses may be taken to allow you to explore a variety of areas or specialize in a particular area of interest. You are encouraged to discuss the options with your advisor but the following certificates and/or set of courses may enhance your work with populations/issues of interest; the courses already part of your core program will count toward the certificate!

Kentucky School Counselor Certification Eligibility

Students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program who take courses that meet Kentucky state requirements can be eligible for both the KY Professional Clinical Counselor License and the Kentucky School Counseling Certification (Provisional-Rank I). Additional courses beyond the 60-hour CMHC program are required to acquire the Standard School Counseling Certification. Students should work with their advisor upon being accepted into the CMHC program to make sure they are following the appropriate Planned Program and courses to meet the requirements for both.

View the CMHC-SC Planned Program below as a guide for scheduling:

**The following courses are included as the CMHC electives:

  • CNS 548 Principles and Practices of School Counseling
  • CNS 549 School Counseling and Consultation
  • CNS 568 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CNS 590 School Counseling Practicum

Addictions Education (AE) Certificate
Prepares students to provide counseling, education services, and/or support services to individuals experiencing addiction issues.

  • CNS 637 Theories of Addictions 
  • CNS 647 Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis, & Treatment Planning 
  • CNS 667 Counseling Substance and Process Addictions
  • CNS 596 Internship or advisor approved course 
  • Advisor Approved Elective 

College and Career Readiness (CCR) Certificate

Prepares students to interact and intervene with P-12 students and develop professional relationships with school-related stakeholders in support of college and career readiness.

  • CNS 500 College and Career Readiness Foundations 
  • CNS 501 College and Career Consultation & Collaboration 
  • CNS 502 College and Career Program Development & Evaluation 
  • CNS 556 Developmental Career Counseling 
  • CNS 503 Practicum in College and Career Readiness

Courses and certificates in other programs on campus might also be of interest; talk with your advisor to select courses that would help you meet the requirements for licensure (the board looks for 60 hours of counseling-related courses). Some considerations may include:

Other graduates programs that might be of interest (courses must be 500 level and above):

  • Family Studies
  • Psychology
  • Psych Sciences
  • Public Health (addictions-related)
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

See list of required courses and course descriptions.



Department of Counseling
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Gary A. Ransdell Hall 3036
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4953

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