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Program Overview

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program provides a clear path to licensure required to practice counseling professionally in Maryland and neighboring states. Coursework can be planned to include specialty training in gerontology or thanatology. The program is intended to prepare individuals to work in community mental health programs, hospitals, substance abuse clinics, at-risk youth programs, social services agencies, private counseling practices and similar settings. 

Entrance requirements

Application

Complete and submit the graduate school application.  

Requirements

Applicants are required to submit: a personal statement describing factors that influenced the decision to apply to graduate school and how this program will facilitate fulfillment of the applicant’s professional goals; a résumé or curriculum vitae; and a minimum of two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (three are preferred). A personal interview may be required after the initial review of application materials has been completed.

Grade point average

Undergraduate coursework in psychology is strongly recommended. Depending on the applicant pool, GPAs under 3.0 may be considered if associated materials are strong. Applicants are encouraged to complete the GRE and/or additional counseling-related coursework to strengthen their applications.

About the program

Core requirements

Nine core courses (27 credit hours) provide a common body of knowledge for all students in the program. These courses provide a solid foundation for further specialized study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

COUN 500  Human Development as a Lifelong Process

3

COUN 501  Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities

3

COUN 502  Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

3

COUN 503  Lifestyle and Career Development

3

COUN 504  Counseling Techniques

3

COUN 505  Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling

3

COUN 506  Research and Program Evaluation

3

COUN 511  Theory and Principles of Counseling

3

COUN 534  Tests and Measurements

3

Total Credits

27












Specialty courses

Four courses (12 credits) provide further specialized knowledge, skills and training necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

COUN 530  Alcohol and Drug Counseling

3

COUN 531  Abnormal Psychology

3

COUN 532   Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders

3

COUN 533   Marriage & Family Counseling

3

TOTAL CREDITS

12

Electives

Students will select elective courses totaling 12 credits that will allow them to also complete one of the 12-credit graduate certificate programs currently offered by the Department of Psychology (in Gerontology or Thanatology).  These certificate programs provide students with the opportunity to gain specialized expertise in working with older adults or with those who are terminally ill/bereaved. 

COUN 507 Trauma & Crisis Intervention

3

COUN 520  Introduction to Thanatology

3

COUN 521  Mourning & Principles of Counseling the Bereaved

3

COUN 523  Dying & Principles of Care for the Dying

3

COUN 528  Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology

3

COUN 554  Social Gerontology

3

COUN 555  Psychological Aspects of Aging

3

COUN 556  Health and Aging

3

COUN 599  Special Topics in Gerontology

3

COUN 575  Independent Study

1-3

COUN 590  Teaching Assistantship

1-3

COUN 595  Independent Research Project

3

TOTAL CREDITS

12

Practicum and internship courses

These courses provide professional practice opportunities for students to learn to apply theory and develop their counseling skills under supervision.

COUN 596 - Practicum (100 hours; 40 hours direct service)

3

COUN 597 - Internship (600 hours; 240 hours direct service)

6

TOTAL CREDITS

9

Specialization options

A student who wishes to earn master’s degrees in both and Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling would be required to complete all specialty courses and a 600-hour internship within both the first and second specializations. Additional state requirements for licensure eligibility in the second specialization may apply.