Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Arts Degree Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) offers an environment of academic excellence designed to provide a transformational learning experience while preparing and empowering graduate students seeking entrance into the field. By having access to cutting edge educational experiences, skilled clinical supervision, and a rigorous academic program of study, students are afforded the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive body of knowledge, professional skills, ethical foundations, and cultural competencies. With an embedded emphasis on social justice and advocacy, this carefully structured training program prepares students for ethical practice, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning in the field of clinical mental health counseling.
The CMHC program provides students with the knowledge base and clinical skills to provide mental health services through counseling and consultation in a variety of work settings. Students can earn an emphasis in working with couples and families (meeting state requirements to treat couples and families) or school counseling by earning their Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in conjunction with their Masters.
- In addition to completing the necessary course work, students will complete the following capstone experiences:
- A graduate of the program can apply to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to become a licensed professional clinical counselor intern (LPCCI). Interns can engage in the practice of professional clinical counseling in California under an approved clinical supervisor.
- LPCCI’s, with appropriate supervised experience, can apply to the Board to become a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). An LPCC can engage in the independent practice of professional counseling in California. Prospective students are encouraged to become acquainted with the licensure requirements in the state in which they plan to practice.