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.

Acquire the knowledge base and clinical skills to provide mental health services through counseling and consultation. Offers cutting-edge educational experiences, skilled clinical supervision, a rigorous program of study and an emphasis on social justice and advocacy.

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.

Program Overview

The Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling draws students from a variety of backgrounds (such as psychology, education, and sociology) and prepares them to become licensed mental health professionals. Graduates work with a wide range of populations and in a broad spectrum of settings including community agencies, mental health centers, and private practice. Program faculty bring a unique blend of clinical experience, professional leadership, and prominence as scholars. They intend to prepare counselors who can conceptualize and intervene in evidence-based ways to assist a broad cultural cross-section of individuals to improve their understanding, adjustment, and daily functioning across the lifespan. The program’s coursework, clinical supervision, and embedded social justice emphasis fosters not only counseling competence and self-awareness, but a commitment to responsible citizenship. Students enter as a cohort that functions as a learning community. This affords them not only support but the opportunity to develop close relationships and to learn from and about one another. This is facilitated as well by the small courses that are characteristic of the University of Redlands.

Post Degree

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.

LPCCIs, 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.

Coursework & Pathway

Coursework in this program will prepare you for California licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and fulfills the National Board of Certified Counselors educational requirement to sit for the National Counselor Examination for National Counselor Certification. Licensed professional clinical counselors treat people dealing with problems such as depression, anxiety, addiction and eating disorders, and some specialize in couples, family or child counseling.


The 60-credit program prepares students for California licensure as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and for licensure eligibility in most states. Program graduates will be eligible to register with the California Board of Behavioral Science to complete their 3,000-hour internship that is required for California licensure. Supervised Clinical Training: During their second year of coursework, students are required to participate in practica, providing counseling services under supervision in an approved clinical setting, across the year’s three academic terms. In addition, students are required to participate at the student-run Health Clinic approximately 10 to 12 hours per month.

 See program specific information in the links below:
CMHC Pathway

Capstone Experiences 

In addition to completing the necessary course work, students will complete the following capstone experiences:


The following pathway is recommended schedule of instruction.

Semester Course Number Course Title          Units
Year 1      
Fall CMHC 610 Sociocultural Counseling & Intervention 3
Fall  EDUC 680 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
Fall  CMHC 640 Research & Evaluation 3
Fall  EDUC 601 The Counseling Process 3
Spring CMHC 695 Intro to Substance Abuse Counseling 3
Spring  EDUC 655 Counseling Systems 3
Spring  CMHC 692  Crisis Intervention Counseling 3
Spring  EDUC 653   Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy 3
Summer A CMHC 693

Advanced Counseling: Psych & Diag Procedures (3)

Summer A  CMHC 620 Counseling and Educational Assessment 3
Summer A  CMHC 615 Group Psychotherapy & Counseling 3
Summer A  CMHC 613 Counseling Law & Ethics 3
Year 2      
Fall  CMHC 616

CMHC 616 Introduction to Social Justice and Advocacy (3)

Fall  CMHC 630 Theory & Practice in Family Counseling 3
Fall  CMHC 699A CMHC Practicum I 2
Spring  EDUC 654  Counseling, Career Choice and Development  3
Spring  CMHC 621 Counseling in a Global Context 3
Spring  CMHC 699B CMHC Practicum II 2
Summer A  CMHC 694 Psychopharmacology 3
Summer A  CMHC 631 Couples & Relationship Counseling 3
Summer A  CMHC 699C CMHC Practicum III 2
    Total 60

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