Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) consists of 60 credits along with clinical practicum hours and offers an environment of academic excellence designed to provide a transformational learning experience while preparing and empowering graduate students seeking entrance into the field of clinical mental health counseling. 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 issues of social justice and advocacy counseling, this carefully structured training program prepares students for success, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).

The 60-credit CMHC Master's degree coursework prepares students to be license eligible in California and most other states as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Students must pass a comprehensive written exam in order to graduate from this program. Please refer to program handbook for additional information and requirements.

Learning outcomes for this program may be found at www.redlands.edu/MA-CMHC/learning-outcomes.

Clinical Training 
Clinical Training Students admitted into the CMHC program, upon completing their first year of coursework, are required to perform practicum hours in a clinical setting across three semesters for a total of at least 450 hours (280 hours must be face-to-face counseling). In addition, as part of the CMHC clinical training experience and in keeping with the program's social justice and advocacy focus, all students are required to participate at the student-run Health Clinic approximately 10 to 12 hours per month. Practicum hours must be completed concurrently with the sequence of academic practicum courses. Students who are unable, for any reason, to complete the required practicum hours during the CMHC 699A, CMHC 699B, CMHC 699C courses will need to enroll in additional practicum courses until their required hours are complete. Students are required to pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

Required Courses

EDUC 601 The Counseling Process (3 Credits)

Students will develop a conceptual understanding of the helping process and learn basic counseling and interviewing skills. Practice in applying skills will take place through role-playing and videotape review.

CMHC 610 Sociocultural Counseling and Intervention (3 Credits)

Exploration of similarities and differences that occur within and across cultures, and the conceptual intersection of cultural and social identities. Students explore their own cultural and personal attitudes, beliefs, and biases, which may influence cross-cultural interactions that impact the counseling relationship while developing their own theoretical approach as professional counselors.

CMHC 613 Counseling Law and Ethics (3 Credits)

This course is an in-depth exploration and examination of legal, ethical, and professional issues facing today’s counseling profession. Students will review the legal and ethical issues they will encounter in practice and identify their role and responsibility in addressing and managing these issues.

EDUC 680 Human Development Across the Life Span (3 Credits)

This course is designed to explore historical and contemporary perspectives in typical and atypical human growth, development, and learning styles. Utilizing a systemic perspective, the course examines physical, emotional, mental, cultural, sexual, and moral development throughout the life-span. 
Prerequisite: current enrollment in the School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

EDUC 653 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 Credits)

Introduces a variety of counseling theories used to conceptualize cases in both community and educational counseling environments, including K–12, community college, and university settings, with specific focus on utilizing individual and systemic theory-based techniques for diverse populations across the lifespan. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 601 with a minimum grade of at least 3.0 or higher.

EDUC 655 Counseling Systems (3 Credits)

This course introduces systems thinking for the helping professional. The systems approach distinguishes itself from the more traditional analytic approach by emphasizing the interactions and connectedness of the different components of a system. Students will learn the basics of thinking systemically. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 601 (with at least a grade of 3.0) and EDUC 653 (may be taken as a co-requisite).

CMHC 692 Crisis Intervention Counseling (3 Credits)

This course focuses on expanding the development of counseling skills, with particular emphasis on the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to work effectively with clients who are in crisis. This course will also place a high priority on each student’s ability to develop a greater sense of self-awareness and introspection. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 601 with a minimum grade of at least 3.0 or higher.

CMHC 695 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling (3 Credits)

This course provides counselors and human service workers with an overview of the addictive process and acquaints students with concepts of chemical dependence and co-occurring disorders that impact the individual, family system, and the community. Course content will include theories and etiology of substance addiction, including prevention, intervention, and treatment.

CMHC 693 Advanced Counseling: Psychopathology and Diagnostic Procedures (3 Credits)

An opportunity for advanced students to make an intensive study/analysis of selected counseling cases to enhance assessment competencies in case description, problem appraisal, assessment, diagnostic classification, intervention strategies, as well as case consultation and presentation skills. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 601 and EDUC 653.

CMHC 615 Group Psychotherapy and Counseling (3 Credits)

This course allows students to practice the application of psychotherapeutic and counseling techniques and interventions in a group setting. Using a developmental perspective to contextualize treatment approaches, students will be prepared to lead and facilitate a variety of different types of groups with diverse populations within various settings. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 601 (with at least a grade of 3.0).

CMHC 620 Counseling and Educational Assessment (3 Credits)

Students develop skills in the selection, administration, and interpretation of standardized tests and other tools used to assess various cognitive, behavioral, and affective modalities. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 603 or CMHC 640.

CMHC 616 Introduction to Social Justice and Advocacy (3 Credits)

This course will develop students’ excellence in advocacy and social justice knowledge, skills, awareness, and action. Students will be provided opportunities to gain a heightened sense of critical consciousness, and foster a social justice orientation that can be used to inform their roles as counselors, educators, community leaders, and advocates.

CMHC 694 Psychopharmacology (3 Credits)

This course is designed to acquaint counseling students with the fundamentals of psychotropic drugs. Basics of pharmacology, adverse effects, indications, and drug interactions will be discussed. The overall aim of the course is to provide information, allowing mental health providers to be informed members of the mental health care team.

CMHC 699A Practicum I: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2 Credits)

Students develop counseling competence as they work under supervision to provide direct service to clients in an approved field setting. Particular emphasis will be given to developing students’ skills in assessment and case conceptualization, delivering counseling interventions, professional comportment, and ethical decision making. 
Prerequisites: Instructor consent, and EDUC 601 (with a grade of at least 3.0), and EDUC 651, and EDUC 653, and EDUC 655, and EDUC 680, and CMHC 610, and CMCH 613.

EDUC 654 Counseling for Career Choice and Development (3 Credits)

Students will become familiar with career development theories, sources of occupational information, the career counseling process, assessment in career counseling, and curricular approaches to fostering career development. They also will become familiar with the impact of diversity and individual differences on career development and choices. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 601 with a minimum grade of at least 3.0 or higher; and, for non-counseling majors, by permission.

CMHC 699B Practicum II Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2 Credits)

Students develop counseling competence as they work under supervision to provide direct service to clients in an approved field setting. Particular emphasis will be given to developing students’ skills in assessment and case conceptualization, delivering counseling interventions, professional comportment and ethical decision making. 
Prerequisite: Instructor consent and CMHC 699A.

CMHC 640 Research and Evaluation (3 Credits)

This course provides a basic review of descriptive and inferential statistics and how these techniques are used with research methods appropriate for counseling. Students will become proficient in computer analysis of data sets, designing and evaluating research techniques, and having the skills to understand primary research in counseling literature.

CMHC 621 Counseling in a Global Context (3 Credits)

This course examines counseling and other mental health treatments across the globe, focusing particularly on the roles played by both culture and national policies. Through a field component of the course, students will gain direct experience with counseling practices of at least one culture. 
Prerequisite: CMHC 610 or permission of instructor.

CMHC 699C Practicum III: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2 Credits)

Students develop counseling competence as they work under supervision to provide direct service to clients in an approved field setting. Particular emphasis will be given to developing students’ skills in assessment and case conceptualization, delivering counseling interventions, professional comportment and ethical decision making. 
Prerequisites: Instructor consent and CMHC 699B.

Elective Courses

CMHC 630 Theory and Practice in Family Counseling (3 Credits)

This course is designed for students to advance their theoretical integration and skills in family therapy. The purpose of this advanced practice seminar is to assist students in applying clinical family theories and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on students’ critical assessment of different applications of selected theories and techniques. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 653, and EDUC 655.

CMHC 631 Couples and Relationship Counseling Theory and Techniques (3 Credits)

This course will explore theories and associated techniques of couples and marriage counseling. It will do so in the context of specific developmental issues and social and political factors affecting couples. A range of therapeutic modalities will be surveyed. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 653, EDUC 655, and EDUC 601. (EDUC 601 must be completed with a minimum grade of at least 3.0 or higher.)