Educational Justice

The CMHC degree provides students with the clinical skills and expertise necessary to provide life-changing mental health services through counseling and consultation through the lens of social justice.

Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduates come away from the rigorous curriculum of this program adept at providing culturally responsive mental health counseling and consultation through supervised clinical experiences tailored to their career goals.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) degree program provides graduate students with a transformational learning experience that empowers them to embark on careers serving others through mental health services and counseling. Centered in a tradition of academic excellence with a focus on social justice, this program combines clinical experiences with cutting- edge educational techniques to produce exceptional graduates fully equipped to adapt to the needs of this diverse field.

Students are afforded the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive body of knowledge, professional skills, ethical foundations, and cultural competencies required for success as counselors. 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. 

Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have maintained a 3.0 GPA for the duration of their education. 

View the full requirements for admissions on our Application Requirements page. 

Learn More About Our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling fuses the theoretical frameworks and clinical experiences of mental health counselors with a fully integrated social justice curriculum to produce well-rounded mental health practitioners with a holistic view of the socio-cultural influences on human mental health. To learn more about this degree program and how it may fit your needs, request information today.

 

Program Overview

The Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling draws students from a variety of backgrounds including psychology, education, and sociology and prepares them to become licensed mental health professionals, dedicating their lives and careers to the service of others. The program's coursework, clinical supervision, and embedded social justice emphasis foster not only counseling competence and self-awareness but a commitment to responsible citizenship. This grounding in social justice and academic excellence is reaffirmed by our dedicated faculty who exhibit their clinical experience, professional leadership, and prominence as scholars in every class and clinical experience they lead.

Our mental health counseling students form a tight-knit academic community focused on mutual respect and affirmation. From the very first day through graduation, our students are encouraged to act as a cohort, developing the close relationships that will serve them as they move forward in their careers. This community of learning and respect is fostered at the university through our small class sizes and close academic relationships between students and faculty.

By graduation, students are well equipped to launch careers as counselors skilled at conceptualizing and intervening with at-risk populations using evidence-based approaches. Our students are trained to assist a broad cultural cross-section of individuals to improve their understanding, adjustment, and daily functioning across the lifespan.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling work with a wide range of populations and in a broad spectrum of settings including community agencies, mental health centers, and private practice. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

1. Evaluate clients' biopsychosocial functioning using appropriate assessment procedures.

2. Specify how a range of the best-established, evidence-based individual, group, and family treatments might be used with diverse populations across settings.

3. Utilize both self-awareness and sensitivity to their interpersonal impacts when interacting with whom they serve.

4. Use the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association to identify and resolve ethical conflicts.

5. Draw from the research literature to inform their professional practice.

6. Demonstrate identity as a professional clinical counselor in the manner in which cases are conceptualized and in the corpus of literature used to inform their work.

7. Identify clients affected by inequities and advocate for them as appropriate.

Coursework, Pathway and Clinical Practice

The rigorous coursework of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor degree program fully prepares students to pursue careers in the field of mental health counseling through a broad curriculum that covers a diverse range of themes and practicalities. With courses such as Social-cultural Counseling and Intervention as well as Introduction to Social Justice and Advocacy, themes of social justice and cultural sensitivity are woven seamlessly into the more traditional counseling-focused courses. Students are also required to participate in a study abroad trip. 

Coursework:

EDUC 601 The Counseling Process (3) 

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) 

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) 

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 Lifespan (3) 

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 655 Counseling Systems (3) 

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).  

EDUC 653 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)  

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. 

CMHC 692 Crisis Intervention Counseling (3)  

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 Intro to Substance Abuse Counseling (3) 

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 615 Group Psychotherapy and Counseling (3)  

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)  

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 630 Theory & Practice in Family Counseling (3)  

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 693 Advanced Counseling: Psych & Diag Procedures (3) 

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 616 Introduction to Social Justice and Advocacy (3) 

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 640 Research and Evaluation (3)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.  

EDUC 654 Career Development Theory and Practice (3) 

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 621 Counseling in a Global Context (3) 

Exposure to international themes in the study of culture, globalization, and education. The course will culminate in a reflective, personal journal-type conceptual paper or in a comprehensive research paper that covers international themes related to culture, globalization, and educational justice.  

Prerequisite: Instructor approval. 

CMHC 694 Psychopharmacology (3) 

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 631 Couples & Relationship Counseling (3) 

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.) 

CMHC 699A, B, and C= 450 hours of supervised practicum (280 face to face) 

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.  

A: 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. 

B: Prerequisite: Instructor consent and CMHC 699A. 

C: Prerequisites: Instructor consent and CMHC 699B. 

Essential to the success of our students is our robust clinical training program. By graduation, every student will have completed at least 450 hours of practicum in a clinical setting, including at least 280 hours of face-to-face counseling. Through faculty guidance and self-reflection, students gain the confidence and skills to enter the field as mental health counselors.

The course pathway schedule is recommended for timely program completion.

Effective fall 2019-CMHC Pathway

Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam is an exit examination required of all counseling students at the University of Redlands. The purpose of the exam is to assess the student's knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) will provide collective feedback that can be used by the program in developing/adapting curriculum.

Post Degree: Launching a Career in Counseling

The coursework in this 60 credit degree program prepares students for California licensure as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. The program also qualifies students for licensure eligibility in most other states. Prospective students are encouraged to become acquainted with the licensure requirements in the state in which they plan to practice.

A graduate of the program can apply to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to become a licensed Associate Clinical Counselor Intern (APCCI.) This 3,000-hour internship is required for California licensure and must be completed under an approved clinical supervisor. APCCIs, 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. 

Furthermore, the CMHC degree fulfills the National Board of Certified Counselors educational requirement to sit for the National Counselor Examination for National Counselor Certification.

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