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.

Mental Health Counseling

Students graduate competent to provide culturally responsive mental health counseling and consultation. They accomplish this in a rigorous curriculum and in supervised clinical experiences tailored to their career goals.

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.


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. 

The course pathway schedule is recommended for timely program completion.
Effective fall 2017-CMHC Pathway

Effective fall 2018-CMHC Pathway

Effective fall 2019-CMHC Pathway

Post Degree

A graduate of the program can apply to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to become a licensed Associate Clinical Counselor Intern (APCCI). Interns can engage in the practice of professional clinical counseling in California 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. Prospective students are encouraged to become acquainted with the licensure requirements in the state in which they plan to practice.

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.

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.