MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Be prepared for a career as a licensed professional counselor, where you are able to empower individuals, families, and groups to accomplish their mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.
You’ll engage in classroom learning rich in practical and theoretical knowledge, and clinical training. Plus, you have the opportunity to apply clinical skills in practice under close supervision by licensed faculty supervisors.
Several factors set this 60-credit hour counseling program apart from other clinical training programs. The program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor and prepares you for a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
As a graduate student, you have the opportunity to:
- Develop knowledge, skills, and awareness for a future career as a clinical mental health counselor.
- Receive clinical supervision, mentorship, and advising from licensed faculty and supervisors.
- Collaborate with faculty in determining practicum and internship placements that meet your clinical training needs and match your career interests.
- Enter the program through a cohort model of admission. This offers students an opportunity to develop collaborative relationships and community with peers and faculty members.
- Collaborate with faculty members conducting research.
FIND OUT MORE
Join us for one of our monthly information sessions to meet with a faculty member and find out more about application requirements, program schedule, licensure, and accreditation. All sessions are held in the Poplar Room in the Student Center.
The information session dates for the 2018-2019 academic year:
November 13, 2018 | 5-6 pm
January 23, 2019 | 4-5 pm
February 4, 2019 | 5-6 pm
March 19, 2019 | 5-6 pm
April 17, 2019 | 5-6 pm
May 21, 2019 | 5-6 pm
How to Apply
The priority application date is February 15 for admission to the fall semester. Complete applications will be reviewed and admission decisions will be made in early March. Students are admitted to the program each fall semester. (When February 15 falls on a weekend, then the next business day will serve as the priority application date.)
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a graduate degree program designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree (or will have one by the start of the program). The application requirements are as follows:
- Application (When you access this online application, you will be asked to respond to two essay questions. Do not respond to these questions. See the instructions for the personal essays below)
- Application fee
- All undergraduate transcripts
- Personal essays
- Three (3) professional letters of recommendation
- All graduate transcripts (if applicable)
Applicants who do not meet or who are uncertain if they meet these requirements should see the Frequently Asked Questions link below.
If an applicant wants to request a modification to application materials they should e-mail Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, Coordinator of the CMHC Program (firstname.lastname@example.org). For example, applicants who have been out of school for several years which prevents them from obtaining an academic letter of recommendation.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate course work in the social sciences, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants who do not meet or who are uncertain if they meet these requirements should click here for details about opportunities for admission to the CMHC program.
No graduate exam scores (for example the GRE or MAT) are required.
Students admitted to the program are required to attend a mandatory new student orientation approximately one-week prior to the start of the Fall semester.
NOTE: Transcripts may not be sent through this portal, they must be sent directly from the institution.
The CMHC program is accredited through the University by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and meets requirements for licensure in the profession.
The CMHC program consists of coursework that aligns with the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, and licensure requirements for the state of Wisconsin. The program plans to seek CACREP accreditation when eligible for consideration.
Careers after Parkside
The need for clinical mental health counselors continues to increase in the region and state. With the development of mental health parity laws, more people are accessing health insurance and mental health services. The demand for highly trained counselors, offering evidence-based interventions in mental health treatment settings, exists in clinics, agencies, integrative care settings, and private practice. Students will develop skills critical to effective clinical mental health counseling such as: assessment, diagnosis, intervention, advocacy, and program evaluation.
A CMHC MS degree can lead to work as a professional counselor working with a range of populations (children and families, adults, couples, and groups) in a variety of settings including
• Mental Health outpatient care
• Integrative Care Settings
• Private Practice
Dr. Ann Friesema, PHD, LCPC, ACS
Practicum & Internship Coordinator
Dr. Friesema is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient, agency, and private practice settings, using a relational approach in working with adults managing anxiety and depression. Her research interests include qualitative work addressing trauma-informed care, trauma-specific treatment, and supervision of trauma counselors. As a faculty member, Dr. Friesema teaches core courses as well as crisis and trauma counseling classes.
Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, PHD, LP
Associate Professor and Psychology Department Chair
Dr. Carlstrom is a Licensed Psychologist, and earned a doctorate in Urban Education-Counseling Psychology from UW-Milwaukee. He spent 10-years at Kansas State University where he provided mental health counseling, and was a faculty member in the graduate programs in counseling. His research interests include the effects of career counseling interventions on career development and mental health. He is the recipient of the 2016 Advising Excellence Award at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Dr. Carlstrom teaches courses in counseling theory, assessment and career counseling.
Dr. Marisa Rapp, PhD, LPC, NCC
Dr. Rapp has spent the past three years at Idaho State University earning her doctorate in counselor education and counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho and currently seeking licensure in Wisconsin. Most recently, Dr. Rapp worked at a residential facility for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. She has experience facilitating trauma-informed counseling groups, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups, family therapy, and individual counseling to a wide range of clientele. Scholarly areas of interest include substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, behavioral-process addictions, feminism, social justice advocacy, gatekeeping within the helping professions, and qualitative methodologies.
Dr. Meredith McGinley
Assistant of Psychology
Dr. Meredith McGinley joined the UW-Parkside community in Fall 2017 as an assistant professor in the psychology department. In her faculty role Dr. McGinley teaches undergraduate courses in Introduction to Psychological Science, Introduction to Human Development, Infant Development, and Adolescent Development. She will be teaching Lifespan Development in Counseling in the new Masters (MS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Dr. McGinley has been collaborating with students on quantitative research projects focusing on the social, emotional, and moral development of adolescents and emerging adults.