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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.

Part-time Program of Study Option Starting Fall 2021!

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.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with peers and faculty members through either a full-time or part-time program of study.
  • Collaborate with faculty members conducting research.


Join us for a one hour information session to meet with a faculty member and find out more about application requirements, program schedule, licensure, and accreditation. All sessions for Spring 2021 are held as online synchronous meetings. 


THU APR 15  |  5 PM  |  Dr. Robtrice Brawner  REGISTRATION

THU MAY 13  |  5 PM  |  Dr. Aaron Carlstrom  REGISTRATION




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.

The CMHC program is an approved educational program in professional counseling for licensure in Wisconsin 


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
•    Hospitals
•    Clinics
•    Agencies
•    Integrative Care Settings
•    Private Practice



Aaron Carlstrom  | 262-595-2316  |  carlstro@uwp.edu

Faculty Highlights

  • Ann Friesema, psychology professor

    Dr. Ann Friesema, PHD, LCPC, ACS
    Assistant Professor and Clinical Training Director

    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 a variety of mental health agency and private practice settings, using a mindfulness-based relational approach in working with trauma survivors. Her research interests include the application of relational-cultural theory in counseling, training, and supervision. In addition, Dr. Friesema focuses on qualitative research addressing trauma-informed care and supervision of trauma counselors. As a faculty member, Dr. Friesema integrates relational cultural theory in her teaching practices of core CMHC courses including crisis and trauma counseling classes.

  • Dr. Aaron Carlstrom with a black background

    Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, PHD, LP
    Associate Professor and CMHC Program Director

    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. McGinley image

    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.


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