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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.

February 15, 2022 is the application due date for Fall 2022 admission. Both full-time and part-time pathway options available!

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. You can attend the information sessions on-campus or through livestreaming.

WED  |  JAN 19  |  5 PM  |  MOLN 322  | Dr. Justin Jordan  |  Livestream link

THU  |  FEB 3  |  5 PM  |  MOLN 322  |  Dr. Robtrice Brawner  | Livestream link

WED  |  MAR 9  |  5 PM  |  MOLN 322  |  Dr. Justin Jordan  |  Livestream link

WED  |  APR 6  |  5 PM  |  MOLN 322  |  Dr. Ann Friesema  |  Livestream link

WED  |  May 11 |  5 PM  |  MOLN 322  |  Dr. Aaron Carlstrom  |  Livestream link

We encourage you to register for sessions.





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


University of Wisconsin System Member
The Higher Learning Commission
Carnegie Foundation, Elective Community Engagement Classification
UW Vets - Veterans Education & Transition to Success
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